UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who has made Muslims a protected class and banned Pamela Geller from the UK, has further demonstrated that she is an Islamic sympathizer by supporting a Muslim women’s organization that has made anti-semitic and homophobic comments.
Last year, May praised Odara, a Muslim women’s group, saying she was proud to support a group “working to stand up against the extremists who seek to divide us.”
Odara claims to promote integration, but recent extreme and offensive remarks posted by the group’s co-founder Aysha Iqbal suggest otherwise. Iqbal took to Facebook to write that the Sandy Hook mass shooting which left 20 children dead, was committed by Israel, posting a video titled ‘Israel did Sandy Hook, Newtown CT School Massacres says Michael Harris’.
An Odara outreach worker, Tasmiyah Bint Naeem, also posted radical homophobic and anti-Semitic comments on Facebook.
“[I will not] be in the company of those that are gay…may Allah destroy Zionists.”
Naeem also wrote that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job.
Despite the discrimination from Odara’s employees, Odara claims “we don’t judge. We won’t discriminate. What we can promise is a warm welcome” on its website.
Odara has since posted a response to the Daily Mail article that exposed its homophobic and anti-semitic views.
“The article the Daily Mail have chosen to write on allegations against Odara is extremely disappointing and is a blatant attempt to smear us as both anti-Semitic and homophobic when we are neither.
As we explained to the Daily Mail, the single facebook post by founder Aysha Iqbal referred to in the article dates from January 2013 and was meant to be ‘tongue in cheek’, poking fun at the many conspiracy theories doing the rounds at the time. With the benefit of hindsight and given the work we now do challenging such conspiracies we can see how inappropriate and offensive it could appear without context.
Aysha wants to make hers and indeed Odara’s position clear, we do not believe that Israel was involved in the despicable Sandy Hook Massacre, the video in the post was shocking and a huge distortion of the reality of the terrorism we face and we apologise if that post had inadvertenly given an impression to the contrary.
With regard to one our volunteers and the posts associated with her personal account these are categorically not views shared by Odara. The volunteer in question no longer works for Odara but was an example of someone we have engaged with to reflect on her views. Clearly the volunteer in her youthful activism fell for such conspiracy theories but our work with this individual had helped her to consider why these views are wrong.
We believe that Odara as an organisation has a lot to offer and we would invite Khalid Mahmood to find that out for himself by visiting us to see first-hand the work that we do with communities. This we hope will give him a greater understanding of the nature of work we do.”
Odara has received more than £150,000 of taxpayers’ money.
THE DAILY MAIL, December 30, 2016
Members of an ‘anti-extremism group’ which won praise from the Prime Minister have been found to have made homophobic and anti-Semitic comments.
Odara is a Muslim women’s group claiming to promote integration. It has received more than £150,000 of taxpayers’ money from counter-terrorism programme – Prevent.
Last year, then home secretary Theresa May said she was ‘proud’ to support the group ‘working to stand up against the extremists who seek to divide us’.
But leader and co-founder of the organisation, Aysha Iqbal, and outreach worker, Tasmiyah Bint Naeem had posted a series of messages on their Facebook accounts which suggested they had extreme views themselves.
Miss Iqbal posted conspiracy theories claiming a series of mass shootings, including the US Sandy Hook massacre, were committed by Israel. Alongside a video entitled, ‘Israel did Sandy Hook, Newtown CT School Massacres says Michael Harris’, she wrote: ‘Truth be told.’
Miss Bint Naeem made homophobic comments on the social media site, saying she would not ‘be in the company of those that are gay’.