Friday, April 04, 2014

Update: Warsi's "Equality" Group is packed with Muslims and/or Israel haters

Following on from my earlier article I have done some checks on all the members of Warsi's "Freedom of Religion or Belief" Group. It turns out that Tariq Ramadan, the Muslim Brotherhood poster boy and antisemite who in 2006 was banned from the US because of his links to terrorism is by no means an exceptional choice. Of the 15 members of the group (including Warsi) NINE are either focused solely on Islamic interests and/or have a very clear anti-Israel bias. Since the 'Policy' of the Group is stated as "Promoting human rights internationally" and the topics covered are: "Equality, rights and citizenship, Foreign affairs and International aid and development", this is a curious bunch to have chosen. So who are these people who, on behalf of Great Britain, are going to promote equality and defend our human rights? Step forward:

The token Jew on the Group is Trevor Pears, of the Pears Foundation which (although funding some worthy causes) also funded the pro-Hamas organisation Forward Thinking and now funds the Israel Boycott movement

The following have no obvious pro-Islam or anti-Israel slant (but note that all conform to a leftist worldview):

  • Joel Edwards:  Jamaican-born International Director of Micah Challenge which describes itself as "a global coalition of Christians holding governments to account for their pledge to halve extreme poverty by 2015"
  • Tom Gallagher Professor of Ethnic Conflict & Peace University of Bradford 
  • Edward Kessler Executive Director of Woolf Institute which describes itself as a "global leader in the academic study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims"
That leaves just two members who might actually contribute something relevant:
  • Mervyn Thomas Chief Executive Christian Solidarity Worldwide 
  • Andrew Copson Chief Executive British Humanist Association 
Update: Foreign Office responds to my questions

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