Muslims are the ‘Jews of Europe’

July 4, 2008 at 9:25 am | Posted in British Politics | Leave a comment
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I wonder how long it’ll be before this whips Melanie Phillips into a frenzy:

Britain’s first Muslim minister has attacked the growing culture of hostility against Muslims in the United Kingdom, saying that many feel targeted like “the Jews of Europe”.

Shahid Malik, who was appointed as a minister in the Department for International Development (Dfid) by Gordon Brown last summer, said it has become legitimate to target Muslims in the media and society at large in a way that would be unacceptable for any other minority.

Mr Malik made clear that he was not equating the situation with the Holocaust but warned that many British Muslims now felt like “aliens in their own country”. He said he himself had been the target of a string of racist incidents, including the firebombing of his family car and an attempt to run him down at a petrol station.

Muslims are the Jews of Europe? Hmmm. If Malik’s referring to the centuries-old persecution of Jewish people that continues to this day (as a trip to your nearest Jewish cemetary would confirm), then it’s not a very artful comparison – were the Jews persecuted in the 1940’s not European?

Still, his point about the persecution of Muslims is absolutely correct. We hear a lot from people who claim to be vigilant against the threat of terrorism & Islamic fundamentalism, but not quite so much from those who warn about the threat that racism, media-stoked stereotyping and think tank-endorsed scaremongering poses to peaceful British Muslims. Here’s Malik again:

“Somehow there’s a message out there that it’s OK to target people as long as it’s Muslims. And you don’t have to worry about the facts, and people will turn a blind eye.”

It’s okay for people to target Muslims. Wait a minute, who does that remind me of?

What can we do to raise the price of them doing this? There’s a definite urge — don’t you have it? — to say, ‘The Muslim community will have to suffer until it gets its house in order.’ What sort of suffering? Not letting them travel. Deportation — further down the road. Curtailing of freedoms. Strip-searching people who look like they’re from the Middle East or from Pakistan. … Discriminatory stuff, until it hurts the whole community and they start getting tough with their children

Don’t worry; it was just a ‘thought experiment’.


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