The Mohammed Cartoon Controversy, Israel, and the Jews

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Manfred Gerstenfeld - Israel and Jews were almost inevitably drawn into the Mohammed cartoon controversy between Muslims and the West, yet another manifestation of the hard core of anti-Semitism that portrays Jews as responsible for all evil in the world. Western media contrasted Muslims' sensitivity about the cartoons with the stream of far more offensive anti-Semitic cartoons published in Muslim media. In the Mohammed cartoon controversy, the Western world faces fundamental questions involving the nature of Western identity; the internal solidarity of the Western world; the extent to which Western societies can be intimidated; how to confront Muslim violence; whether a Western Islam can evolve; and to what extent some Muslims living in the West are a fifth column for a violent non-Western culture.

2006-03-17 00:00:00

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