Saturday, 17 December 2011

Charmless islamophobia - or maybe Arabophobia

Imagine the outrage if someone said that the British Government is "timid" in the face of pressure from the UK's "large Jewish population". How unpleasant, then, to read identical comments about the UK's "large Arab population" (http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/60380/the-lawyers-who-stopped-gaza-flotilla). The UK doesn't actually even have a "large Arab population"; I assume that this person was referring in confusion to my country's Muslim communities, which largely have their origins not in the Arab world, but on the Indian sub-continent. To accuse the Government of lacking the "courage" to offend the country's "large Arab population" is as offensive as it would be to accuse the Government of lacking the "courage" to offend the Jewish community.

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