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Why Do Anti-Semitic US Islamists Get a Free Pass?

Sarsour walks onto the stage to deliver the commencement address
Linda Sarsour walks onto the stage to deliver the commencement address at CUNY. (Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

All too often of late we’ve seen American Islamists voicing their support for anti-Semites, if not calling for the outright killing of Jews or accusing Israel of creating ISIS.

A number of Islamist spiritual leaders especially were outed by MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute), as in the case of New Jersey Imam Aymen Elkasaby, who, from his pulpit, called Jews “apes and pigs” and prayed to Allah to kill them “down to the very last one.”

So many were outed as such that another New Jersey imam, Mohamed Moussa, announced he was starting workshops to train U.S. imams on how to avoid incitement and hate speech. As MEMRI again documented, “Imam Moussa warned that there are ‘institutions of Islamophobia’ with ‘budgets in the millions, whose only job is [to monitor] us.’”

(That’s certainly pesky when you want to spew anti-Semitism.)

And, of course, no one could forget how sharia-apologist and self-styled champion of women’s rights Linda Sarsour teamed up for the Women’s March on Washington with Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Yousef Odeh, who was convicted of involvement in two fatal bombings in Israel.

Now we hear of more prominent American Islamists supporting yet another virulent anti-Semite, the newly-elected prime minister of Malaysia, 92-year-old Mahathir Muhamad, as reported by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Muhamad’s history of anti-Semitic remarks is well documented.

In 2003, at the Organization of the Islamic Conference summit in 2003 in Kuala Lumpur, Muhamad said, “1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews. There must be a way. And we can only find a way if we stop to think, to assess our weaknesses and our strength, to plan, to strategize and then to counterattack. We are actually very strong. 1.3 billion people cannot be simply wiped out. The Europeans killed six million Jews out of 12 million. ”

More recently in 2012, he wrote, “Jews rule this world by proxy.”

He also said, “I am glad to be labeled anti-Semitic.”

Yet we see Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR (the Council on America Islamic Relations) in Los Angeles for the last 20 years, tweeting about Muhamad’s “historic victory” in Malaysia (with no mention of his bigotry).

Similarly, Mongi Dhaouadi, the former director of CAIR-Connecticut and supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, posted about Muhamad — a video by the Qatari-based Islamist network Al-Jazeera (again with no mention of Muhamad’s anti-Semitism).

Unfortunately anti-Semites seem to be getting a free pass these days in the U.S. (witness the Anti-Defamation League being booted from the group of Starbuck’s “diversity” training advisers due to the objections of two other advisers – hate-filled anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan and his supporter Tamika Mallory, one of Linda Sarsour’s co-leaders of the Women’s March.)

If, in all these incidences of anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim rhetoric was substituted, my guess is that they would all be red-flagged immediately.

 

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Meira Svirsky
Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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