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We’ve been delighted to feature the work of Elly Bulkin and Donna Nevel, whose articles have investigated how the Israel lobby fuels anti-Muslim bigotry. They have shed much needed light on a vitally important issue that has impacted Muslim educators and mosques.

414GxU45X1LNow, Bulkin and Nevel have a new book out titled Islamophobia and Israel.

They are the perfect people to write the book, as they are founding members of the Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition (JAIC) and Jews Say No! in New York City and were steering committee members of Communities In Support of the Khalil Gibran International Academy (CISKGIA). In addition, they are two of the conveners of a a new project, the Jewish Voice for Peace Network Against Islamophobia (JvpNAI).  In short, these are two of the most important Jewish activists working on this issue, challenging the Jewish establishment’s role in mainstreaming Islamophobia.

The book is a compilation of articles, first published on AlterNet and reprinted on Mondoweiss. Here’s the summary:

This book explores the intersection of Islamophobia and Israel—and the ways that the U.S. “war on terror” impacts both. The authors challenge the Jewish community’s use of a “pro-Israel” litmus test of who is a “good” Muslim;” trace the funding connections and other links between Islamophobia and right-wing pro-Israel supporters; document the ADL’s history of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab actions; and analyze two high-profile post-9/11 anti-Muslim campaigns.

It’s already garnered some high praise from activists like Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, who said:

In our darkest hours as American Muslims living in a post 9/11 America, Donna and Elly’s works have shined a light on the injustice and the bigotry that has plagued our society and most often targeted innocent Muslims. Their genuine commitment and solidarity have served as hope and stepping stones towards healing, coalition building and action. Donna and Elly are critical voices that should be heard and their words acted upon

Buy the book on Amazon.  It will soon be available on iBook, Kindle and Nook.

Alex Kane

Alex Kane is a freelance journalist who focuses on Israel/Palestine and civil liberties. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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  1. seafoid on April 9, 2014, 3:38 pm

    Islamophobia, the slow strangling of international law and the reinterpretation of the Protocols in the form of Adelson – Zionism is one ugly mother.

  2. Citizen on April 9, 2014, 8:42 pm

    Nobody I know on a personal level cares anything about this subject. This suggests to me that the Zionists will continual to control the US foreign policy agenda. There is no grass roots or lunch pail opponent, and Congress knows this.

    • ToivoS on April 10, 2014, 12:35 am

      Citizen there a number of people I have met after 911 that do care. In my community there were a number of attacks on Muslims (not just that but one deranged guy killed a Sikh, mistaken him for a Muslim). I became involved in a number of events supported by CAIR (a fairly conservative Muslim organization) and I am sure that this book will be read by them. Also these people are active in local politics. They might not have influence at the national level but I can assure you they have influence in political races at the state level.

      What I have also noticed is that the big Zionist money is not investing in state level races as they did once. They are focusing their money on federal senate and house races. Not sure what this means but it could mean that there is going to be new candidates for national office that are not so beholden to Zionist contributions.

      • Citizen on April 10, 2014, 6:20 am

        I don’t doubt what you say. I’m only talking about the people I have any physical contact with; to the extent they dabble in politics at all, it’s not with regard to foreign policy. Even the most sophisticated and educated one I know had never heard of BDS when I mentioned it about a week ago. She immediately scoffed when I told her it was a growing movement, and offered a bunch of examples. She insisted Americans generally don’t care about Arabs at all, and when they rarely did, their opinion was usually Islamophobic. During this conversation, she said her Jewish friends, and she has a number of very long time Jewish friends–always have a knee-jerk response untouched by any objectivity. She added that if she were a Jew she’d have the same response. I asked (since she’s Irish), “Well, so you still hate the English?” She replied, “Of course!” I said, at another point referring to the Shoah and Nakba, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” She replied, “Of course not! But I told you if I were a Jew, I’d have a knee-jerk response too!” And she’s going to vote for Hillary because she’s a woman. “It’s her turn; she got cheated!”

      • traintosiberia on April 10, 2014, 11:29 pm

        I agree with you. Grass root activities will not force US changing ME policies. But changes are happening within US in the areas of economics and foreign policies despite US not wanting so These changes will determine the fate of Israel. Israel is very divided within. The fundamentalism is a rising force. It is no longer a country that inspire much hope for its own citizen . The changes around Israel in the long run will bring Arab together ,may be in another 10 yrs., US will not influence or control these developments. Chances are that ,it would give up as Kerry is showing exasperation. UK did but there would be no US to step in.
        The grassroots opinion will never become Israel friendly again. They may show no interest but they will not come out batting for Israrl like their forefathers did in 1930 to mid 1940. Administration then does not have to worry about fate in the election.

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