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Written by Student Rights on 8 August 2013 at 3pm

MPACUK's 'Greatness to Genocide' conferences incite fear and loathing

On Saturday 24th August the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK) will hold the first of two conferences entitled ‘Greatness to Genocide’, which aim to highlight that Muslims are “the most oppressed people on Earth”.

Attendees will “learn about how your history and your story has been distorted and manipulated by those who wish to oppress you and discover the practical steps you can take to counter these injustices”.

Islamic societies at Birmingham, Birmingham City and Manchester Metropolitan Universities have been invited via Facebook, again highlighting how extreme off-campus groups can target students via social media.

 

MPACUK is currently listed as a racist organisation by the National Union of Students (NUS) ‘No Platform Policy’ alongside the British National Party, and its members have a history of inflammatory comments.

In 2008 its founder Asghar Bukhari stated on his Facebook page that "Muslims who fight against the occupation of their lands are 'Mujahadeen' and are blessed by Allah...any Muslim who fights against Israel and dies is a martyr and will be granted paradise".

More recently, in April the group shared a comment on Facebook which read “Take your holocaust, roll it up nice tight then shove it up your (be creative)!

More worrying though is the group’s continued promotion of a narrative suggesting that the UK’s Muslim population faces genocide from non-Muslims.

In May 2012 founder Asghar Bukhari shared a video of himself with students at SOAS in which he told viewers:

...if you carry on trying to run away, trying to hide, trying to pretend that other issues are more important than the most important issue of defending your life, your family and your people’s lives and your religion, you will soon find that the fate of the Bosnian Muslims, who were massacred in their own homes by people who they lived next door to, is going to be your fate”.

Following this, in June 2012 MPACUK published this divisive message on Twitter, claiming “we mustn't forget what happened in Bosnia. There are many parallels to Britain”, and put an article called ‘Feeling British Won’t Save You’ on its website.

This message was also spread on 30th May by MPACUK’s Maryam Yaqub, herself an activist at Queen Mary University who has since taken on a more involved role, when she wrote on Facebook:

It is so obvious that the Muslims in Britain are going through a poisonous silence that comes just before their annihilation. A genocide against Muslims in this country is inevitable and it will happen, it will happen before our eyes.

If the Muslims in Britain do not stand up against this wave of hatred that is so hell bent on our destruction, we will all pay with our blood for all those years that we allowed the blood of our ummah to be spilt abroad and did absolutely nothing about it”. 

Suggesting that British Muslims face being killed by their neighbours risks inciting fear and hatred, and could be incredibly damaging to community cohesion.

 

It also reflects tactics used by violent extremists like the Al-Qaeda cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, who in his speech ‘The Life and Times of Umar Ibn-Khattab’ says of non-Muslims:

...in Bosnia that’s what happened, they were nice. I mean, a brother was telling me ‘they used to date our woman, they used to be very close to us, neighbour to neighbour, very close’.

But then Milosevic tricked them, bringing up these false legends of history and these nationalistic songs and all that. It inspired the people and they turned against the Muslims”.

Given that this forecast of sectarian violence appears to be one of the key messages of the conference, with talks such as ‘The Road to Genocide’ featured as attractions, that MPACUK continue to target students should concern universities.