By Hugo Jenks, Islam Spokesman
Given that the Labour Party in the UK is becoming increasingly reliant on the Muslim vote – around 85% of that vote goes to Labour – it does seem surprising that Muslim members experience significant levels of “Islamophobia” from non-Muslim party members.
During 2020 a survey of Muslim members of the party has been conducted by the Labour Muslim Network. The report was published on the 14th November 2020 and is on their website: “LMN releases “Islamophobia and the Muslim Experience” report”:
The report is quite damning. The key points are:
59% did not feel “well represented by the leadership of the Labour party”,
44% did not believe the party takes the issue of Islamophobia seriously.
55% did not “trust the leadership of the Labour party to tackle Islamophobia effectively” and
48% did not have confidence in the party’s complaints procedure to deal with Islamophobia.
Issues raised included concerns over examples of Islamophobia highlighted in the leaked report into Labour’s governance and legal unit, the party’s approach to the government’s anti-radicalisation Prevent strategy, and general anxiety over how the party’s approach to Palestine would change under the new leadership. An LMN spokesperson said the findings of its report were deeply concerning and called on Labour to take “comprehensive action” on the racism experienced by Muslims in the party.
Note how Muslims take every opportunity to equate “Islamophobia” with racism. Islam of course permits them to tell lies. Often attributed to Goebbels: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
The accusations of “Islamophobia” within Labour keep coming: a major donor to the Labour Party has been accused of “Islamophobia”. An article in the Guardian describes the accusation:
Keir Starmer has been urged to return donations to Labour made by a property developer whose tweets have been condemned by Muslim groups as Islamophobic.
Muslim communal groups and a Labour NEC member challenged Starmer to take action over the “abhorrent and Islamophobic” posts by David Abrahams, a businessman and philanthropist.
Abrahams is the latest Blair-era donor drawn back to Labour by Starmer. He confirmed last month that he had set up a direct debit to the Labour party, having ceased donations in 2016.
However, Muslim groups, pointing to online comments by Abrahams, have raised the alarm over his renewed links to the Labour leadership. Abrahams’ tweets included suggestions that Muslims have “mixed loyalties”, that conservative Muslim culture is inherently violent, and that Muslim youth have a propensity for suicide.
The Guardian article continues:
Mish Rahman, an NEC member, called on Labour to give Abrahams back his money. “These comments are deeply disturbing,” Rahman said. “Donating huge amounts of money to Labour should not mean someone can make racist remarks and get away with it. The party should immediately return Abrahams’ donations.
“We now know that the majority of Muslim members do not trust the leadership to deal with Islamophobia effectively. Failing to act on these outrageous comments will deepen these concerns and provide further evidence that there is a hierarchy of racism within the party.”
Notice that yet again a Muslim is equating the criticism of Islam with racism. They can do so in this case, because the Labour Party has adopted the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims definition of “Islamophobia” which defines it as a form of racism.
Clearly the Labour Party has created a rod for its own back. By pandering to various special interest groups, it is now beholden to them for its own legitimacy and purpose. Labour Leader Sir Kier Starmer allegedly has himself a disgraceful track record, allegedly failing to adequately act against Muslim grooming gangs, when he was the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Labour has for many years been ignoring the concerns of its traditional working class voters – believing that they had no other party to vote for. In 2010 the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown embarrassingly spoke when a microphone was still switched on and he thought he was speaking in private. He described Gillian Duffy as a “bigoted woman” for daring to question him regarding excessive immigration and the impact it was having in her area. Mrs Duffy had been a loyal supporter of the Labour Party, and was well respected for her contributions to her local community.
It does take a special talent for the Labour Party to be simultaneously antisemitic and “Islamophobic”! Electorally it would make more sense for them to go with the Muslim vote, because it is around nine times larger than the Jewish vote, and the demographic changes in the coming years would increasingly favour Labour.
Will Sir Keir Starmer be reminding the Muslim community that he is their real friend, and that a member of his party, promoted by him to a prominent role, allegedly would like the victims of the Muslim grooming gangs to shut up? Quote: “Those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity.” Linked Article here.