Rad­i­cal Jews and Mus­lims

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THE no­tion of rad­i­cal Is­lam is widely used through­out the media, yet no one seems to see rad­i­cal Ju­daism in the form of and un­der the guise of zion­ism.

Just as there are Mus­lims who dis­tin­guish them­selves from Is­lamic State (rad­i­cal Is­lam), there are Jews who dis­tin­guish them­selves from zion­ism (rad­i­cal Ju­daism).

Yet no medium of main­stream media calls out zion­ism for its ideas and ide­olo­gies as is done in the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and de­scrip­tion of the IS. Zion­ism piggy-backs on the vic­tim­i­sa­tion of the Jewish com­mu­nity through­out his­tory to es­tab­lish a foun­da­tion for its rad­i­cal­ism and global ac­cep­tance of it.

Now, this may be con­sid­ered an­tiSemitic, which brings about an­other point about the rhetoric of­ten used in the mass media.

Any neg­a­tive fact or re­port about the Jewish com­mu­nity (the front for zion­ism) is la­belled anti-Semitic, whereas any neg­a­tive fact or re­port about the Mus­lim com­mu­nity is la­belled Is­lama­pho­bic, as if, in the lat­ter case alone, it is a ra­tio­nal fear.

Why are the terms anti-Is­lamism and Judeo­pho­bic not used?

Is it so that a pre­con­ceived no­tion of good and evil, of “us” and “them”, can be es­tab­lished in the minds of peo­ple?

Per­haps al­ter­na­tive terms could be used, such as “counter-Ju­daism” and “counter-Is­lam”?

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