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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

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.”

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


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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.

  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.

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