It looks News Bunny Norton, the Evening Cancer editor, has decided to grab himself a slice of the diversity action by employing a Muslim columnist.
Farooq Siddique of the the publicly funded Bristol Muslim Cultural Society – who no doubt we have to refer to as a “community leader” – published his first article yesterday. And very offensive it is too.
Choosing to discuss the Holocaust as it was Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday, Siddique blithely announces half way through his column:
[The Holocaust] was, in fact, part of an ongoing pattern of behaviour that has long been associated with “Christian Europe” by the Muslim world.
I’m not sure what the purpose of the quotes around “Christian Europe” are meant to denote, but the statement appears to be promoting the worst kind of racial prejudice and stereotypes.
I wonder if Norton would print a column saying “Blowing yourself up on public transport is, in fact, part of an ongoing pattern of behaviour that has long been associated with “Muslims” by the Western world.
Possibly not. As it is untrue, offensive and ridiculous.
Siddique then comes out with this little gem:
Finally, there is the [Holocaust’s] link to Palestine. I am not going to debate who suffered more, the Jews in Europe during the war or the Palestinians since 1947. But the link with the Holocaust is very much clear.
Well fancy that! He’s not going to debate who suffered more … Er, maybe because his comparison is fatuous, offensive and doesn’t bear scrutiny.
Between 1933 and 1945 the Jewish population of Europe was reduced by two-thirds from 9m to 3m. Since 1967 the Palestinian population has trebled. OK, there’s plenty to criticise about Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians but to accuse the Israelis of genocide is fanatical nonsense.
Siddique seems to be intent on ramping up the vicious rhetoric just like the people of violence on both sides of Palestine/Israeli conflict constantly do. Or does he think directly comparing the State of Israel to the Nazi regime in a Holocaust Memorial article is the way forward to peace and harmony?