We’ve been delighted to feature the work of Elly Bulkin and Donna Nevel, whose articles have investigated how the Israel lobby fuels anti-Muslim bigotry. They have shed much needed light on a vitally important issue that has impacted Muslim educators and mosques.
They are the perfect people to write the book, as they are founding members of the Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition (JAIC) and Jews Say No! in New York City and were steering committee members of Communities In Support of the Khalil Gibran International Academy (CISKGIA).
In addition, they are two of the conveners of a a new project, the Jewish Voice for Peace Network Against Islamophobia (JvpNAI).
In short, these are two of the most important Jewish activists working on this issue, challenging the Jewish establishment’s role in mainstreaming Islamophobia.
This book explores the intersection of Islamophobia and Israel—and the ways that the U.S. “war on terror” impacts both.
The authors challenge the Jewish community’s use of a “pro-Israel” litmus test of who is a “good” Muslim;” trace the funding connections and other links between Islamophobia and right-wing pro-Israel supporters; document the ADL’s history of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab actions; and analyze two high-profile post-9/11 anti-Muslim campaigns.
It’s already garnered some high praise from activists like Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, who said:
In our darkest hours as American Muslims living in a post 9/11 America, Donna and Elly’s works have shined a light on the injustice and the bigotry that has plagued our society and most often targeted innocent Muslims.
Their genuine commitment and solidarity have served as hope and stepping stones towards healing, coalition building and action. Donna and Elly are critical voices that should be heard and their words acted upon.