Hu­man rights farce is be­hind day of hate

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JOHN WARE


ON SUNDAY, Bri­tain’s most ac­tive Khome­in­ist “hu­man rights” or­gan­i­sa­tion held its an­nual march through the cen­tre of Lon­don, de­mand­ing that the world’s only Jewish state “be wiped off the map”.

Star speaker Sheikh Mo­hammed Bah­man­pour re­as­sured Is­raelis this wouldn’t be done by “geno­cide” but “hon­ourably”.

The Sheikh’s hosts were the Is­lamic Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (IHRC), based in Wem­b­ley. As so of­ten with the IHRC, the truth was about to be stood on its head. Eighty sec­onds later, the Sheikh elab­o­rated: “Your days are num­bered. Ei­ther you go your­self, or we will drive you away… that’s a prom­ise.”

The Sheikh teaches at a North Lon­don Khome­in­ist out­post called ‘The Is­lamic Cen­tre’.

In 2014, the as­pi­rant Bri­tish prime min­is­ter Jeremy Cor­byn made a speech en­ti­tled ‘The Case for Iran’ at the Is­lamic Cen­tre, which was mark­ing “the aus­pi­cious (35th) an­niver­sary of the vic­tory of the Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion in Iran”.

He’s also a big fan of the IHRC be­cause, he says, it “rep­re­sents all that’s best in Is­lam con­cern­ing the rights of in­di­vid­u­als to free ex­pres­sion”.

That’s not free ex­pres­sion in any Western sense, of course. Mr Cor­byn seems to have shim­mied round the fact that the IHRC’s spir­i­tual fore­bears wanted to string up au­thor Sal­man Rushdie for his satir­i­cal dig at The Prophet.

But then both Sheikh Bah­man­pour and his Al Quds Day host, IHRC chair­man Mas­soud Shad­jareh, con­sider the Western con­cept of hu­man rights to be vastly in­fe­rior to the Is­lamic con­cept.

To Bah­man­pour, the UN’s Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights in 1948 has its “roots in the Lib­er­al­ist mind­set of the mod­ern West”; to Shad­jareh, “rights” in Is­lam “be­long first to Al­lah, then the com­mu­nity and then the in­di­vid­ual” — and any­way the Dec­la­ra­tion can be traced back to a “lead­ing Zion­ist”, Her­sch Lauter­pacht.

The IHRC avers these val­ues com­mit them to “a new so­cial and in­ter­na­tional or­der based on truth (and) jus­tice, right­eous­ness and gen­eros­ity” — ex­cept per­haps when geno­cide is car­ried out by their fel­low Shia in Bashar As­sad’s Syria.

Even Sunni Is­lamists avoided their Shia broth­ers for the first time at this year’s rally, pre­sum­ably be­cause the IHRC has not had much to say about Syria. I don’t doubt that IHRC sup­port­ers be­lieve they walk the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s vir­tu­ous talk, even if it’s starkly ob­vi­ous to the rest of us that their claims are wreathed in dou­ble stan­dards and down­right un­truths.

For ex­am­ple, Mr Shad­jareh says the “Al Quds Day protest has been an ex­em­plary event held in the cap­i­tal for 30 years”.

March­ing through Cen­tral Lon­don each year wav­ing the dis­tinc­tive yel­low flag of Hezbol­lah with its clenched fist clasped to an AK47, pep­pered with speeches widely re­garded as provoca­tive and an­tisemitic, is not ‘ex­em­plary’.

Nor are marchers chant­ing “Khay­bar, Khay­bar” — the no­to­ri­ous war chant cel­e­brat­ing Mo­hammed’s de­feat of the Jews in 628, and ral­ly­ing cry of hard­core Is­lamist an­ti­semites.

The event’s mas­ter of cer­e­monies is an IHRC di­rec­tor, Nazim Ali. Re­fer­ring to the Gren­fell Tower in­ferno through his loud­speaker last year, Mr Ali blamed “Zion­ists who give money to the Tory party, to kill peo­ple in high rise blocks... Care­ful of those rab­bis who be­long to the Board of Deputies who have got blood on their hands”.

For Sadiq Khan, enough was enough and he be­came the first Lon­don Mayor with the po­lit­i­cal courage to urge the Home Sec­re­tary to ban this an­nual hate fest.

To which the wretched Shad­jareh has re­sponded by ac­cus­ing Khan — him­self a Mus­lim — of be­ing “com­plicit” in mur­der with far-right racists — a ref­er­ence to Dar­ren Os­borne who rammed his van into a crowd of Mus­lim wor­ship­pers killing 48-year-old Makram Ali.

Since 2013, the IHRC — a lim­ited com­pany — has been paid nearly £1m by a reg­is­tered char­ity op­er­at­ing from the same premises and with the same name, save that “Ltd” has been re­placed by “Trust”.

Surely the Char­ity Com­mis­sion should stop this non­sense, I hear you say? Well, first say hello to an­other IHRC fan, the for­mer Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, Rowan Wil­liams.

Ev­ery year the IHRC holds an “Is­lam­o­pho­bia Awards” cer­e­mony and Rowan ap­proves, ap­par­ently see­ing no irony in this anti-hate cer­e­mony be­ing hosted by an or­gan­i­sa­tion that fu­els hate.

Send­ing his “con­grat­u­la­tions and warm greet­ings to all in­volved”, the old boy em­pha­sised how im­por­tant it was not to “deepen sus­pi­cions in our so­ci­ety” or to “re­in­force neg­a­tive stereo­types”. Quite so.

Time to set up an an­nual “Use­ful Id­iots Award” cer­e­mony, per­haps.

Sunni Is­lamists avoided their Shia broth­ers’

Pro­test­ers dis­played plac­ards, but fewer Hezbol­lah flags. Maa­jid Nawaz

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