Growing up in southeastern Turkey, the first book Abdullah Antepli ever read was an illustrated children’s version of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, given to him by his parents; before he was fifteen he had read Henry Ford’s The International Jew and Mein Kampf, both widely available in Turkish. Few Muslims today, adds Antepli, haven’t been exposed to the sorts of ideas about Jews found in such works. In conversation with Bari Weiss, Antepli—an imam and professor at Duke University—explains the seductiveness of anti-Semitism, its grip on the Muslim world, what can be done to repair this “Muslim shande,” and the need for even those like him who are fiercely critical of Israel to recognize Zionism’s benignity. He also explains how his embrace of religion helped him, in his own words, become a “recovering anti-Semite.”
Confessions of a Recovering Anti-Semite
Universities Are in Thrall to a Constituency That Sees Israel as an Affront to Its Identity
Commenting on the hearings of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on Tuesday about anti-Semitism on college campuses, and the dismaying testimony of three university presidents, Jonah Goldberg writes:
If some retrograde poltroon called for lynching black people or, heck, if they simply used the wrong adjective to describe black people, the all-seeing panopticon would spot it and deploy whatever resources were required to deal with the problem. If the spark of intolerance flickered even for a moment and offended the transgendered, the Muslim, the neurodivergent, or whomever, the fire-suppression systems would rain down the retardant foams of justice and enlightenment. But calls for liquidating the Jews? Those reside outside the sensory spectrum of the system.
It’s ironic that the term colorblind is “problematic” for these institutions such that the monitoring systems will spot any hint of it, in or out of the classroom (or admissions!). But actual intolerance for Jews is lathered with a kind of stealth paint that renders the same systems Jew-blind.
I can understand the predicament. The receptors on the Islamophobia sensors have been set to 11 for so long, a constituency has built up around it. This constituency—which is multi-ethnic, non-denominational, and well entrenched among students, administrators, and faculty alike—sees Israel and the non-Israeli Jews who tolerate its existence as an affront to their worldview and Muslim “identity.” . . . Blaming the Jews for all manner of evils, including the shortcomings of the people who scapegoat Jews, is protected because, at minimum, it’s a “personal truth,” and for some just the plain truth. But taking offense at such things is evidence of a mulish inability to understand the “context.”
Shocking as all that is, Goldberg goes on to argue, the anti-Semitism is merely a “symptom” of the insidious ideology that has taken over much of the universities as well as an important segment of the hard left. And Jews make the easiest targets.