Islamophobia: Not the New Antisemitism

October 19, 2010

Even as Chancellor Angela Merkel pronounces the failure of “multiculturalism” in Germany, the English-language German newspaper reporter, Marc Young, writing for the English-language German news at The Local, proclaims that “bigotry towards Muslims is the new anti-Semitism.”
 As the author of a book with the title The New Anti-Semitism (with an edition in German), allow me to remind Mr. Young that one of the things that is “new” about this most ancient of hatreds is that it is pandemic in the Islamic world and in Muslim communities in the West and that the multicultural relativists in the world’s universities, media, and political leadership, are collaborating with it in the name of “political correctness.”
 Thus, what both Young and those who run the state-subsidized Center for Research on Anti-Semitism at the University of Berlin have learned from the Nazi Holocaust is that Europeans should not discriminate against Muslims as they once did against Jews.

German scholar Clemens Heni strongly disagrees:
 “There is no other prejudice or form of racism which you can compare to this centuries-long hatred (anti-Semitism) which has no real justification. If you look at Islam today, there is a point to Islamophobia because Jihadists say, ‘We want to kill the unbelievers.’ Jews never said that. Because as a German I have a responsibility to deal with my own history, and if I see that other Germans want to downplay anti-Semitism and to minimize the threat of Islamic jihad and other forms of anti-Zionism–I think there is something deeply wrong, they didn’t learn the lesson from the Holocaust, they are even downplaying the Holocaust itself. 

the very root of the word Antisemitism was pseudo science from Germany. It was supposed to be less hateful then the word Juden Hass meaning literally Jew Hate, but it’s “science” was based on a genetic assumption of being against the children of Shem (Noah’s son in the Torah). The correct term Juden Hass is harder for Muslims to co-opt to their own cause and brings more baggage with millenniums of hate towards specifically Jews. I do not like that the semiotics of Antisemitism has been co-opted as it has, but the best way to avoid this issue is to go back to the original more shocking German wording.
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