With elections looming, Jews face at least the possibility that the country could soon be led by an opposition leader that 86% of the community believe is personally antisemitic, a scenario that some believe represents nothing less than an “existential threat” to Jewish life in the UK.
Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson was interviewed recently on BBC. During the interview, he revealed that, after the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, Guardian editors wouldn’t let him draw a depiction of Muhammad out fear of jihadist violence against their staff. Rowson then immediately pivoted to (non-violent) criticism of his cartoons by pro-Israel activists – contextualising both as ‘dangerous’ examples of attacks on free expression.
Multiple media outlets have devoted coverage to new statistics from the Metropolitan Police Service on hate crimes in London which demonstrate that – from July 2014 to July 2015 – both Islamophobic and antisemitic hate crimes in the […]
Last October, a Kurdish student attempted to get the National Union of Students in the UK (NUS) to pass a seemingly uncontroversial motion condemning “Islamic State” for its monstrous record of mass executions, […]
Cross posted from Harry’s Place In Heretic Ayaan Hirsi Ali argues that Islam is in need of reform in five key areas: 1. Muhammad’s semi-divine status, along with the literalist reading of […]
Cross posted from the blog of the CST Sometimes an organisation reveals its true nature by deliberately behaving in a way that others can only interpret as blatantly stupid, crass and offensive. This happened last […]
The politics of veteran Guardian “journalist” Jonathan Steele are so off-the-charts that he’s accused Muslims who opposed Islamist rule in Tunisia of ‘Islamophobia’, written a spirited defense of the ‘tragically misunderstood’ Robert […]
Earlier, we posted about Glenn Greenwald’s April 3 ‘Comment is Free’ piece titled ‘ Sam Harris, the New Atheists and anti-Muslim animus, in which he attacked noted atheist Sam Harris for promoting what […]
In Glenn Greenwald’s latest column at ‘Comment is Free’ (Sam Harris, the New Atheists and anti-Muslim animus, April 3) he attacks the “New Atheists” such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens for […]
The U.S. drama ‘Homeland’, based on the Israeli series Hatufim, was the subject of a column by Peter Beaumont on Oct. 13. The series stars Claire Danes as a CIA officer who believes that a U.S. Marine […]
This essay was written by Petra Marquardt-Bigman, and originally published at the Jerusalem Post Addressing Congress just a few days after the devastating terrorist attacks on 9/11, President George W. Bush repeatedly emphasized […]
Anti-American (and anti-Israeli) riots throughout the Middle East, supposedly in reaction to a low-budget, obscure, 14 minute anti-Muslim film made by a Coptic Christian of Egyptian origin, have “spread” over the last […]
The Guardian recently launched a series of essays at ‘Comment is Free’ titled “Racism in a digital age“. The objective of the series is as follows: “The aim of this series […]
In a ‘Comment is Free’ piece titled “Online racist abuse: we’ve all suffered from it“, five writers were asked to reflect upon the racist abuse they have suffered as the result of […]
Will Jonathan Freedland stand with Jews & oppose those, like Mehdi Hasan, rationalizing antisemitism?
In my post on Mehdi Hasan’s ‘Comment is Free’ essay (We mustn’t allow Muslims in public life to be silenced, July 9th) I focused on his claim that the UK is infested […]
We, of course, can’t see into Mehdi Hasan‘s soul. As such, we will then never know for sure what he was thinking when he blamed the rise of antisemitism on Israeli actions, […]
If arguments suggesting a dangerous post 9/11 increase in discrimination against Muslims and the abrogation of their human rights in the U.S. and Europe were treated with intellectual seriousness – if facts […]
Occasionally its difficult to fisk a ‘Comment is Free’ essay because the argument lacks structure or coherence, tying in several disparate themes in a broad polemic. Usman Ahmedani‘s CiF essay, Islamophobia as a political […]
When I originally wrote about an essay at ‘Comment is Free’ by Wajahat Ali titled, “Fighting the defamation of Muslim Americans“, in August, I wasn’t as aware with the left-wing think tank, […]
As I observed the last time I commented on a CiF piece by Wajahat Ali, the commentator plays the Islamophobia card so liberally that he even characterized the U.S. Government’s prosecution of the […]