Transcript from CNN:
- Who in France Will Shout, 'I Am a Jew'?
- Muslims Demonstrate in Paris: 'I Am Not Charlie. But I Am Against Killing'
- Israel Must Help French Jews Remain in the Diaspora
- IN PICTURES: The World Unites to Condemn Paris Attacks
- What the Jews of France Can Teach the Jews of America
- Bulgaria Arrests French Citizen Believed to Have Links to Kouachi Brothers
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RABBI SHMULEY BOTEACH: Let's be honest. To separate the anti-Semitism growing in France and in many other European countries, because Jews don't feel comfortable in almost any place in Europe today, it cannot be separated from constant Islamic incitement. Now, I believe Islam is a great world religion. I think Rula [Jebreal] is portraying Islam the way it should be.
Having said that, we're not hearing enough of the mainstream Muslims condemning the incitement against Jews. Not talking about Israel, we're not talking about political policy, foreign policy, we're talking about cartoons of Jews with giant noses in Arab-sponsored media. We're talking about Hamas with a genocidal charter -- a genocidal charter -- calling for the annihilation and the extermination of every Jew on planet Earth and people defending Hamas. And not saying that if you want to be seen with any kind of legitimacy you cannot have a charter calling for every Jew to be slaughtered.
So, with all due respect, I would like to see my Muslin brothers and sisters, I want to see a million Muslim march, not just three half million French men and women marching. Muslims have to take their religion back from monsters. You can no longer say that it's a small minority inciting anti-Semitism against Jews, on the contrary, this is entering the body politic Because it's not being repudiated by the mainstream on a large scale.
DON LEMON, CNN: I want to get Rula in because Fareed [Zakaria] just said the same thing, that Muslims have to take their religion back. What do you say?
RULA JEBREAL: I think the religion has been hijacked by these extremists. But they are taking it back for the first time I have seen millions of people. Remember in that march in --
LEMON: But what do you think about what he said? He said he wants to see millions of Muslims -- a million Muslim march.
JEBREAL: I think that's a great idea. And I want to invite with that. Let's look also about the history of what's been happening. Iraq, Syria, Palestine, these were the most secular places in the Middle East. The most secular, until 2003. But then we see the rise of these extremists and they're connecting to certain policies. We need to separate extremists from regular ordinary Muslims. We can't also blame them for their own suffering, whether it's in Iraq, Syria or elsewhere because they are really on the frontline fighting this battle, whether it's in Iraq, in Syria, and in many other countries and even within Palestinian territories.
But I want to tell the Rabbi, this is really something that we learned from Selma, as you mentioned, when you uphold the supremacy of one ethnic group, this is not a democracy anymore, this is an ethnocracy. We need to reject that whether it's in Europe, in Israel, or here in America. We can't have segregation as an answer. It's inclusion and unity.
RABBI BOTEACH: With all due respect, Rula, you're excusing violence and that's very tragic. When you start bringing up that Israel's policy, it's terrible that [Palestinians] are being targeted, Israel has to stop the segregation. Let's stop the nonsense. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. You are a Palestinian woman who has Israeli citizenship. You are allowed freedom of expression. No one tells you who to fall in love with, you don't get shot by your uncle or by your brother because you fall in love with somebody your father doesn't approve of. You live a Western life. You live with the kind of human rights that Israel protects. Israel has 1.5 million Arab citizens, there is no segregation and we all know that. So let's not excuse terrorism with some Israeli policy.
JEBREAL: That's not fair, Rabbi. This is really unfair and I feel that you need to reflect on this, especially based on what I write and other stuff that I've done.