Sikh Federation in Britain accuse mainstream UK media of ignoring efforts to get them to stop using the generic (and virtually always erroneous) term ‘Asian’ when, in fact, what they should be labeling them is ‘Muslim.’
Sikhsiyasat (h/t Maria J) The Sikh Federation (UK) press release issued yesterday titled: ‘Abandon term ‘Asian’ and call a spade a spade for the sake of child victims’ has largely been ignored by the mainstream media”, informs another press release by the UK Sikh body. In part this is no surprise as it criticises the media itself for being on the political correctness bandwagon. It is easy for the media to keep using the word ‘Asian’ and not be specific. Journalists should however view this as a form of self imposed censorship.
Being specific about perpetrators of a crime is not expressing views that encourage racial or religious hatred, instead it is exposing the truth and ensuring communities from which the perpetrators originate and those in positions of power address the serious problem at hand.
Whilst the mainstream media may have deliberately ignored the Sikh Federation (UK) press release it has struck a chord with leading politicians. Both the Home Secretary and the Leader of the Opposition retweeted the press release within hours of its release. This implies senior politicians are far more sympathetic with the line being taken by the Sikh Federation (UK) – the media has a duty to follow this up.
Hundreds of non-Sikhs have retweeted quotes by Bhai Amrik Singh, Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) from the press release. Many have also positively responded to the Sikh Federation (UK) tweets. For example, in response to the tweet:
It is time for the media, police, local authorities and others to abandon political correctness and stop using the throwaway term ‘Asian’
Some of the reactions are below:
‘This is the most sensible suggestion I have read to date, well done.’
‘Please see what the Sikhs have asked. Drop the term ‘Asian’ it is misleading & offensive’
‘Absolutely brilliant, well said. Thank God for our friends in the Sikh community who love and care about Britain!’
‘Pity there`s not 4 Million Sikhs in the UK’
‘Indeed.. hard working resourceful people.’
‘Fully supported here. They use the term “Asian” as a deliberate attempt to fog the reality of what’s been happening.’
‘My wife is Japanese. She finds it offensive. No one uses “European” to describe French, Germans etc.’
‘Totally agree mate it’s turning and needs to! Stops tarring decent upstanding Asian communities.’
‘Agreed. As far as I know, most of the “Asian” perpetrators were of Pakistani origin. Why not say so?’
‘I agree 100%! I have been saying this for years! It’s an insult to Sikhs.’
‘BTW, re 2011 riots when some of you guys came out & guarded your temple. So proud you were British!’
‘Totally agree. The truth is out there, do use it. Muslim Grooming Gangs. Its not bigoted or racist. It’s the truth!’
‘Wouldn’t it be just ideal thing to replace UK Islamics with our Sikh friends. I’m very sorry you have been smeared by the media’
‘Sikhs are honourable people, their culture is the antithesis of Muslim culture.. they treat women as equals.’
‘Totally agree. I’m sorry media implying Sikhs involved in Rotherham abuse by only using term ‘Asian’’
’I agree, time to put the blame firmly where the blame and guilt lies…’
Ah, yes, another shining example of the terrorism-supporting Muslim community in Britain.
In a video-clip posted on the Internet on August 21, ex-boxer Anthony Small, now going by the name of Abdul Haqq, justified ISIS conduct in Iraq, saying that the killing of James Foley, whom he called “Mr. Beheaded Infidel,” was due to American air strikes against ISIS. He warned: “If Britain follows the United Snakes of America in their attack against the Islamic State, the U.K. will become a very unsafe place.” He also says you can’t imagine how “many Muslim terrorist sleeper cells are in the U.S.”
London student, Hamzah Parvez, 21, claims he has been fighting for the Islamic terrorists for 5 months, and calls on other Muslims in Britain to “come to the land of jihad and shout Allah.”
Parvez comes from a ‘stable’ Muslim home in west London. He is pictured here before he travelled to Iraq
UK Mirror His face hidden behind a black scarf which only shows his eyes, and speaking in a thick London accent, he tells the camera: “This is the golden era of jihad. “What are we doing sitting in the UK? Sitting in the land which kills Muslims everyday. What are we doing in their lands? It is not the lands for us.” In the clip – believed to be the first footage of a Briton fighting for the militants in Iraq rather than Syria – he urges others to give up their weekly Nandos take up arms and join the growing ranks of foreign fighters.
Parvez’s close friend, fellow Briton Mohammad Nasser, died fighting with IS jihadists – but despite this the young Londoner has vowed to continue fighting. It is estimated that more than 500 to 600 Muslims from the UK have travelled to the Middle East to fight for IS, which has slaughtered thousands of people in its bloody war to carve out an Islamic Caliphate. The clip comes amid growing calls for British extremists who go abroad to fight to be stripped of their citizenship and banned from returning home.
Shaun Wright headed children’s services at Rotherham Council from 2005 – 2010 when the abuse was going on, before becoming South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. “How many of those victims could have been spared if action had been taken by Rotherham Council? Shaun Wright was in the position to influence that decision.”
EuroNews “The fact is that when he was a cabinet member of children’s services in Rotherham there were three, not one, two, but three reports, which highlighted the situation and nothing was done about it,” said Colin Ross, leader of the Liberal Democratic group on Sheffield Council. Police are also being blamed for failing to protect children as young as 11 who were groomed, threatened and raped by multiple sexual predators – mostly described as of Asian origin. Victims were white girls. An independent report into the abuse, between 1997 and 2013, found that council staff were afraid of being labeled ‘racist.’
Around 300 worshippers from notoriously radical Finsbury Park Mosque staged a protest outside HSBC this afternoon in anger at the bank’s decision to close their account.
Islington Gazette The demonstrators chanted “HSBC shame on you” and held placards outside the Seven Sisters Road branch at around 2.30pm. The action came after the St Thomas’s Road mosque received a letter in July telling them their account would be shut – they say without any reason. (Banks are not required to provide a reason)
Khalid Oumar, secretary of the mosque’s board of trustees, said: “The protest went to plan and it was good to see people out there. At the end we delivered a petition with 1000 signatures to the bank’s senior manager.
“To be honest, it’s no longer about keeping the account. They sent us a second letter, which is worse than the first because it seeks our sympathy and understanding, telling us their decisions was not based on religion or race (That’s right, it’s based on your terrorism ties). But as we shouted at outside the bank ‘give us a reason’.
“They still haven’t told us why they closed the account, so we can’t learn from it, or even amend it. This is no way to deal with us and the main victims are the people who use the centre, because we’re a registered charity.”
Inspector Paul Standing, who was in charge of policing the demonstration, said: “They were very compliant and good natured. “We’d like to thank them for the way they organised and stewarded everything, it was peaceful and without incident. It was perfect from our point of view.”
A spokesman for the bank said they did not discuss individual customers but their decisions were never based on race or religion.
A Sainsbury’s branch emptied its kosher food shelf after the manager feared anti-Israeli protesters outside would attack it, the supermarket giant has said. Meats, cheeses and sauces were removed from a Sainsbury’s Local branch in Holborn, central London, as it was picketed by demonstrators who were calling on the grocer to boycott Israeli goods.
UK Daily Mail The incident yesterday afternoon happened on the same day anti-Israeli activists ‘wreaked havoc’ at a Birmingham branch of Tesco when a demonstration got out of hand. Actor Colin Appleby took a photo of the empty shelf, prompting uproar online as hundreds condemned the grocer for appearing to succumb to the demands of the protesters.
Sainsbury’s store shelf emptied of Kosher products
People also pointed out that many of the goods were not from Israel and instead came from nations including Britain and Poland. Mr Appleby wrote that a staff member defended the decision by stating: ‘We support Free Gaza’. When he then pointed out the distinction between Israeli and kosher goods, staff ‘walked away’, he wrote.
The move yesterday sparked online accusations of anti-Semitism by the grocer – despite the Sainsbury family’s well-documented Jewish ancestry dating back as far as the 19th century. Sainsbury’s insisted the decision was taken in case protesters hurled food from the shelves, which would then have to be thrown away.
But Facebook user Gavin Platman made a formal complaint about the incident, which happened half a mile from the company’s headquarters at London’s Holborn Circus. He wrote to Sainsbury’s: ‘I presume you are aware that Kosher food is produced in countries other than Israel? You are therefore not making a political statement against Israel but instead are targeting a group based on race – i.e. Jews.
As a Jew I find this deeply offensive. Naturally I am against the death of innocent children in Gaza so why are you persecuting me by denying me the right to buy Kosher food? ‘I presume you are also removing Halal food in protest against the Islamic State slaughtering Yazidis. Clearly not – therefore you have blurred the line between political statement and hate crime.’
Former Tory MP Louise Mensch also waded into the row, writing on Twitter:
Pro-Palestinian protesters in Britain have long urged supporters to boycott Israeli goods, though not kosher goods, to send a message to Israel over its blockade of Gaza. The incident yesterday happened on the same day as demonstrators ‘wreaked havoc’ in a Tesco store after a protest against its stocking of Israeli food got out of hand. Protesters accused of hurling produce and attacking police at the supermarket in Hodge Hill, Birmingham, are being hunted by officers.
It is understood similar protests at Israeli military action in Gaza have taken place outside Tesco stores in Rochdale and Sale in Greater Manchester, Blackburn and Luton. A march involving 1,500 people in Cardiff last month led to criticism of the police after footage emerged of violence erupting. Tesco sells fruit, peppers, potatoes and herbs from Israel, along with branded goods. A spokesman said: ‘We do this in line with the Government position on trade with Israel, and we mark all products clearly with the country of origin, so customers can make informed choices about what to buy.’
Mr Appleby returned to the branch this evening and found the kosher food shelf had been fully reinstated, adding: ‘Sainsbury’s assure me the staff member has been suitably chastised.’ The firm admitted the kosher food was removed but challenged Mr Appleby’s version of events.
A Sainsbury’s spokesman told MailOnline there was ‘no evidence’ that a staff member had made the ‘Free Gaza’ comment and instead the decision was taken to stop protesters damaging the food. The spokesman added: ‘It was the manager’s decision there and then – not company policy at all. We are a non-political organisation and we’re not coming down on either side of the argument.