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    • r cummings
    • 05.01.10 | 18:42 (IST)

    You have obviously never visited the UK or spoken to British Muslims. They number under 5% of the population here (cf 20% and rising in Israel!). They are by and large very law-abiding, hard working and in a lot of cases prosperous. There are Muslim MPs and Lords in all the main political parties and they are respected. There is no 'Muslim Party' (cf Israel's 3 or 4), they don't see the need for that in our live-and-let-live system. Many of them come from families with long traditions of serving Britain, either in the Indian civil service, the law, administration or the excellent Muslim battalions in the then-British Indian army. We have a problem with an influx of 'relatives' and poorly-educated rural Imams from the Punjab and elsewhere, but no one is working harder than the Muslim community to counter jihadist propaganda and its suborning of young, disaffected and impressionable Muslims boys. That though is a universal problem all nations are wrestling with, East and West.

    from the article: Deputy FM: Arrest warrants harming Britain-Israel ties
    First published 13:20 05.01.10 | Last updated 19:41 05.01.10
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