This article is part of the Media Monitoring Highlights of July, a monthly overview of the most significant results of our monitoring of traditional and new media in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.
Date of publication: 20 July 2018
Media outlet: Die Achse des Guten (The Axis of the Good) is a political blog
Author: Rafael Korenzecher, editor of Jüdischen Rundschau
Headline: “We are not against Jews. We are just blind”
Description of the anti-Muslim content: Guestblogger Rafael Korenzecher claims that Islam has always aspired to be a religion, but it is not. He degrades Islam saying that is a “backwards, hegemonical, inhumane, intolerant and democracy-hating violent world-dominance ideology" that directly leads to "Islam-generated violence against Jews". The article claims that antisemitic incidents in Germany, “as a rule, they are hardly ever committed by the right [...], but mainly by Muslims.” According to the author, Islam is incompatible with democracy and Western society.
Myth debunked: Although there are small sections of the Muslim community who have promoted antisemitic views, the author of this blog post completely fails to understand the problem of antisemitism in Europe today. On the contrary, he makes widespread Islamophobic generalisations that are vile and violent. Fighting one form of racism (antisemitism) resurging to another form of racism (anti-Muslim hate) will not decrease bigotry and discrimination. People with hatred against an ethnic or religious group, usually hate other groups too and vice versa. Only when we start to address antisemitism and anti-Muslim hate, through education and communitarian work, we can stamp both out. There are many good examples of interfaith work all across Europe that sees plenty of support of Muslims who stand in solidarity with Jewish communities against both antisemitism and Islamophobia. Among the very little existing research, the important 5-nation study "Antisemitism and Immigration in Western Europe Today. Is there a connection?" by the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism sheds light on the issue and denies that antisemtism is on the rise because of refugees.
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