Sep 5 2008
Let me know when Muslims in Europe are being forced into gas chambers and maybe I’ll give a damn.
UK TELEGRAPH–Shahid Malik, the UK’s first Muslim minister, said it has become legitimate to target Muslims in the media and society in a way that would be unacceptable for any other minority. The MP for Dewsbury, West Yorks, said many British Muslims now feel like “aliens in their own country” as society turns a “blind eye” to their persecution.
Mr Malik, a minister in the Department for International Development, said this has the negative effects of segregating society and undermining efforts to deal with extremism and terrorism.
The 40-year-old said he had himself been the target of a string of racist incidents, including hate mail, the firebombing of his family car and an attempt to run him down at a petrol station. Mr Malik said: “I think most people would agree that if you ask Muslims today what do they feel like, they feel like the Jews of Europe. (Talk about a blood libel)
“I don’t mean to equate that with the Holocaust (Yes you do) but in the way that it was legitimate almost – and still is in some parts – to target Jews, many Muslims would say that we feel the exact same way.
“Somehow there’s a message out there that it’s OK to target people as long as it’s Muslims. And you don’t have to worry about the facts, and people will turn a blind eye.”
Mr Malik’s constituency was home to July 7 suicide bomber Mohammad Siddique Khan.
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