Haroon trots out Martha Nussbaum this time. Her latest work, New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the politics of fear in an anxious age, makes some interesting omissions…
From CIF Watch: “However, any serious analysis of post 9/11 anti-Muslim bigotry and antisemitism in the U.S. would necessarily take into account the last decade of hate crime statistics which demonstrate that such acts of bias (including violence) against Muslims are extremely rare in the U.S. and that Jews are dramatically more likely to be targeted for such crimes than Muslims.
Further, quite relevant are studies which indicate that Muslim Americans continue to enjoy social and economic success equal to that of non-Muslim citizens.
What Nussbaum fails to explain is that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion didn’t merely inspire fear of Jews, but rather “concocted” the belief in generations of non-Jews that Jews were engaged a plot to take over the world.
This enduring conspiracy theory (positing an immutably duplicitous, dangerous Jew) has motivated not just bigotry and systemic discrimination, but pogroms and mass murder – the lethal legacy of centuries of antisemitism which is without parallel.
Further, Nussbaum fails to note both that the Muslim Middle East continues to represent the most fertile ground for the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and data indicating that such Muslim racism towards Jews is endemic in that region of the world.”