Unfair' to Blame European Anti-Semitism on Muslims


A U.S. State Department report to Congress detailing a rising number of
incidents of anti-Semitism in Europe is being applauded by U.S. Jewish
groups as an important example of American leadership.

Muslim groups, however, are disappointed that the report correlated the
problem with Europe's rising Muslim population. The report also identified
skinheads and other radical political fringe groups as responsible for
anti-Semitic acts.

The report, released Wednesday (Jan. 5), was mandated by the Global
Anti-Semitism Review Act and will be published annually. It chronicles
anti-Semitic incidents in eastern Europe, France and Germany, as well as
places like Pakistan and Syria, where local media inflame anti-Semitic
sentiment…

A leading U.S. Muslim group took exception to the report's citing of Muslim
anti-Semitism as a rising problem in Europe, distinct from traditional
anti-Semitic sentiment.

"I think there's a real problem overall in Europe with racism and bigotry,
and I think it's unfair to put it at the feet of the Muslim community,"
said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on
American-Islamic Relations, a Washington, D.C.-based civil liberties
organization.

Hooper cited French laws that ban Muslim girls from wearing traditional
headscarves and attacks on mosques as examples of a broader problem with
bigotry

 


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