Ugly Muslim Bashing

As in some secret society, the thought and logic driving the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), led by Pamela Geller, are becoming increasingly difficult to understand. Certainly, the anti-Muslim message in the group’s new bus ads, which, although confined to Washington, have earned national headlines, are clear: They urge, in no uncertain terms, that the U.S. should suspend aid to Muslim countries.

But there is more to the ads than this simplistic demand. They include a picture of the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, in a meeting with Adolf Hitler along with the words, “Islamic Jew-hatred: It’s in the Koran.”

To boil down the entire Muslim civilization to the relationship between two despicable men, and in the process seek to discredit the entirety of the Muslim holy book, makes no sense. The ads are AFDI’s answer to earlier bus ads sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). Those ads sent the message that Israel was living the high life and taking it easy at the expense of American taxpayers. For the record, we opposed that message, which sought to recycle old anti-Semitic tropes of venal Jews into AMP’s anti-Israel message. And with AFDI’s response ads, we have the classic example of two wrongs not making a right.

Beyond the outright offensiveness of AFDI’s response — which supposedly is in defense of Israel — the ads have a fundamental problem: Muslims are not a monolithic group. To condemn all Muslims because of the hateful views of some of their co-religionists is no less offensive that those who condemn all Jews because of the hateful views or criminal activities of some Jews.

Moreover, bashing Muslims indiscriminately in the name of supporting Israel is simply ineffective. It also undermines our response to anti-Israel groups that defend their anti-Semitic positions by saying they are only being anti-Zionist. When people seek to “explain” their anti-Semitism by saying they just hate Israel, we need to call them out. And when groups such as AFDI spew anti-Muslim hate in the name of defending Israel, we need to repudiate them, as well.

Israel has a strong, compelling and morally satisfying story to tell. Her supporters should focus on those positive, uplifting and meaningful messages and engage Israel’s critics on the merits of their arguments. Group hate has no place in that discussion.


  1. Abdul Ameer says

    You are libelling Pamela Geller. Her ads are NOT “anti-Muslim”. They are against Islamic anti-Semitism which, indeed, is in the Quran. She is not discrediting “the entirety of the Muslim holy book”. She is discrediting that part of the Muslim holy book which commands Jew-hatred. It’s in there, so what is wrong with saying so? Nor is she boiling down the entire Muslim civilization to the Jerusalem Mufti’s collaboration with Hitler. That collaboration took place, and the Mufti was very widely supported in the Muslim community. Why are you trying to suppress that fact of history? As for aid to Muslim countries, Americans ought to know about it. What is wrong with giving that fact? All of the Muslim countries are against Israel, and since this is a pro-Israel ad, it is quite far to point out that the American taxpayer is aiding Muslim countries — especially since this ad was in response to the Moslem ad criticizing American aid to Israel. What is your problem?

  2. M&M says

    History is not bashing, it is a timeline fact of past events. But, this is more proof that CAIR/Muslims are hateful and want to censor our country.

    Members of The Council On American Islamic Relations arrested for jihad terror related crimes: Ghassan Elashi, Mousa Abu Marzook, Randall Royer, Bassem Khafagi, and Rabih Haddad.

  3. Thank You says

    Thank you for this well spoken article, if a jewish person is being called ugly, I would not stand up for it as a muslim either

  4. Randall Todd Royer says

    I looked closely at the wording of the ad and it does not condemn the “entire Muslim civilization” as this story charges. This ad does not condemn “All” individual Muslims as this biased article falsely implies.

    It is a fact the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem allied with Hitler to form the Nazi SS Muslim Handzar Divisions who were formed to kill primarily Jews which in fact the historical record shows they were very good at their jobs.

    Qur’an Surah 2:65 and 5:60 are good examples of Jew hatred and that’s without even digging into the Bukhari Hadiths. And it is true 2/3 of all U.S. aid does go to Islamic countries.

    Therefore, everything in this ad is Factually and Statistically correct.

    I repeat nowhere in this ad does Geller attack any Muslim individual or demonize the entire demographic.

    Ask yourselves – Why was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem ideologically in sync with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis? Why would the Grand Mufti – An Islamic Scholar and religious leader on the spiritual level be in sync with Adolf Hitler?

    These are the question JT should be asking rather than demonizing the bearer of the Truth regardless of how bitter that truth may be.

    Thank you

  5. Diane says

    Do the Jewish People really believe Islam will spare them in the coming Jihad. Ha Dhimmitude at its finast. Sad. I’ll pray for you.

  6. Galen Muhammad says

    You SHOULD realize that Pam Geller will consider your organization “Jewicidal”, right….? That’s the manufactured term she uses for Jews and Jewish organization who are not in lock-step with her bigotry.

  7. Sulayman F says

    Well said. There’s 1.6 Billion Muslims worldwide, and are extremely diverse. Even in WW2, more Muslims fought on the Allies side than the axis.

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