Muslimhate report questioned
THE FIRST-EVER report on a definition of Islamophobia was “decisively influenced” by the controversial Muslim advocacy organisation Mend, a new analysis warns. The definition was proposed in a report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims, with one MP saying it should “now enable the serious work that needs to be done to tackle Islamophobia”.
But Sir John Jenkins — a former diplomat who co-authored a government review into the Muslim Brotherhood in 2015 — wrote in a new Policy Exchange report: “It is clear that Mend, an organisation with a tarnished reputation in government circles, has exerted an important intellectual influence on the APPG.”
He continued: “The APPG makes reference to evidence it took from the ‘Islamophobia Response Unit’ (IRU). But it fails to mention that the IRU was created in April 2017 by Mend.
“Earlier this year, a senior Mend representative asserted that Muslims in the UK face a situation analogous to that of Jews in Nazi Germany before the Holocaust. […] Its former director of engagement, Azad Ali, is reported to have said in March 2017 that that month’s attack on Parliament, which killed five people, was ‘not terrorism’.”