Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Another strike against Sir Iqbal Sacranie.

UK: Harry's place brings up the Holocaust Memorial Day boycott by MCB and points out something I did not know.

You will remember the following exchange in Sunday's Panorama, relating to the MCB's boycotting of Holocaust Memorial Day in 2005: Sir Iqbal Sacranie: If you look at the statement, and I would strongly advise you to look at the statement, advise you to look at what was the document which was submitted to the Home Office which made it absolutely clear that it is all atrocities, Rwanda, Bosnia, it happened to be the fact, it is there, the vast majority of atrocities that we have seen in these modern times have been Muslims.

John Ware: You've cited Rwanda in your statement?

Sir Iqbal Sacranie: It is, it was cited there, it's been quoted time and again.

John Ware: In your statement to the Home Office?

Sir Iqbal Sacranie: Indeed it is. It's clearly been mentioned."

John Ware: It's true - the MCB did cite Rwanda - but only after the story broke accusing them of boycotting Holocaust Memorial day.

When the MCB published their letter to the Home Office it mentioned by name only Palestine, Chechnya and Kashmir.

Here is a link to an extract from the letter in question to the Home Office, reproduced on the MCB's own website. I have cut and pasted it below, lest the MCB remove it and then try to deny that it was ever there. And just above it is the second statement, which mentions, for the first time, Rwanda.

If that is indeed a true extract from the letter referred to, Iqbal Sacranie certainly appears to be a liar.

But what are we to make of this statement from the MCB's first news release setting out their basis for boycotting the 2001 Holocaust Memorial Celebration?

1. Firstly, it totally excludes and ignores the ongoing genocide and violation of Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere. 2. It includes the controversial question of alleged Armenian genocide as well as the so-called gay genocide.

Although the massacred Armenians were not Muslims, is it not at least possible that the Nazis murdered some gay Muslims too?

I thought Rwanda was included as a blatant throwaway mention so people would think the MCB was being inclusive and sincere. I did not know it was a second draft to cover the first which had their true feelings. Even though Islam gained converts after the genocide, MCB put it in there to point out Africans more than anything else.

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