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October 29, 2013

Author of Book on Arab-Israeli Conflict Says Not Enough Space

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Yesterday, CAMERA published on its main website an article about The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Tough Questions, Direct Answers published by the InterVarsity Press as part of its "The Skeptic's Guide (TM) Series."

Today, the book's author Dale Hanson Bourke graciously replied to this article with a tweet:

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The main thrust of her response is that as a primer, her text was too short to include everything. This is excuse is simply too convenient. Properly educating neophytes about the problem of Muslim antisemitism -- a main driver of the conflict -- does not require a long entry. Following Bourke’s format, it could be done as follows:

Does antisemitism (or Jew-hatred) contribute to Arab and Muslim hostility toward Israel?

Yes. Sadly, Jew hatred is not confined to Christian Europe, but has been a growing problem in Muslim-majority countries throughout the world. Political, religious and intellectual leaders have been fomenting anti-Jewish hostility by combining traditional anti-Jewish teachings present in the Koran, the Hadiths (the sayings of Muhammed, the founder of Islam), and in the Sunna (the life of the Muhammed) with anti-Jewish polemics from the West. Books like The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (an antisemitic forgery) and Hitler’s Mein Kampf are best sellers in Muslim-majority countries. Muslim sources portray Jews as enemies of God, Islam and of humanity itself. Such portrayals have been used to promote violence against Jews in the Middle East, just as Christian teachings about Jews promoted violence against Jews in Europe.

This is a bare bones effort to inform would be peacemakers about Muslim antisemitism, one of the most crucial issues they face in the Holy Land. It is less than 140 words. Bourke simply has no excuse for failing to inform her readers about this problem.

Posted by dvz at October 29, 2013 12:44 PM


I do not think any historian has paid much attention since Zionism. The anti-Semites have been very good at minimizing any fall out from Islamic brutalities and disguised them under a cloak of Marxist anthropological apologetic that are in laymen's terms BS. The only person I know who openly made such a connection was Benny Morris and after the lecture he gave revealing this problem Muslims followed him down the street threatening him. You have to go back to the period of the White Paper to begin to realize the full effect of Islamic politics in "Palestine" and we also need to have an awareness that the Ottoman's issued a Tanzmat to protect minorities and stabilize their decadent Islamic Empire in the 1840's. Those Tanzmat's have since been eliminated one by one by Islamic Revolutionaries the most recent attempt in Egypt. so although I am in agreement with CAMERA's review it seems unfair to pick out one author from among the school of Marxist anthropological apologists (I have two words that better and more accurately describes these "scholars">) who dominated this discussion for the last century.

Posted by: jeb stuart at October 31, 2013 01:33 PM

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