Who Is Asghar Bukhari?
Yesterday, I posted some portions of the debate on freedom of speech featuring the fabulous Douglas Murray and Asghar Bukhari, a founding member of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK). Here is the full debate:
Note how Bukhari tries to come across as reasonable, talking about demonization (including of Jews) and stating Muslims are “not human enough or respected enough to have any feelings.” He even invokes the treatment of Jews in Germany to make his point.
Well, Bukhari talk with forked tongue. He’s not a nice person who cares about other ethnic groups like Jews. Not at all.
Anyone supporting Israel. Save lives the easy way. Please kill yourselves. #PalestineUnderAttack
— Asghar Bukhari (@AsgharBukhari) July 1, 2014
Incidentally, BBC journalist Natalia Golysheva responded to that tweet as follows – and promptly removed it (but thanks to screenshots!)
@skyline451 It is really not my place to take sides, as a journalist I cannot do that. But I hear a lot of human stories and they are awful
— Natalia Golysheva Deis (@Deis_face) July 4, 2014
One of Britain’s most prominent speakers on Muslim issues is today exposed as a supporter of David Irving, the controversial historian who for years denied the Holocaust took place.
Asghar Bukhari, a founder member of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC), which describes itself as Britain’s largest Muslim civil rights group, sent money to Irving and urged Islamic websites to ask visitors to make donations to his fighting fund.
Bukhari contacted the discredited historian, sentenced this year to three years in an Austrian prison for Holocaust denial, after reading his website. He headed his mail to Irving with a quotation attributed to the philosopher John Locke: ‘All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to stand idle.’
In one email Bukhari tells Irving: ‘You may feel like you are on your own but rest assured many people are with you in your fight for the Truth.’ Bukhari pledges to make a donation of £60 to Irving’s fighting fund and says that he has asked ‘a few of my colleagues to send some in too’. He also offers to send Irving a book, They Dare to Speak Out, by Paul Findley, a former US Senator, who has attacked his country’s close relationship with Israel. Bukhari says Findley ‘has suffered like you in trying to expose certain falsehoods perpetrated by the Jews’.
In a follow-up letter, Bukhari writes: ‘Here is the cheque I promised. Good luck, if there is any other way I can help please don’t hestitate to call me. I have also asked many Muslim websites to create links to your own and ask for donations.’
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).’
Just last night he was debating with various ex-members of al-Muhajiroun on Facebook about the legitimacy of voting. Asghar proposed that voting in democratic elections as a way to defeat the Zionists could be thought of as jihad. His opponent disagreed with this understanding, making Asghar rather annoyed that anybody should think that he rejects violence as legitimate jihad.
You get my drift. And there’s many more examples that could be used as exhibits, to the extent that we could have an entire museum dedicated to the terror supporting, Jew-hating endeavors of this evil specimen.
Now this is a guy asked to represent the Muslim position on many a talk show and news program. He’s supposedly a more respectable voice for the Muslim community.
If he is one of the “moderates” we keep hearing about then G-d help us all.