Anti-Islamophobia Conference Only Tells Part Of The Story

From Algemeiner:
Corey Saylor, a prominent Muslim activist in the United States, made a stunning admission last week. Speaking at a counter-Islamophobia conference at the University of Minnesota, Saylor admitted that anti-Muslim sentiment is driven in part by jihadists who kill in the name of Allah.

During a session titled “How Islamophobia Became Mainstream,” Saylor told the audience in the Hubert Humphrey Auditorium that “violent extremist groups that claim that Islam gives sanction to their actions contribute to Islamophobia.”

“There’s no doubt about it,” he said. To not acknowledge the impact that groups like ISIS have had on attitudes about Islam and its adherents “would be to not have a complete conversation.”

Oddly enough, Saylor’s acknowledgement that jihadists make people frightened of Muslims and Islam took place at a conference organized by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) — a group with historical ties to Hamas, a jihadist organization that, by Saylor’s logic, contributes to the problem he is trying to fix.

Such irony was baked into the overall agenda of the May 10, 2018 conference titled “Challenging Islamophobia.” For example, the conference, dedicated to promoting the rights of Muslims in American civil society, featured a talk by Hatem Bazian, a professor at UC Berkeley who has worked assiduously to undermine the rights of Jews on college campuses in the United States.

For example, Bazian founded two groups, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and American Muslims for Palestine. Members of SJP have shouted down pro-Israel speakers and, in some instances, physically attacked Jews on college campuses.

During his talk, Bazian asserted that David Horowitz promoted Islamophobia in American society by writing The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America and getting it sold in airport bookstores.

“It’s not easy to get your book to be sold in airport bookshelves,” Bazian said. “There has to be some sophisticated marketing agency behind you.”

Horowitz’s targeting of academia, Bazian argued, “is part of a sophisticated campaign to neutralize possibility in an area where we could have sophisticated critique, not only of ourselves but also society in general.”

The absurdity is palpable. Bazian, who helped undermine the principles of civil society by establishing a cadre of anti-Zionist shock troops who harass Jews on college campuses, accuses Horowitz of undermining the ability of college professors to do their work. And how has Horowitz done this? Through engaging in a critique of his own by writing and selling a book….

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