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Is the Word ‘Terrorism’ Anti-Muslim?

The mantra that terrorism is only used in reference to Muslims has no basis in fact.
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According to the National Counter-Terrorism Center, over the past several years the overwhelming majority of terrorist-related fatalities world-wide were the result of attacks by Islamist (Sunni) extremists. According to the NCTC, in 2011 for example, 8,886 of the total 12,533 total deaths resulting from terrorism were committed by Sunni-Muslim extremists.

Not only are such facts concerning Islamist terrorism uncontroversial to most people, but, interestingly, even a large majority (60%) of American Muslims polled by Pew Global in 2011 stated that they were either “Very” or “Somewhat” concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism in the U.S.  Would Greenwald suggest that even American Muslims are influenced by “Islamophobia”?

Ultimately, what Greenwald is, in effect, doing is attempting to stifle debate about the very real threat to our values posed by Islamist extremism – attempting to convince the overwhelming majority of non-ideological Americans to doubt what they know instinctively (and empirically) to be the truth.

As students of Soviet history, and communist movements more broadly, can attest to, propagandist attempts to radically change politics by perverting ordinary language has a long and decidedly reactionary pedigree – one which genuine progressives need to furiously and passionately resist.

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About the Author: Adam Levick serves as Managing Editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), and is a member of the Online Antisemitism Working Group for the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism. Adam made Aliyah from Philadelphia in 2009 and lives with his wife in Modi'in.


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4 Responses to “Is the Word ‘Terrorism’ Anti-Muslim?”

  1. Myriam Obadia says:

    Now, unless all Muslims were terrorists and all terrorists were terrorists (which is far from being the case), there is no way one can say that the word "terrorist" is a slur against Muslims. The media are pushing the PC code into the domain of the absurd with such a claim.

  2. Bridget Baker says:

    Agreed.

  3. Another Holocaust is on the horizon. A nuclear extremist muslim regime would like nothing better than the complete destruction of Israel and if you listen to Morsi all Jews should perish. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  4. Prompted by conversion rumour, crowds attack church in central Egypt.
    Sectarian tensions in Beni Suef erupt after reports that a Muslim woman had.
    converted to Christianity and left the country with a Christian man.
    Ahram Online , Friday 26 Apr 2013.
    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/70183/Egypt/Politics-/Prompted-by-conversion-rumour,-crowds-attack-churc.aspx RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

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