Today, most Muslims in Europe have come to believe that they are getting the same treatment Jews had a century ago. Attention-grabbing as it may seem, the claim does not come as a surprise for those who have observed the European debate over Islamist terrorism since 9/11. With each new episode demonstrating the radicalism of elements in Europe's Muslim population, there has been an increasing tendency to dismiss the seriousness of the threat, to describe necessary security measures as racist fear-mongering or worse, and to invoke the supposed lessons of Europe's anti-Semitic past. Despite the recent change in attitude, the reality of contemporary life for Muslims in Europe is impossible to reconcile with the tidal wave of alarmist journalism and think-tank reports deploring the rise of "Islamophobia" and the supposed threat of "another Holocaust".
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|Published - Apr 2007