The Jewish Obligation to Stand Up against Isiamophobia in the United States

Kaplan, Lisabeth; Roochnik, Paul
June 2004
American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences;Summer2004, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p175
Academic Journal
The article discusses the Jewish obligation to stand up against Islamophobia in the United States. Tabloid media and bigoted radio talk show hosts contribute to an atmosphere of Islamophobia, and some Americans associate the word "Muslim" or "Arab" with "terrorist." An Islamophobic atmosphere has taken hold in the United States, targeting Muslims. not for any crime, but merely for being Muslims. "Post-9/11" has been a fertile time for insecurity, fear, withdrawal, and collective angst. The Jewish people are historically familiar with the link between a wounded society and its search for a scapegoat; specifically, they have been that scapegoat on countless occasions.


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