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A Tale of Two British Muslim Politicians, Sajid Javid and Sadiq Khan
By Eric Walberg
An Interview with Al-Quds Press
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, October 14, 2016
|London Mayor: Sadiq Khan
||British Secretary of State
for Communities and Local Government: Sajid Javid
Quds Press: Some political figures in Britain like
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid or
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan have come into the top levels of British
government. These officials are Muslim but they are actually staunch
supporters of Israel. What is your assessment of this?
We must be
careful not to lump all such public figures into one heap. Sajid Javid
refers only to his "Muslim heritage" and denies any religious affiliation
now. So he is perfect for the British government. A nice Muslim-sounding
name with no strings attached. He is a life-long conservative, was a big
supporter of Margaret Thatcher, and is a banker to boot.
'Conservative Friends of Israel' lunch in 2012, the Jewish Chronicle
reported Javid as stating that "if he had to leave Britain to live in the
Middle East, then he would choose Israel as home. Only there, he said,
would his children feel the 'warm embrace of freedom and liberty'".
He will have a 'warm embrace' in hell when he meets his Maker.
Sadiq Khan, also of Pakistani descent, is a life-long Labour supporter,
formerly MP for Tooting, South London, poor mans' London, from 2005 to
2016. He is on the Labour Party's 'soft left'. His election as Mayor
of London made him the city's first ethnic minority mayor, and the first
Muslim to become mayor of a major western capital. Khan is a friendly,
open man, a fine Muslim, and gained the affection of Londoners of
all stripes, winning the largest personal mandate of any politician in
Britain (57%), despite being victimized and vilified but Zionists and
other racists during his campaign.
Khan's focus has always been on
inter-ethnic cohesion and interfaith dialogue. He is attacked from all
sides of the political spectrum. His Zionist opponents have criticised his
willingness to share a platform with allegedly fundamentalist Islamic
clerics, mainly from his time as MP in Tooting. His work to improve
relations between Muslim communities and wider British society has meant
that he received security threats from both Islamist and far-right
activists. As a boy, he encountered racism, which led to him and his
brothers taking up boxing.
He was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate
Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election of 2015,
but has said that he was "no patsy" to Corbyn, and did not vote for
him in the end. So he is a progressive, but not committed to
overthrowing the 'new Labour' of Tony Blair. But he is no patsy of Israel
While fasting during Ramadan in 2016, Khan declared that
he would use the period as an opportunity to help "break down the mystique
and suspicion" surrounding Islam in Britain and help to "get out
there and build bridges" between communities, organizing iftars at
synagogues, churches, and mosques. He then appeared at a Trafalgar Square
celebration of Eid al-Fitr, endorsing religious freedom and
lambasting "criminals who do bad things and use the name of Islam to
justify what they do".
In his first weeks as Mayor, Khan criticized
foreign investors for treating homes in London as "gold bricks for
investment", instead urging them to invest in the construction of
affordable homes for Londoners through a new agency, Homes for Londoners,
which he set up, funded by both public and private money.
Many right-wing American media outlets reacting with horror at his
election. The far right party Britain First issued a press statement
declaring Khan a Muslim "occupier" engaged in entryism (joining an
organization in an attempt to expand influence of one's program), and
threatened to target where he "lives, works and prays" with direct
Khan follows the political current, allowing
popular policies that are 'politically correct', like same-sex
marriage, despite not necessarily personally accepting them, putting him
at odds with orthodox Muslims. That is the price of being such a
prominent, publicly elected official. There was a fatwa put out against
him, in which an Imam declared him to be no longer a Muslim, forcing
him to accept police protection.
So on the whole, Khan is a great
gift to both London and to Muslims everywhere. No one in the West
has done more as a public figure to show that Islam is a religion of
tolerance and peace, whatever one might think of his individual policies.
Q: Does Israel have a role in the success of these kinds of officials
in Britain and other countries?
The most prominent pro-Israel
organization lobbying western political parties is the 'Friends of
Israel Initiative', founded, among others, by British Conservative Party
peer, former First Minister of Northern Ireland and Nobel Peace
Prize winner David Trimble. The Conservatives are the torch-bearer for
But Labour was long ago co-opted by the Zionists. These
'Friends' organizations keep the parties in line, and even provide
financing to MPs. The latest bribery political scandal involved
Labour Friends of Israel. There are even Northern Ireland Friends of
Israel, and of course European Friends of Israel in every European
We can be sure they are not happy with Khan. He is not a
'friend' of Israel but has been careful to keep the Zionists at bay,
unlike all other prominent Labour politicians. At an Iftar at a synagogue
that was attending by 200 people, mostly Jews and Muslim immigrants
from Somalia, including some MPs belonging to ‘Labour Friends of
Israel’, he said he was ‘concerned’ about the rise of antisemitism in the
city as result of Brexit victory. How's that for walking the Zionist
tightrope covering Britain?
Khan supported staying in Europe. His
concern that anti-Jewish sentiment could increase is not without
foundation, given the way Zionists have kidnapped the meaning of 'Jewish',
forcing all Jews to support Israel as the very definition of
Jewishness. As mayor, he must be concerned for all Londoners, including
Jews. Following the Brexit referendum, the spate of racially motivated
attacks indeed increased. But there were none against Jews; rather against
blacks, Asians and Muslims. So British Jews can sleep in peace.
the whole, Khan is no Zionist, but rather mayor of arguably the most
important city in the West, and deserves respect from Muslims. All public
figures in the West are forced to kowtow to Zionist media pressure, and
Khan is deft at deflecting their wrath, keeping a low profile on an issue
that can only be a pointless distraction as mayor. Recall London's
iconic mayor Ken Livingstone, leader of the Greater London Council from
1981 until the council was abolished in 1986 by Thatcher, and Mayor of
London from 2000 until 2008, and as MP for Brent East from 1987 to
Livingstone was pilloried ceaselessly by Zionists and other
right-wingers and suspended as a member of the Labour Party for his
efforts. As a white, Livingstone was able to survive through widespread
support. Khan's Pakistani origins are an added challenge to his success in
the public sphere, and he is arguably a more responsible mayor than the
flamboyant Red Ken was, not allowing his passions to distract him from the
pressing work of helping Londoners from all walks of life.
is your opinion about role of Israel in forming alliance and
coordinating between Wahhabism, Zionism and ISIS?
I don't see a
direct link between Zionism and ISIS or Wahhabism, though Israel
does benefit from the disarray of Islam. ISIS is a direct instance
of 'blowback' for US and Israeli imperialism. Wahhabism is a Saudi sect.
Q: Regarding the continuation of Israeli crimes especially on
Palestinian people, how do you see Israeli isolation around the world in
Moral people everywhere are against Israeli atrocities.
A personal anecdote from a bike trip yesterday in Toronto: Descending
a steep, narrow staircase on a bike path in Toronto, I had to stop
to make way for a young fellow hauling his bike up. It was a hot
September day and he was covered in sweat, so I stopped him to ask
directions. He wiped the sweat from his brow and said with
"I don't know where the path is. I was trying to get
through to the suburb, and couldn't get through."
was Russian, so I said, "Vy russki?" Usually Russians abroad brighten when
they are addressed in Russian, but he just looked beleaguered. I
offered to help, but he disdainfully said, "I served in the army.
I'm fine." "The Russian army?" "No, the Israeli," almost
embarrassed. "Everyone hates us," he said despondently, as he
renewed his climb.
"Yes," I called out, "but I'll make an
exception for you." I felt sorry for a Russian who probably
encountered hostility for being a Jew only after emigrating to
Israel and being forced to arrest, kill and otherwise terrorize the
natives. Zionists will shout, "the new antisemitism", but it's really just
another symptom of their penchant to shoot themselves in the foot.
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