“Islamophobia,” which carries with it implications of viciousness, pain, and disease, is not considered a neutral term, either by Muslims who accuse others of it (including some moderate believers in Islam), or by those who supposedly spread it. “Islamophobia” suggests deliberate, if not deranged, hatred and cruelty toward Muslims.
But who does the most harm to Muslims? At Western colleges and universities, where charges of “Islamophobia” might wreck careers, a movement flourishes to punish the state of Israel. It is designated the “boycott, sanctions, divestment” (BDS) effort. A recent BDS uproar at Bowdoin College, a liberal arts college in Maine, described by Jeffrey Herf in The Times of Israel, ended when students rejected its strictures by a large majority: 71 percent against, 14 percent for, 15 percent abstaining. The BDS campaign was coordinated by a group visible on numerous campuses, “Students for Justice in Palestine” (SJP).