Appeared in The Sunday Times International
Islamophobia: A Way to Muslim Holocaust
By Hameed Abdul Karim
‘85% of American Muslim community leaders are an enemy living amongst us’
-U.S Representative Peter King (R-NY)
A video making the rounds on the internet claims that Muslims and Islam will take over Europe in the near future. Muslims, it said, would outnumber the non-Muslims and Sharia will replace western liberal values. The narrator, in a sepulchral voice, announced that it was too late to turn the clock back because the birth rates of Muslims far exceeded those of the natives.
Muslims went ecstatic on hearing the ‘news’ and in their triumphalism did not bother to check the ‘facts’ propounded in the documentary or the sources. In the process, they missed the real motive behind the documentary which was to generate fear and hate among westerners for Islam and the Muslims.
This documentary is not the only piece of propaganda that has emerged in recent times. Day in a day out the media in Europe and the U.S.
dish out negative tales of Islam and the Muslims to an unquestioning and
gullible population, which is all too willing to let the media do their thinking
In England, the British National Party (BNP) went on a public campaign to lambast Muslims for anything and everything that they could cook up, even though they (Muslims) constitute less than 2% of the population of more than 61 million. It’s true a group of Muslims committed an act of terror in London, but then so did the IRA. Were the Catholics treated the same way the Muslims are being treated today? Or are Muslims being seen as the ‘other’ in an ‘us versus them’ milieu?
It gets worse. In a recent haughty display of virulent nationalism, the extreme right wing Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly in Orange County in California said at a public function (shown only on Aljazeera) that a fundraiser for women’s shelters sponsored by the Islamic Circle of North America Relief USA (ICNA) was ‘pure unadulterated evil’ adding, ‘I know quite a few (U.S.) marines who will be happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise’.
Her remarks were received with loud applause. Later in a scene reminiscent of Nazis jeering Jews, her supporters went across to the event and cast nasty remarks at Muslim women who were conducting the project and frightened them out of their wits.
Judging by the
behaviour of U.S. marines in Afghanistan,
Iraq and Pakistan her threat should not be taken lightly. Republican U.S.
Representative Peter King thought it was very American t initiate a
Congressional hearing on what he claims is the radicalisation of Muslims in the
If either of these two rabid politicians ever try to do even a less than
similar attack on Jews they would be out of jobs and probably
in jail. What must come as heartbreaking for Muslims and all decent folks everywhere
were the absence of any condemnation from the eloquent man in the White House
or in America’s mainstream media. Compare these remarks to the innocuous ones
made by Helen Thomas, a long time employee of the Hearst media group and
Octavia Nasr, a veteran at CNN, and you’ll get the point. Both Thomas and Nasr
were sacked for their comments to the media.
The good news is that there are those who speak out against these discriminatory attacks against Muslims. Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak, member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinic Council and
founder Jews on First, said the
hearing conducted by Peter King ‘is profoundly offensive to me as a Jew, a
Rabbi, an American and a human being’.
He added ‘these hearings come on the heels of a string of shocking racist attacks on Muslims in the United States’ and that ‘it’s painful to see some Jewish groups promoting this hatred and fear because they mistakenly believe it will help Israel’. Going
said ‘it is also deeply distressing to see this disturbing trend of ‘ scapegoating’
Muslim-Americans being echoed at the highest level of our (U.S) government’.
It doesn’t stop there. Europe, like the U.S, is in an anti Muslim frenzy at present. Switzerland has banned the construction of minarets and France has banned the face veil for women. President Nicolas Sarkozy has come out with a plan to evaluate the role of Islam
in France bringing to mind Alfred
Dreyfus who was wrongfully sent to the slammer because of his Jewish origins.
All the anti-Muslim hostility resembles the anti Jewish hysteria before the European
war culminating in the extermination of millions
of Jews by the Europeans. What is ironic is that certain Jewish groups have
joined the anti Muslim bandwagon and are all too happy to proclaim the Muslims
as the harmful other and the source of all evil.
The anti Muslim spectacle we see in the western world raises a critical question. Are the Europeans scheming to expel Muslims from Europe like they expelled the Jews? Those of us who say ‘no’ might do well to remember French President Sarkozy’s expulsions of Roma gypsies just a few months ago.
Sure there were protests from a few European leaders but it looks more like it
was done for public consumption rather than from genuine concern for the
oppressed. The fact is nobody could stop Sarkozy from expelling the gypsies.
Was this a trial run on a micro level ?