Muslim Conservative Chair: Labour should adopt full anti-Semitism definition

Friday, August 3, 2018

The Chair of the Conservative Muslim Forum has said the Labour party should’ve adopted the full definition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

Mohammed Amin has highlighted the importance of having a ‘credible’ opposition party after Labour has been thrown into despair around its handling of alleged anti-Semitism.

Jeremy Corbyn was forced to apologise on Thursday for sharing a platform with speakers who compared the Israeli government to that of the Nazi regime at a speech in 2011.

“As a conservative I’m quite concerned with the present state of the Labour Party and how they’ve been handling these accusations of anti-Semitism, and it’s important for Labour to be a credible opposition party,” he said.

“The Labour Party needs to deal with anti-Semitism and believe its approach to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is fundamentally misconceived.

When asked whether the Labour party should’ve adopted the full definition of anti-Semitism within the party, Amin said: “Yes I do.”

Islamophobia inquiry

While claims of anti-Semitism have been thrown against the Labour Party, the Conservative party have been facing Islamophobia allegations, with the Muslim Council of Britain calling for a full inquiry.

The council wrote to Conservative chair, Brandon Lewis asking for a full inquiry into islamophobia, but did not accuse the party of being islamophobia; instead it was aiming to raise awareness and take action against any anti-Muslim members.

The MCB highlighted a number of recent allegations which it said represented "the tip of the iceberg" of Islamophobic attitudes within the party, with allegedly offensive tweets to accusations of links to far-right figures.

“We have also called for an independent inquiry by the party into Islamophobia within the party,” he said.

“When I go round the country talking to groups of Muslims persuading them that the Conservative party is the right party for them, I get a consistent response that they don’t believe that.

“They don’t believe the Conservative party welcomes Muslims, they believe the Conservative party is anti-Muslim, and I think it’s important to have an independent inquiry as a way of dispelling that concern. I believe the concern is misguided. I’ve been a Conservative party member for about 35 years, and I wouldn’t have been in the party if I thought as an organisation or that the party leadership was anti-Muslim.

A decision on the inquiry has not been made, with Parliament now in recess for the summer there’s no indication on time frame or whether it will happen.

Amin added that it would be “better” for the country to have an inquiry.

“There are no indicators at all to say it might happen. I can understand many reasons why the party’s leadership wouldn’t want to hold an inquiry, we have a very problematic time in British politics at the moment because of Brexit, also there’s a terrible human desire that with something like this, if you ignore it it’ll go away.

“I think it would be better for the party and better for the country to have an inquiry.”