Why Can Academics Study ‘Islamophobia’ But Not Anti-Semitism?


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Recently, Yale shut down its Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism (YIISA). Some claimed that the center was perhaps too “political.”

Almost simultaneously, on June 23, 2011, the University of California at Berkeley’s Center on Race and Gender issued its first annual “Islamophobia” report. The report is a project of the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP), whose mission statement says: “The IRDP focuses on a systematic and empirical approach to the study of Islamophobia and its impact on the American Muslim community. Today, Muslims in the U.S., parts of Europe, and around the world have been transformed into a demonized and feared global ‘other,’ subjected to legal, social, and political discrimination.”

In our view, “Islamophobia” hardly deserves any academic attention compared to the much more serious phenomenon of anti-Semitism. According to the German scholar of anti-Semitism Clemens Heni, “Anti-Semitism, with its irrational, implacably genocidal dimension, is totally different [from Islamophobia]….[T]here are some Islamicists who openly advocate the takeover of Europe, the West and the world….[T]he Jews have never had or claimed such a goal.”

In addition, there are the facts. For example, in 2008, the FBI found that 66.1% of religious hate crimes in America targeted Jews, but only 7.5% of religious hate crimes targeted Muslims.

On March 29, 2011, the Center for Security Policy released a revised edition of its groundbreaking longitudinal study, Religious Bias Crimes 2000-2009: Muslim, Jewish and Christian VictimsDebunking the Myth of a Growing Trend in Muslim Victimization. It is based on annual FBI statistics and contradicts the assertions that religious bias crimes against Muslims have increased in America and that the alleged cause is widespread “Islamophobia.” In fact, the study shows that religious bias crimes — also known as hate crimes — against Muslim Americans have remained relatively low with a downward trend since 2001, and are significantly less than the numbers of bias crimes against Jewish victims.

Guess what? This report on “Islamophobia” was co-issued by Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender and by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). As we all know, CAIR is an organization which just lost its non-profit status because it failed to file annual reports detailing revenues and expenses for three consecutive years. However, the 30 state CAIR chapters still have tax-exempt status. Two weeks after it lost its tax exempt status, CAIR continues to claim on its website that donations to CAIR are tax-deductible. Federal prosecutors also labeled CAIR an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the Holy Land Foundation’s financial support for Hamas, a terrorist organization. This is the “scholarly” company that Berkeley’s professors keep.

In addition, the founder of Berkeley’s “Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project” is none other than Professor Hatem Bazian, who was born in Nablus (Shechem) and who also founded Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). He is also a co-founder of American Muslims for Palestine. Dr. Bazian is a professor of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies.

Listen to the learned and objective Dr. Bazian.

At a 1999 “United for Al-Quds” conference in San Francisco, he cited the hadith which says, “The Day of Judgment will not happen until the trees and stones will say, O Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him.”

In April 2004 at an anti-war rally in San Francisco, he said: “It’s about time we have an intifada in this country.”

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  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    It is terribly sad that American university systems turned into Lysenko-style agitprop. Alas, it became such on its own initiative: as a result of "unaided process" of leftist evolution without any "help" of a Stalin-like "designer". This American academia became an example of a miserable human condition deeply seated in too many individuals of the West.

    Hopefully non-academic America will wake up sooner than later, realizing that "islamophobia" is good, and "islamo-hatia" is even more appropriate.

    Wake up America! Burn korans! Shred korans! No more mosques! In fact rid of ALL MOSQUES! Rid of islam. Not one moslem must feel comfortable in any Western nation. Then and only then will it be celebration and triumph of islamophobia!

  • kafir4life

    Can somebody tell me if I'm on the right track? I've heard that members of cair, as well as their leadership are terrorist supporters that belong to a terrorist supporting organization that worships a made up moon god that was invented by a madman pedophile who shat the terror guise the koran following carnal knowledge with and a meal of his favorite pig that he called "mommy", and that abe hooper emulates his prophet daily at a DC pulled pork restaurant, and on a daily basis creates more chapters of the holy book of islam, the terror guide the koran.
    Is that true?

    • G Carson

      Basically, yes.

  • Marty

    It might be better to encourage reasonable people to simply read the Koran before burning it. Like mein kampf, the koran is a violent and vicious polemic that curses western civilization. Read it to know what sort of death cult confronts us.

  • Ladybug

    Even IB programmes in high schools have an Arab studies "wheel," but not a Judeo-Christian one.

    • Chezwick_mac

      When my daughter was a sophomore in high school, her world history textbook was a fascinating study in contrasts. For example, the Crusader sacking of Jerusalem was rightly recounted in all its blood-soaked infamy. Conversely, the Islamic conquest of Constantinople was carefully sanitized, with not a single reference to the slaughter that the great historian Will Durant recounted as leaving the streets as "rivers of blood".

      The Orwellian concept that some are "more equal" than others is not only alive and well in our schools and universities, but the lynch-pin of its established narrative.

      • Ladybug

        I try very hard to deprogram my high school seniors. They do not "get" that 1984 is happening now, despite parallel current events I bring into the classroom when I teach Orwell's novel. The science department has teachers who teach evolutionism and global warming as factual and manmade. Some history teachers will not allow students to debate the eligibility of the man in the White House, and the way social darwinism (small letters throughout my response are intentional) is taught to be as desirabe as progressivism is most frightening. People need to homeschool their children!

      • FriendofGaryCooper

        Nor do these textbooks mention that the Crusades were at least partly, a
        response to various Muslim jihadist invasions of Europe. These texts are
        prevalent in school systems that have received money from Islamic sources.
        Also, in public school systems that have received money from Islamic sources, this has led to middle school students reading the Koran in the school library, and learning to make offensive comments about Jews. These are American kids, in American schools. WHAT is a copy of the Koran doing in a MIDDLE SCHOOL library? People thought, not too long ago, "Anti-semitism on a large scale–this is America–it can't happen here!" But here it is.

      • aspacia

        Yes, U.S. text books and administrators are terrible. Try being a high school teacher who teaches English and incorporates the history of each time period and the author's politics . Talk about stepping in deep guano.

        There are numerous errors in the school approved texts, but if a teacher mentions this fact during a department or faculty meeting the teacher is targeted.

  • g_jochnowitz

    Universities have a long history of anti-semitism.
    How did the whole complicated, ferociously competitive process of college admissions begin? Malcolm Gladwell, writing in the October 10, 2005, issue of “The New Yorker,” says that when he applied to college in Canada, “The whole process probably took ten minutes” (“Getting In”). The situation changed when “A. Lawrence Lowell, Harvard’s president in the nineteen-twenties, stated flatly that too many Jews would destroy the school. … Finally Lowell—and his counterparts at Yale and Princeton—realized that if a definition of merit based on academic prowess was leading to the wrong kind of student the solution was to change the definition of merit.”

  • http://www.crusaderknight.blogspot.com James Pawlak

    The term or suffix "phobia" is used too widely and much too incorrectly in such terms as "homophobia" and, as to this note, "islamophobia".

    As to the latter term, the following quote is applicable: "A phobia is defined in Webster's dictionary as an "inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of subjects or situation.". Fear of Islamic extremism and its potentially catastrophic consequences is not inexplicable or illogical. It is a rational reaction to dangerous, irrational people who would use weapons of mass destruction to bring about their apocalyptic vision." (From Joseph Klien's "Playing The Islamophobic Card", "Front Page Magazine"; March 5, 2007.)

    I suggest that we all now substitute (In our daily use, in magazine/newspaper "Style Books", political speeches, sermons, etc.) the term "ISLAMOFORIA", where the term "foria" derives from the Greek and denotes a state of being-on-guard—Which is the proper response to Islam and all Muslims (Based on their "religious duty" to destroy our culture, government, nation and civilization).

    • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

      You are absolutely correct! Any propaganda begins with introduction of a deliberately twisted terminology in attempts to make wrong thing more palatable and right things – repulsive. Therefore terms "homophobia", "islamophobia", bigotry', racism are used in order to suppress the legitimate and conscious objection in the opponents, forcing them to shut up.

  • http://freethoughtnation.com Acharya S

    Do you think they'll actually study where the word "Islamophobia" came from?

    Muslim ex-imam: 'Islamophobia is a loathsome term for beating down critics of Islam' http://freethoughtnation.com/contributing-writers

    "This loathsome term is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliche conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics."

    • sodacrackers2

      Promoted by CAIR, the terrorist organization, who recently lost their tax exempt status.

  • Kate

    Islamoforic? Why yes i am. As most Muslim woman would be if they had a chance.

  • Moshe Pupick

    M., 06/27/11 common era

    Foreign students in the U.C. system should not be allowed to major in or do graduate work in any science; restrict them to liberal arts. That way, they can't use acquired scientific skills for their cursed global jihad. (Perhaps they should all be required to say, "Would you like fries with that, Sir/Ma'am?" in order to graduate.)

    • sodacrackers2

      Moshe, you are assuming that our students are actually learning instead of being propagandized in the university.

    • Eff Palestine

      Okay, Moshe, what do you mean? You'll need to clarify this for me. I consider myself a foreigner because my family migrated from another country. I'm an ex-Muslim and find Islamophobia, as a term, abhorrent. The great thing about coming from a Muslim background and a foreign country is that no stupid Muslim can call me racist against Islam. Anyway, I study science and to be honest I'm not much interested in the liberal arts because most of the people in liberal arts studies in the Universities frankly, creep me out. I'm pro-Israel and do not appreciate the leftist take over of the Universities. Okay, so I study science, and a lot my positions an various issues are pretty much in line with Phyllis'. Why on Earth should I give you a thumbs up? In other words, can you clarify your position for me please. Are you suggesting I leave my sciences? Are you suggesting I'm cursed to spread global jihad? I sure hope not because I hate Islam. Islam is the most vile religion in the world.

      • aspacia

        Eff, I understand your claim and probable fear regarding many citizen's rational fear of most foreigners in our universities. This fear stems from what our anticapitalist, fascist academics teach; I am a post graduate student and have long suffered liberal intolerance and arrogance. I would like more individuals like you to openly condemn Islam's ideology and call for reform as Jasser does? If not, many of your brethren and mine will continue to die.

        Bloggers, I have had students from Africa, Iran, Taiwan, et al, who argue the U.S. should often militarily intervene in many of their homelands. One Burmese particularly comes to mind because he plans to help fund an armed revolt against the current government.

        I fear the coming and continuing violence, but know that freedom will eventually prevail. Many hate reading books, albeit they love technology and the information age. After I explained the EMP and the neutron bomb to my seniors, many argued for bombing the Middle-East and establishing marshal law.

        The new generation differs from the 60's generation, especially after 9/11

  • Sad but true

    Not a peep from Jewish faculty at UC Berkeley. They're scared of their Muslim colleagues.

  • mcrobbins

    The YIISA website is still up! The information is very informative . They have videos of their seminar series. Great stuff!

    Caroline Glick reported on her blog that she was informed that the Jewish student body considered YIISA some sort of right-wing conspiracy. (Sounds like a bunch of students that have been filled with left-wing mush!) I was surprised that in the seminars, there were very few students in the audience from the videos. It was mainly older professors. Its a shame because I think the students would have found many of the seminars very interesting. Additionally, the lecturers were from all parts of the political spectrum.

  • LindaRivera

    Explaining the Meaning of an Islamophobe:

    An Islamophobe is a deeply patriotic American who strongly believes in the Bill of Rights and the American Constitution and is adamantly opposed to the unjust imposition of excessively cruel Islamic sharia law where females are regarded as inferior and defenseless non-Muslims have no human rights.

    An Islamophobe is NOT anti-Muslim! An Islamophobe is ANTI-SHARIA!

    An Islamophobe believes that ALL people are equal. That no one because of their politics and/or religion should be given special rights and privileges not given to others.

    Supremacist Muslims believe that employee dress codes should NOT apply to Muslims; that Muslims in the work place must be allowed to wear the Islamic head covering in order to show infidel Americans that their allegiance is to the totalitarian political/religious system of Islam.

    Supremacist Muslims believe that they are superior to ALL other people and therefore, must be given special "Muslim females only" hours at swimming pools and other places. That Muslims should not have to handle pork on their jobs; be given time off from work for Muslim prayers and should have Muslim footbaths installed in airports, universities and other places.

    An Islamophobe believes that the nation of Israel; the BIBLICAL Holy Land highly cherished by Jews and Christians the world over for thousands of years, belongs to Jews and NOT Islam.

    An Islamophobe is vehemently opposed to honoring Islam with a 9/11 victory mosque at sacred Ground Zero where our cherished 3,000 were slaughtered without mercy by the followers of Islam. Throughout Islamic history, political Islam have built mosques at the sites of their military conquests and victories. The 9/11 mosque is a symbol of Islamic victory.

    An Islamophobe is someone who tells the truth about Islam; although doing so might get you killed.

    Council on American-Islamic Relations: "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth." – Omar Ahmad (CAIR co-founder).

    Addressing a youth session at the 1999 Islamic Association for Palestine's annual convention in Chicago, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) founder Omar Ahmad praised suicide bombers who "kill themselves for Islam," http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ART

  • Eff Palestine

    I'm just going through Ibn Warraq's "Defending the West." Said got so much wrong it's pathetic.

  • aspacia

    Great insightful article regarding the imbalance in academia. Chesler is always insightful, and it appears we can expect the same from her apprentice.

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