Qari Asim Engages in Anti-Israel Blood Libel
Recently, I wrote about Qari Asim, a prominent Islamic cleric and UK government adviser on Islamophobia and Islamism. Qari Asim promoted an Islamic conference featuring extremists including Holocaust denier Ahmad Thomson in 2015, whom he follows on Twitter.
Qari Asim has now quietly unfollowed Ahmad Thomson on Twitter. It would have been preferable if had instead challenged Thomson for his far right antisemitic views, in the same way he expects his interfaith allies to condemn Tommy Robinson. This would have shown that he is worthy of his role as a government adviser on combatting Islamist extremism.
As it stands, his actions above give the impression that interfaith work seems to be one-sided and lacks reciprocity on his part.
Qari Asim did however, see fit to post a controversial front page screenshot of the New York Times dated 28th May, 2021:
Dave has already explained that the New York Times’ primary source for this report happened to be Defense for Children International Palestine (DCI Palestine) whose board members reportedly have ties to the terror group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
The report mentions that two Israeli children were victims along with the sixty-seven children who died in Gaza. For Qari Asim, it seems that the two Israeli children killed by Hamas are not even worth acknowledging as victims. Also, as Dave explained, at least 8 of the children were killed by misfired Hamas rockets. His words seems to absolve Hamas of any blame which is very telling.
Also, note the use of the word “murder” in Qari Asim’s caption which is something he fabricated. As biased as the report is, the New York Times used the word “killed” and not “murder.” His choice of words implies that Israel cold bloodedly planned the death of 67 Palestinian children which, of course, is a distortion of what is actually printed.