Mus­limhate re­port ques­tioned

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN PO­LIT­I­CAL EDI­TOR

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’.”

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