Every year the same charade takes place over the
A big fuss is made over the
The MCB says it finds the term too exclusive, and therefore, while it sympathises and fully understands the horrors of the Jewish holocaust, it prefers not to attend.
For a start, the HMD recognises the killing of other religious and ethnic minorities by Hitler. Regardless, its very claim is hypocritical and disingenuous.
Prior to when this became an annual media circus, the MCB released a statement in 2001 on their website (now bizarrely taken down), giving two reasons why it did not want to participate.
The first, that it “totally excludes and ignores the ongoing genocide and violation of Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere”.
The second, that it “includes the controversial question of [the] alleged Armenian genocide as well as the so-called gay genocide”.
It was only after the story became big, and the MCB realised it had only listed Muslims territories, it sought to include actual genocides like that in Rwanda. More recently it has kept adding to the list after reading up on history books, with Cambodia, Vietnam, Bosnia and Darfur now hastily added.
How very subtle.
And then there is the Armenian genocide, where up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Turks between 1915-23. The UN clearly labels it a genocide, why doesn’t the MCB?
Simply because it does not want to acknowledge genocides where Muslims have killed others
Muslims. Co-incidentally, Turkey also denies the Armenian genocide ever took place.
Another question. Can anyone recall the biggest genocide since the holocaust? It was the Bangladeshi massacre by the
What about the Turkish and Saddam Hussain’s campaign against the Kurds? Again, no mention by the MCB. It is a testament to the MCB’s insular mentality it does not even realise its hypocrisy is plain to see by everyone other than its loose band of cronies.
Dump the media circus
But I have a suggestion. Dump the media circus and don’t pay any attention to the MCB’s continuous boycott. You see, the MCB actually enjoys this controversy and the stance it takes because it helps maintain credibility with extremist supporters who think everything is a big “Zionist conspiracy”.
It is part of an ongoing race to have the “most victimised minority” badge that the MCB wants. Why should the Jews get all the attention while
Nor do they compare with the Bangladeshis or Armenians.
The MCB loves the controversy not only because they are seen as standing firm in the face of a “
The real question is – how exactly does the MCB further the interests of the British Muslim community? It simply stumbles from one controversy to another with ill-prepared statements, giving everyone the impression Muslims are more conservative and xenophobic than is actually the case.
The constant controversies on what the MCB thinks of the holocaust, homosexuals, some art exhibition etc detract from the real issue – what is it actually doing to take Muslims forward socially and facilitate better dialogue with the wider world?
I think we know the answer to that.
The only way to get the MCB to be more honest is by asking the right questions and avoiding silly controversies where their input is not needed.
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