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‘Stand together against bigotry’

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Mobeen Azar is co-chair of the Stop the War Coalition in Leeds and a member of the national council of Respect. He spoke to Socialist Worker about how the London bombs have affected the Muslim community
Issue 1960

I offer my sincere condolences to all those affected and stand shoulder to shoulder with them.

As a Muslim and a human being I don’t offer an apology, because I’m not responsible — I don’t know the people who carried out these actions.

The British government has an issue that needs to be resolved. I apologise for the actions of my government, because I can have an influence on it. It is undeniable that what happened last Thursday is linked to what’s happening abroad. This has made Britain a target.

We are organising a peace vigil in Leeds which will bring the communities, faiths and parties together. There have been physical and verbal attacks on Muslims and mosques.

In the Daily Mail on Monday the right wing commentator Melanie Phillips says that if Britain panders to the Muslim community it will lose. People like Phillips and those who throw petrol bombs at mosques are trying to break apart our community.

The message that the government’s attack on Iraq has led to these bombings, which is what Respect MP George Galloway is saying, is an attempt to unify people.

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