Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu noticeably crestfallen.
Like I’ve said time and again, our beef is with the Mecca portion of the koran and the rest of Islamic texts that are vehemently anti-infidel, as well as those who insist on implementing the sharia for public consumption thereby subverting our free societies, as well as those Muslims who by their inaction, run interference for these fundamentalists (Basic Islam 101’ers).
That said, you will find some ‘modernist’ Muslims who reject the intolerance of their fellow believers, but the existence of such people does nothing to mitigate the violent, intolerant and oppressive aspects of Islam itself. That is the dilemma in the duality nature of Islam, and why it poses such a risk for every society that comes into contact with it.
NOTE: Pro-Israel supporters (within Israel and abroad) need to keep themselves from harboring fanciful notions, that this Dr. is representative of Islam in general. Yes there may be more like her, but their numbers are extremely minuscule, and completely void of any meaningful influence. As long as vitriolic antisemitic Islamic texts remain central to Islamic thinking, there will be no advancement in Muslim-Jewish relations either.
Muslim writer touts Israeli tolerance of minorities
“This country does not fit the description of an apartheid state,” says author Qanta Ahmed in visit to Israel.
DR. QANTA AHMED speaks at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem Photo: Deston Productions
British author Dr. Qanta Ahmed spoke on Wednesday at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem about the difficulties for minorities in Islamic societies and how Israel is the only country in the Middle East that tolerates them.
The event was organized by Alan Schneider, director of the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem, and cosponsored by the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity as part of their joint Liaison Committee forum.
The forum serves as an informal initiative aimed at fostering better mutual respect and understanding between local Christians and Jews.
Ahmed is a British sleep-disorder specialist working in New York State, whose parents came from Pakistan after moving there from India.
She visited Israel for the first time and gave a lecture at the symposium on Wednesday evening dealing with radicalization and minority persecution in the Islamic world.
The rise of political Islam that has been particularly pronounced as a result of the Arab uprisings is a threat to minorities and to Muslims who do not agree with the ascendent radical ideology, Ahmed said.
The persecution of Christians and other minorities is not getting the attention it deserves from the mainstream media, she said, adding that only a Muslim like her can get away with criticizing Islamic societies without being castigated as a bigot.
Israel does not fit the description of an apartheid state and instead, the media ignores the real problem, which is in the Muslim world, she said.
Illustrating this point, she said that it was only when she went to enter al-Aksa Mosque that she was asked to prove she was a Muslim in order to enter. She did so by reciting the shahada – the Muslim declaration of faith, that states there is one God and that Muhammad is his prophet.