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Muslim Zionist Speaks Out Against Anti-Semitism

Hafeez believes that the most important thing to do in dealing with Muslim antisemitism in the United Kingdom is to acknowledge the problem.
A British Muslim pro-Israeli of Pakistani origin, Hafeez spoke out against Muslim antisemitism.

A British Muslim pro-Israeli of Pakistani origin, Hafeez spoke out against Muslim antisemitism.
Photo Credit: Courtesy Kasim Kaz Hafeez

Kasim Kaz Hafeez, a British Muslim of Pakistani origin, spoke out against Muslim antisemitism at the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism International Conference in Jerusalem, which was organized by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, in order to show his support for Israel. The conference attendees were split into working groups, such as: antisemitism on campuses, antisemitism in the former Soviet Republics, and antisemitism within the Muslim world. Itamar Marcus of Palestinian Media Watch was the co-chair for the working group on Muslim antisemitism and invited Hafeez to speak.

In his speech, Hafeez spoke about his “experience growing up around antisemitic messageswithin the Muslim community in Europe,” how “the messages affected and impacted” him, and “how the British university campus transformed” him into an antiSemite, until he “saw the light.”

Hafeez discussed how he came out of it. “The main emphasis was looking at antisemitism and the ways to combat it,” Hafeez explained.“I gave examples of extremist videos and DVDs and how they teach that it is a duty to kill the Jews.” He also spoke about “the link between antisemitism and anti-Zionism and how this delegitimization of Israel, negating Israel’s right to exist, is a key component of Muslim antisemitism.”

As a Pakistani Muslim, Hafeez finds it very interesting that many Pakistani Muslims hold antisemitic views, given the fact that most have never even met a Jewish person and have no personal experiences related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He believes that the main explanation for why Muslims from countries like Pakistan have become so antisemitic is because of the propaganda disseminating throughout the Muslim world as well as the rise of radical Islam. Jamaat al Islami, the Muslim Brotherhood of Asia, for example, teaches antisemitism to the masses of Pakistan, preaching that the Jews are responsible for all of the worlds’ problems and that it is good to kill them.

As for antisemitism in the United Kingdom and Europe generally, Hafeez claimed that it is a growing problem and a lot of it has been spread via hostility to the State of Israel. He claims that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is being used to further antisemitic ideas, statements, and images, yet it is being “repackaged as anti-Israel. So instead of saying Jews control the world, they say the Zionists control the world. It has become acceptable, sadly.” Hafeez believes that the best way to deal with Muslim antisemitism in the United Kingdom is to acknowledge the problem, for “you can’t tackle an issue until you mention it is an issue.” He suggests a zero tolerance policy when it comes to antisemitism, because “one attack because of religious or racial hatred is one too many.”

At the conference, Hafeez claimed that he only got positive reactions and he hopes that some good recommendations for how to address antisemitism will come out of it. Hafeez asserted that his main reason for coming to Israel was to show solidarity with the State of Israel and to work towards eradicating antisemitism because “the same groups, the same people that propagate antisemitism will turn their focus to other groups, so it is so important that we stand against hatred and intolerance.” He sincerely hopes that other Muslims will understand why it was important for him to come to Israel to speak at this special conference. Although he realistically expects a lot of hostility, Hafeez believes that he is moving in the right direction if even one or two Muslims come to understand the importance of coming to Israel to take a stand against antisemitism.

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About the Author: Rachel Avraham is a news editor and political analyst for Jerusalem Online News, the English language internet edition of Israel's Channel 2 News. She completed her masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Ben-Gurion University. The subject of her MA thesis was: "Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab media."


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7 Responses to “Muslim Zionist Speaks Out Against Anti-Semitism”

  1. Steven Bryant says:

    "until he saw the light" so does this mean cash??

  2. Steven Bryant says:

    "until he saw the light" so does this mean cash??

  3. Tim Upham says:

    Why does this man, have to be viewed as so corrupt and so unnatural. Is it not in all of us, to care and have respectability for our fellow humans.

  4. Anonymous says:

    RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    America Unite BOSTON BOMBING.

  5. Anonymous says:

    ANTI-SEMITISM?

    I received notice that I have been banned from the Huffington Post. I checked my postings; they do not include inappropriate language as others do. If any thing I may have commented too often. Your reporter did a story on me when I was president of Rabbis for Romney. I enjoy the discussions and postings on your site and would appreciate an explanation. The only thing I can think of is that I posted against the Holocaust Claims Conference AND Muslims touring Auschwitz. If the Muslims complained, there was no foul language and as a child of Holocaust survivors I can speak out against extremist Muslims who are against Israel and America. I do not want those extremists praying for my dead siblings and other relatives at Auschwitz. It was the Mufti of Jerusalem who was in charge of an SS division for the Nazis. Is there anything here that would warrant my being banned. Please have the courtesy to email me.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

    ANTI-SEMITISM?

    I received notice that I have been banned from the Huffington Post. I checked my postings; they do not include inappropriate language as others do. If any thing I may have commented too often. Your reporter did a story on me when I was president of Rabbis for Romney. I enjoy the discussions and postings on your site and would appreciate an explanation. The only thing I can think of is that I posted against the Holocaust Claims Conference AND Muslims touring Auschwitz. If the Muslims complained, there was no foul language and as a child of Holocaust survivors I can speak out against extremist Muslims who are against Israel and America. I do not want those extremists praying for my dead siblings and other relatives at Auschwitz. It was the Mufti of Jerusalem who was in charge of an SS division for the Nazis. Is there anything here that would warrant my being banned. Please have the courtesy to email me.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  6. Anonymous says:

    ANTI-SEMITISM?

    I received notice that I have been banned from the Huffington Post. I checked my postings; they do not include inappropriate language as others do. If any thing I may have commented too often. Your reporter did a story on me when I was president of Rabbis for Romney. I enjoy the discussions and postings on your site and would appreciate an explanation. The only thing I can think of is that I posted against the Holocaust Claims Conference AND Muslims touring Auschwitz. If the Muslims complained, there was no foul language and as a child of Holocaust survivors I can speak out against extremist Muslims who are against Israel and America. I do not want those extremists praying for my dead siblings and other relatives at Auschwitz. It was the Mufti of Jerusalem who was in charge of an SS division for the Nazis. Is there anything here that would warrant my being banned. Please have the courtesy to email me.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

    ANTI-SEMITISM?

    I received notice that I have been banned from the Huffington Post. I checked my postings; they do not include inappropriate language as others do. If any thing I may have commented too often. Your reporter did a story on me when I was president of Rabbis for Romney. I enjoy the discussions and postings on your site and would appreciate an explanation. The only thing I can think of is that I posted against the Holocaust Claims Conference AND Muslims touring Auschwitz. If the Muslims complained, there was no foul language and as a child of Holocaust survivors I can speak out against extremist Muslims who are against Israel and America. I do not want those extremists praying for my dead siblings and other relatives at Auschwitz. It was the Mufti of Jerusalem who was in charge of an SS division for the Nazis. Is there anything here that would warrant my being banned. Please have the courtesy to email me.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  7. Anonymous says:

    March 07, 2013.

    I have resigned from the metuchen edison clegy association. I AM A PAST PRESIDENT. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

    I have resigned from the metuchen edison clegy association. I AM A PAST PRESIDENT. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

    HATIKVAH has been included in every service since I created interfaith holocaust services in 1974 with no objection. N0 ONE HAS EVER WALKED out, sat down OR OBJECTED until recently. With Israel and Jews being attacked throughout the world, I PERSONALLY will and have fought to keep it in. We are living in a world where anti-SEMITISM is rampant especially in Europe where JEWS ARE FLEEING IN MASS to Israel and other countries. Everyone is entitled to their OWN opinion , I stand by mine. 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.
    I will be the keynote speaker at another Holocaust event that evening. I refuse to compromise my beliefs or allow the Hatikvah to be disgraced. I am taking my highway to what I believe in. Rabbi DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

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