Remember Asghar Bukhari, founding member of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK) and the guy who famously claimed the Mossad stole his shoe? Years ago, he was exposed as having sent money to Holocaust denier David Irving, and urged Islamic websites to ask visitors to make donations to his fighting fund. His excuse?
Bukhari confirmed sending the letters in 2000. ‘I had a lot of sympathy for anyone who opposed Israel,’ Bukhari told The Observer said. ‘I wrote letters to anyone who was tough against the Israelis – David Irving, Paul Findley, the PLO.”I don’t feel I have done anything wrong, to be honest. At the time I was of the belief he [Irving] was anti-Zionist, being smeared for nothing more then being anti-Zionist.
‘The pro-Israeli lobby often accused people of anti-Semitism and smear tactics against groups and individuals is well known. I condemn anti-Semitism as strongly as I condemn Zionism (in my opinion they are both racist ideologies). I also believe that anyone who denies the Holocaust is wrong (I don’t think they should be put behind bars for it though).’
It turns out Bukhari could not keep up the anti-Zionist-not-antisemite act for too long.
For instance, he recently defended vile antisemite Louis Farrakhan, claiming the antisemitism is “manufactured,”
retweeted the antisemites of Red Ice TV
called the Jews “evil”
and went on a rant against Jews, even as the person he was tweeting with tried to steer the conversation away from Jews and to “Zionists.”
Note in this last exchange how even though he is being antisemitic, he is correct to pair Judaism with Zionism. Because although Judaism is not Zionism, Zionism is integral to Judaism.
It is no wonder that anti-Israel douchebloggerTM Richard Silverstein objects to Bukhari’s last tweet – not because he is being antisemitic but because he is suggesting most Jews are Zionists!
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