A leading Imam has condemned the reported actions of a foster family in Tower Hamlets.
MPs have been urged to open an inquiry into the placement and treatment of foster children after reports surrounding how a white Christian girl was treated by two Muslim foster families.
The five-year-old in Tower Hamlets was allegedly told to remove her crucifix and was forbidden from eating carbonara because it contained bacon.
The little girl was reportedly encouraged to learn Arabic, and is thought to have been told how Christmas and Easter were "stupid."
Some members of the foster families are also reported to have worn full face veils.
Dr Taj Hargey, the Director of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford, and Imam of the Oxford Islamic Congregation, blasted this alleged behaviour.
He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I don’t care about the five-year-old’s Christianity or crucifix, but the foster parents had no right to remove it.
"If they can’t respect the child’s native or indigenous culture, they shouldn’t be allowed to foster.
“It’s ethnic apartheid in action, that’s what it is. We should stop pussyfooting about this or mollycoddling the situation.
"We should say people need to become integrated or ship out. If you can’t ship up, you need to ship out."