General Antisemitism

CiF’s Medhi Hasan, intolerant religious fundamentalist, provides commentary on post 9/11 bigotry

We’ve commented on CiF commentator – and New Statesman senior editor – Medhi Hasan on several occasions.

Hasan is opposed to the Palestinians’ Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) out of fear that in would deny an unlimited right of return to “nine million” Palestinian “refugees” living abroad, and because UDI would have the unintended effect of recognizing the of the right of the Jewish state to exist.

He also has opined that  Israel is to blame for rising antisemitism in Britain.

Recently, the Guardian included Hasan in their ongoing series of reports and commentaries on the significance of 9/11 – a list which includes George Galloway, Noam Chomsky, and  CiF’s .

While the premise of Hasan’s piece, “How the fear of being criminalised has forced Muslims into silence“, Sept. 8, that “in the UK, the effect [of the war against Islamist extremism] has been a chilling of speech inside Muslim communities” is easily refuted by the number commentaries published by Comment is Free who are either supportive of, or actively involved in, Islamist groups in the UK and abroad, his following passage is even more audacious given Hasan’s background.

Writes Hasan:

“I have lost count of the number of British Muslim students, activists and imams who have told me of their fear of being labelled as extremists or terrorists if they dare take an unconventional, unorthodox or radical position on a political or religious issue.”

So, Hasan not only wants the freedom of radical clerics and activists to advance extremist views, he also evidently believes that such views should be expressed with impunity from any social criticism – a view which is put into proper context by the following audio, posted at Harry’s Place in July of 2009.

Here’s a highlight of what he said:

“The kaffar, the disbelievers, the atheists who remain deaf and stubborn to the teachings of Islam, the rational message of the Quran; they are described in the Quran as, quote, “a people of no intelligence”, Allah describes them as; not of no morality, not as people of no belief – people of “no intelligence” – because they’re incapable of the intellectual effort it requires to shake off those blind prejudices, to shake off those easy assumptions about this world, about the existence of God. In this respect, the Quran describes the atheists as “cattle”, as cattle of those who grow the crops and do not stop and wonder about this world.”

This is truly remarkable. A secular left publication like the Guardian sanctions commentary sanctimoniously condemning bigotry by a writer who has literally likened non-believers to “cattle” – who possess no morality or intelligence.

Writing previously in the Guardian, Hasan complained:

“I grow tired of having to also endure a barrage of lazy stereotypes, inflammatory headlines, disparaging generalisations and often inaccurate and baseless stories.”

Evidently, Hasan isn’t quite so tired of such inflammatory, baseless, lazy generalizations and demonization of “non-believers”.  

15 replies »

  1. And for his (shall we say…not very moderate?) beliefs he has been appointed the Political Editor of The New Statesman, gives regular talks, takes part in debates on TV with influencial politicians and journalists and is a prominant contributor on Guardian.

    Obvioulsy he’s not been effected by the same rampant post 9/11 islamophobia.

    BTW, has anyone taken him up on that little passage on the kaffar, the disbelievers and the atheists? I bet no one in Britain has the guts.

  2. I am curiously comforted by the incompetence and total lack of nuance of Mehdi Hassan and others of his ilk. If, as has been bruited abroad, it is the Islamist master plan to install Muslims into high office in government and big companies and newspapers etc, then they overestimate these people’s capability to fool us or to have the smarts to keep their true agendas hidden.

    He is possessed of all the usual character defects one might expect from such a one, including belligerent self-pity.

    If that’s the best they can do, then we have little to worry us.

    • HairShirt, It’s the willful blindness by Britons, in the face of Islamofascist demands, riots, threats and attacks such as 7/7/05 that is worrying.

      The UK seems to be going to Hell in a handbasket.

      • I can’t argue with you TGIAI about wilful blindness, but it seems to me that the US is in a similar bind.

        I have read that Obarmy has Islamist advisers and that situation is little different from the trance-like state of the UK government. Who would have thought, for example, that a low life like Faisal Rauf would ever get planning permission for a mosque and “cultural centre” near Ground Zero?

  3. “We’ve commented on CiF commentator – and New Statesman senior editor – Medhi Hasan on several occasions.”

    Oh yes. The New Statesman.

    Remeber this Islamofascist cover of the New Statesman???

    What would “progressive” people say if the Star of David were replaced with the Star and Sickle Crescent?

  4. >BTW, has anyone taken him up on that little passage on the kaffar, the >disbelievers and the atheists? I bet no one in Britain has the guts.

    Some have, but several attempts to draw attention to Mr Hasan’s more recondite statements concerning atheists and non-muslims needed to be censored.

    This in the comments thread of a piece berating us all for intimidating Muslims into silence.

    • Rubashov, Muslims like Hassan are doing what they do best, the belligerent self-pity, the paranoid projection, the subliminal threat of violent acting out if they don’t get what they want and the use of western democratic process and our legal systems to undermine our freedoms. The majority of their co-religionists may indeed believe differently, but they lack the spine to stand up to it.

      The UK has no politicians of the calibre of Geert Wilders whose steadfastness seems to have provided the inspiration for the Dutch governments’ plans to dispense with the sort of “multiculturalism” which privileges Muslims above others, thereby containing and then, I hope, turning back of the threat of Islamism and sharia to the Dutch.

      If the UK doesn’t follow Holland’s example then it is in for a rude awakening.

      • I wouldn’t confuse UK mainstream public opinion with the self-flagellating thought-police at the Guardian.

        A religion that would separate the Englishman from his pint will never prosper there.

  5. Rural:

    BTW, has anyone taken him up on that little passage on the kaffar, the disbelievers and the atheists? I bet no one in Britain has the guts

    The Guardian mods are furiously removing any links to that video as we speak, and suspending the accounts of commenters linking to it.

    Does that answer your question?

    • I know you guys are trying your best at Cif, but I really meant when he appears on other TV, promoting islam and crying out about islamophobia and stuff, why do other hacks don’t get at him – because he’s just too powerful, anybody crosses him, crosses the legions of his Guardianistani/BBC supporters and other sundry progressive lefties, and it’ll be hell to pay. That’s why.

  6. Cif removed your expose of this hateful individual because they felt compelled to leap to the defence of one of their own – lefties and those who speak of infidels have made common cause.

    Your post outsmarted them, and they didn’t know how to respond to a hard fact other than by censorship.

  7. Muslims are being given a free pass to do what they like in the UK – throw stones at buses and have the occupants arrested as happened in Tower Hamlets recently.

    Medhi Hasan and his cheerleaders in the liberal left commentariat are the thuggish-but-more telegenic equivalents of East London’s Asian gangs.

    The Guardian is where the thuggish mentality of liberal left fascism finds its perfect expression.

  8. The part I saw of Sunday Morning Live, on the BBC on 9/11 was topical enough. It addressed, albeit in a very surfacey way, the notion that Muslims feel victimised in the UK. Of course they do, and far too readily than is good for them or us, and the Beeb trotted out the usual suspects to display their misplaced outrage. To add what little weight there was to this notion we also had as one of the guests our old mucker Mehdi Hassan – and to balance him (and believe me it took some effort) Peter Hitchens and another man with an American or Canadian accent, a Jew as it turned out, but whose name I didn’t catch. Viewers were invited to vote about whether Muslims are indeed victimised in the UK.

    Mehdi Hassan behaved throughout like the ignorant, thuggish boor he has shown himself to be in the past – overtalking and interrupting and raising his voice whenever any of the speakers disagreed with his belligerent and self-pitying point of view. He seemed not to realise that by doing this he undermined his own argument and his dignity as an alleged (self) important spokesman for Muslims. Of course, according to him, the west is to blame for radicalisation of Muslims. Of course, as a result of 9/11 and 7/7, Muslims are victimised in the UK and elsewhere. Then Peter Hitchens said, (when, that is, he could get a word in edgewise), that if that was the case why are so many Muslims wanting to immigrate to the UK?

    Then Hassan clanged on about Islamophobia and what is allowed to be printed in newspapers about Muslims (although he had earlier admitted that if anyone had bombed his house he would probably want to take up arms against them, peaceable little chappie that he is, thereby undermining what he had said earlier in the programme as a representative of the Muslims in the UK, about the equivalent of peace, love and light from Muslims). The Jewish contributor (far too) respectfully disagreed with him and reminded the audience of the increase in antisemitic attacks in the UK since 9/11 and 7/7. He suggested that Hassan open the pages of the Guardian or the Independent to see and antisemitism in the cartoons. Of course to Hassan that didn’t count he dismissed it with a snort.

    The clincher came with the vote. Over 70% of those who voted disagreed that Muslims were victimised in the UK. To their credit, Hitchens and the third panellist made no capital about this, but our friend Mehdi Hassan looked as though he had been forced to swallow a brick as the programme ended.