Prominent Islamist and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee Asghar Bukhari has admitted donating money to convicted Holocaust denier David Irving:
Asghar Bukhari…sent money to Irving and urged Islamic websites to ask visitors to make donations to his fighting fund.
Bukhari confirmed sending the letters in 2000. ‘I had a lot of sympathy for anyone who opposed Israel,’ Bukhari told The Observer said. ‘I wrote letters to anyone who was tough against the Israelis – David Irving, Paul Findley, the PLO.”I don’t feel I have done anything wrong, to be honest.
MPAC can’t see why the Observer where the story about the donation has been reported is interested:
The story was ‘just another Islamaphobic attack aimed at undermining and harming the brave individuals who support the Palestinian cause and the cause of Muslims within Britain.’
Not everyone agrees:
‘David Irving was described by a High Court judge as a falsifier of history and a false denier,’ said Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust. ‘I can’t understand why anyone would want to support his views, let alone encourage and influence others to sympathise with them. I’m appalled.’
Gene adds: Predictably the “leftists” at Islamophobia Watch have leapt to Bukhari’s defense: it happened six years ago, he “didn’t realise who Irving was,” he has admitted his mistake, etc.
But if Bukhari did not understand the truth about Irving in 2000, surely he– among everyone else on the planet who was aware of Irving– was the only one who didn’t.