Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Anti-Semitism in the Muslim community

Last month, the Jewish magazine "Forward" had printed an article by Rabbi Yoffie, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, entitled "An Appeal to My Muslim Friends", which dealt with the barbaric and clearly anti-Jewish rhetoric of a certain Egyptian sheikh. Qaradawi, who speak to a million strong voices at Tahrir Square last month, had just returned to Egypt, where once again he ignited his passion to destroy Israel.

This month, "Forward" prints a response to this. The article by Sayyid M. Syeed, the national director of the Islamic Society of North America’s Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances, says that "Anti-Semitism Has No Place in Islam".

Although Syeed's article comes across apologetic, it's still a good thing because a Muslim person has actually taken the time to respond to Qaradawi (even if indirectly). We don't eradicate such ideas in our communities by saying, "oh, look, he is doing better than before!" But by saying it is unacceptable. Period.