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Sunday, January 11, 2004

Arabs welcome "the rise of a national Islamic lobby in Great Britain"

Talk-show host suspended for exercising the wrong sort of free speech
Arutz Sheva: The London-based Arabic-language paper Al-Quds Al-Arabi says that last week's success by Arab and Islamic groups in having a prominent anti-Arab media personality suspended from his BBC position "clearly indicates the rise of a national Islamic lobby in Great Britain."

The story began when an article by TV presenter Robert Kilroy-Silk, well-known throughout the United Kingdom, appeared in the Sunday Express last Sunday. Titled, "We Owe Arabs Nothing," the article stated,
"Apart from oil - which was discovered, is produced and is paid for by the west - what do they contribute? Can you think of anything? Anything really useful? Anything really valuable? Something we really need, could not do without? No, nor can I. What do they think we feel about them? That we adore them for the way they murdered more than 3,000 civilians on September 11 and then danced in the hot, dusty streets to celebrate the murders? That we admire them for being suicide bombers, limb amputators, women repressors?"
Pan-Arab media outlets, the Muslim Council of Britain, and other Muslim groups reacted with outrage to Kilroy-Silk's article, and BBC hurried to take Kilroy-Silk's morning TV talk show off the air pending an investigation of his comments.

It has even been reported that Kilroy-Silk is facing a police investigation over the issue. The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) has referred the article to the police to consider whether it might constitute an offense under the Public Order Act. CRE Chairman Trevor Phillips said, "Given the extreme and violent terms in which Mr. Kilroy-Silk has expressed himself, there is a danger that this might incite some individuals to act against someone who they think is an Arab."

Azzam al-Tamimi, of the Muslim Council of Britain, even said, "There are suspicions that Kilroy's article is part of an intensive campaign that started with the statements made by Ariel Sharon, the prime minister of the Zionist entity, in which he accused Muslims in the West of being behind growing anti-Semitism."

It should be noted, of course, that it was the European Union that recently prepared a report on anti-Semitism indicating that Moslem and pro-Palestinian elements are involved in most of the incidents.
You know, if they didn't blow themselves up to murder people, no one would accuse them of it. The UK's in big trouble, threat to free speech and all that. Let's just hope it translates into mass aliyah (ascent to Israel).

UPDATE: Check out Carol Gould's response; she is editor of the (UK) blog, CurrentViewpoint.
The jury is out on the future of Robert Kilroy Silk. I suggest he apply to Fox News where he would find a warm welcome -- not to mention a handsome salary -- alongside Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich and Bill O’Reilly.

I will miss Kilroy. Tom Paulin, whose poem about SS-style Israeli soldiers provoked rage form even Left-wing readers, and AN Wilson, who recommended the dismantling of Israel, are still in active and lucrative employment in the UK. When I tried to sell my feature-length documentary about a year in the life of Israel, I was told by every UK commissioning editor that it was ‘too pro-Israel.’

It will be interesting to watch the debate on Kilroy’s suspension. Multi-culturalism is part of British life but no-one seems to get fired for attacking Israel or Zionism.