Muslim HuffPo Editor: Anti-Semitism “Common and Routine” Among British Muslims


Again not a major revelation, but something that isn’t widely addressed by an uncomfortable media. As a Muslim, it’s something that Mehdi Hasan can and does talk about. (Fair warning. The original source is a New Statesman article.)

It pains me to have to admit this but anti-Semitism isn’t just tolerated in some sections of the British Muslim community; it’s routine and commonplace. Any Muslims reading this article – if they are honest with themselves – will know instantly what I am referring to. It’s our dirty little secret. You could call it the banality of Muslim anti-Semitism.

I can’t keep count of the number of Muslims I have come across – from close friends and relatives to perfect strangers – for whom weird and wacky anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are the default explanation for a range of national and international events. Who killed Diana and Dodi? The Mossad, say many Muslims. They didn’t want the British heir to the throne having an Arab stepfather. What about 9/11? Definitely those damn Yehudis. I mean, why else were 4,000 Jews in New York told to stay home from work on the morning of 11 September 2001? How about the financial crisis? Er, Jewish bankers. Obviously. Oh, and the Holocaust? Don’t be silly. Never happened.

Growing up, I always assumed that this obsession with “the Jews” was a hallmark of the “first-generation” immigrants from the subcontinent. In recent years, I’ve been depressed to discover that there are plenty of “second-generation” Muslim youths, born and bred in multiracial Britain, who have drunk the anti-Semitic Kool-Aid. I’m often attacked by them for working in the “Jewish owned media”.

The truth is that the virus of anti-Semitism has infected members of the British Muslim community, both young and old. No, the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict hasn’t helped matters. But this goes beyond the Middle East. How else to explain why British Pakistanis are so often the most ardent advocates of anti-Semitic conspiracies, even though there are so few Jews living in Pakistan?

It is sheer hypocrisy for Muslims to complain of Islamophobia in every nook and cranny of British public life, to denounce the newspapers for running Muslim-baiting headlines, and yet ignore the rampant anti-Semitism in our own backyard. We cannot credibly fight Islamophobia while making excuses for Judaeophobia.

Especially since fighting Islamophobia often involves large quantities of Judaeophobia.  But Mehdi’s mistake is that he acts as if the virus infected the British Muslim community, when to be honest it was brought over. British Muslims didn’t learn to hate Jews in the UK. They learned it back home in Pakistan, as Mehdi partly admits.

Anti-Semitism is there in Muslim teachings and has been for a very long time. It’s not something that suddenly emerged and it’s not a new phenomenon. When Muslims chant “Khaybar, Khaybar o Jews, the army of Muhammad will return”, they are referring to one of the earliest Muslim massacres of Jews over a thousand years ago. And when that chant is heard in the UK, it isn’t a new bigotry, but a very old one.

The student who appeared to shout “Slaughter the Jews” at Israeli minister Danny Ayalon has claimed the Deputy Foreign minister misunderstood his Arabic.

Mr Rashid claimed that he had in fact shouted “Khaybar ya Yahod”, a classic Arabic battle cry referring to a seventh-century attack by Mohammed on the Jewish community in Khaybar where the Jews were conquered and made to pay half of their income to the Muslim population.

They were finally expelled by a successive Muslim ruler, Caliph Omar.

This isn’t a new antisemitism, but a very old one.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Jew hatred, in tandem with hatred of "infidels", is inextricably linked to Islamic teachings. The Koran is replete with anti-semitic imagery and exhortations, so much so, if Muslims weren't anti-semitic it would be a miracle.

    Most importantly, without an Islamic reformation the world will be faced with an ongoing plague, Islam – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/12/calling-for-a

    Adina kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • MikeWood

      Without an Islamic reformation the world will be faced with an ongoing plague. Agreed. Unfortunately, Islam is incapable of reform because the example set by Muhammad will always pervade it. Islam must be destroyed, it must be rendered as beyond the pale as Nazism. Unless this happens it will continue to attack and persecute wherever it borders the non-Muslim world and the will of the non-Muslim world may be sapped and eventually succumb.

      • defcon 4

        Eliminating Jew hatred from Islam would require repudiating the actions of Muhammad in slaughtering/enslaving/expelling all the Jews from Saudi Arabia as well as Muhammad's explicit and voluminous Jew hatred (as expressed in all the holy books of Islam). Islamic dogma holds Muhammad as the most perfect and holy man in Islam, to be emulated in all things. I don't see how such reform is possible. It's as ridiculous a concept as reforming Nazism.

  • Toni_Pereira

    No surprise. Nevertheless, i find the more veiled jew hate of western pseudo-intellectuals and oafs like Georgie Galloway much more irritating.

    • defcon 4

      George Galloway is reportedly a closeted islamofascist. His actions are entirely in keeping w/such a theory as well. He's also been accused of being a bag man for islamofascist terrorism.

  • Michael Copeland

    Islamic anti-Semitism, Koran-based, Hadith-based, and hardwired into Islam’s racist political ideology, is growing dangerously in Europe. The mainstream media, ever inadequate and compromised, fail to identify its origins. Individuals who point it out are imprisoned for hate crime. As Lars Hedegaard says, governments can no longer control the problems they themselves have created.

    • Drakken

      That is why your going to see a Balkans on steroids very soon.

  • ap1756

    And you Pataki are a Nazi and/or a Hungarian "nyilas" (nazi equivalent of the 1940-ies)

  • Ghostwriter

    I disagree Bobby. I've met a couple of Jewish people and they're very nice. I'd hate to meet you. You sound like a jerk.

  • Mary Sue

    Is it the Jews calling for Death To America?
    Is it the Jews that insist others convert to their religion?
    Is it the Jews that blow themselves up in terrorist attacks?

    The answer to all those is no. If you think the answer is yes, you're a freaking mentally challenged mental midget.

    What exactly makes the Jews "vermin", you freaking anti-semite racist?

  • Ar'nun

    "It pains me to have to admit this but anti-Semitism isn’t just tolerated in some sections of the British Muslim community; it’s routine and commonplace."

    This is what results from allowing ignorant Liberals to control the conversation. For those of us that give a damn, this doesn't pain us to admit it, nor does it surprise us when it CLEARLY STATES in their holy book that "Jews are decedants of Apes and Pigs." (Quran verse 5:60) And on top of that, LISTEN TO WHAT THEY SAY!. Muslims don't hide their hatred, they celebrate it. Islam is a the worlds largest Cult. It is dangerous and committed to World Domination. Just take them at their word.

    • defcon 4

      There are literally dozens of explicitly antisemitic verses in the holy Koran and hadith. Here are some "authentic" hadiths for your perusal:

      Bukhari:V4B52N177
      "Allah's Apostle said, ‘You Muslims will fight the Jews till some of them hide behind stones. The stones will betray them saying, "O Abdullah (slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him."'"

      Ishaq:441
      "Allah's Apostle said, ‘The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him."'"

      In Sahih Muslim: Book 041, Number 6985:
      Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.

      • Ar'nun

        Thank you

  • Arlie

    It is VERY disturbing indeed. And don't look to David Cameron to help because he has declared war on the only people that are finally, after a decade, standing up and speaking out the truth. It is agonizing and appalling. http://www.gatesofvienna.net/2013/03/david-cameron-decla...

    Even though the elite ruling class has brought the terror on themselves they are standing by their decisions and dam the consequences. They are too stupid and arrogant to admit what they have created is evil on steroids.

    • defcon 4

      I don't think these steaming piles of political leadership are stupid at all, I think they're corrupt and rotten to the core.

    • Drakken

      What Cameron and others in Europe are going to do, is drive the folks like the EDL underground and return the favor with IRA style attacks with wide support among the native populations and far more deadlier than the IRA ever was.

  • AdamsApple

    "..there are plenty of “second-generation” Muslim youths".

    The key word is "youths", a social group who are well known in every society for their somewhat goofy opinions.

    Fortunately the vast majority of us (Muslims) grow out of it.

    • defcon 4

      LOL, yeah you just "grow out of" the rabid antisemitism found in all your holy books of hate eh, Hajji? I don't notice many (or should I say ANY?) muslimes anywhere renouncing or repudiating the rabid, pervasive, explicit antisemitic venom found throughout islamic texts, or the actions of Muhammad in persecuting, murdering and enslaving the Jews of Saudi Arabia. But I'm sure your lies are the reality of your delusions.

    • Drakken

      Your going to have to forgive our scepticism on believing anything you muslims have to say, you might be peaceful, but your fellow muslims are not, and soon it isn't going to matter anyway.

  • michal landor

    It is so sad that you are sooooooooooo stupid, but again you are a muzzie no surprise there!

  • Lan Astaslem

    Besides being a Jew hater, you're a real imbecile, too stupid to realize how much the muslims despise Christians. Then again, you don't sound like a real Christian, so a pig like you might be safe from the muslim onslaught.

  • JacksonPearson

    Muslims are a mentally sick, brainwashed people, and so is their hate book the Qur'an.

    Just a reminder…:
    ISLAM: The Religion of Peace (and a big stack of dead bodies)
    Islamic terrorists have carried out more than 20,598 terrorist attacks since 9/11. http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

    "Mohammed is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another" –Quran 48:29

    • AdamsApple

      Lol, just remember it wasn't Muslims who exterminated millions of Jews in gas chambers,

      • http://twitter.com/SamirSHalabi1 @SamirSHalabi1

        No it wasn't the muslims who gassed two thirds of European Jewry, however the Grand mufti of Jerusalem from 1920-45 was a wanted war criminal who evaded the British twice from capture, first time in 1937 2nd time in 1941 in which he was responsible with Rashid Ali in Baghdad for the Farhud in 1941 a Pogrom against the Jewish community of Baghdad 171 Jews killed and a 1,000 injured aswell as 900 of their homes destroyed. Haj al-Amin al-Husseyni then fled to Berlin in Nazi germany in December 1941 where he was guest of Adolf Hitler, he visited the death camps where they were slaughtering Jews and others on a daily industrial basis, he was noted as stating that he wanted parallel death facilities to be set up all over the Middle-east and North Africa and Palestine where Jews were living as soon as it was determined that an Axis victory was established, whereby he would continue what Hitler's programd, for the complete elimination of the Jewish people by evacuation using the same Nazi methods in death camps that he hoped to create.

  • Lindawal

    This woman on pic and such similar creatures should be deported immediately.