Contextual contortions

Although a regional branch of DITIB (a reactionary Turkish nationalist Islamic organization under the Minister President of Turkey) condemned the murderous acts in Paris (which mirror similar acts committed by Islam’s role model, Mohammad), they also published a list of 30 crude statements against Jews on the same website (in Turkish: Yahudiler=Jews). The page had been online for about two months. In Germany, DITIB considers itself moderate and peaceful.

„The umbrella organization DITIB in Cologne, Germany responded to questions by ‚Die Welt‘ with shock at the publication of quotes: ‚One can not rip these phrases out of context. We will make that clear to the DITIB in Melsungen.'“

The list of statements did not originate from some “islamophobic” source, but were gathered from the Koran and the Hadiths. One may wonder in which context those dozens of ignorant quotes should be understood. The hate page is down; so perhaps it will soon be replaced by a page on which Islamic experts from DITIB explain precisely a context which will redefine each of the quotes as „peaceful“. But I won’t be holding my breath waiting for that to happen.

Three things must be understood: 1. seldom is criticism of Islam phobic, 2. even so-called “moderate” Islam is denunciatory and 3. a disassociation from terror acts and the intensity of anti-Semitism reflect merely intra Islamic organization rivalries and public image maintenance. Also, these disassociations almost always avoid mentioning an anti-Semitic component or origin in their press statements.

William Wires, 25. Nov. 2015


Concern worse than hate?

Originally published on Nov. 25, 2015 by Tapfer im Nirgendwo

Originalfassung auf deutsch Tapfer im Nirgendwo

An interview in Die Welt with the chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, has drawn attention to an issue regarding recent refugee immigration:

“Refugees are fleeing the terrorist ‘Islamic State’ and want to live in peace and freedom, but at the same time many come from areas in which the hatred of Jews and intolerance is an integral part of their cultural values. But, the issue doesn’t include only attitudes towards Jews, but also towards equality between men and women, and towards homosexuals.”

Schuster said: “Sooner or later we won’t be able to avoid setting immigration limits.”

This carefully worded concern by the Chairman of the Central Council of Jews received a lot more (negative) media reaction than the following news report at the same time:

The website of a branch of the Muslim community of the Turkish-Islamic Union fir Religious Affairs (DITIB) – an official branch of the Presidency of Religious Affairs in Ankara, Turkey – in Northern Hesse, which normally presents information concerning religious gatherings and community celebrations, presented a collection of 30 anti-Semitic quotations from the Koran and the Hadiths in Turkish on their website. Here are a few excerpts:

“The Jews preach goodness, but don’t stop doing evil.”

“The Jews are mean.”

“Jews have killed their own prophets.”

“Jews are stingy.”

“Jews are weak fighters.”

When a Muslim community in Hesse uses quotations from the Koran and the Hadiths to fuel hatred against Jews in Germany, then Josef Schuster’s concern is not entirely unjustified. I wonder why Schuster’s well-founded fear of dangerous integration-resistant Muslims in Germany receives more media coverage than the mendacious statements on the website of a Muslim organization in Hesse, calling all Jews mean, stingy and evil.

Is it really more scandalous in Germany to address a real existing hatred of Jews emanating from an official organization than to confront a judgment based on lies damning all Jews?

(Translation: William Wires)

 

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