“The Muslim Council of Scotland and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities said they were standing together against antisemitism and Islamophobia.” The two terms are not similar. Islamophobia is a charge designed to restrict criticism of Islam, even political Islam and Sharia oppression. It is an Organization of Islamic Cooperation initiative to erode free speech. An Islamic educational guide for a district school board in Toronto defined “Islamophobia” as “fear, prejudice, hatred or dislike directed against Islam or Muslims, or towards Islamic politics or culture.” This definition has no place is any democracy, but is perfectly suitable for Islamic states where laws punishing those who offend Islam are enforced. Antisemitism, on the other hand, is hatred and violence directed against Jews solely because they are Jews. It is a gross inaccuracy to equate the two.
The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities is doing itself no favors by “standing together” with the Muslim Council of Scotland. It is being used in the jihad imperative against Israel (and against the infidel): eight months ago, the Muslim Council of Scotland (MCS) withdrew from an anti-racism march because of its inclusion of a pro-Israel group. The MCS called the Jewish group “apologists for apartheid and racism.”
The Vice-Convenor of the MCS, Azzam Muhammad, attended the fourth Global Convention of Solidarity with Palestine in Beirut. At that conference, “antisemite Gilad Atzmon was presented with an award, while Dovid Weiss, of the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta sect, gave a gift to Sheikh Naim Qassem, Deputy Secretary General of Hezbollah, to be passed on to Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader.”
The Muslim Council of Scotland and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities will now be working together, and will be “setting up a ‘ faith-specific social care service.’” This is very useful for the MCS’ image.
Also, these joint collaborations against “Islamophobia” and antisemitism make no sense. There is no Western society that is antagonistic against Muslims because of their faith. If there is any mistrust of Muslims, it comes from jihad attacks against innocent people and the command within the Islamic faith to conquer the House of War. Western societies are pluralistic and accepting. It is Islamic societies that are not.