It’s very possible that the ineffectual resolution was not sorted out under malicious intent, but rather under an ignorance-soaked naivete. Still, the outcome was a shameful misrepresentation of reality, serving the wrong purpose, leaving the door open for more of the same antisemitic outbursts by those who had been left unscathed.
Antisemitism and Islamophobia are both depraved forms of hate, but the root causes affecting them are light years apart.
Antisemitism’s origins were pioneered, borne and promoted by those who were looking for scapegoats. It was originally instituted by religious zealots who tried to promote Christianity by spreading fake historical counts, blaming Jews for killing Jesus, while masking the true executioners—their own Roman predecessors. Their followers looked for the easy prey, the weak faction, the ones who looked different, dressed differently, worshiped God via a competing religion, celebrated different holidays and attended to different customs.
In short; antisemitism was originated by the losers who were able to move the masses on hate-waves against a frail, vulnerable sect. It also presented an opportunity by these anti-Semite losers to legally rob these “subhuman” Jewish creatures and feed on their belongings.
Islamophobia, on the other hand, did not find its roots in bigotry by those who practiced it. Unlike anti-Semitism, it was instigated by those who feared this religion. Islam was spread by conquest, by violence, by the Dhimmi culture, which preached Jihad and absolute intolerance. Islam in its pure form was, still is, a political religion. It has been attempting to dominate the rest of the world, and not necessarily by way of peaceful means.
Muslims who practice this religion to its fullest deem non-Muslims as blasphemous subhuman beings of the worst kind, deserving death through torture. This is not true of all or even most Muslims, but the extreme zealots among them, like ISIS, al-Qaeda, al-Shabab, and even the ruthless dictatorships practiced by so many Middle-eastern and Africa’s Muslim states or sub states, instigate fear and anxiety about Muslims in general.
Muslims—the ones we do not know personally. We never know whether we should or should not fear them. But we are on guard; we suspect them. Their presence makes us anxious. Are they terrorists? Even a relatively small violent minority out of the huge peaceful populace comprises a very large number. Hence, we, instinctively, profile them; we become Islamophobic out of fear and anxiety. It’s automatic. It’s human nature.
This is never the case of anti-Semitism. We do not fear Jews. We do not suspect them of being potential terrorists. The anti-Semites hate them because they believe in the lies concerning Jewish influence and power in politics and high finance. Some Anti-Semites hate the Jews because they hate Israel and Zionism. They feel for the Palestinian underdogs regardless of the fact that the Palestinians want to keep this underdog status. They like being viewed as victims and they do not want to change that image. They even use violence, inviting retaliation to sustain that underdog, victim image. They keep fooling the fools and the bigots.
Packaging antisemitism and Islamophobia into the same bucket and condemning unjustified hate as if these two are undistinguishable is like viewing Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump as a potential couple just because both are politicians.
The roots driving these types of hate are vastly diverse. Any medicine designed to fight and suppress these phenomena must be tailored to the specific syndrome.
Antisemitism and Islamophobia should never be treated as equals. Anything else is ineffective, confusing and misleading.