The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) terms the new accusations of the Community Secretary Hazel Blears as outrageous. In a letter published today in the Guardian (Our questions to the MCB leadership, 26 March 2009), she makes the extraordinary claim that Dr Daud Abdullah, the Deputy Secretary-General of the MCB, signed a document in Istanbul that 'advocates attacks on Jewish communities all around the world'.
"This is an incredible claim which we utterly reject. All of the MCB's office bearers without exception stand resolutely against all forms of indiscriminate violence. We are completely opposed to all forms of prejudice including Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. We would expect someone in Ms Blears' position to be working towards increasing understanding and goodwill between communities and to act responsibly and fairly," said Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain.
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