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January 20, 2015 0

Calling Radical Islam What It Is

By Abra­ham H. Fox­man
National Direc­tor of the Anti-Defamation League

This arti­cle orig­i­nally appeared on The Huff­in­g­ton Post Blog

If we want to win the war against rad­i­cal Islam — and in my view it should be the num­ber one pri­or­ity of the West­ern and Mus­lim worlds — we need to call it what it is. Too often, out of a mis­placed sense of polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, polit­i­cal lead­ers, includ­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and French Pres­i­dent Fran­coise Hol­lande, avoid iden­ti­fy­ing the extrem­ists as pro­po­nents of a rad­i­cal Islamic ideology.

The solu­tion to the threat lies pri­mar­ily within the Mus­lim world itself. Main­stream Mus­lims must on every level, start­ing with edu­ca­tion, dis­cour­age young peo­ple from tak­ing the extrem­ist path. But if we in the West are reluc­tant to explic­itly say what it is, why should Mus­lim mod­er­ates speak and act?

I address this as some­one who rep­re­sents an orga­ni­za­tion that stands up against defam­ing of Mus­lims in gen­eral or Islam as a reli­gion. When indi­vid­u­als try to show their bona fides in sup­port of Israel by claim­ing that Islam as a reli­gion is ter­ror­ist or that most Mus­lims are, we stand up to say no.

In Europe, the hes­i­tancy to say the words “rad­i­cal Islam” may largely be the prod­uct of intim­i­da­tion or the fear of vio­lent retal­i­a­tion. That is why the com­ments by French Prime Min­is­ter Manuel Valls before the French Par­lia­ment and in an inter­view with Jef­frey Gold­berg of the Atlantic are so important.

He pulled no punches and told it like it is. The enemy is rad­i­cal Islam. French soci­ety must stand up against the out­rage com­mit­ted by jihadists against France and against the Jews of France. The jihadist ide­ol­ogy surely does not rep­re­sent most Mus­lims and it is a hijack­ing of Islam, but the incite­ment to vio­lence and the acts of ter­ror are done in the name of Islam and influ­enced by teach­ers of fun­da­men­tal­ist Islam in schools and other insti­tu­tions through­out the Mus­lim world.

As Michael Walzer has writ­ten, it is not prej­u­dice but ratio­nal to fear Islamism, as opposed to Islam. When ele­ments within a reli­gious com­mu­nity pro­mote anti-democratic atti­tudes and anti-Semitism, and turn to ter­ror, anti-democratic atti­tudes, and anti-Semitism, it is not racist to oppose it forcefully.

There is noth­ing sim­ple about try­ing to fig­ure out how to defeat the rise of this rad­i­cal­ism within the Mus­lim world.  Social, eco­nomic and polit­i­cal forces within Mus­lim coun­tries and in rela­tions between the west and the Mus­lim world all con­tribute to it.

But what we know from past strug­gles against total­i­tar­ian move­ments, whether Nazism or Com­mu­nism, is that they require clear and prin­ci­pled think­ing to directly engage the danger.

That starts with say­ing that Islam and Mus­lims are not the enemy, they are part of the solu­tion.  We need to empha­size and acknowl­edge that there is prej­u­dice against Mus­lims because of recent events and to emphat­i­cally oppose it.

But we also must not hes­i­tate to point out that those who suf­fer the most from rad­i­cal Islam are Mus­lims them­selves. Just think of the recent news in Pak­istan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Nige­ria: Mus­lims being mur­dered, mosques being attacked by extrem­ist Muslims.

The basic mes­sage from polit­i­cal, reli­gious and civic lead­ers must be that all good peo­ple are in this strug­gle together. The Islamic extrem­ists are a threat to Mus­lims, a threat to Jews, a threat to civilization.

Just like the strug­gle against Nazism and Com­mu­nism were defeated by a col­lec­tive effort and by a set of clear ideas, this 21st cen­tury strug­gle can be won as well.

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December 12, 2014 1

Anti-Semite Gordon Duff Discusses Israeli Control of U.S. In Syria

The Syr­ian government’s Coun­tert­er­ror­ism and Reli­gious Extrem­ism Con­fer­ence fea­tured remarks by Amer­i­can anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist Gor­don Duff dur­ing which he described the U.S. as being con­trolled by Israel.

Gordon Duff speaking at conference

Gor­don Duff speak­ing at the conference

Senior edi­tor at Vet­er­ans Today, a web­site that presents anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries as news, Duff described him­self as the “U.S. Keynote Speaker” at the con­fer­ence. Dur­ing his remarks, Duff told his audi­ence that “I do believe there are areas of mis­un­der­stand­ing [about] how the United States works politically…It’s very dif­fi­cult to under­stand what has hap­pened as far as Israeli con­trol of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, and I will, as suc­cinctly as pos­si­ble, I will explain this to you.”

Duff also elab­o­rated on the Vet­er­ans Today delegation’s objec­tive while in Syria, stat­ing, “It’s our goal here while we are here to try to estab­lish a method of com­mu­ni­ca­tion that will allow Syria and other nations in the area to under­stand Israel’s con­trol of the U.S., the con­trol of the U.S. by orga­nized crime, and how the U.S. gov­ern­ment is sub­servient to a world­wide crim­i­nal organization.”

Duff also invoked con­spir­acy the­o­ries about Jew­ish con­trol of the U.S. gov­ern­ment, claim­ing that the Supreme Court case Cit­i­zens United v. Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion “turned con­trol of the Con­gress of the United States over to human traf­fick­ers, nar­cotics traf­fick­ers, and par­tic­u­lar the most pow­er­ful indi­vid­ual in the United States today, a gam­bling boss named Shel­don Adel­son, an Israeli cit­i­zen who fled the U.S. liv­ing in Macau.” Duff alleges that Adel­son “spent over one bil­lion dol­lars in the last elec­tion and bought con­trol of both houses of Con­gress, now Sen­a­tor John McCain, the father of al-Nusra, the father of ISIS, will be run­ning U.S.  leg­isla­tive and mil­i­tary for­eign policy.”

With­out spec­i­fy­ing about whom he is speak­ing, Duff also states in his remarks that “their moti­va­tion is largely eco­nomic, they’re a crim­i­nal orga­ni­za­tion but they’re part of a world­wide crim­i­nal orga­ni­za­tion and they’re here in your ter­ri­tory tak­ing your things, your fac­to­ries, your lives, your peo­ple, for the enrich­ment of a very spe­cific group of peo­ple who need to be held to account…”

Gor­don Duff’s audi­ence at the conference

Duff, who describes him­self as “one of the top global intel­li­gence spe­cial­ists” and one who “reg­u­larly con­sults with gov­ern­ments” also claimed that Syr­i­ans have him to thank for pre­vent­ing the U.S. from bomb­ing Syria after “false-flag gas attacks near Aleppo.” He con­tin­ued, “It was our orga­ni­za­tion here that sup­plied the intel­li­gence that stopped those attacks.”

The con­fer­ence in Syria, held on Novem­ber 30 and Decem­ber 1, brought together rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 25 coun­tries with Syr­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials who report­edly harshly crit­i­cized the U.S. led anti-ISIS coali­tion and sug­gested an “Inter­na­tional Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Forum” be estab­lished in Dam­as­cus instead to deal with this issue. Syr­ian Prime Min­is­ter Wael Nader al-Halqi and Jus­tice Min­is­ter Najm al-Ahmad also spoke at the con­fer­ence. Duff describes al-Ahmad as being “extremely help­ful” in bring­ing the Vet­er­ans Today group to Syria.

Addi­tion­ally, accord­ing to Syr­ian offi­cial media, Head of Hezbol­lah’s Arab Affairs Divi­sion, Sheik Has­san Ezzil Deen attended the conference.

Four of the eight Amer­i­cans  who par­tic­i­pated in the con­fer­ence were from Vet­er­ans Today, includ­ing Jim Dean, a man­ag­ing edi­tor for Vet­er­ans Today who has made claims of Israeli con­trol of Amer­ica, Colonel Jim Hanke who claims to be a for­mer mil­i­tary attaché to Israel, and Mike Har­ris, who has ties to mem­bers of the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment (NSM) and has claimed that Zion­ists are respon­si­ble for a num­ber of mass shoot­ings in Amer­ica.

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December 4, 2014 1

Syrian Counterterrorism Conference Attracts U.S. Anti-Semites

The Syr­ian government’s Coun­tert­er­ror­ism and Reli­gious Extrem­ism Con­fer­ence is the lat­est con­fer­ence orga­nized by a for­eign gov­ern­ment that has attracted Amer­i­can anti-Semites.

Gordon Duff

Gor­don Duff

The con­fer­ence in Syria, held on Novem­ber 30 and Decem­ber 1, brought together rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 25 coun­tries with Syr­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials who report­edly harshly crit­i­cized the U.S. led anti-ISIS coali­tion and sug­gested an “Inter­na­tional Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Forum” be estab­lished in Dam­as­cus instead to deal with this issue. Syria’s Jus­tice Min­is­ter Najm al-Ahmad report­edly stated at the con­fer­ence that the U.S. is “inter­fer­ing in other states’ affairs and breach­ing their sov­er­eignty under the pre­texts of human­i­tar­i­an­ism and counterterrorism.”

Atten­dees from Europe at the con­fer­ence included far-right politi­cians such as Nicholas John Grif­fin, a for­mer chair­man and later pres­i­dent of the far-right British National Party and Philip Dewin­ter and Frank Creyel­man, mem­bers of Vlaams Belang, a far-right Flem­ish nation­al­ist party.

Four of the eight Amer­i­cans who par­tic­i­pated in the con­fer­ence were from Vet­er­ans Today, a web­site that presents anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries as news.

Jim Dean, a man­ag­ing edi­tor for Vet­er­ans Today who has made claims of Israeli con­trol of Amer­ica, attended the con­fer­ence and told an Arabic-language news­pa­per that Vet­er­ans Today has “uncon­firmed reports that a secret U.S. orga­ni­za­tion sup­ported by the CIA and the Israeli Mossad car­ried out assas­si­na­tions of Iran­ian nuclear sci­en­tists” and that “the same orga­ni­za­tion has links to the Islamic State (ISIS) and it super­vises, through a spe­cial­ized depart­ment, the tele­vi­sion film­ing of behead­ings.” He claimed that this secret American-Israeli-supported orga­ni­za­tion sup­pos­edly “over­saw the film­ing of the behead­ing of Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist James Foley in August.”

The del­e­ga­tion from Vet­er­ans Today also included Gor­don Duff, Colonel Jim Hanke, and Mike Har­ris, who has ties to mem­bers of the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment (NSM) and has claimed that Zion­ists are respon­si­ble for a num­ber of mass shoot­ings in Amer­ica. Among the Amer­i­cans was also Richard Hines, described by the Syr­ian media as a for­mer South Car­olina politi­cian who pre­vi­ously served in the Ronald Rea­gan administration.

Cov­er­age of the con­fer­ence by Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language satel­lite news net­work which pro­vides a plat­form to well-known Amer­i­can anti-Semites and Holo­caust deniers, was con­sis­tent with the conference’s mes­sag­ing, dis­cussing the West’s sup­posed “unprece­dented sup­port for ter­ror­ism in Syria” which aims “to cre­ate sec­tar­ian ten­sions and destroy Syria.”

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Syr­ian Prime Min­is­ter Wael Nader al-Halqi

Press TV also claimed that even “U.S. experts slammed Wash­ing­ton for inter­fer­ence in Syria’s inter­nal affairs,” and then pre­sented Gor­don Duff, senior edi­tor at Vet­er­ans Today, as an expert. Duff told Press TV that “think­ing that ISIS…the intel­li­gence sup­port they’re get­ting, that it doesn’t involve mul­ti­ple intel­li­gence agen­cies, that it doesn’t involve a num­ber of gov­ern­ments, is unre­al­is­tic. We have to accept that we’re deal­ing with some­thing that involves a broad conspiracy.”

Oth­ers at the con­fer­ence were not as spe­cific about who to blame for ter­ror­ism in Syria, but dis­cussed it as part of a gen­eral con­spir­acy. Syr­ian Prime Min­is­ter Wael Nader al-Halqi dis­cussed the need “to defeat the con­spir­acy” and Syria’s Jus­tice Min­is­ter Najm al-Ahmad stated that the cur­rent events in Syria rep­re­sented “orga­nized ter­ror­ism backed by sev­eral countries.”

Addi­tion­ally, accord­ing to Syr­ian offi­cial media, Head of Hezbol­lah’s Arab Affairs Divi­sion, Sheik Has­san Ezzil Deen attended the conference.

Other recent con­fer­ences abroad that have hosted Amer­i­can anti-Semites, Holo­caust deniers, and con­spir­acy the­o­rists include the 2nd New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence in Iran in Sep­tem­ber 2014, a May 2014 pro-“resistance” con­fer­ence in Beirut that attracted mem­bers of Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist groups as well as at least three Amer­i­can activists, and the Iran Hol­ly­wood­ism Con­fer­ence in Feb­ru­ary 2013. Amer­i­cans who fre­quent these types of con­fer­ences are often given a plat­form for their fringe views.

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