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I got no Israelophobia

Reader comment on item: Is Jordan Palestine?
in response to reader comment: Israelophobia - (The new Anti Semitisn)

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Apr 5, 2022 at 20:05

Dear Dr Pipes, Recently, in one of my messages, I objected to the newly coined term Hinduphobia. My position was that we need to resist the Islamic tendencies and not copy them.

Reader Nava in her above message introduced me to the term Israelphobia. My message still holds: we need to resist low-grade Islamic tactics and not imitate them. I am not scared of Israel. I believe that unless someone is scared of scientific and technological progress, they need not be scared of Israel. Even Muslims need not be scared of Israel as long as they adopt the cause of freedom, democracy, non-violence and open-mindedness. And, hopefully, apologize for the siege of Jerusalem (circa 636 CE).

So, though I abhor anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and anti-zionist tendencies prevalent in parts of Europe and whole of the Islamic world, I will not call them Israelphobia. I don't think it exists.


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