Why ‘Islamophobia’ in Europe Cannot Be Equated With Anti-Semitism, Either in Nature or Degree

With violent attacks against Jewish communities on the rise across Europe, it’s worth revisiting one of the sillier memes to have infested public discussion over the past decade: that Muslims are the “new Jews.”
The claim that Muslims are experiencing anything resembling the Holocaust of European Jewry is of course absurd. There are no measures barring marriage between Muslims and non-Muslims (as the Nuremberg racial laws did among Jews and gentiles), never mind death camps for followers of the Islamic faith. As offensive as some Muslims might have found the Mohammed cartoons, they are nothing compared to what appeared, with daily frequency, on the pages of Der Stürmer. Even Breivik took his rage out not on Muslims but left-wing political activists…