Incredible. And Dawood Abdullah’s signature remains firmly in place on the Istanbul Declaration. Didn’t take very long, did it? Let’s remind ourselves of the MCB’s response to the government severing relations with it, once the then Communities’ Secretary, Hazel Blears, had discovered Abdullah’s support for terrorism:
The MCB is appalled by the high handed and condescending action of the Secretary of State, Hazel Blears.
In response to recent media reports (IoS, 22nd March) about the Gaza Declaration in Istanbul, the Muslim Council of Britain wishes to make clear that it no way supports the targeting or killing of British soldiers anywhere in the world. This is the agreed position of all MCB Office Bearers without exception including the MCB’s Central Working Committee.
As an independent community organisation, the MCB is committed to faithfully representing the views of all our affiliates. As such we reaffirm the right under international law of the Palestinian people to resist the ongoing illegal and brutal occupation of their land.
So that’s alright then. No apology from the MCB; Daud Abdullah is still in his post, unrepentant; and the Jamaat-e Islami/Muslim Brotherhood pressure group who claim to ‘represent’ Britain’s Muslims are back on friendly terms with the government. What a disgrace!