Islamophobia is a terrible thing. But Muslim Anti-Semitsm is perfectly fine.
Mustafa Elazabawy, imam at Masjid Manhattan, wrote a letter to museum leadership last month, complaining that the 6-minute film about al-Qaeda’s rise “would greatly offend our local Muslim believers as well as any foreign Muslim visitor to the museum,” if it is not changed. “Unsophisticated visitors who do not understand the difference between Al Qaeda and Muslims may come away with a prejudiced view of Islam, leading to antagonism and even confrontation toward Muslim believers near the site.”
He also joined in a follow-up complaint sent to museum Director Alice Greenwald on behalf of New York Disaster Interfaith Services’ advisory group.
It would be a terrible thing if someone confused Islam with a violently hateful ideology. Absolutely terrible.
And what incredibly tolerant things does Mustafa do in his spare time? He searches for a cure for cancer. And be cancer, he means Jews.
A Muslim religious leader who helped spearhead a push to get the National September 11 Memorial Museum to censor references to Islam in a short film about al-Qaeda has said Jews “killed the Prophets and Messengers” and are a “cancer … in every generation as they get in power.”
Elazabawy’s demands for interfaith sensitivity were absent during the 2008 sermon, which came during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead incursion into Gaza aimed at curbing Hamas rocket-fire toward civilian communities in Israel.
“And they use the hypocrites of the Muslims to help them, and the Muslim follow them, because they control the money, they control the weapons, they do everything.”
Also they control the potato chips. All the potato chips.
Jews were spreading mischief in Egypt, Sudan and Somalia, he said.
“They are cancer in everywhere, in every generation as they get in power. People turn their face, and they know they are tyrants, they know they are oppressors. They know that they kill the children of Muslim[s] all the time. But everybody permits it because they controlling the money and the position in the whole entire world.”
Those darn Somali Jews… always causing trouble.
In his khutbah two months earlier, however, Elazabawy said Jews rejected the prophet “because he came from the Arab and he did not come from them, what they said? They declare a war from the first day and hatred against Islam.”
Sure. It’s the Jews who keep declaring war on entire religions. Not folks like Elazabawy.
During the Six Day War, then-Israeli military leaders Menachem Begin and Ariel Sharon would butcher pregnant Palestinian women for sport, Elazabawy said:
“They kill our children. It’s halal [kosher] for them. It is a hero. It is a victory … Begin and Sharon in 1967, they used to bring the Palestinian women, pregnant Palestinian women. They used to bet between both of them is it son or girl, boy or girl, between Sharon and Begin. And then after all what they did, they killed with a knife, and they opened the belly of the woman to find out if there is a boy or there is a girl. If they found it’s a boy, they killed the boy and they leave it exactly the same what Pharaoh did with them before.”
Apparently Sharon took time off from fighting a war to play psychotic medicine. Begin, who was actually a Cabinet Minister in the government at the time, also went along.
So the moral of the story is that it’s absolutely wrong to defame Muslims by associating them in any way with Islamic terrorism. But Muslims are free to make up the most demented hatefilled stories about Jews.
That’s Muslim Privilege.