Myriam Francois-Cerrah

Myriam Francois-Cerrah
Myriam Francois-Cerrah was born in London of French and Irish heritage. She completed her BA in Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University in 2003, after which she worked for a year for MEND, a Palestinian NGO in Jerusalem, where she received training in Active Non-violence and Conflict Resolution techniques. In August 2005, she travelled to Washington DC to pursue an MA in Arab Studies, specialising in Middle East politics, on a CCAS scholarship, at Georgetown University. There, she collaborated on the production of a documentary (Arabs and Terrorism, Bassam Haddad) and published current affairs articles. Former Assistant Editor at emel magazine, she continues to contribute to the magazine. In May 2010, Myriam co-organised and hosted the Rethinking Islamic Reform conference at Oxford University. (www.rethinkingislamicreform.co.uk) As a researcher with the European Muslim Research Centre, Exeter University, she contributed a chapter on European Muslim identity to the 2010 report “Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime: UK Case Studies”.

Editor's note - Any discourse of anti-semitism and the Muslim contribution towards the issue, without any reference to the rise of Islamophobia, and the Zionist contribution towards it, makes the analysis defficient as they are all related, Hence, I have selected the picture from an EDL rally (a far right group in the UK), which shows the same pattern of far right groups; they have embraced Islamophobia, and dropped anti-semitism temporarily for convenience. The far right with the Zionists have formed an An anti-Islamic alliance to propagate Islamophobia, and to stifle response and in particular criticism of Israel, they promote the idea that Muslims are peddling anti-semitism.

When news broke that Lord Ahmed had allegedly blamed Jews for his 12-week stint behind ‎bars for killing a man through reckless driving, I tweeted my disgust with his blatant expression ‎of prejudice. Many Muslims echoed my sentiments. ‎ That's why Mehdi Hasan latest blog "The Sorry Truth Is That the Virus of Anti-Semitism Has ‎Infected the British Muslim Community" has left me feeling uncomfortable. ‎