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Zaid Jilani: “Right Wingers Taunting Muslims with Images of Pork Are Bringing Back an Anti-Semitic Trope”


The frequency of using pork/pigs as a form of attacking Muslims and Islam is not only ignorant but harkens back to what Zaid Jilani writes is an ancient anti-Semitic trope. It should also be noted that during the Inquisition forced pork feeding and pork identity politics were used in harassing and abusing both Muslim and Jewish “conversos.”

AlterNet, By Zaid Jilani

It is sadly common to see grassroots conservatives engage in Islamophobia – it’s one of the most acceptable types of hate for the modern Republican Party. One way of spreading this hate is to mock Muslims with pigs or pork.

Here’s one example, posted on the day of the Paris attacks, highlighted by Bloomberg’s Dave Weigel:


What these individuals don’t seem to know is that they’re trafficking in what actually began as an ancient anti-semitic trope. Muslims don’t consume pork for the same reason many religious Jews don’t – they follow a version of kosher rules.

For centuries, these kosher rules were used by anti-semitic movements to compare Jews to pigs or to taunt Jews with pork.

In the book Anti-Semitic Stereotypes: A Paradigm of Otherness in English Popular Culture, 1660-1830, the author notes that English schoolboys would taunt Jews with a chant, “Get a bit of pork/Stick it on a fork/And give it to a Jew boy, a Jew.”…

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    • George Carty

      I would say there were also similarities between Islamophobia and anti-Catholicism, such as the “they’re outbreeding us” trope, and the notion that the religion is fundamentally incompatible with Enlightenment values.

    • Reynardine

      Praise the Lard!

    • downwithpants

      Mmmm heavenly bacon you can really taste the blasphemy.

    • Hate_the_haterz

      I don’t know what all the fuss is about. These hate mongers are just taking pictures of their relatives. Let them enjoy their family photos. Although it is a bit morbid that their killing, cooking and eating said relatives, and possibly throwing their remains at Muslims and/ or Mosques. But hey, hate rots the mind.

    • Capt. JB Hennessy

      We could retaliate against the Republicans by posting images of “Freedom Fries”.

    • Banter

      I’m not sure, i’ve read about it on muslim run media sites.

    • cmyfe .

      They like pork so much…

    • Reynardine

      In fact, my father, who was already almost fifty when I was born, recalled that when he was a student in Brooklyn, a ham sandwich order used to be called back to the kitchen as, “Douse the lights and chase the rabbi!”

    • mindy1

      Not surprised, most of the time the two are related.

    • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

      I haven’t but it looks very interesting, I definitely follow Kundnani’s work. Has any media picked it up?

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