Tuesday, December 30, 2008



Twisted German approach to antisemitism

They have decided that it is really "Islamophobia" that is the problem and ignore the antisemitism that they are supposed to be studying
"At a time when Jew haters in the Islamic world have become more assertive than ever, Berlin's Center for Research on Anti-Semitism is concentrating on a different group: the "new enemies of Islam." Who exactly belongs to this category is not clear from the center's latest publication, the "Yearbook for Research on Anti-Semitism." But the potential danger is supposedly known: "The fury of the new enemies of Islam is similar to the older rage of anti-Semites against the Jews," writes Prof. Wolfgang Benz, the institute's director...

It is certainly necessary to oppose the demonization of Muslims and discrimination against them, which often have racist motivations. The Berlin center, whose research covers prejudices in general, is right to address this issue. The problem lies in the way it is being done. The Berlin center adopts the neologism "Islamophobia" without any reservation. This term is misleading because it mixes two different phenomena -- unjust hatred against Muslims and necessary criticism of political Islam -- and condemns both equally....

In taking up the fashionable vocabulary of Islamophobia and equating hostility to Muslims with hostility to Jews, the center also risks undermining the most important current task in dealing with anti-Semitism: studying and fighting hostility to Jews in the Islamic world, where anti-Semitism has reached an unprecedented level. For example, one of the authors in the latest Yearbook, Jochen Mueller, proposes a "revision of politics and history teaching" in German schools. Because the Holocaust has no "central meaning for migrants from the Arabic-Muslim world," one should consider whether "the colonial period and its consequences" would not be a better subject for "appropriate 'Holocaust education'" among Muslim students in Germany. This is a remarkable idea given the degree of Holocaust denial among many young Muslims.

Another article in the Yearbook, "Hostility to Islam on the World Wide Web," goes even further. Instead of criticizing anti-Semitism among Muslims, the author criticizes those who accuse Muslims of anti-Semitism.... Here, attempts to fight "hostility to Islam" threaten to turn into tolerance of anti-Semitic attitudes.

While the Berlin center concentrates on world-wide "anti-Islamic resentments," its Yearbook says not a word about the anti-Semitism of the Iranian mullahs. Thus, it hardly does justice to the demands for contemporary research on anti-Semitism. Never before has the elimination of the Jewish state been so loudly propagated. Never before has an influential power made Holocaust denial the center of its foreign policy, as Iran has today. Never before has a U.N. forum been misused for an anti-Semitic speech, as it was on Sept. 23 by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier criticized the speech as "blatantly anti-Semitic."

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Germans want to stop study of the Holocaust? How surprising! (NOT). I suspect however that it takes a German mind to turn these supposed friends of Jews into friends of the enemies of the Jews.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

"The Berlin center adopts the neologism "Islamophobia" without any reservation. This term is misleading because it mixes two different phenomena -- unjust hatred against Muslims and necessary criticism of political Islam -- and condemns both equally...."

Its the same with Jews...

You can't be critical of Jews or Isreal without being called an anti-semite. Even if your crtisism is warrented.

Anonymous said...

Interesting how they're twisting the term "anti-semitism" to mean being critical of radical Islam...

"You can't be critical of Jews or Isreal without being called an anti-semite. Even if your crtisism is warrented."

Not quite correct. The vast majority of such criticism is steeped in deep anti-semitism, whether the person issueing the criticism realises it or not, many of them sheepishly ape others who are anti-semitic or base their criticism on information that's extremely biassed, divulged by anti-semitic groups or individuals.

Take the constant attacks against Israel for their current actions against Hamas.
If you didn't know the histoy of the conflict (and especially the last few months) you'd be excused for thinking that the Israeli actions are way out of proportion and Hamas a bunch of nice guys who just want to be left alone.
But the reality is of course quite different, and shows Hamas as a vile agressor who for years have launched unprovoked and deadly attacks on Israeli citizens, despite repeated "ceasefires" and "treaties" in which they pledge to stop the violence. Israel on the other hand has always held back its responses, often hasn't responded at all even when its citizens were killed at the hand of Hamas launched mortar bombs and rockets.
That of course is never reported in the world press, only the "unprovoked" Israeli responses that do happen are mentioned, and the only sources of "information" about them are press releases from the Hamas propaganda machine.

Anonymous said...

I rest my case...

You can not even discuss the possiblity of being critical of Jews or Isreal without being called an anti-semite.

Anonymous said...

"You can not even discuss the possiblity of being critical of Jews or Isreal without being called an anti-semite."

Anon-2 may not think this statement is correct, but it is true. It's not usually Isreali jews who make that statement true, but Leftist American jews. Another thing that many don't realize, and a topic rarely if ever discussed in public, is that there's no great love between Isreali's and American jews. The Isreali's tend not to be as pro-Left as their American counterparts, who are seen as weak, pro-socialist, pro-communist, whiners.