Asghar Bukhari is a founding member of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC), which is the British equivalent of CAIR. Bukhari is the “go to” spokesman of Muslim rights for the British Media. Back in 2006 it was revealed that this “civil rights” advocate is a supporter of David Irving, holocaust denier:
…..Asghar Bukhari, a founder member of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC), which describes itself as Britain’s largest Muslim civil rights group, sent money to Irving and urged Islamic websites to ask visitors to make donations to his fighting fund. Bukhari contacted the discredited historian, sentenced this year to three years in an Austrian prison for Holocaust denial, after reading his website. He headed his mail to Irving with a quotation attributed to the philosopher John Locke: ‘All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to stand idle.’ In one email Bukhari tells Irving: ‘You may feel like you are on your own but rest assured many people are with you in your fight for the Truth.’ Bukhari pledges to make a donation of £60 to Irving’s fighting fund and says that he has asked ‘a few of my colleagues to send some in too’. Source Guardian
Any Muslim killed fighting Israel goes to paradise, says MPAC spokesman
Posted By: Damian Thompson at Dec 19, 2008 at 15:52:56 [General]
The Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) is one of the media’s favourite Muslim organisations – radical and outspoken but not extremist, we’re led to believe. One of its spokesmen, Asghar Bukhari, is a particular favourite of the BBC, whose Asian Network describes how he has “set up Media response workshops to educate and engage Muslims about dealing with the media” .
So I was interested to see how Bukhari would “deal” with me when I rang him to ask about an interesting discovery by The Centre for Social Cohesion, in my opinion the most formidable of the think-tanks monitoring Islamic extremism, which has been rooting around Facebook discussions.
In one recent thread, Bukhari says: “Muslims who fight against the occupation of their lands are ‘Mujahadeen’ and are blessed by Allah. And any Muslim who fights and dies against Israel and dies is a martyr and will be granted paradise … There is no greater oppressor on this earth than the Zionists, who murder little children for sport.”
Well, Bukhari didn’t evade the question. He confirmed that the Facebook discussion was authentic, and said: “I stand by that [his comments], and I think any Muslim in the world stands by that … if you think I’m going to tap dance for you and say ‘These Muslims are really bad and should sort their own house out’, then I’m not going to.”
Indeed, he added, if that was my view then I could “p— off”.
Hmm. Is that the technique that Bukhari recommends in his media workshops? He also said that he was prepared to repeat his Facebook comments to any TV station that wanted to interview him. But, you know, I’m not so sure that the references to paradise for anti-Israel “fighters” and the description of Zionists as casual child-killers were intended for public consumption. Which is why he lost his cool when I rang. Asghar, mate, let me give you a media tip: Facebook rants aren’t private.