Almost everyone I know saw, at some point or another, some people – whom I call Islamists – on television screens ranting, screaming, and issuing vile, angry, unjustifiable, unreasoned threats against non-Muslims. When ordinary Muslims see those Islamists, they know that they neither represent Muslims nor speak for Islam. Muslims know their religion to be peaceful, inclusive, respectful, and a religion of calm reasoning. Some Muslims consider those Islamists to be crazy; some think they are misguided; some try to justify their behaviour as a reaction to injustices imposed on Muslims the world over; some hope to have them better educated about the true spirit of Islam; and some pray for them so that God may show them the right path. Most Muslims do not take the Islamists seriously, and simply write them off as lunatics with whom one cannot reason; but many Muslims accuse those Islamists of being part of a conspiracy to defame Islam and Muslims.
People of this last group are largely dismissed as “conspiracy theorists” who blame others for everything they do not like. Nevertheless, those so-called “conspiracy theorists” always maintain that a true Muslim would never say or do what those Islamists say and do – to them lunatic behaviour is impossible to be based on anything Islamic. Hence, their conviction that the Islamists are at best ignorant tools of others who promote Islamophobia or at worst they are fearful and haters of Islam disguised as Muslims.
Here is a real life story through which the “conspiracy theorists” seem to have been vindicated. It is a story of two Israeli Jewish settlers – Adam Pearlman and Joseph Cohen – who claimed to have “converted” to Islam, and then became “radical Muslims”. Pearlman and Cohen used the internet; had their own highly publicized websites; managed to get coverage by mainstream media – newspapers, magazines, radio stations, television networks, major news websites, you name it; they were there. Those two individuals issued – in the name of Islam and Muslims – murder threats against Americans; and delivered messages of hate against America and everything for which Americans stand. The substance and style of their recordings are so vile and offensive that an ordinary person would be disgusted after watching or listening to either of them for a minute or two. By then, the message would have been delivered and its impact achieved. Their message is intense, focused, and direct hate of America and everything American. Variations of the phrase “kill Americans” are repeated many times in various sentences in a response to any question. An uninformed American might even become under the impression that “killing Americans” is a tenet of Islam to which all Muslims must adhere. Those two lunatics succeeded in convincing millions of Americans that Muslims believe that hating America and Americans is a sign of a “true” Muslim, thereby strengthening Islamophobia in America – in other words they achieved their objective. The interesting part was that those two men were not generally known in Arab or Muslim communities; their focus was targeting audiences in the United States of America. Their broadcasts were designed to convince Americans that Islam is incompatible with America and that Muslims hate Americans and Americans’ way of life with religious passion. The following link connects to an article telling the story:
And this is a short video recording about them:
Obviously, those two (Pearlman and Cohen) have now been uncovered. How many others are still out there? How many others are not Jews, but possibly born and raised in Islamic communities and then were used – directly or indirectly – by the beneficiaries of defaming Islam and Muslims? How many of them are close friends or even blood relatives to founders of Islamic movements?
Many questions demand answers to determine whether the efforts of those Islamists, including Joseph Cohen and Adam Pearlman, are individual efforts or part of a much larger structure whose objective is to defame Islam and Muslims, especially in the United States of America. A few of those questions include: Who stands to benefit from defaming Islam and Muslims? Who provided financial assistance to those two (Joseph Cohen and Adam Pearlman) to enable them to live comfortably in Brooklyn, New York? Why neither of them was arrested or even questioned, in spite of their repeated public threats of violence against Americans?
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