The truth about Islam / Op-ed: West continues to deny existence of ideological criminality, violence in Muslim world (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Manfred Gerstenfeld Published: 04.03.12, 12:25)
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The murders committed by Mohammed Merah have not engendered much
serious debate in France about the sources of the major Muslim
incitement against the West, Israel and the Jews. For that to happen
there will apparently have to be many more victims. This cynical
statement truthfully expresses the current reality.
What occupied the media, however, were often secondary questions such
as whether Merah was mentally sane and what led this one person to
kill three soldiers – symbols of France – a Jewish teacher and three
The aftermath of the murders demonstrates once again Western
mainstream resistance to put key issues of the widespread ideological
criminality and violence in Muslim societies on its agenda. The main
question to be asked here is why do these phenomena in the Islamic
world exceed those in any other major religious environment?
There are other important issues as well. One is the need for a
detailed description of the main hatemongering Muslim associations
and their characteristics, how they spread their incitement, as well
as how potential murderers are recruited or induct themselves.
Another prime question is how significant is the division between
Islamists and more moderate Muslims? While intelligence services know
a great deal, far too little reaches the general public. There is a
population of one and a half billion Muslims, parts of which threaten
the future of the entire world. Without systematic exposure of the
perpetrators of incitement, it is impossible to start fighting them
Merah murders could not be handled by the French authorities as
inconsequential incidents. This was the more so as a presidential
election campaign is under way. Government reactions, however,
concerned secondary issues. The authorities forbade the entrance of
several Muslim hate clerics to France for an upcoming conference and
will expel several other inciters. One of those prohibited entry is
the Egyptian Yusuf-al-Qaradawi, who has declared that every Jew is an
enemy of Muslims. He condones suicide murders and is considered by
many as the world’s most influential Sunni theologian.
The UOIF, one of the largest federations of French Muslims, intended
to host Qaradawi and other inciters. The message is clear. Prominent
hate mongers are invited to speak by a leading Muslim organization.
While France may bar such entries, this hardly resonates elsewhere in
Europe. Qaradawi was embraced and feted in 2004 in London by Ken
Livingstone, then mayor on behalf of the Labor Party.
Racist, genocidal incitement
In February, there was a Dutch parliamentary majority to block the
arrival of anti-Semitic imam Haitham al-Haddad. The minister of
Justice could not refuse this British passport holder entry into the
Netherlands due to European rules, as he was not considered an
immediate and major threat.
Also in February, it became apparent once more about how difficult it
is to state the truth in the present French societal climate. French
Minister of the Interior Claude Guéant remarked that not all
civilizations are equal. President Sarkozy supported him by saying
that this declaration was common sense. Guéant was heavily attacked
by several Socialists and others on the Left who prefer to perpetuate
the lie that underpins Western multiculturalism – that all cultures
are indeed equal.
Already 20 years ago, Dutch liberal politician Frits Bolkestein – who
later became a European commissioner – courageously wrote
that “judged by the standards of the universal declaration of human
rights, the dominant civilization of Europe at present is superior to
Islamic civilization. All civilization is based on making judgments.
I believe that the civilization of Rome was superior to that of Gaul.
I also consider Unionist America superior to the slave-holder
Confederacy and democratic post-war Germany superior to Communist
The above is highly relevant to European Jews and Israel, in view of
the dangers threatening them. Massive exposure of the violent, often
racist and frequently genocidal sources in the Islamic world is a
necessity in order to diminish these threats.
Once this is sufficiently known and accepted, one can confront
Westerners with the profound decades-long anti-Semitism promoted by
many in the Muslim world. This expresses itself through turning texts
from the Koran into actual mantras of hate toward Jews, the frequent
import of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion from the Western world
to the Islamic one, denial of the Holocaust, promotion of blood
libels and other extreme anti-Semitic stereotypes, as well as the
publication of Nazi-inspired anti-Semitic cartoons.
One can also expose ample and readily available data which reveals
that on the average, Muslims in the West are more anti-Semitic and
disproportionally turn to violent verbal and physical extremes than
In the meantime, the aftermath of the Toulouse murders confirms that
the truth will not necessarily be triumphant. Those who manage to
dominate public debate, even if their lies are transparent, have a
realistic opportunity of becoming the likely victors.
Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld has published 20 books. Several of these
address anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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