Hall of Shame: Islamist Apologists

by Lorna Salzman

Here is a partial list of notable journalists, academics, politicians and organizations who not only routinely ignore or justify islamist violence, misogyny and anti-Semitism but who go out of their way to smear and intimidate those (such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali) who dare to speak out about islamist violence and repression.

They regularly suppress, attack and file lawsuits against critics of Islam while turning a blind eye to Islamist violence against women and Jews, "honor" killings, anti-Semitic preachings, and suppression of freedom of speech.

Some of them also support the incorporation of sharia law into western secular legal systems, while others "merely" support appeasement of muslim demands for special treatment and exemption from secular civil society's laws. The journalists have written approving or uncritical articles and interviews with radical islamists such as Tariq Ramadan. A few are hard=line marxists and outright sympathizers with terrorists and haters of the USA. Most disseminate anti-Israel propaganda while whitewashing or concealing the truth about Israel's adversaries, especially Hamas. Organizations like PEN and ACLU purport to be impartial defenders of freedom of expression but their actions tend to show favoritism towards Islam.

Amnesty International
US Green Party
UN Human Rights Council
Noah Feldman, academic/writer
Timothy Garton-Ash, academic/writer
Ian Buruma, writer
Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Ken Livingstone, ex-Mayor of London
Adam Liptak, journalist
Karen Armstrong, writer
Mark Lilla, academic
George Galloway,former British parliamentarian
Neil MacFarquhar, journalist
Paul Villelly
Christiane Amanpour, TV journalist
Robert Fisk, journalist
Mark Danner, writer,
Andrea Elliott, journalist
Lynne Stewart, lawyer
Queen Elizabeth II
British House of Commons
Joseph Massid
Queen Beatrix of Holland
Ban Ki Moon, UN Secy.General
Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Richard Falk, UN Human Rights Council rapporteur, academic, writer
Canada federal Human Rights Commission
Amsterdam Court of Appeals
New York Times
The Nation
In These Times
Z Magazine
Noam Chomsky
Chris Hedges, former writer for NY Times
Robert Wright, political essayist/author
John Esposito, leading Islamist apologist/propagandist
John Pilger
Uri Avnery
Naomi Klein
Norman Finkelstein
Johann Hari
Wiliam Blum
George Fountain
Joan Wallach Scott
Tariq Ramadan
Mazim Qumsiyeh
Tony Judt
Yale University Press

Amnesty International toured Europe with Moazzan Begg, a former Guantanamo prisoner who has praised the Taliban and attended their training camps; when an AI staff member, Gita Sahgal, protested this joint public appearance, AI suspended her.

Queen Elizabeth II knighted Iqbal Sacranie, head of the Muslim Council of Britain, who urged the death of novelist Salman Rushdie.

Queen Beatrix of Holland refused to attend the funeral of murdered filmmaker Theo van Gogh; her first appearance after the murder was a visit to a Moroccan community center.

The UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution to prohibit criticism of Islam.

Norway and the EU also passed resolutions banning insults against religion.

The ACLU has defended Muslims claiming to have been defamed but have never defended any critic of Islam, nor have they publicly taken a position in favor of unrestricted free speech.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has urged establishment of sharia courts in UK.

Naomi Klein has accused Israel of "war crimes".

Dalia Mogahed favors sharia law and says it gives Muslim women "gender justice".

Tariq Ramadan refuses to condemn the stoning of women accused of adultery; he says there should be a moratorium during which Muslims should discuss the issue and decide if stoning should continue.
John Esposito heads an Islamist-funded center at Georgetown University.

Noam Chomsky, a sympathizer of terrorist group Hamas, said, after the Israel/Gaza war, that supporters of Israel were supporters of its "moral degeneration".

PEN and ACLU presented a panel on Islam and secular democracy that featured Tariq Ramadan, an Obama adviser who supports sharia law, and a post-modern leftist academic who derides the notion of universal human rights.

Dahlia Mogahed, Muslim adviser to Obama, supports sharia law and says women think it supports "gender justice".

Johann Hari : "Whenever I try to mouth these words [of reassurance for Israel], a remembered smell fills my nostrils. It is the smell of shit." (The Independent, UK)

Virtually all of these routinely criticize Israeli "aggression" but never mention Hamas rocket attacks on Israel or Palestinian suicide attacks.

All of them are lending their reputations and efforts in the cause of restricting freedom of speech and punishing those who exert this right by criticizing Islam and Islamism.
None of the news organizations print stories about Muslim "honor" killings, daily preaching of anti-Semitism in all Arab and Muslim media in the middle east, nor do they print editorials or op-ed pieces critical of Islam (Nicolas Kristof writes about the oppression and murder of women in Africa but does not specify Islam as a cause).

© 2002 Lorna Salzman. All rights reserved. Material may be quoted with permission.