Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK

The Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK ( MPACUK ) is a London-based British Muslim lobby and civil liberties [2] [3] group founded to address what it perceived as the under-representation of Muslims in British politics. citation needed ] The organization is active primarily in electoral campaigns and media appearances. [4]

Aims and policies

MPACUK encourages Muslims to participate in tactical voting against MPs who support policies which it considers not to be in Muslims’ interest. citation needed ] This may be extended to other countries such as civil liberties , Islamophobia and anti-terror legislation; and to foreign policy, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq , Israel-Palestine conflict and the 2006 Lebanon War . quote needed ]

Reviving the fard (obligation) of Jihad, Anti-Zionism, institutional revival, and accountability. [4]

History

The group was originally set up as a web-based media monitoring group. [5]

Campaigns

Stop Islamophobia Week

In July 2011, MPACUK launched the Stop Islamophobia Week campaign due to the rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes . This was a campaign aimed at raising awareness of Islamophobia and encouraging Muslims to do something constructive in response. Particular focus was given to the Srebrenica massacre [6] which was commemorated by the vigil of the embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina .

In July 2012 with MPACUK continued Stop Islamophobia Week . [7]

Involvement in Elections

2011

In 2011, a campaign to encourage Muslims in Britain to vote YES in the UK was launched in response to the Alternative Vote referendum. [8]

2010

MPACUK was involved in six MPs in England. MPACUK was active in the Oldham campaign, and according to the BBC, “urged Muslim voters to help unsaid Phil Woolas , and targeted several other Labor MPs, who MPAC judged to have pro-Israeli positions and who supported the war in Iraq.” Woolas stated “There was vehement anti-semitism going on in the area, canvassing among the Asian population in the area saying: Do not vote for the Jew. a Jewish name was used against me. ” MPACUK denied responsibility for the rumors. [9]

The same year MPACUK campaigned to remove Andrew Dismore from office, stating he was someone “who backed the Iraq war and has a long record of Islamophobia”, and asked for responsibility for his defeat. [10]

2005

Labor MP Lorna Fitzsimons became the target of an MPACUK campaign when she stood for re-election at the 2005 General Election in the Constitution of Rochdale , which has a significant Muslim population. The All-Party Parliamentary Report noted with concern MPACUK’s campaign against Lorna Fitzsimons and that leaflets had been printed by MPACUK, which claimed that it had been given to the Palestinians because it was a Jewish member of the Labor Friends of Israel . [11] Fitzsimons, who was a member of the Labor Friends of Israel, is not in fact Jewish. [12] MPACUK later apologized for the inaccurate description. [11]

MPACUK was described by Jack Straw as “most egregious” after it has been actively campaigned for Muslims in his Blackburn constituency to vote in the 2005 general election . [13]

Controversies

Allegations of antisemitism

In 2004, MPACUK was the subject of a no-platform order by the National Union of Students , because of its publication of anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist conspiracy theories, [11] provocative racist material, and further material on its website encouraging activists to break the law. [14]

After Lorna Fitzsimons’ defeat, in 2006, the CST MPACUK accused of antisemitism. An All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism Observed by the CST for promoting the idea of ​​a global Zionist conspiracy and using material taken from neo-Nazi, white nationalist, and Holocaust denial websites. CST’s assertion that “use of ‘Zionist’ as a replacement for ‘Jewish’ is common on the MPACUK website”, citing the box in which MPACUK’s website described the Talmud as a “Zionist holy book” (notwithstanding the fact the It has been articulated antisemitic conspiracy theories through the language of anti-Zionism.

The group was also accused of antisemitism for writing on their Facebook page “Take your holocaust, roll it nice and tight and shove it up your (be creative)!”. [15]

One of the group’s founding members, Asghar Bukhari , was accused of making donations to the writer and Holocaust denier David Irving and asked other websites to donate to him. [16] [17] MPACUK responded by saying that it was part of a smear campaign and was a “classic tactic by the Zionist lobby”, and that the donation was made before the organization existed. [18] Bukhari said on Facebook “Muslims who fight against the occupation of their lands are ‘Mujahadeen’ and are blessed by Allah, and any Muslim who fights and dies against Israel and dies is a martyr and will be granted paradise … There is no greater oppressor on this earth than the Zionists, who murdered little children for sport. ” [19]

Bukhari has stated that “MPAC is a volunteer organization.We are highly anti-Zionist and are not afraid to say it.It is a good thing.” [20]

Maajid Nawaz , a former radical Islamist turned liberal activist and chairman of the anti-extremist Quilliam Foundation said in an interview with the BBC that there is an anti-Semitic anti-Semitic strand to MPAC’s thinking. [21] People who disagree with MPACUK or criticize them are described as “… pro-Zionist stooges, or neoconservatives, or Uncle Toms.” [21]

Lobbying

2006

MPACUK and others sens an open letter with the Birmingham Civic Society (2006) in protest to the MP Enoch Powell being honored in a memorial plaque. [22] Dr Freddie Gick, who was the Chairman of the Society, who said, “I would be grateful if you could reassure members of the community. such suggestion [as to honor Enoch Powell] would ever be given any serious consideration. ” [22]

2005

MPACUK launched a campaign against Oxfam for collaboration and trading with Starbucks who were accused of supporting Israel . Oxfam announced they would be ceasing trade with Starbucks. [23]

MPACUK launched a campaign against Satellite Graphics Ltd. Who printed the British National Party (BNP) magazine, The Voice of Freedom . [24] Satellite Graphics Ltd. is owned by the Saudi Research and Marketing Company and the Saudi Research and Marketing Company of the BNP’s magazine. [25]

Notes

  1. Jump up^ “Archived copy” . Archived from the original on 2012-03-03 . Retrieved 2010-12-24 . . Retrieved 2010-12-24.
  2. Jump up^ “BBC NEWS – UK – UK Election 2005 – England – Labor threatened by Muslim vote” . bbc.co.uk .
  3. Jump up^ Catriona Davies (20 November 2006). “Muslim’s’ serious error ‘over Irving’ . Telegraph.co.uk .
  4. ^ Jump up to:b [1] About MPACUK. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
  5. Jump up^ https://web.archive.org/web/20020531024505/http://www.mpacuk.org/
  6. Jump up^ “MPACUK launches Stop Islamophobia Week” . Leeds Palestine Solidarity Campaign .
  7. Jump up^ [2]
  8. Jump up^ [3], MPACUK Say Vote Yes
  9. Jump up^ [4]. BBC MPACUK involvement article. Retrieved 2010-12-24.
  10. Jump up^ [5]Times, MPACUK claims responsibility for the defeat of Andrew Dismore in Hendon. Retrieved 2011-01-15.
  11. ^ Jump up to:d “Archived copy” (PDF) . Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-22 . Retrieved 2007-02-14 . . Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry Into Antisemitism], All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Anti-Semitism , 7 September 2006: p. 29.
  12. Jump up^ Ben Morris,BICOM’s new CEO, SomethingJewish.co.uk
  13. Jump up^ men Administrator (14 August 2007). “Labor Lord attacks ‘lies ‘ ” . men .
  14. Jump up^ Motion 118: Welfare, Minutes of the NUS Annual Conference, 29-31 March 2004
  15. Jump up^ “MPAC:” Take your Holocaust then shove it up your … ” ” . Stand for Peace .
  16. Jump up^ “Movers and Shakers: Catherine Hossain” . Time Out London .
  17. Jump up^ Jamie Doward. “Muslim leader feels funds to Irving” . the Guardian .
  18. Jump up^ http://www.mpacuk.org/content/view/3028/
  19. Jump up^ “Any Muslim killed Israel goes to paradise, says MPAC spokesman” . News – Telegraph Blogs .
  20. Jump up^ Hugues Theyskens. “ENGAGE -” . engageonline.org.uk . Archived fromthe original on 2007-10-11.
  21. ^ Jump up to:b “Who’s behind the ‘Mossad Stole My Shoe’ slogan?” .
  22. ^ Jump up to:b [6]
  23. Jump up^ [7]
  24. Jump up^ Daniel Foggo and Peter Zimonjic (March 27, 2005). “Guess who prints the BNP’s ‘anti-Muslim’ newspaper … a firm owned by Saudis” . Telegraph .
  25. Jump up^ [8]

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