From the Fox Guarding the Henhouse Department, from The Telegraph, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
A Muslim accused of anti-Semitism is to be appointed to a government role in charge of rooting out extremism in the wake of last month’s suicide bombings in London.
Inayat Bunglawala, 36, the media secretary for the Muslim Council of Britain, is understood to have been selected as one of seven “conveners” for a Home Office task force with responsibilities for tackling extremism among young Muslims, despite a history of anti-Semitic statements.
Mr Bunglawala’s past comments include the allegation that the British media was “Zionist-controlled”.
Writing for a Muslim youth magazine in 1992, he said: “The chairman of Carlton Communications is Michael Green of the Tribe of Judah. He has joined an elite club whose members include fellow Jews Michael Grade [then the chief executive of Channel 4 and now BBC chairman] and Alan Yentob [BBC2 controller and friend of Salman Rushdie].”
The three are reported to be “close friends”¦ so that’s what they mean by a ‘free media’.”
In January 1993, Mr Bunglawala wrote a letter to Private Eye, the satirical magazine, in which he called the blind Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman “courageous” – just a month before he bombed the World Trade Center in New York. After Rahman’s arrest in July that year, Mr Bunglawala said that it was probably only because of his “calling on Muslims to fulfil their duty to Allah and to fight against oppression and oppressors everywhere”.
Five months before 9/11, Mr Bunglawala also circulated writings of Osama bin Laden, who he regarded as a “freedom fighter”, to hundreds of Muslims in Britain….
News of his appointment comes 10 days after he wrote to Mark Thompson, the BBC Director General, accusing a forthcoming BBC1 Panorama programme of possessing “a pro-Israeli agenda”.
Although the programme had yet to be completed, Mr Bunglawala said that the BBC had allowed itself to be used by “highly placed supporters of Israel in the British media to make capital out of the July 7 atrocities in London”.
The programme, A Question of Leadership, which will air tonight at 10.20pm, seeks to discover whether British Muslim leaders can tackle the extremism in their midst.
It features an interview with Sir Iqbal Sacranie, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, who says members of the Palestinian terrorist organisation Hamas are “freedom fighters”.
Sir Iqbal compares Hamas suicide bombers to Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi.
He says: “Those who fight oppression, those who fight occupation, cannot be termed as terrorist, they are freedom fighters, in the same way as Nelson Mandela fought against their apartheid, in the same way as Gandhi and many others fought the British rule in India.”
Sir Iqbal also refers to the founder and spiritual leader of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, as “the renowned Islamic scholar”….
The programme also shows a leading Saudi cleric, an honoured guest of the East London Mosque, claiming that Islam is “the best testament to how different communities can live together”, while back in his pulpit in Mecca, he has referred to Jews as “monkeys and pigs” and also as “the rats of the world”. Christians are “cross worshippers” and Hindus “idol worshippers”.
Mr Bunglawala said: “Those comments were made some 12 or 13 years ago. All of us may hold opinions which are objectionable, but they change over time. I certainly would not defend those comments today.”
Really? But would you condemn them? Especially since they are founded on the Qur’an (2:62-65; 5:59-60; 7:166, etc.)?