Anti-Semitism’ vs. ‘Islamophobia’: How Language Creates Hierarchies of Discrimination

“Islamophobia is detrimental to the soul” says this poster in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Timo Al-Farooq

This article first appeared on the independent news website Mondoweiss (

From the ivory towers of academic knowledge production to the lowlands of cracker-barrel Stammtisch-culture, tactical language is omnipresent in everyday political discourse…