Najam Discusses Muslim World Reaction to Jerusalem Attacks
Adil Najam, Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, appeared on Hum News, one of Pakistan’s major TV news networks, discussing the increasingly dangerous situation in Jerusalem after Israeli forces entered the Al-Aqsa mosque last week.
Asked to comment on how the Muslim world has reacted to these events, he highlighted that the timing of the events – in the last and holiest part of the religiously important month of Ramadan – has been seen in the Muslim world as a signal of Israel wanting to escalate the situation and has angered the ‘Muslim street’ at levels not seen in recent years.
However, Najam pointed out that while there is condemnation of the West’s encouragement and support for Israel across the Muslim world, “the anger and frustration of the ‘Muslim street’ is not only directed at the West, it is equally directed at leadership within the Muslim countries for not supporting the Palestinian cause.” Najam pointed out that the tension and disarray within the Muslim world, and particularly in the Middle East, has itself fueled the reaction and leaders could see anger that had already been brewing within their populations spill over because of this situation.
Adil Najam is a global public policy expert who also served as the Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. He is the Inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and was the former Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to global climate change, South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human development. Read more about Dean Najam on his faculty profile.