If they go on in this vein, not only will these Muslims show they are very much more enlightened, decent and rational than so many others in the British intelligentsia – they will be doing rather better at hasbara and show rather more courage in openly saying what so desperately needs to be said than the Jewish community itself.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
A Brave Muslim Speaks Up for Israel
This video appears to have gone viral.
I’ve known about the group British Muslims for Israel for some time and I link to them on my blog.
Now a spokesman, Hasan Afzal, has been interviewed on Israel’s Channel 10.
What he says is a breath of fresh air.
When the uprising in Egypt began, I wrote on this blog that I wondered where an Egyptian democracy would find its paradigm. I suggested that Israel represented such a paradigm. Of course, it will not happen, nor will it in Tunisia or anywhere else in the Arab world.
Afzal also tells us that Muslims would be better off living in a pluralistic democracy like Israel and his admiration of Israel’s success story is a telling rebuke to the authoritarian Arab regimes who have done little to advance the welfare of their people for the last 60 years.
What is also striking is that this Muslim voice is in contrast to the left-wing and other mouthpieces of Israel-bashing, Hamas-adoring ignoramuses in Britain. I noticed as I was about to write this piece that Melanie Phillips has also written about this brave Muslim and his group. I especially like this telling sentence:
Hasan Afzal and British Muslims for Israel are brave menshen and should be considered Righteous Among the Nations.
Here is the video:
H/T Rivka Lissak