Over a hundred politicians demand action against the sun newspaper over “MUSLIM PROBLEM” article.
Labour MP Naz Shah organised a letter to the to the paper’s editor demanding action over a column in The Sun for using Nazi like language regarding the muslim community in Britain.
MPs from all parties were seen united against the article saying “they were truly outraged by the Hate and bigotry”
The article was written by former political editor Trevor Kavanagh.
In the article he states that Islam constitutes the “one unspoken fear” which unites the west but has been supressed by political correctness.
“The common denominator, almost unsayable until last week’s furore over Pakistani sex gangs, is Islam,” he wrote after 18 people were convicted in a Newcastle grooming gang last week.
“Thanks to former equalities chief Trevor Phillips, and Labour MPs such as Rotherham’s Sarah Champion, it is acceptable to say Muslims are a specific rather than a cultural problem.”
He concludes his piece by asking: “What will we do about The Muslim Problem”.
Although Jeremy Corbin did not sign the letter but welcomed the content of the letter claiming the newspaper had “published statements that incite Islamophobia and stigmatise entire communities”.
“That is wrong, dangerous and must be condemned, as Naz Shah’s public letter does in the clearest possible terms,” he added.
Politicians were mainly concerned with the term “The Muslim Problem” stating in the letter “There is little doubt (especially with the capitalisation of the three words) that Kavanagh was intentionally comparing Muslims to the “The Jewish Problem”: a phrase used in the last century, to which the Nazis responded with the “Final Solution” – the Holocaust, as outlined by the Board of Deputies of British Jews in their compliant letter to Ipso”.
The letter continued: “It is shocking that in the 21st century a columnist is using such Nazi-like terminology about a minority community.
“We are sure that you are aware how media reporting about Islam and Muslims has created an atmosphere of hostility against Muslims and that hate crime against Muslims is on the rise.”
“Muslims currently face threats from far right and neo-Nazi groups in the UK and your publication of this article can therefore only be seen as an attempt to further stoke up hatred and hostility against Muslims.
“We implore you to not only retract this article but given the sacking of Mr Myers following his disgraceful anti-Semitic article in the The [Sunday] Times, strongly consider whether Mr Kavanagh’s brand of bigotry fits with your vision for the paper.”
Mr Corbyn added: “With hate crimes against Muslims on the rise in Britain and Neo-Nazis inciting violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, we must stand in solidarity and unity with all our communities and not let hate divide us.”
A spokesperson for The Sun said: “We strongly reject the allegation that Trevor Kavanagh is inciting Islamophobia. He is reflecting the links between immigration, religion and crime in the context of a trial of largely Pakistani sex gangs.”