British-born Muslim compares KKK rallies in US to anti-Israel protests

In the recent Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism held this week in Jerusalem, Palestinian Media Watch director, Itamar Marcus and Dr. Boaz Ganor organized a panel discussion with Muslim activists actively rejecting hate rhetoric. Two of the panel speakers included Kasim Hafeez, a British Muslim who runs The Israel Campaign and Rev. Majed El Shafie, a human rights advocate originally from Egypt.

From Ynet:

“When people say that anti-Semitism exists in the Muslim world because of Israel, that is simply an excuse,” says Kasim Hafeez, born in Britain to a Pakistani Muslim family.

“People here (in Israel) get Islamic anti-Semitism. In Europe, we deny it,” Hafeez expounded.

“As a university student, I would attend radical anti-Israel rallies in Trafalgar Square. Here I am standing in London in the middle of a European capital – chanting ‘death to Israel’ and nothing was ever done.”

He compares those rallies with the Ku Klux Klan. “An Al-Quds Day rally in London is equivalent to a KKK rally in the US,” he stressed.

Hafeez told Tazpit News Agency that he began to change his thinking when he read A Case for Israel, by Alan Dershowitz. Hafeez explains that he read the book in order to learn how to further deconstruct Zionist propaganda. “But I began to see that I could no longer support my convictions because I had no answers to the arguments that were made for Israel,” he explains.

“I found that the radical Islamic doctrine that I grew up with and my own belief in violent jihad could no longer support the truth I once believed in.”

That realization prompted Hafeez to visit Israel. “I kind of hoped that the visit to Israel would be a negative experience, that it would enable me to go back to my former beliefs,” he told Tazpit News Agency.

But the visit was eye-opening for Hafeez, who says he fell in love with Israel during his first trip. “It’s hard not to support Israel,” says the soft-spoken Hafeez, who recently participated in the Jerusalem Marathon. “I encountered Israelis who weren’t anti-Arab, or anti-Islam and saw that this wasn’t some apartheid state.”

However, coming out in support of Israel hasn’t been easy. Hafeez has become isolated from his friends. “It’s a lot of hassle – it really disrupts your life when you become vocal and open about your support for the Jewish state.”

“What people don’t understand, is that it doesn’t matter if you bend over backwards for radical Islamists. If you are Jewish, they will hate you no matter what,” Hafeez said.

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4 responses to “British-born Muslim compares KKK rallies in US to anti-Israel protests”

  1. Mike says :

    Hafeez is a good guy and very active with Stand With Us, which is an excellent organization.

    • israeliminx says :

      Yes it is and yes he is! On the old blog I ‘highlighted’ him a couple of times — he is doing amazing work and under seriously dangerous circumstances. If there were a ‘righteous among the nations’ awardfor deeds in the current day, he would certainly get one,

  2. WipeOutHamasOnceAndForAll says :

    Don’t be deceived, these British-born Muslim are, for the majority of them, born in another country (a Muslim country) most of the time!!
    For those who were truly born in the UK, they have not been able to assimilate to the British society because Muslims are not capable of accepting a society from Europe or from any Western word whose main religion and main values do not come from the evil Muslim faith!!!

    Why the Muslim faith, in particular the Koran, is evil?
    Well, there are examples of hate against Jews and against non-Muslims that are part of the Koran to clearly acknowledge that the Koran is a book of hate!!
    The bogus “prophet” Mohammed was a thief and a murderer many times, usually to rob people of their possession and of their women!! Therefore, Mohammed was no prophet, he was just simply an extremely evil thief and murderer of the vilest kind.
    For these reasons and for many other reasons, the Muslim faith is evil, whether we like it or not!
    More, Muslims happen to follow the Koran and they also want to emulate the evil deeds of their bogus “prophet” Mohammed. For this reason alone, Muslims are, whether we like it or not, evil in many ways and that applies to all Muslims!!

    Now, about the USA and the Jews in the USA. I have seen over the years several stories about Jewish women marrying Palestinians. And also this Anthony D. Weiner who married a Muslim woman.
    Honestly, any Jew with a modicum of knowledge on the Muslims would avoid them at ALL COSTS. And to marry them? It is the epitome of stupidity!!
    Even if I was paid to marry a Muslim woman, I would not want to have anything to do with a Muslim woman. No matter how good she is, no matter how beautiful she is, no matter how wealthy she is!! There is simply too much bad baggage associated with being a Muslim when it linked to being an Israeli or being a Jew.

    The truth is quite clear concerning the Muslims. The Muslims have been so far for the Israelis the Nazis of the Middle East and it is not an exaggeration, it is the simple truth.
    How could any Jew lower himself/herself by marrying a Muslim, no matter how good or how nice this Muslim might be is beyond rationality and beyond logic?!!!

  3. WipeOutHamasOnceAndForAll says :

    Israeli politicians seem completely oblivious of the mistakes that they did in the past (Peres and Rabin’s Oslo agreements, and more) and of the reality concerning the Palestinians.
    Read “Lapid: I’m Committed to ‘Two-State Solution’ ” at http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/168499#.UajtB5ywV7w

    What does that mean? Basically, that Lapid has not learnt a single lesson from the past concerning the Palestinians and that he has no idea what is the purpose of a bogus Palestinian state in the West Bank, to create a stepping stone toward a final solution against the State of Israel!

    Honestly, Israeli politicians are like ostriches, they put their heads in the sand, pray an incantation for good fortune (peace with the Palestinians whose only goal is the destruction of the State of Israel!) and dream a Utopian peace that will NEVER come for Israelis, especially if the Israelis would allow the creation of another bogus Muslim state, this time inside the State of Israel!!

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