(By Aboud Dandachi)
Pamela Geller. Bill Maher. Daniel Pipes. Sam Harris. Richard Dawkins. Proof that Islamophobia can be a very profitable and rewarding line of work. But for all their blustering, even the combined whining of the entire Islamophobia industry can scarcely hope to inflict long term damage on a religion with 1.5 billion adherents. Hersi Ali once dreamed of and pined for the day when the West would “crush Islam”, and had to reluctantly scale back her ambitions to merely “reforming Islam” when the world showed scant interest in waging an apocalyptic world war on the Islamic faith.
True, Muslims in Myanmar face genocidal persecution at the hands of state backed Buddhist extremists. To follow the thinking of the Pamela Gellers, Bill Mahers and Daniel Pipes of this world to its logical conclusion is to see Myanmar replicated in the West. It would require state sponsored genocide on several continents to even begin to put a dent in growth of the Islamic religion. Islamophobia can be very nasty, but even the most committed group of sit-in-a-think-tank-and-babble-on-about-taqiya Islamophobes cannot possibly pose an existential threat to the Islamic faith.
Unfortunately, the situation regarding Jewish communities around the world is much more precarious. Today, as Israel observes Yom Hashoah in remembrance of the more than six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust, rampant antisemitism has seen a resurgence around the world. While Islamophobia can never hope to do away with its intended target, modern antisemitism in its new, updated guises poses a very real existential danger to Jewish communities. Contrary to the disingenuous made-for-late-night-comedy blathering of Bill Maher, Islamophobia is a very real thing. But the danger and menace posed by antisemitism far outweighs anything Islamophobes can hope to achieve.