Monday, August 22, 2005

With friends like these...

One of the seven members of the Home Office task force with responsibilities for tackling extremism among young Muslims is Inayat Bunglawala, the media secretary for the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).

The Telegraph today has highlighted some of Inayat's finer moments, such as this

"The chairman of Carlton Communications is Michael Green of the Tribe of Judah. He has joined an elite club whose members include fellow Jews Michael Grade and Alan Yentob ."

and this

In January 1993, Mr Bunglawala wrote a letter to Private Eye in which he called the blind Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman "courageous" - just a month before he bombed the World Trade Center in New York.

Mr. Bunglawala had this to say about his previous comments.

"Those comments were made some 12 or 13 years ago. All of us may hold opinions which are objectionable, but they change over time. I certainly would not defend those comments today."

Fair enough. I once used to think that socialism made sense.

But last week he made the utterly incredulous accusation that the BBC is pursuing "a pro-Israeli agenda".

When asked by Carolyn Quinn to "condemn in the Middle East what you have now condemend in London", he replied

"We condemn the killing of all innocent people, wherever they are. Human lives everywhere are of equal value, whether they are British, American, Iraqi or Palestinian"

and err, what about the major targets of Middle Eastern Terrorism - the Jews?

Carolyn - why didnt you ask him to confirm this???