- Created: Thursday, 30 April 2009 14:12
- Written by FRFI
On 21 March, Minister for Communities Hazel Blears suspended contact with the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), alleging that its deputy general secretary, Dr Daud Abdullah, had endorsed a Hamas call for attacks on foreign troops, which might include British troops, if they try to intercept arms smuggled into Gaza. Blears’ stand is consistent with Labour’s new anti-terrorist strategy Contest 2 which seeks to confront those who reject ‘our shared values’. In a letter to The Guardian, Blears claims without evidence that the declaration advocates ‘attacks on Jewish communities all around the world’. She has insisted that Daud either stand down or be dismissed from his post before the government resumes contact with the MCB. Not surprisingly the MCB refuses to comply: it would lose all credibility within the Muslim community if it capitulated to such crude threats.