H/T Melanie Phillips
We recently posted on the creation of an important new organization in the UK, British Muslims for Israel (BMI) – a project of Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy- and its courageous director, Hasan Afzal.
As Phillips astutely noted:
“[BMI] was set up to counter the dangerous notion which is gaining ground that Israel should cease to exist at all; that Muslims get a better deal if they live in Israel rather than Saudi Arabia; and even that he [Afzal] would happily volunteer to be involved in Israeli hasbara – or public relations — in the face of the ‘sophisticated internet campaign to delegitimise Israel’.
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.“
Here is Afzal’s recent interview on Israeli television (Channel 10).
(Though it begins in Hebrew for the first 30 seconds, the interview is in English)