Asghar Bukhari

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Asghar Bukhari
NationalityBritish Pakistani
OccupationFounding Member of MPACUK

Asghar Bukhari is a founding member of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK).[citation needed] Asghar believes that it is his duty as a Muslim to engage in the community and be politically active,[1] and has run into controversy over accusations of antisemitism.

David Irving Controversy[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

In 2006, Bukhari had sent the English writer and Holocaust-denier David Irving a £60 cheque and a letter headed with a quote attributed to John Locke, "All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to stand idle".[2] Bukhari said that he felt that Irving was "being smeared for nothing more than being anti-Zionist" and that the "pro-Israeli lobby often accuse[s] people of anti-Semitism". He said he was not antisemitic, and thought that Irving was just an anti-Zionist, not a Holocaust denier, when he donated money to him.[2]

Bukhari then published an audiocast in which he stated: "David Irving claimed he was not anti-Semitic and was in fact being attacked by the powerful pro-Israeli lobby; in short, being smeared ... I believed him, it's as simple as that ... I would not have supported anyone who is anti-Semitic".[3]

Facebook comments on Gaza War[edit | hide | edit source]

During the Gaza War, Bukhari wrote in a Facebook thread: "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." Centre for Social Cohesion reported Bukhari to the police for contravening the new law banning 'glorification of terrorism'."[4][5]

Comments on Woolwich Attacks[edit | hide | edit source]

After the Murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich, Bukhari appeared on BBC news channel.[6] Aisha Patel of the New York Daily Sun criticized the BBC for inviting Bukhari to give his opinion and said "Asghar Bukhari is not representative of Muslims. He is a representative of political Islam which has no place in British politics in the hothead, extremist form personified by Bukhari."[6]

Comments on LBC regarding ISIS[edit | hide | edit source]

In Sept 2014, Asghar appeared on LBC saying that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant not formed overnight, nor from the Iraq war, but due to the British and American foreign policy for 60 years in the middle east.[7]

TV Comments on Charlie Hebdo[edit | hide | edit source]

On 8 January 2015, on a Sky News,[8] Asghar said that the murder of cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo was nothing to do with free speech, but was due to foreign policy issues such as the Iraq war[9]

Facebook post on Shoe Theft[edit | hide | edit source]

In June 2015, Bukhari posted on Facebook saying that Zionists were intimidating him by entering his home and stealing one of a pair of his shoes.[10] He went on to say that it is possible that these tactics are used by various organisation for intimidation.[11] The hashtag "Mossad Stole My Shoe" was trending on Twitter.[12]

References[edit | hide | edit source]

  1. Radio 4 Current Affairs Analysis Koran and Country: How Islam Got Political
  2. 2.0 2.1 Doward, Jamie (18 November 2006). "Muslim leader sent funds to Irving: Islamic activist admits he donated cash to jailed historian who denied the Holocaust". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
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  4. Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK Spokesman Glorifies Terror, Centre for Social Cohesion Reveals, Press Briefing, 19 December 2008
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