It’s about bigotry, Imus

After a week of Americans venting their righteous indignation over broadcaster Don Imus’s racist and sexist insults to Rutgers University women basketball players, the so-called “shock jock” has been fired by CBS Radio.

Imus’s remarks about “nappy-headed hos” were indeed bigotry, and such sentiments have no place on America’s airwaves, but the outcry by virtually every politician and media pundit would have had much more moral authority had they not simultaneously ignored many more vile expressions of racism directed daily, not at women basketball players, but at an entire people.

It is safe to say that Americans of every shade of political correctness are gratified at Imus’s swift punishment for his blatantly racist slur, heard by millions. But on the other side of the globe, within “hearing distance” on the Internet and in other media, the Jews of Israel are subjected constantly to Islamist racist slurs that make Imus’s remarks pale in comparison. Had Imus called the black players “monkeys and pigs” – as Jews are commonly referred to in Saudi Arabia – he would likely have been tarred and feathered immediately and run out of town, not fired a week later.

Isn’t it strange that Jews experience Islamist racism every day in the Middle East and the world sits silently by? It is no less remarkable that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who experienced racism as a child in the South, is boosting a peace conference with Arab governments whose school books teach their children that Jews are the descendents of monkeys and pigs. These so-called “moderate” Arab regimes still aren’t prepared to accept Israel’s right to exist. How would Ms. Rice feel about negotiating with governments that don’t accept the right of African Americans to exist?

Sixty years after the Holocaust, millions of Arab bigots continue to propagate the vile Nazi racist doctrine of Hitler. Arab children are taught that all wars are caused by the Jews, that the Jews invented AIDS, that the Jews attacked America on September 11th and blamed it on the Arabs, and America went to war against Iraq on the Jews’ behalf.

Where is a proportionate response by Americans who recognize the difference in magnitude between abusing a college basketball team and an entire people?

Make no mistake: Arab racism is killing Jews. Their bigoted myths and conspiracy theories brainwash Palestinian children to commit suicide bombings against Jews. Innocent children play death games, such as collecting “martyr” cards with pictures of suicide bombers.

The war on terrorism must first of all be a war against the bigotry that drives it, for the same racism that kills Jews also kills Christians, as America discovered on 9/11. And an Arab peace initiative will be judged as genuine only if it is based upon mutual respect.


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