Regular CiF commenter rolls out thinly veiled anti-Semitic attack

Inayat Bunglawala


Inayat Bunglawala, CiF contributor and chair of Muslims4UK, published a post on his own blog, Inayat’s Corner, recently entitled, David Cameron on Israel and Iran: Compare and contrast.

Bunglawala asks why British Prime Minister David Cameron “spoke out against any calls to punish Israel for its continuing occupation of Palestinian lands, its illegal Jewish settlements, its cruel and barbaric treatment of the besieged and repeatedly bombed people of Gaza,” while condemning Iran “which is not occupying anyone else’s territory and unlike Israel does not possess nuclear weaponry.”

Bunglawala’s answer?

This contrast in policies is determined by “financial donations to our main political parties by shady operators who use their wealth to undermine and corrupt our democracy.”

As if there’s any doubt who Bunglawala’s ugly invective is directed towards, he tagged his post with the terms “Zionism” and “Israel lobby.”

Comment is Free rolls out commentators such as Bunglawala so often, its likely that this loathsome thinly veiled anti-Semitism will go unnoticed.

However, it needs to be noted that the Bunglawala’s group, Muslims4UK, is an initiative of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPACUK).

In January 2009 Douglas Murray’s Centre for Social Cohesion issued a report about Asghar Bukhari, head of MPACUK; the Centre felt his comments on Facebook were sufficient to incite violence. This was referred to the police. Bukhari was quoted:

“Any Muslim who fights against Israel and dies is a martyr and will be granted paradise”; “There is no greater oppressor on this earth then [sic] the Zionists, who murder little children for sport…Zionists have a “crooked mind.”

MPACUK had been criticised by the CST for promoting the idea of a worldwide Zionist conspiracy and using material taken from neo-Nazi, white nationalist, and Holocaust denial websites. A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Anti-Semitism also notes the CST’s assertion that “[t]he use of ‘Zionist’ as a replacement for ‘Jewish’ is common on the MPACUK website” and that MPACUK has articulated antisemitic conspiracy theories through the language of anti-Zionism.

The word “chilling” doesn’t begin to describe the dynamic whereby hate mongers such as Bunglawala continue to grace the pages of “the world’s leading liberal voice” with total impunity.

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