Edwin Shuker, a native of Baghdad and Vice President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), told Arutz Sheva on Monday at the sidelines of the Herzliya Conference why European Islam is unique and where anti-Semitism and Islam meet.
Shuker, who was forced to flee Iraq after the 1967 Six Day War and rise of Saddan Hussein's party in 1968, said that the Islam of Europe "was not formed in its original and natural place," and therefore includes various backgrounds as it tries to "discover its identity."
If Muslims in Europe do not get the right religious sources they will be taught ignorance and anti-Semitism, warned Shuker, who is also a member of the Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
According to the native of Baghdad, Islam has not traditionally featured anti-Semitism to the extents that it currently displays, and that influence of growing anti-Semitism came largely from the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt – of which Hamas incidentally is a Gazan offshoot.
He noted that three years ago his organization warned Israel about the threats of the BDS movement that urges a boycott against Israel, but was given the cold should by the state. He praised how budgets have now been allocated to fight the phenomenon, expressing his hopes that the Israeli effort will succeed.