Some experiences leave us feeling helpless and emotionally drained. I’ve had quite a few such experiences lately. As an Egyptian immigrant to the UK, I never thought that I would ever hear a group of Islamist radicals roaming the streets of the capital of a liberal democracy, screaming “rape their daughters”.
I thought this was behind me when I left the Middle East almost six years ago. Yet, radical Islamism, it seems, found its way to the streets of London. Terrorism, as defined in academia, is the use or threatening to use violence to achieve certain goals. Therefore, the antisemitic attacks and threats we experienced were in fact acts of terrorism, and they be treated as such. But, they have not. Instead, we saw a persistent increase in antisemitism and indifference towards the suffering of Jews.