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Submitted by Alex (United States), Dec 16, 2013 at 19:10

In the context of your distinction between Islam and Islamism, how do you deal with Islamic antisemitism? It has been present in Islamic doctrine since its creation (see e.g. "The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism", ed. by Andrew Bostom) and it plays a central role in the present -day rejection of Israel and hatred of Jews by vast numbers of people in the Arab countries and Iran (see "A lethal obsession", by Robert Wistrich; "The sons of pigs and apes", by Neil Kressel).

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Bostom documents anti-Jewish activities but not antisemitism, an important distinction. No where does he establish that Jews had it worse under Islam than, say, Christians and Hindus. If Jews were treated no worse, and perhaps even better, than adherents of those other faiths, then this is not antisemitism but rather an indication of Islamic supremacism.

For my views, see my many writings on Muslim antisemitism. In brief, it is a modern phenomenon, learned from European Christians. It is my no means limited to Islamists.

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