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20 december 2010

'De nieuwe kruistocht tegen de islam'

Aanvulling oktober 2016: Max Blumenthal blameert zich door zich te laten fêteren door Poetins propagandazender RT. Bij zijn verhouding tot 'zo objectief mogelijke journalistiek' kan dus een vet vraagteken worden gezet.

'The Great Islamophobic Crusade'
Door Max Blumenthal,, 19 december 2010

[After the election of Obama] embittered conservative forces, voted out of power (...), sought with remarkable success to leverage cultural resentment into political and partisan gain.
This network is obsessively fixated on the supposed spread of Muslim influence in America. Its apparatus spans continents, extending from Tea Party activists here to the European far right. It brings together in common cause right-wing ultra-Zionists, Christian evangelicals, and racist British soccer hooligans. It reflects an aggressively pro-Israel sensibility, with its key figures venerating the Jewish state as a Middle Eastern Fort Apache on the front lines of the Global War on Terror and urging the U.S. and various European powers to emulate its heavy-handed methods.

(...) In the apocalyptic clash of civilizations the global anti-Muslim network has sought to incite, tiny armed Jewish settlements like Yitzar, located on the hills above the occupied Palestinian city of Nablus, represent front-line fortresses. Inside Yitzar’s state-funded yeshiva, a rabbi named Yitzhak Shapira has instructed students in what rules must be applied when considering killing non-Jews. Shapira summarized his opinions in a widely publicized book, Torat HaMelech, or The King’s Torah. Claiming that non-Jews are “uncompassionate by nature,” Shapira cited rabbinical texts to declare that gentiles could be killed in order to “curb their evil inclinations.”

(...) The settlement movement’s leading online news magazine, Arutz Sheva, has featured Geller as a columnist. A friend of Geller’s, Beth Gilinsky(...) organized a large rally in New York City in April 2010 to protest the Obama administration’s call for a settlement freeze.

Max Blumenthal, author of the bestselling book Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party, has done the necessary legwork to take us deep into one of those crews of conspiracy-mongers who, at another time, just about no one would have paid much attention to, but in twenty-first-century America have gained a remarkable audience. They are a chilling barometer of the changing weather in America. Tom

Zie ook:

Update: Meet the Right-Wing Hatemongers Who Inspired the Norway Killer
Door Max Blumenthal, Alternet, 2 augustus 2011

Why were America's Islamophobes able to avoid accountability for so long?

Geert Wilders en Filip Dewinter zijn de verkeerde vrienden voor de Joden
Ian Buruma, NRC Handelsblad, 8 januari 2011

De strijd tegen antisemitisme is verworden tot ideologie tegen moslims
Evelien Gans, NRC Handelsblad, 8 januari 2011

Republican Gomorrah; inside the movement that shattered the party
Door Max Blumenthal, september 2009

Islamophobia, European-Style
By Gary Younge, The Nation, September 23, 2010

En m'n blognotities:
'Islamofobie grijpt snel om zich heen in Europa'
Hoe milities, racisten en antisemieten onderdak vonden in de Tea Party
English Defence League knoopt banden aan met Tea Party
Geert Wilders werkt samen met exteemrechtse verspreider van complottheorieën over Obama
'De basis van Pamela Gellers rijkdom is een criminineel bedrijf'
Radicale rabbijnen bepleiten moord op niet-Joden
Imam van 'Ground Zero-moskee' leidt Sharia Index Project

Foto: Max Blumenthal

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