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It’s not anti-Muslim to fear Islamist terrorism


LAST month Sajid Javid pledged at the BBC leadership debate to launch an inquiry into ‘Islamophobia’ in the Conservative party. Urged to do so by the Islamist preacher ‘set up’ by the BBC – a man with questionable views on women and Jews – Javid made his debate opponents agree.

If the Tories follow through this pledge they will muzzle criticism of Islamism even more than they have already. A distinction must be made between anti-Muslim hatred and fear of Islamic terrorism. We risk a creeping blasphemy law being instigated where unwarranted prejudice towards Muslims is conflated with rightful criticism and legitimate fears of Islamism.

As I wrote in the first part of this essay yesterday, the government is getting itself into such a muddle when it comes to Islamophobia that it risks failing to protect British citizens. If politicians think that conflating the dangers of Islamism with far-Right extremism will win hearts and minds, they are wrong. It won’t.

Nuanced political discourse has long since been abandoned and with that a clear definition of what far Right actually means. It certainly is as overused a term as are racism and Islamophobia.

The establishment elite preposterously think that anyone who voted for Brexit is far-Right. Not only does this diminish the meaning of the term, but it also makes it more difficult to recognise the real far Right whose extremist views are troublesome. As Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre points out, the real far Right consists mainly of neo-Nazis and, as epitomised by Nick Griffin’s support for Jeremy Corbyn, the Left and far Right are united in their anti-Semitism. 

It is true that we can’t ignore the threat of the far Right in Europe. In Germany, Jews have been warned not to wear kippas – head coverings for males – in public for fear of being attacked by the far Right. Last July a far-Right extremist firebombed a synagogue in Exeter.

The far Right are growing.  But the attempt to equate the threat of far-Right extremists with that of Islamists is mistaken. The latter is far more dangerous to us than the former, no matter how often politicians insist it isn’t.

Exaggerating the danger of the far Right has reached ludicrous proportions. London mayor Sadiq Khan recently announced that he is giving £1million towards tackling ‘far-Right extremism‘. Like many of Khan’s schemes this is a waste of money. Surely £1million would be better spent on putting more police on our lawless streets to prevent ever-surging stabbings and acid attacks? It is also concerning that Khan has adopted the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims’ freedom-crushing definition of Islamophobia on the basis that it will stop ‘far-Right rhetoric’.

These antics are a distraction from the real problems facing us. Islamist terrorism is a global threat. The unpalatable truth is that Islamists have declared war on us all. Isis continues to slaughter its way through MENA lands. 

Islamist persecution of Christians in Africa is a badly kept secret. Why doesn’t the government speak out about these heinous crimes instead of raising the spectre of Islamophobia?

Open Doors world watch list shows that Islamic oppression is directly responsible for the persecution of Christians in 33 out of 50 countries that they monitor. Islamic countries make up eight out of the top ten on this list.

Germany’s establishment is also in a bizarre love-in with Islamists. A Turkish feminist needs permanent police protection after she opened a ‘liberal mosque’ barring the niqab and burqa. A feminist who mocked the Islamic veil was accused of ‘racism’. Students at Frankfurt University have protested against a conference centred on the Islamic veil on the basis that any discussion on this is ‘Islamophobic’. Seemingly, like our own cowardly bunch in Westminster, German politicians are afraid to speak out or take action against these attacks on freedom of speech and choice.

In France the murderer of an elderly Jewish woman was found unfit to stand trial despite having no previous psychiatric problems.

Kobili Traore shouted ‘Allahu Akhba’ as he beat Sarah Halimi to death. Yet French authorities are seemingly too fearful to punish an Islamist for the act of murder – those who wish to emulate him will now have no reason to fear any consequences.

The French establishment has long been silent on the attacks on Jews by Islamists, begging some serious questions. 

Silence is consent, and so attacks continue unabated. Last month another elderly Jewish woman was pelted with iron balls in front of a synagogue. The suspects remain at large. 

A core tenet of Islamism is anti-Semitism, shown by their attacks on Israel and Jews in the diaspora. By not cracking down on Islamism and allowing it to proliferate, the British government is complicit in letting anti-Semitism fester. The wounds created by Islamism in our society are many.

By acquiescing to the supremacist ideology and racism of Islamism, the British government is ironically enhancing racism against Muslims. Reasoned debate on Islamism is prohibited by the fear of ‘Islamophobia’. The result is a polarisation of ideology. The demonisation, and accompanying dehumanisation, of the other is becoming the norm. Ordinary Muslims are tarred with the same brush as Islamists. Those who rightly fear the damage and discord inflicted by Islamism are branded ‘racists’ and their fears ignored.

The virtue-signalling apparatchiks who dominate our institutions think they are preventing racism by cracking down on free speech and with their blustering about the far Right. Instead they are encouraging it.

If politicians did the job we paid them to do and stood up to Islamists instead of prostrating themselves in front of them, they might find that the threat of far-Right extremism diminishes.

Those who govern us are acting cravenly and irresponsibly by trying to create equivalence where none exists between Islamism and the far Right. Instead of fiddling while Rome burns these fools should get a grip and start to protect British citizens from the shadow imposed over all of us by the destructive force of Islamism.

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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