Islamophobia: The Acceptable Bigotry That Arouses No Passion or Condemnation.
We show much less passion for Islamophobia than we do for other forms of prejudice. This is unacceptable, This needs to stop.
In the holy month of Ramadan, Palestinian Muslims in Jerusalem, have been grappling, not only with the profound difficulties of their everyday lives, but also with the shelling by the Israeli police of the holy mosque of Al-Aqsa, which is at the heart of the battle between the state of Israel and Palestine.
In the fighting that has gone on for days, in which we are treated to the images of the shelling and the confirmation that babies have been among the 24 people killed and yet it seems that the lives of the victims — Muslims, do not matter.
In France, a number of serving French military officers have written to the head of state — Emmanuel Macron, stating that, he has surrendered to Islamists, thus bringing the republic to the brink of civil war. What’s interesting is that, the repulsive views of these servants of the state, have been endorsed by the leader of the nationalist party.
In my previous article, titled “ A French military coup d’etat in 2022”. I wrote of France’s highly complicated history with its colonies, its brutal killings of several hundreds of thousands of Algerian Muslims, in the war of independence and the resistance of the French army, replete with officers with far right sympathies, working to undermine Charles De Gaulle’s government, to relinquish control. The atrocities that France committed in Algeria, have never been atoned for and yet, what we get and read in the papers is of Muslims being the problem.
In the case of serving French officers, accusing Macron of surrender to Islamists and Israeli forces bombing the holy mosque of Al-Aqsa, the one connecting link, is, you have guessed it — Islamophobia.
The demonizing of Muslims, the pushing of the narrative that Islam is the problem, a cancer that must be cut out, is one that has gained mainstream acceptance since twenty years ago and one that we have allowed to fester, unchecked.
Given that we don’t have powerful mainstream voices, condemning the Islamophobia that we see all the time, means that we are all complicit in this mess and the words of Martin Luther King comes to mind:
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Let me be clear about one thing: I fully condemn all acts of terrorist violence, whether it is by Boko Haram, Isis, Al Qaeda, the IRA or by corrupt national governments — Thatcher, Reagan, Bush, Blair, Obama and Cameron’s easily come to mind. After all, Reagan and Thatcher were very happy to support the Mujaheddin against the soviets, in the battle to destroy communism and sell arms to both the Iranians and Iraqis in the 1980s.
What we should never tolerate or accept, however, is the lumping together of an entire group of people as evil and stay silent, when we see acts of violence being meted out to them, on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, as the people of Palestine, have had to endure for the longest time.
We cannot afford to remain silent. We cannot turn a blind eye. It is wrong on all fronts. We must join the fight against Islamophobia.
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