Major UK Muslim Group Wallows in Anti-Semitism
Over the past four years I have been following the progress of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK. They have gone from strength to strength and are opening new offices across Britain. If you visit their site in April they are fuming about Zionists and "Zionazis" as if Great Britain were 90% Jewish. There are actually 260,000 Jews in Britain alongside some two million Muslims, one million Hindus, and roughly fifty-eight million Christians. MPACUK likes to claim responsibility for the defeat of two major female rising stars in Parliament, Lorna Fitzsimons and Oona King, and on their website in April they are urging their supporters to work to eliminate another forty "Zionist" MPs.
In December 2005 I decided to attend the Global Peace and Unity Event at the Excel Centre in Canary Wharf because it had been touted as a celebration of Islamic culture and food. What greeted me was a giant hall filled with some very angry young Muslims being whipped up by Micahel Mansfield QC, George Galloway MP, former Taliban hostage-turned-Islamist-activist Yvonne Ridley, and the retired cricketer Imran Khan. Keep in mind that this rally, sponsored by Western Union, the Metropolitan Police, and Emirates Airlines, occurred just five months after London's Islamic terrorist attacks.
The British journalist Melanie Phillips published my account of the event on her website and the result was incendiary. MPACUK set up a "discussion" page about me and I received "How does it feel to be the world's number one Islamophobe?" emails. I decided to join the discussion on MPACUK's blog but was barred from entering a comment. To this day, I cannot communicate with them because they prohibit me from using their comments facility. This is the Muslim "public affairs" sector's idea of promoting community cohesion. As a British citizen I find denial of my right to freely communicate inside my country of residence utterly appalling.
One of the complaints registered by MPACUK is how "underrepresented" Muslims are in the media, though there is frequent, nationally disseminated comment from Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Inayat Bunglawala, Ahdaf Soueif, Ghada Karmi, Tariq Ali, Tariq Ramadan, Lord Ahmed (recently released from prison), Faisal "Israel Simply Has No Right to Exist" Bodi, the Muslim Council's Muhammad Abdul Bari, and Sir Iqbal "Homosexuals Spread Diseases" Sacranie. MPACUK blocks non-Muslims like me from their discussion boards whilst bizarrely complaining they have no voice.
In January 2009 Douglas Murray's Centre for Social Cohesion issued a report about Asghar Bukhari, head of MPACUK; the Centre felt his comments on Facebook were sufficient to incite violence. This was referred to the police. Bukhari was quoted: "Any Muslim who fights against Israel and dies is a martyr and will be granted paradise"; "There is no greater oppressor on this earth then [sic] the Zionists, who murder little children for sport." He also commented that he had dealt with Zionists who had a "crooked mind." Since his report Douglas Murray has been banned from chairing a debate on Islam by the London School of Economics "in the interest of public safety." Hello? Who is the incendiary one here?