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Antisemitic conspiracy theory claims Jews are behind “Islamophobic” opposition to female genital mutilation

Everyday Antisemitism has been made aware of what is a rare beast indeed: an antisemitic conspiracy which we had not previously encountered.

We were forwarded an article on the website of an Islamic speaker called Asiff Hussein. On his website Hussein discusses various Islamic issues.

The article with which we are concerned discusses female genital mutilation, which Hussein rather telling refers to simply as “female circumcision”. In it he recounts an incident in which he advocated for a form of FGM. He recounts the shock of a largely Muslim audience at the event hosted by a Muslim Women’s Rights organisation.

He claims that western science that supports the practice has been suppressed “to conform to Islamophobic sentiments expressed by a largely Jewish controlled media” because it is “in the interests of the Jews to criticize female circumcision while promoting male circumcision”.

He claims that Jews need to run this supposed campaign against FGM to maintain their religious legitimacy, apparently under the impression that any science that supported the practice would legitimise Islam over Judaism, as some Muslims have traditionally carried out the practice whereas Jews have not.

According to the Definition of Antisemitism, “making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions” is antisemitic. Mr Hussein’s comments attempt to portray this supposed Jewish influence as so powerful that it can overturn the scientific method and manipulate Muslims into abandoning their own practices. It is in fact clearly reminiscent of the most virulent antisemitic conspiracy theories have been used to incite violence against Jews. It is also deeply insulting to moderate Muslims to suggest that the only reason they take more moderate stances is because of this supposed Jewish influence.