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  • The MCB and the JBD

    by Sunny
    9th February, 2007 at 1:27 pm    

    In an article today for comment is free, I show how the reaction to and criticism of Independent Jewish voices has been very similar to when the MCB get criticised, with examples. British Jews have had longer to integrate in the UK and develop more secular voices, so I’m disappointed the reaction has been so vociferous, especially given that British Muslims are still largely young, more conservative and constantly pillorised in the media. And yet the latter still have more public disagreement over issues.

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    1. Indigo Jo Blogs

      An attack on the idea of communities…

      In the past couple of weeks, three events led to much heated discussion about the idea of “communities” in the West, and “community leaders” in particular: a Policy Exchange report (PDF) suggesting, among other things, that Muslim organisations wer…

    1. Leon — on 9th February, 2007 at 2:24 pm  

      A brilliantly nuanced view Sunny but I fear one that will yet again be ignored so some people can flame each other over the same old grounds…

    2. Chairwoman — on 9th February, 2007 at 2:41 pm  

      When a group puts an advertisment in the press expressing its views and asking people to sign up, it puts itself in the public arena.

      Personally I don’t know any of the signatories, so lack the luxury of being able to take Stephen Fry, for example, to one side, and tell him what ramifications I feel are likely.

      I regret the furore the advertisement has caused, but surely this is exactly what was required, things not being discussed within a shuttered room, and a general washing of our dirty linen in public.

      As for being surprised at how vociferous we are, when you get a group of us together, everybody’s shouting ‘Listen to me! This is important!’ Sound familiar?

    3. douglas clark — on 10th February, 2007 at 10:06 am  


      As someone pointed out on your CiF thread, it seems to be the usual suspects who are so vociferous. On a quick look through the comments about 80% seem to be agreeing with you, 10% disagreeing and 10% off on some ego trip. That would make any democratic politician pleased as Punch.

      I must say I wondered what you were going to write and I, too, was deeply impressed. Excellent article.

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