I’ve noticed something!
Last night I was reading this, tucked up in bed, in my phone, via Twitter (Daniel Finklestein tweeted it):
New Statesman – Mehdi Hasan: The sorry truth is that the virus of anti-Semitism has infected the British Muslim community
It’s a shameful fact that Muslims are not only the victims of racial and religious prejudice but purveyors of it, too.
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.
He makes a point made elsewhere by Mark Steyn (but I can’t find any examples of it (my external memory drive is unreliable)) about scratching the surface of even the most urbane, educated, modern Muslim person, which is a point worth making, but!
Judaeophobia! I’ve never seen that word before! And it struck me:
We’re always hearing about Islamophobia, which people are always pointing out isn’t irrational if you’re worried about terrorism, but I don’t think I need to work too hard to find examples of irrational reactions to Islam. But those would be coming from fairly irrational corners of the internet (youtube comments for instance), so let’s mark it as a bit hyperbolic.
But then you have Antisemitism. And isn’t antisemitism at its core (NOT criticism of Israeli settlements or whatnot, here), all that blood-libel crap and conspiracy theories about 9/11 and the idea that they deserved the holocaust as well as making it up as part of an elaborate land grab in the Middle East, not to mention the money and finance side of things, isn’t that more irrational that most manifestations of Islamophobia?
So perhaps it’s just that Antisemitism arose during a period in which people who speak the English language properly were still making up words, whereas when Islamophobia turned into a Thing we were all at the mercy of Media Speak and and attention-grabbing press releases?
Or maybe it’s another example that proved Hasan’s point?
And yes, perhaps it’s something that’s been pointed out a billion times elsewhere, but I just noticed it and thought it worth pointing out.