The Indie reports:
The Government has severed relations with the country’s leading Muslim organisation, saying a senior member is a supporter of Hamas, the Palestinian military organisation.
A letter leaked to The Independent on Sunday shows that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Hazel Blears, wrote to the Muslim Council of Britain, calling for Dr Daud Abdullah to resign.
She alleges he was one of 90 Muslim leaders from around the world who signed a public declaration of support for Hamas, the elected government of the Gaza strip in Israel, and military action against Israel.
A spokeswoman for the department said: “We are concerned that the statement calls for direct support for acts of violence in the Middle East and beyond. We are also aware that a senior member of the MCB may have been a signatory to this statement. If it is proven that the individual concerned had been a signatory, we would expect the MCB to ask him to resign and to confirm its opposition to acts of violent extremism.”
Here’s the MCB’s response:
The MCB is appalled by the high handed and condescending action of the Secretary of State, Hazel Blears.
In response to recent media reports (IoS, 22nd March) about the Gaza Declaration in Istanbul, the Muslim Council of Britain wishes to make clear that it no way supports the targeting or killing of British soldiers anywhere in the world. This is the agreed position of all MCB Office Bearers without exception including the MCB’s Central Working Committee.
As an independent community organisation, the MCB is committed to faithfully representing the views of all our affiliates. As such we reaffirm the right under international law of the Palestinian people to resist the ongoing illegal and brutal occupation of their land.
The MCB shall be officially responding to the letter from Hazel Blears shortly.
There are two things to note:
1. Whether or not the MCB’s institutional position is to oppose attacks on British servicemen and women, it is crystal clear that Daud Abdullah signed a declaration that supported attacks on navies enforcing the Gaza ceasefire. He signed the statement, shortly after Britain had offered to contribute to such a response. The document also transparently threatened terrorism against countries and individuals who ‘standing with’ Israel and in opposition to Hamas:
The obligation of the Islamic Nation to regard everyone standing with the Zionist entity, whether countries, institutions or individuals, as providing a substantial contribution to the crimes and brutality of this entity; the position towards him is the same as towards this usurping entity.
Daud Abdullah may have thought that nobody would know about his support of terrorist politics. After all, he was a long way from home, and the document was in Arabic.
He was wrong.
The one thing Daud Abdullah can not do is to deny that this is what he believes.He signed the declaration.
The MCB, as an institution, cannot disassociate itself from Daud Abdullah, or condemn his words. That silence speaks volumes.
2. The MCB supports Hamas: an openly genocidal anti-semitic movement.
When it says:
“We reaffirm the right under international law of the Palestinian people to resist the ongoing illegal and brutal occupation of their land.”
what it means is:
“The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).
The MCB is a coalition of organisations, the majority of them connected to Islamist politics, the biggest bloc connected to the failed South Asian fascist party, Jamaat-e-Islami and to Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood. So, as they point out, this is what they believe.
Isn’t it time for the MCB to drop its attempts to partner with the Government, and for the Government to cut the MCB loose for good? Like oil and water, pro-terrorist politics and democracy will never mix. The best those who attempt such a synthesis can hope for is an emulsion.
Like a spoilt hollandaise sauce, that emulsion has now separated.