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Our Own Worst Enemy: Jewish Islamophobia

Ilene PrusherFilmed at Limmud Conference 2013

Think all Muslims hate us? Think again. Jews – and most people in the Western world – have let fearmongers and extremists paint a picture of Islam that is out of touch with reality. In fact, our fear, our ignorance, and our arrogance, may be the biggest detriment to peace. Not only do most Muslims not hate Jews, but many see a kind of kinship that you would never have expected if you only read the front-page news. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid – listen to this talk on Jewish Islamophobia: Our Own Worst Enemy.

Ilene Prusher is an award-winning journalist and novelist living in Jerusalem. Her first novel, Baghdad Fixer, was published in November 2012 by Halban Publishers in London. She is currently a feature writer for Haaretz and the author of the Jerusalem Vivendi blog. Ilene was a staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor from 2000 to 2010, serving as the newspaper’s bureau chief in Tokyo, Istanbul, and Jerusalem, and covering the major conflicts of the past decade: Iraq and Afghanistan. A graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, she has reported from conflict zones and developing countries throughout the Middle East, African, and Southeast Asia. Ilene is a contributor Time, and her work has appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The New Republic, Moment, Tikkun and The Jerusalem Report. She also teaches writing workshops and journalism courses.

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