US Muslim Leader Calls On Community To Confront ‘Anti-Semitism Problem’

By NY Post
Posted on 01/17/22 | News Source: NY Post

A Duke University professor has demanded his fellow Muslims confront their own “increasing anti-Semitism” in the wake of the Texas synagogue hostage situation — pointing to a trope once used by Rep. Ilhan Omar as an example of an “alarming internal problem,” the NY Post reports.

Professor Abdullah Antepli, a founder of the Muslim Leadership Initiative, said the 10-hour hostage nightmare at a Texas Reform synagogue forces the need for his community to have “morally required tough conversations.”

“HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!” Antepli tweeted Sunday.

“Without ands and buts, without any further denial, dismissal and or trivializing of the issues… we need to honestly discuss the increasing anti-Semitism within various Muslim communities,” he wrote.

“We Muslims living [in] North America undeniably have an increasing anti-Semitism problem,” Duke professor Abdullah Antepli explained.

“Yes, we Muslims living [in] North America undeniably have an increasing anti-Semitism problem and seemingly we have yet to even begin to address the issue honestly, morally and accurately,” he wrote.

“But again we have to,” he said, saying he was “really sick and tired of the over all defensiveness and tribal.”

“We can no longer pretend the problems of anti-Semitism within us does not exist,” he said, calling it an “alarming internal problem.”

“We are better than this!”

Antepli singled out Muslims using terms including “the Benjamins” — an anti-Semitic trope that “Squad” member Omar (D-Minn.) used in 2019. Read more at the NY Post.