UPDATE: Daniel Pipes has declined (via e-mail) to accept Rabbi Hausman’s gracious offer to host a debate on the nature—doctrinal and historical—of Islamic Antisemitism.
Here is Daniel Pipes’ most recent pronouncement (published 5/16/13) on the subject, ostensibly, of “Islamic Antisemitism”:
He said the religion of Islam itself is not inherently hostile to Jews, and Muslim anti-Semitism scarcely existed before the establishment of the state of Israel.
This contention by Pipes—which I rejected with copious supportive doctrinal and historical evidence in my 2008 The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism—would be the crux of the debate just proposed by Rabbi Jon Hausman.
I have accepted Rabbi Hausman’s offer, related in the e-mail exchange reproduced, below.
Also, if the debate transpires, live-streaming and video-recording will occur.
From: Andrew Bostom
Sent: Monday, May 20, 2013 9:03 AM
To: Rabbi Hausman; Daniel Pipes
Subject: RE: Invitation
Happy to participate!
From: Rabbi Hausman
Sent: Monday, May 20, 2013 9:01 AM
To: Andrew Bostom; Daniel Pipes
I read the post below at Ruthfully Yours. I also admire your respective work and efforts. If you are both so inclined, I would be most happy to offer my synagogue as a venue for such a discussion. As you may know, I have hosted numerous speakers of renown over the years (i.e. Bat Ye’or, Wafa Sultan, Geert Wilders, Lars Hedegaard, Lt. General Jerry Boykin, Mark Steyn to name a few).
I don’t have much money to offer, but would be most happy to cover travel and hotel costs.
Thank you for your consideration.
Rabbi Jonathan Hausman
Ahavath Torah Congregation
MY SAY: DEBATING ISLAMIC ANTI-SEMITISM
By Ruth King on May 18th, 2013
First: I like and admire Daniel Pipes. His support for Israel and his opposition to the two state delusion has been inspiring for me personally. I also know that his opinions have evolved over the years because unlike many scholars he is open to new ideas which are buttressed by history and facts.
Second: I like Andrew Bostom, a physician who has studied Islam meticulously and authored three authoritative books on the subject. Of particular interest to me is “The Legacy of Islamic Anti-Semitism-From Sacred Texts to Solemn History.”
Daniel Pipes maintains that a form of Islam, called “Islamism” is anti-Semitic whereas Islam itself is not. Furthermore, he states that Jews and Muslims have a history of comity.
Andrew Bostom, citing several sources categorically denies this.
Why not a debate?
It sure would be far more enlightening than all these so called interfaith dialogues.
Here are two Jews, two scholars, two Americans with the best intentions and regard for the security and destiny of Israel and America.
How about it?