Islamophobia in Britain: The Products, The Names and The
31 July 2010
By Gilad Atzmon
Islamophobia has made it to the market place. In the
open and shamelessly cafepress.co.uk offers hundreds
of anti Muslim and anti Arab products: T-shirts, caps
babysuits etc’. Yet, make no mistake, Cafepress is not
an ordinary xenophobic retailer driven by some crude
‘universal’ bigotry. As much as the site offers very
many pro Jewish, pro Israeli, pro war , anti Arab and
anti Muslim commodities, it doesn’t offer a single
anti Jewish, anti Semitic, anti Black, anti Polish or
anti Immigrant commodity. This is indeed very good
news. Yet, the manifold of anti Muslim and pro Jewish
products is staggering, especially in the context of
the absence of any other hate driven products.
I guess that it is more than likely that the ‘pro
Jewish’, ‘pro war’ and ‘anti Muslim’ products appeal
to more or less the same crowd. I guess that you know
who they may be.
And yet, I am slightly puzzled I may admit, I ask
myself where in Britain one can hang around with a
T-shirt carrying an image of the Koran being stepped
upon? Where in Britain one can go around with a
T-Shirt calling to ‘bomb Iran’?
When I immigrated to Britain fifteen years ago it was
a very tolerant place. The university I landed in was
submerged in ‘post-colonial discourse’. Students and
professors spent hours mourning Britain’s crimes of
the past. To a certain extent, Britain is still a very
tolerant place. The British public is still very open.
Moreover, being a white foreigner here is a very
pleasant experience. Yet, looking at Cafepress’ anti
Muslim collection, I assume that being Muslim, Arab or
Asian in Britain must be a complicated experience, at
least for some. As it happens the Zio-centric
ideological amalgam of moral interventionism, pro war,
anti Muslim feelings and Israeli lobbying have planted
some disastrous seeds of bigotry in British culture.
I think that it is our humanist duty to identify the
proponent of pro war, pro Jewish and anti Muslim
ideologies within our discourse. In order to do so, I
will let some of our leading British Zionist and
Neocons model Cafepress’ latest designs.
Look for instance at the Jewish Chronicle writer Nick
Cohen, a man who advocated the war in Iraq, a pro war
moral interventionist, a man who supported the
criminal IDF operation Cast Lead, but more than
anything, Cohen doesn’t really like Islam. He can do
well with Cafepress’s latest designs.
Jack Straw supported the war in Iraq. He told the
Chilcot Inquiry that “he could have stopped the
invasion, had he wanted to.” Seemingly, he didn’t want
to. More than 1.5 million Iraqis died. Straw also
doesn’t like Muslim women wearing veils. Cafepress
supports Straw's line of thinking with a new line of
anti veil products.
By the way, Jack Straw is not a Jew, he is just
Cafepress, made a shirt for half Jews, just to make
sure these ‘half-breeds’ do not drift away and start
David Miliband was listed by an Israeli propaganda
site as an Israeli Hasbara (propaganda) author. He was
trying to amend British Universal jurisdiction just to
help Israeli war criminals visiting this kingdom. Do
not worry, The Conservative Friend of Israel seem to
have succeeded where Miliband failed. Just a few days
before Israel launched its lethal genocidal Operation
Cast Lead, Milband visited Sderot and suggested to
Israelis that “above all”, Israel should “seek to
protect its own citizens.” David Miliband is also a
moral interventionist. He would kill in the name of
democracy. Thank God he is not in the Government.
David Aaronovitch is a Jewish Chronicle writer, a
defiant fighter against anti Semitism and yet a very
enthusiastic opponent of Islam. As you may guess he
was an advocate for the Iraq war. He also thinks that
we better do something with Iran before it is ‘too
The list of pro war, pro Israeli and anti Muslim
supporters is pretty long. I think that we better
identify them all. Now when we can fit them into
T-shirts and babysuits we better move fast before the
stock runs out.