Magazine article The Spectator

A Debased Report

Magazine article The Spectator

A Debased Report

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Sir: A document sent direct from Conservative Central Office is, by definition, indicative of being consistent with a range of Conservative thinking. Thus the report from the Conservative Muslim Forum recently distributed must be taken very seriously and it is regrettable to see that what should have been the opportunity to represent a consensus of our Muslim community has been debased by the extremism of several of its views: in its blatant attempt to influence the Conservative party over its attitude towards Israel; in its shrill threat that support for Israel would damage Britain's relationship with the world Muslim community; and in its abuse of the sense of purpose of the forum.

The Conservative party is enjoined to change its traditional policy towards the State of Israel. The advice shows a total ignorance of the facts on the ground. One cannot call for Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories before negotiating a two-state solution.

There is a lot of common sense and meaningful platitudes in much of the report but it is the underlying comments that spoil the total impact. …

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