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British Jews and Muslims slam The Sun article targeting Muslims
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British Jews and Muslims slam The Sun article targeting Muslims

A prominent British Jewish leader and a leading Muslim community activist have slammed an incendiary article in The Sun newspaper targeting British Muslims.

Marie Van der Zyl, Vice President of the Board of Deputies, the UK’s EJC affiliate, and Fiyaz Mughal , Director of Faith Matters and the Founder of Tell MAMA — a charity which monitors anti-Muslim attacks, strongly criticised the article which referred to “the Muslim Problem”, in an opinion piece in the same paper on Wednesday.

“Such chilling language, which labels whole communities as a “problem”, and evokes the language the Nazis used about the Jews, should rally us to stand up and speak out, and now Jewish and Muslim organisations, as well as MPs, have done precisely this,” they wrote.

“Of course, it is not the answer to hide from the fact that the perpetrators of some recent appalling rape cases were Muslims”. As Imam Qari Asim, of the Makkah mosque in Leeds, has previously said: “If it is cultural prejudices that have led these men to prey on white girls, seeing them as ‘easy meat’, then this needs to be addressed. But neither is the answer to be found in irresponsible language, they added.

“We understand that today’s environment is a far cry from the murderous regime of the Nazis, but words can confirm prejudices, particularly if people read them in a prominent national newspaper like The Sun,” Van der Zyl and Moghul said.

“The overwhelming majority of British Muslims — like British Jews — share a love of our country and the freedom that we enjoy in the UK, including the freedom of the press and the human rights that many dictators deny their subjects.”

“Our great country needs constructive solutions and community cohesion. Let us as UK citizens build strong, diverse, stable communities, where we protect everyone from harm, including those at risk of sexual abuse,” they wrote.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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