Somebody send Levin this book: The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History
Why Mark Levin Must Give Voice To Informed Jewish Analysts Of Muslim Antisemitism
Indonesian Muslim protesters display posters of Jews as apes (a Koranic epithet for Jews: 2:65; 5:60; 7:166), accompanied by “May Allah curse the Jews,” in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. More than 10,000 Muslims marched through Indonesia’s capital (AP photo/ Dita Alangkara)
“We don’t want you to use your kippah in this country [Indonesia]. If you continue to use it, we’ll kill you.”
—Threat to the barely ~200 Asian descent Jews in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation with 229 million Muslims, deemed “tolerant and moderate”, and exhibiting only an average level of extreme Antisemitism (48%) vis-à-vis the world’s Muslims.
The iconic Jewish conservative media figure Mark Levin recently devoted air time (here; starting at 1 hr 43 mins 4 secs) to a discussion of the Antisemitism expressed by Muslima Rep. Ilhan Omar. While I commend Mr. Levin for simply acknowledging this ugly phenomenon, his exploration of the matter did more to obfuscate, than educate.
The approach to the question of Omar’s Antisemitism adopted by Levin was rather warped. Absent any Jews who have studied the Islamic ideological drivers and/or manifestations of Muslim Antisemitism, not to mention being its target, Levin’s audience was only allowed to understand the Islamic Jew-hatred Ilhan Omar embodies through the bowdlerizing prism of a self-designated “Muslim reformer,” who is actually an apologist/revisionist (here; here). As a result, no basic orienting information was imparted to Levin’s sizable radio audience. Neither the overwhelming scope, and intensity of Muslim Jew-hatred—now a global pandemic, documented by hard polling data—nor its intimate nexus to canonical Islam as promulgated by Islamdom’s most important religious teaching centers, were illuminated. Sadly, Levin clung to this presentation format—well below accepted fair play standards for honest, informed discourse—afterZionist Organization of America President Mort Klein’s courageous, landmark testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, April 9, 2019.
Mort Klein’s revelations contrasted starkly with the scrupulous avoidance of global data on the prevalence of extreme Muslim Jew-hatred, and doctrinal dissimulation proffered by the Muslim apologist Levin chose to showcase. At one point, dramatically holding a graphic display aloft, Klein’s evidence-based Congressional testimony highlighted unique worldwide data compiled by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on extreme Antisemitic attitudes. The ADL, between 2014 and 2017, completed international and regional surveys recording the prevalence of those who agreed with six or more of eleven Antisemitic stereotypes, indicating extreme Antisemitism. These findings were depressingly consistent, revealing a remarkable 2 to 4.5-fold excess of Muslim Jew-hatred, juxtaposed to all other major religious affiliations, or those professing no religious belief. Moreover, equally disproportionate Muslim Jew-hatred extended to the diaspora populations in Western Europe, and the U.S. Key summary results, included:
- The prevalence of extreme Antisemitism, globally, by religious affiliation, or absence of religious affiliation, overall, is 2 to 3-fold higher amongst Muslims: Muslim, 49%; Christian, 24%; No religion, 21%; Hindu, 19%; Buddhist, 17%
- The 16 most Antisemitic countries in the world are all in the Muslim Middle East, where extreme Antisemitism ranges from a “low” of 75% to a maximum of 93%—Judea-Samaria/Gaza 93%; Iraq 92%; Yemen 88%; Algeria 87%; Libya 87%; Tunisia 86%; Kuwait 82%; Bahrain 81%; Jordan 81%; Morocco 80%; Qatar 80%; United Arab Emirates 80%; Lebanon 78%; Oman 76%; Egypt 75%; Saudi Arabia 75%
- The prevalence of extreme Antisemitism in Western Europe has approached Middle Eastern levels in Belgium, and in each country surveyed, regardless of absolute rate, is 2 to 5-fold in excess amongst Muslims—Belgium, 68% of Muslims vs. 21% of the general population; Spain, 62% of Muslims vs. 29% of the general population; Germany, 56% of Muslims vs. 16% of the general population; Italy, 56% of Muslims vs. 29% of the general population; United Kingdom, 54% of Muslims vs. 12% of the general population; France, 49% of Muslims vs. 17% of the general population
- The prevalence of extreme Antisemitism amongst Muslims in the U.S., although, mercifully, at a lower absolute rate, is already 2.4-fold in excess compared to non-Muslim Americans: 34% of Muslims vs. 14% of the general population