A great test to determine if a thought, word or deed is antisemitic, is the test developed in 2003 by Russian refusenik turned Israeli politician Nathan Sharansky. The test is known as the “Three Ds” or “3D Test.” It comprises three components to help one determine if something is antisemitic. The three Ds stand for Delegitimization, Demonization and Double Standards. When it is all said and done, any antisemitic act will without fail fall under one or more of these criteria. So, how does it work when we look at the Cleveland, Ohio police officer who glorified Hitler, Bin Laden and Hamas?
Ismail Quran was hired by the Cleveland Police Department in 2018. In November 2021, he was named “Officer of the Year” and subsequently received the service medal that comes with the award at the Cleveland Division of Police Awards Ceremony. Officer Quran was praised for many good deeds he performed while on duty. In a day and age when police officers are being mocked, denigrated and even defunded, it is great to witness the recognition that an officer receives from his peers. Unfortunately, as it was first reported by Canary Mission, Ismail Quran seems to be bringing baggage to his job on the Police force. It is the kind of baggage that should disqualify anybody from getting an award of that kind, let alone being kept on the force on active duty.
It doesn’t matter how great a police officer might be, if they are antisemitic and cannot control their outbursts of hatred, should they really be protecting our communities? What happens when a Jewish person is involved as a victim of a crime? Will the officer be fair in his duty or will he use double standards? Let’s apply the 3Ds Test and my definition of antisemitism stating that: “Antisemitism is the irrational and satanic hatred of the Jews and Israel characterized by destructive thoughts, words and/or deeds against them”, to the officer’s recent nomination and let’s review some of officer Quran’s recent statements. I will let the reader connect the dots by themselves.
• Ismail Quran belonged to the Muslim Student Union (MSU) while he attended Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. The MSU is tied to the Muslim Brotherhood which founded Hamas in 1987. The Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas founded the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in 1994. Muslim Brotherhood’s motto is: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” Both the Brotherhood and Hamas have terrorist connections and are very much anti-Israel and anti-Zionism (read “antisemitic”). This was at the very least an indoctrination against Jews and Israel, but did it stick?
• In 2014, Ismail Quran used Twitter to glorify Adolf Hitler. Mr. Quran posted a picture of Hitler with the caption, “LET ME SALUTE TO HITLER THE GREAT” followed by a quote by the Nazi dictator “I would have killed all the Jews of the world, but I kept some to show the world why I killed them.”
• Between 2012 and 2014, Ismail Quran used Social Networks to spread antisemitism. Mr. Quran posted a multitude of messages spreading antisemitic lies and conspiracy theories from “Jews controlling the world” to “Palestine shall be free” and much more including support for the terrorist organization Hamas.
It would appear that many of the posts gathered by Canary Mission have since been removed and some of the accounts even closed.
The first question I have is, “How can such a man even be hired by a United States police department? Are they checking their candidates or are they so desperate that they hire just about anybody with a few credentials? How would the police department have reacted if the candidate showed xenophobic tendencies towards African Americans or any other communities? Were his comments ignored by mistake, by choice, or worse…Were they condoned?
Then, we have to wonder how in the world did officer Quran make it to “2019 Officer of the Year?” I am already flabbergasted at the fact that nobody seems to care about Officer Quran’s hatred for Jews and for Israel, but I am also disgusted by the fact that now he is recognized as an exemplary employee of the Cleveland Police force. What kind of message is this sending to other public servants who also harbor antisemitic sentiments?
It appears that officer Quran’s story suffers from at least two of the three Ds, Double Standard and Demonization. Officer Quran should have never been hired and should have been disciplined for his behavior, not rewarded unless of course, the Cleveland police see no harm done in all that. At a time when antisemitism is again burning through the fields of Western civilization if various Jewish communities cannot even trust their local police, how are we to defend ourselves?