This is a recurring theme.
Everyone who follows this blog knows full well that Ihsanoglu was filmed by me in 2008 catching the secretary-general uttering the same outrageous statement.
In a talk he gave at the Foreign Policy Institute in Stockholm, answering a question about contemporary Arab anti-semitism, this “eminent academic” said:
Muslims by definition can not be anti-Semites. We see Moses as a prophet, like Jesus. Arabs are also Semites too.
Here we see İhsanoğlu goig even beyond the insipid argument that “Arabs are semites” – something that is worthy of a Helen Thomas, not an intellectual – to the bizarre idea that Muslims altogether cannot be anti-semitic!
This can’t be confused with the traditional “a semite can’t be an anti-semite” meme, it’s worse than that. It’s a denying of Muslim/Islamic inspired anti-Semitism regardless of ethnicity, nationality and race, as well as the bigoted notion, by default, that only a non-Muslim can be anti-Semitic. Ihasanoglu told me the exact same thing almost five years ago in Helsinki.
NOTE: In fact, he went even further in Helsinki, saying at the time that no Muslim whatsoever, whether he is a good or bad Muslim, could be anti-Semitic.