News from Israel’s Islamist neighborhood

If it was a western president or prime minister – let alone an Israeli one – who had made utterly bigoted and hate-filled remarks about Muslims not long before he took office, it sure would be a top news item all over the world. But when it turns out that some two years ago, the man who is now Egypt’s president called “the Zionists” “blood-suckers,” “warmongers,” and “the descendants of apes and pigs,” most of the mainstream media (MSM) seem to think it should be politely ignored.

In a way one could actually argue that this really isn’t newsworthy, because if the MSM accurately reported on Islamist ideology, everyone would already know that implacable Jew-hatred is an integral part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s views and agenda. After all, Morsi’s statements from 2010, which were recently translated by MEMRI, faithfully echo themes that are all too familiar from the Hamas Charter, and similar views are regularly propagated by well-respected Muslim scholars.

The question why this torrent of loathsome statements by influential and widely respected figures who clearly shape and represent mainstream views is studiously ignored in the MSM was recently addressed by Pat Condell, who focused on the Palestinians and argued that this kind of “political correctness” reflected a patronizing and ultimately racist attitude.

While I largely agree with Pat Condell’s broader argument, I think there are also other important factors at work – first and foremost perhaps the western mantra that other societies should be approached as “people like us.” The problem with this approach is that, while it is always true on an individual level – we can meet people we personally like and get along with anywhere –, it is not true for societies.  A society where the reactionary and bigoted views of Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood are mainstream is simply not like a society where it is mainstream to reject and even loathe comparably reactionary and bigoted views.

3 responses to “News from Israel’s Islamist neighborhood

  1. Raoul Steiner

    Morsi is an idiot, he is the real ‘pig’, he forgets the help the Americans have given them duting the Revolution agains Mubarak. And America has behaved wrongly. I knew this shoud hapen. They only tslk of hate and destruccion of Israel, while everyday they shoot missiles over the Israeli towns. I agree with Pat Condell. They are cowards who hide behind women and children. It is only a pity that the ONGs, placed in Lebannon and allow the guerrillas to target Israeli Land every day, and the UN does not take mesures to avoid the same to happen from Gaza over Israel. Finnally, Gaza is no more than it was Philistea during the Biblical times. So, they have what belongs to them and even more. Why then do they want to threw Israelis to the sea, which is the long time desire of all the Arabs? This situation now, with the Islamic Brotherwood on one side and Iran on the other is going explosive each day. America, who fought useless wars along this last years is not willing to join a new war. And that will be alnother step to the fall of the Freedom in the World towards the Muslim countries.

  2. I AM CALLING FOR A NATIONAL BOYCOTT BY JEWS OF ANY INTERFAITH HOLOCAUST PROGRAM WHERE HATIKAVAH IS INTENTIONALLY EXLUDED DUE TO MUSLIM PRESSURE OR CLERGY WHO SUPPORT THE PALESTINIAN CAUSE. PLEASE GET THE WORD OUT. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  3. Rabbi Rosenberg and his ‘interfaith’ efforts for peace — Winds …

    sheikyermami.com/2013/02/10/rabbi-rosenberg-and-his-interfaith-efforts-for-…

    4 days ago … Organizers to vote on restoring ‘Hatikva’ to interfaith program … be omitted during the area’s interfaith Holocaust commemoration, because, … of his position, Rosenberg is now calling for a boycott of the event he helped found, …

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