Here we go again: always the victim, no matter what. If anyone has a “dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims,” it’s not because of “the plight of the Rohingya Muslims and the spate of elections held in the United States and Europe over the last year.” Nor is it because of the nefarious deeds of Bannon, Horowitz, Gaffney and me. It’s because of the jihad attacks today in Edmonton and Marseille. It’s because of the Muslim in Italy who raped and beat his wife and forced her to wear a burqa. It’s because of the Muslim in Oklahoma who beheaded a coworker and invoked the Qur’an to justify his actions. It’s because of the Muslim in the UK who paraded a “Hitler You Were Right” sign.
And that’s just the news from the last few days.
“Muslims must step up fight against Islamophobia,” by Mushtak Parker, New Straits Times, September 30, 2017:
THE plight of the Rohingya Muslims and the spate of elections held in the United States and Europe over the last year have seen a surge in Islamophobia, which the Oxford English dictionary defines as “a dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force”, and others as “an irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against Islam or people who practise Islam”.
Whether it is in the form of cartoons or tweets, or online blogs, social media has been a godsend for anti-Muslim prejudice. In Myanmar, some of the worst perpetrators have been right-wing nationalists who fought repression under the military junta, where Internet trolls and cartoonists have been vicious in their anti-Muslim diatribe.
It is in the US and Europe that the “war against Islam” has been brewing in recent decades in tandem with the rise of the Far Right or AltRight (Alternative Right), partly in response to a perceived loss of identity and economic status, revolt against the establishment, and partly because of the spate of refugees and immigrants coming to the West.
The flood of fake news and race hate social media stoking up anti-immigrant and anti-Islam sentiments has played a crucial role in the Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD), the new “Darling of the Far Right” in the West, entering the Bundestag following last week’s German elections. This is the first time a fascist party has done this since Adolf Hitler’s National Socialists in 1939….
Rosenwald also, reportedly, funds a spate of AltRight Islamophobic organisations and individuals, including Breitbart, the Far Right American news network and its former chairman, Steve Bannon, until recently President Donald Trump’s chief White House strategist, and pundits, such as Robert Spencer, Frank Gaffney, and David Horowitz. Gaffney’s Syariah Watch website is like an oracle on Islamophobia….