Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism

Dr. Munr Kazmir
5 min readApr 29, 2019

Two sides of the same hateful coin. How can we combat the forces of extremism and mass violence in our society?

Protest in Washington, D.C. 2018. Photo by Melany Rochester on Unsplash

The nation watched in collective horror this weekend as news began to pour in about a Passover season shooting that took place in a California Synagogue on Saturday. A common reaction in the wake of a months-long spate of high-profile hate crimes focusing on peaceful religious people at prayer:

Please, God, not another one.

The details were all too familiar: A hateful manifesto, online radicalization, extremism focused this time on anti-Semitism; contrasted against tales of great heroism and sacrifice. 60-year old Lori Kaye gave her life to save her friend and Rabbi, jumping in front of a bullet meant for him.

Parents and grandparents shielded children with their own bodies. As always, the death toll would have been much higher were it not for a small miracle; this time, the shooter’s gun jammed.

Last week, a wave of Easter Sunday bombing attacks on Christians at churches in Sri Lanka claimed the lives of 290 people, some of them children. Jihadist extremists have been arrested in connection with the attack.

Just over a month ago, Christchurch. The deadly, well-planned Mosque attacks that claimed 50 lives left New Zealand to mourn those killed or injured…