BY JOHN ISMAEL
On the 29th of August the BBC website published an article in response to the Times Muslim Fostering “scandal” which was titled, “My Muslim Family & Our Foster Kids”. It was copy taken from a BBC Asian Network interview with 28 year old Esmat Jeraj with Asian Network’s Nomia Iqbal as interviewer.
In the article, the interviewee Jeraj describes how her family has fostered children – as many as 60 – from all religions for 25 years. Jeraj says, “”I have never found ethnicity, race or religion has been an issue. If a child wants a bacon sandwich, we would say you can’t have that in this house but we can take you to a restaurant where you can have one. We made space for a Hindu child to keep their idols or goddess in their bedroom, and with Christian children, we always celebrate Christmas and Easter.”
There are two things horrifically wrong with the BBC Asian Network’s coverage.
First, how dare Nomia Iqbal let Jeraj get away on national radio with calling Hindu gods “idols”. The BBC across its websites and network goes to great lengths to call the Muslims’ Mohammed using the highly disputable phraseology “the Prophet Mohammed” (even with a capital P) even though most listeners and viewers of the British Broadcasting Corporation do not consider Mohammed to be a Prophet, or even a prophet, at all. There are now over one million Hindus living and working in the UK. Yet the BBC allow this interviewee to slight their gods and then publish her bigoted comments across the BBC website?
Not acceptable, BBC.
Second, the BBC Asian Network describes Esmat Jeraj as a 28-year-old “Community Organiser”. They fail to point out that Esmat Jeraj is an Islamist activist. A brief Google search shows that Jeraj organised a protest in London last summer opposing the burkini ban in France and Sky News even asked her about it.
Esmat Jeraj seems to belong to the Muslim Council of Britain – the well-known Islamist body that failed the smell test many years back.
She exhibits the usual Islamist symptoms.
And you can tell the primary motive of someone like Jeraj by a scan through her twitter timeline and the company she keeps.
The likes of Jeraj (and the rabid now-ex-Channel-4 Baig for that matter) repeatedly claim that the British press has a problem with reporting fairly on Muslims.
Of course, she’s wrong.
Much of the British press reports too fairly on Muslims – bending over backwards to accommodate their beliefs – when the reality is that other cultures too often get a raw deal from them.
BBC Asian Network should apologise on both counts – the reporting of the anti-Hindu slur regarding “idols” and failing to explain just who Esmat Jeraj really is.
Let’s remind the British media of a key rule when seeking Muslim opinions. If the media want a quote from a mainstream British Muslim then one of the very last places they should go is the MCB. The MCB was a busted flush years ago. Might as well ring up Hizb ut Tahrir or whatever Al Muhajiroun is called these days – same message; different umbrellas with the same proactive Islamist stem.
For an acceptable British Muslim opinion, interview one of our brave Muslim British soldiers or trawl the football terraces or a pub. Seek out those who have integrated, not those who seek to divide.
Community Organiser?!? Community Re-Organiser more like.