Why ‘Islamophobia’ in Europe cannot be equated with anti-Semitism, either in nature or degree

“…While it’s true that many Europeans are prejudiced against Muslims, to conflate all critical attitudes of Islam is to act as if Islam itself and the behavior of Muslims play no part in generating negative views. Jews never carried out terrorist attacks against civilians, issued fatwas on cartoonists who drew hook-nosed rabbis, or openly boasted of their goal to “conquer” the European continent, as prominent Muslim spokesmen have repeatedly done. Jewish schools did not indoctrinate their charges with hatred of Western civilization, as a recent British government investigation, dubbed “Trojan Horse,” found earlier this year, reporting an “aggressive Islamist agenda” being pushed in some Birmingham schools. To liken the potpourri of anti-Muslim bigotry—Dutch populist Geert Wilders calling for “fewer Moroccans,” the occasional accosting of a veiled woman—to eliminationist anti-Semitism is a gross exaggeration of the challenges Muslims face.

Islamophobia is an Evil Lie

Much of what passes these days for “Islamophobia”—a conversation-stopping word meant to render any and all criticism of Islam as “racist”—simply cannot be equated with anti-Semitism, either in nature or degree. To express qualms about the reactionary attitudes prevalent in many Muslim communities about women, as did the late Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn (who was murdered for his heresy), is not racist, nor is it in any way comparable to the bigotry directed at Jews, historically or today. In the United States, FBI statistics show that, since Sept. 11, anti-Semitic attacks have far outnumbered anti-Muslim ones. In Europe, mobs do not rampage and attack Muslims or mosques following Islamic-inspired terrorist attacks, as Jews are regularly assaulted whenever tension flares in the Middle East.”

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