Muslim council chief says British Government stoking community tension

November 14th, 2007 - 10:24 am ICT by admin  

Reacting to reports that the head of MI5 had claimed that there were 2,000 people involved in terrorist activity and children as young as 15 were being “groomed” to be suicide bombers, and to Gordon Brown’s plans to require immigrants to learn English, The Telegraph quoted Dr. Bari as saying that “There is a disproportionate amount of discussion surrounding us. The air is thick with suspicion and unease. It is not good for the Muslim community, it is not good for society.”

Britain, he said, should beware of becoming like Nazi Germany.

“Every society has to be really careful so the situation doesn’t lead us to a time when people’s minds can be poisoned as they were in the 1930s. If your community is perceived in a very negative manner, and poll after poll says that we are alienated, then Muslims begin to feel very vulnerable. We are seen as creating problems, not as bringing anything and that is not good for any society,” Dr. Bari said.

He rejected the view that there was such a thing as Islamic terrorism.

“Terrorists are terrorists, they may use religion but we shouldn’t say Muslim terrorists, it stigmatises the whole community. We never called the IRA Catholic terrorists,” Dr. Bari said.

“I think it is creating a scare in the community and wider society. It probably helps some people who try to recruit the young to terrorism. Muslim young people are as vulnerable as any others. Under this climate of fear they will begin to feel victimised,” he warned.

Dr. Bari insisted that he was simply trying to unite disparate communities. (ANI)

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