Anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim racism in Europe: Workers' Liberty 3/49

About the ambiguities of the “Islamophobia” concept

Submitted by Matthew on 15 April, 2015 - 6:09 Author: Yves Coleman

I tried not to use the word “Islamophobia” in this article and chose expressions like “anti-Muslim paranoia”, “anti-Arab”, “anti-African” and “anti-Muslim racism”, in line with what Sacha Ismail proposed in Solidarity.

Among many other reasons, I prefer not to use the word “islamophobia” for the following motives:

• The phenomenon involved is not a simple phobia (fear) but a paranoia, therefore much more serious than a simple fear;

Anti-semitism and anti-Muslim racism in Europe

Submitted by Matthew on 15 April, 2015 - 6:03 Author: Yves Coleman

Around 1.1 millions Jews live in the European Union and 19 million Muslims. It’s obviously very difficult to compare the situation of an ethnic/cultural/religious minority living in Europe for centuries with the situation of religious and/or national minorities whose importance has massively grown after the Second World War, and in some cases only during the last 40 years.

Nevertheless, many militants (inspired by left academic researchers) compare anti-Semitism in the 30s to the situation of Muslims in Europe today.