web analytics
April 19, 2014 / 19 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



Muslims Who Combat Antisemitism Gather in Jerusalem

"If you are Jewish, they will hate you no matter what."

Rev. Majed El Shafie

Rev. Majed El Shafie
Photo Credit: Tazpit News Agency

Share Button

A small, but increasingly vocal number of Muslims are rejecting radical hate speech and combating antisemitism in the Muslim world. In the recent Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism held this week in Jerusalem, Palestinian Media Watch director, Itamar Marcus and Dr. Boaz Ganor organized a panel discussion with Muslim activists actively rejecting hate rhetoric.

Two of the panel speakers included Kasim Hafeez, a British Muslim who runs The Israel Campaign and Rev. Majed El Shafie, a human rights advocate originally from Egypt. Ahmad Mansour, a Palestinian living in Berlin, who is a policy advisor for the European Foundation for Democracy, was also scheduled to speak but was unable to attend.

“When people say that antisemitism exists in the Muslim world because of Israel, that is simply an excuse,” says Kasim Hafeez, born in Britain to a Pakistani Muslim family.

“People here [in Israel] get Islamic antisemitism. In Europe, we deny it,” Hafeez expounded.

Kasim Hafeez. Photo: Tazpit News Agency

Kasim Hafeez. Photo: Tazpit News Agency

“As a university student, I would attend radical anti-Israel rallies in Trafalgar Square. Here I am standing in London in the middle of a European capital – chanting ‘death to Israel’ and nothing was ever done.”

He compares those rallies with the Ku Klux Klan. “An Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day rally in London is equivalent to a KKK rally in the U.S.,” he stressed.

Hafeez told Tazpit News Agency that he began to change his thinking when he read “A Case for Israel,” by Alan Dershowitz.

Hafeez explains that he read the book in order to learn how to further deconstruct Zionist propaganda. “But I began to see that I could no longer support my convictions because I had no answers to the arguments that were made for Israel,” he explains.

“I found that the radical Islamic doctrine that I grew up with and my own belief in violent jihad could no longer support the truth I once believed in.”

That realization prompted Hafeez to visit Israel. “I kind of hoped that the visit to Israel would be a negative experience, that it would enable me to go back to my former beliefs,” he told Tazpit News Agency.

But the visit was eye-opening for Hafeez, who says he fell in love with Israel during his first trip. “It’s hard not to support Israel,” says the soft-spoken Hafeez, who recently participated in the Jerusalem Marathon. “I encountered Israelis who weren’t anti-Arab, or anti-Islam and saw that this wasn’t some apartheid state.”

However, coming out in support of Israel hasn’t been easy. Hafeez has become isolated from his friends. “It’s a lot of hassle – it really disrupts your life when you become vocal and open about your support for the Jewish state.”

“What people don’t understand, is that it doesn’t matter if you bend over backwards for radical Islamists. If you are Jewish, they will hate you no matter what,” Hafeez said.

Rev. Majed El Shafie, the founder of One Free World International (OFWI), a leading organization which advocates for religious minorities globally, echoed similar sentiments. A Muslim who converted to Christianity, he found political asylum in Canada and believes that the silence of moderate Muslims is more dangerous than the rise of extremists.

“They (moderate Muslims) must speak up,” says Rev. El Shafie. “Antisemitism is everyone’s problem. The moderate Muslims don’t understand that after the radical Muslims finish with the Christians, Bahai, and Jews, they will come after them. The minute we stop fighting for each other, we lose our humanity,” he added.

Rev. El Shafie believes that education is the solution to radicalization and is the only way to bring forth democracy in the Middle East. “The Arab Spring is a cold, deadly winter. Whoever came up with the term ‘Arab Spring’ must have been a guy in a suit behind a desk who had no idea what was really going on.”

“Today all these dictatorships that have been overthrown are filled with extremist governments. There is no separation of religion and state and no freedom of religion in the Middle East. Education must come before democracy”

As for Israel, Rev. El Shafie declares that there are two things that the Jewish state cannot be questioned for. “When Israel’s right to exist and Israel’s right to defend itself, come into question, a line has been crossed,” he stated. “The new antisemitism today is to hate Israel.”

Share Button

About the Author: Anav Silverman is a regular contributor to Tazpit News Agency.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

Leave a comment (Select your commenting platform)

20 Responses to “Muslims Who Combat Antisemitism Gather in Jerusalem”

  1. Anonymous says:

    In Mosque Muslims are allowed to preach for hatred and violence and Muslim people who keep silence help them to do their violence.

    Muslim religious is what produce the Jihad and violence.

    We need Muslim backslash to REJECT THE JIHAD IN PUBLIC.

    Muslim need to show they are taking side.

  2. Anonymous says:

    In Mosque Muslims are allowed to preach for hatred and violence and Muslim people who keep silence help them to do their violence.

    Muslim religious is what produce the Jihad and violence.

    We need Muslim backslash to REJECT THE JIHAD IN PUBLIC.

    Muslim need to show they are taking side. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  3. Anonymous says:

    RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    America Unite BOSTON BOMBING.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTYenEIEUp4

  4. Where are these non-anti-Semitic Moslems gathering, in a telephone booth?

  5. Tim Upham says:

    "If you are Jewish, they will hate you no matter what." Jewish extremists will just feed on it, and repeat it over and over again. They get a high off of it. But its is an addiction that needs to be cured. I personally have never been hated by Muslims. But that is the problem with Jewish extremists, they have never met a Muslim. So that is how the addiction gets started. It is an addiction of denial.

  6. Ashira Malka says:

    What utter ignorance, not to mention completely irrelevant as the article was about Islam, not Judaism.

  7. Ashira Malka says:

    Great article. Nice pictures, too. Thank you.

  8. Ashira Malka says:

    I didn't mean to post this twice, but I guess it's alright. This article is sure worth a re-read, anyway. :-)

  9. Chaiya Eitan says:

    These are very brave and honorable people. I pray that their message resonates throughout the Muslim world to counter the hate that is currently being promulgated.

  10. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Yes, it is, Ashira. And I hope you Tweeted it – if you are on Twitter – and sent it to Facebook – if you are on it.

  11. Chaiya Eitan says:

    I found you! I see you're in Maryland. I was a student at The University of Maryland for two years!

  12. Grace Acosta says:

    Don't mind him, he spouts this kind of nonsense on here every day. Dude really needs to get a life!

  13. Grace Acosta says:

    Extremely brave. The actually risk their lives to speak up against their coreligionists.

  14. Grace Acosta says:

    These people help restore my faith. Righteous gentiles must be embraced!

  15. Ashira Malka says:

    Me, too. 2 at the U. :-)

  16. Ashira Malka says:

    Me, too. 2 at the U. :-)

  17. Tim Upham says:

    The article is entitled "Muslims Who Combat Anti-Semitism Gather In Jerusalem." Yes, there are Muslims who are against Anti-Semitism, not contributing to it.

  18. Really good article, about small people doing big things and inspiring others. More about people like this!

  19. What a Moron!!! You speak with great authority about a topic you obviously conjured up through conjecture and supposition. You should seek further education before spouting your rhetoric.

  20. Tim Upham says:

    I had read the Tanakh, Talmud, and Qu'ran. I have been involved in ecumenical dialogue in the United States and Israel for 20 years. So is your further education getting on the website of the Jewish Defense League? It sounds like a joke, that you work at a high school.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Current Top Story
FBI Wanted poster for Osama bin Laden
Pakistan Library Renamed to Honor bin Laden
Latest News Stories
FBI Wanted poster for Osama bin Laden

Many Pakistanis consider bin Laden a “hero of Islam.”

Two major obstacles have kept Israel from joining the program: Allegations by U.S. officials that Israel has discriminated against Arab- and Muslim-Americans seeking entry, and a proliferation of young Israelis traveling to the United States as tourists and then working illegally.

A Lebanese man who was arrested in Thailand on suspicion of belonging to Hezbollah admitted to targeting Israelis, Thai media reported.

On Friday afternoon, Syrian fighter jets hit opposition/rebel targets and villages on the Syrian side of the Ramat HaGolan (Golan Heights), in the Quneitra region. Large pillars of smoke are seen rising from struck areas. Quneitra is the site of an official crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan. IAF jets were sent out […]

As Rabbi Stav said, “You’re free to think what you want. But do you want me to recognize Chelsea Clinton’s child as a Jew?”

Chimpanzees and Orangutans eat Matza, unleavened bread traditionally eaten during the Passover holiday, at the Ramat Gan Safari on Thursday, April 17, 2014. I hope they can digest it. On Passover no leavened bread (Chametz) is allowed in Jewish possession, and that includes food we feed our animals.

Following intelligence reports of further expected Arab rioting and violence on the Temple Mount today, the police have placed restrictions on Muslim entry to the Jewish holy site, according to a report on Arutz-7. Entry will be limited to Muslims over the age of 50, and women, also they must be Israeli citizens or residency […]

PA President Abbas’s refusal to publicly condemn the terror attack that killed Baruch Mizrachi is putting a damper on the parade.

The Shas political party, founded and run by the late Rav Ovadia Yosef, has a appointed a new spiritual leader, according to a Galei Tzahal report. The rabbi chosen to replace Harav Ovadia and be the new president of the party’s Council of Torah Sages is Rabbi Shalom Cohen. Aryeh Deri is the political leader […]

In 1941, the Jews of Kiev received a similar leaflet. When they showed up the next day, more than 34,000 were murdered.

Teen stabbed in South Florida high school.

The Kotel Plaza, the stairs, the Kotel entrance, the roads, everything was packed for Birkat Cohanim – the Priestly Blessing of the People – now imagine if this had been held on top of Har HaBayit, the Temple Mount!

Four Israeli citizens were hurt Thursday in a road terror attack near Tekoa in Gush Etzion.

Israel Police closed access to the Temple Mount to Jews and other non-Muslims on Thursday due to Arab violence.

Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine this week were ordered to “register” themselves and their assets.

U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East Martin Indyk is on his way back to the region to revive talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

More Articles from Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency
From the Left: Maj Gen Amir Eshel, Commander of the Israel Air Force; Minister of Defense, Mr. Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon; the Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benjamin (Benny) Gantz at the new "Samson" inauguration ceremony, Wednesday, April 9.

A new “Samson” military transport plane purchased from the United States, was inaugurated into the IAF today at the Nevatim airbase near Be’er Sheva.

Ahuva Guterman and Christina Samara in Guterman's home in Jerusalem after a challah-baking workshop.

Realizing they shared a business and social vision, Moed and Samara resolved to combine forces and offer unique tourism programs for travelers visiting the Holy Land.

Israel helps bring freedom to Turkey – what more can you say?

Israel’s unemployment rates have been trending low over the past two years.

An Israeli company was chosen to be part of a nine-member team of technology vendors in a digital security system project for the Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York Harbor.

IDF Targets Several Syrian Positions in Response to Attack on Israeli Army Jeep.

“Here I was, dressed as a clown with a red rubber nose, and I had to go out with my M16 for a security check,” Singer says. “That was truly a bizarre experience.”

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/muslims-who-combat-antisemitism-gather-in-jerusalem/2013/05/30/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: