chapter  8
15 Pages

Exporting Islamic Violence to Western Democracies

Since the al-Aqsa Intifada erupted in the Middle East in late September 2000, an almost simultaneous wave of violent antiJewish and anti-Israeli sentiment has accompanied it in the Western democracies, initiated and executed mainly by locally nationalized Arab or Muslim immigrants, long-established or recent arrivals, legal or illegal. Due to the ubiquity in space, synchronicity in time, and similarity in style and content of these events, one wonders whether they were all triggered and managed centrally, or spread by emulation from one part of the globe to another.