First Muslim British Lord Nazir Ahmed is Antisemitic Conspiracy Theorist
It is a sad fact that antisemitism is rife in the Islamic world, but it is also sad that it is rife amongst Muslims who live in Western countries, and often instilled in their locally born children.
The first Muslim member of the British House of Lords, Nazir Ahmed, was briefly imprisoned in 2009 for dangerous driving. On Christmas Day 2007, he was sending SMS text messages on his phone whilst driving and struck another car, which resulted in the death of a 28 year old man who was the passenger. He pled guilty and ended up serving a trivially short prison sentence of 16 days.
When he was interviewed in Pakistan in April 2012, he blamed his imprisonment on a crazy Jewish conspiracy:
“My case became more critical because I went to Gaza to support Palestinians”, he says to his Pakistani interviewer in Urdu, in a video recording obtained by the Times. “My Jewish friends who own newspapers and TV channels opposed this”. The judge who put him behind bars, Lord Ahmed claims, was appointed to the high court after helping a “Jewish colleague” of Tony Blair’s during “an important case”.
You see, he was speaking in his native Urdu language and he thought that nobody from home would be listening. He was wrong.
He joins the rank of many Islamic hate mongers wrongly portrayed as being moderates including former Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat, former Australian Grand Mufti Sheikh Hilaly, Iranian PM Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. All of these people have been exposed as saying nice conciliatory things to western audiences, but voicing their true hateful beliefs in their native language, when they are amongst their own people.
Usually, when these people are exposed, these do the following:
- Claim they were misquoted
- Claim they were taken out of context
- Claim they were misinterpreted
- Deny the statements
Lord Ahmed’s response has been a little bit different. He made his apology during an interview with Mehdi Hasan, from the Huffington Post.
In summary, he said that he “respected the Jewish people” and that his comments were “completely wrong”, “unacceptable” and “the product of a twisted mind”.
I actually do have an alternative explanation for Lord Ahmed’s statement – perhaps he was just trying to maintain his reputation at home back in Pakistan, by telling his fellow countrymen a story that they were likely to believe, being the backward fanatics that they are.