There are parallels between Islamophobia and classical racism such as Anti-Semitism.
Genuine bigotry against Muslims has resulted in violence against individuals as well as desecration of mosques.
Islamophobes insist that all Muslims are terrorists, in the same way as anti-Semites insist that all Jews are Bolsheviks or bankers.
In Europe, politicians and political movements such as the EDL advocate curbs on Muslim immigration an other restrictions.
Nonetheless, a part of the criticism is not bigotry, especially when it is made by Muslims. It is undeniable that Islamist extremists advocate Jihad against the west, that Anti-Semitism is rife in Muslim society and that Shaariah law is unfair to women and discriminates against homosexuals.
This statement should be understood as drawing a line between tolerance of religious beliefs and abuse of that tolerance, between legitimate criticism of Islam and bigotry or Islamophobia. It is questionable whether all accusations of Islamophobia really really confuse criticism of Islam with stigmatization of believers, and it is questionable whether all criticisms are justified, especially those based on literal interpretations of Quranic texts,
It is not completely satisfactory, because it does not entirely demarcate the line between between legitimate criticism of Islam and racism. For example, clearly, a politician such as Geert Wilders in Holland should be allowed to say that the Quran encourages violence or that the Quran should be banned. He is entitled to his opinion. If, as appears to be the case, people are allowed to chant, "Jews to the gas," than anyone should aso be able to express any opinion about Islam But it is another matter to decide that someone like Wilders is right and still another to decide that any book should be banned.
October 25, 2010
Synonyms and alternate spellings:
Hebrew/Arabic pronunciation and transliteration conventions::
'H - ('het) a guttural sound made deep in the throat. To Western ears it may sound like the "ch" in loch. In Arabic there are several letters that have similar sounds. Examples: 'hanukah, 'hamas, 'haredi. Formerly, this sound was often represented by ch, especially in German transliterations of Hebrew. Thus, 'hanukah is often rendered as Chanuka for example.
chh - (chaf) a sound like "ch" in loch or the Russian Kh as in Khruschev or German Ach, made by putting the tongue against the roof of the mouth. In Hebrew, a chaf can never occur at the beginning of a word. At the beginning of a word, it has a dot in it and is pronounced "Kaf."
u - usually between oo as in spoon and u as in put.
a- sounded like a in arm
ah- used to represent an a sound made by the letter hey at the end of a word. It is the same sound as a. Haganah and Hagana are alternative acceptable transliterations.
'a-notation used for Hebrew and Arabic ayin, a guttural ah sound.
o - close to the French o as in homme.
th - (taf without a dot) - Th was formerly used to transliterate the Hebrew taf sound for taf without a dot. However in modern Hebrew there is no detectable difference in standard pronunciation of taf with or without a dot, and therefore Histadruth and Histadrut, Rehovoth and Rehovot are all acceptable.
q- (quf) - In transliteration of Hebrew and Arabic, it is best to consistently use the letter q for the quf, to avoid confusion with similar sounding words that might be spelled with a kaf, which should be transliterated as K. Thus, Hatiqva is preferable to Hatikva for example.
This site is a part of the Zionism and Israel on the Web Project
This work and individual entries are copyright © 2005 by Ami Isseroff and Zionism and Israel Information Center and may not reproduced in any form without permission unless explicitly noted otherwise. Individual entries may be cited with credit to The Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Zionism and Israel
ZioNation - Zionism-Israel Web Log Zionism & Israel News Israel: like this, as if Bible Bible Quotes History of Zionism Zionism FAQ Zionism Israel Center Maps of Israel Jew Israel Advocacy Zionism and its Impact Israel Christian Zionism Site Map