Daniel Pipes

Populists’ Anti-Islam Message Has European Jewish Leaders Worried

10/25/2010
JTA

BERLIN (JTA) -- Geert Wilders, the rock star of European politics, is riding the crest of a populist tsunami.

As the pro-Israel founder of Holland’s Party of Freedom lets loose recently in Berlin, shouting that Islam is a threat to Germany’s identity, democracy and prosperity, his audience of 500 reacts with an evangelical zeal, offering big-time applause and standing ovations.

“Stand by the side of those who are threatened by Islam, like the State of Israel and its Jewish citizens,” he exhorts the crowd.

‘Moderate’ Muslim Tag Ever-Murky For Community

Reaction to N.Y. imam at center of downtown mosque storm points up unresolved tension, even after years
of interfaith dialogue.

08/25/2010
Staff Writer

 An Islamic leader from the United States gives a lecture about the founding of Israel in the wake of the Holocaust. He recommends a book that denies that mass murder of Jews took place during World War II, calls the Holocaust a hoax and declares that “All this [information about six million Jewish deaths] is false propaganda.” Hitler, the leader says, “never intended to mass-destroy the Jews.”

An extremist?

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, moderate or closet radical? Renewed focus on nature of Islamic leadership. Getty Images
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