A Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, in his piece in The Scotsman has criticallyexamined how Jeremy Corbyn “appear to be a friend to the Muslim community”.
In an article titled “General Election: Why Jeremy Corbyn is no true friend of Muslims”, Dr. Azeem Ibrahim emphasises that the Labour Party has questions to answer not just about its attitudes towards the Jewish community but also towards the Muslims. Chronicling Corbyn's support to organisations such as Hamas in Palestine, the Iranian regime of Bashar al-Assad, and Milošević’s allies in Kosovo he wrote,
“The movements and regimes Corbyn supports have been responsible for the deaths of many Muslims and have stripped away any human rights for many more.
“In terms of Kosovo, in 2004 he [Corbyn] put down an early day motion supporting the writer John Pilger’s claim that fewer than 2,788 were killed in the genocide there – and most of these by Nato bombs or the Kosovo Liberation Army militia.
“For the record, Milošević’s allies were responsible for the deaths of almost 58,000 Muslims in Bosnia and over 11,000 in Kosovo.
“He [Corbyn] has a long-standing record of supporting the Iranian regime, which various reports by Amnesty International suggest has judicially killed over 100,000 people since 1979. In Iraq, Iranian-sponsored Shia militias have been implicated in at least 15,000 dead in the period from 2014 to 2017.
“Corbyn’s allies in the Stop the War Coalition have become apologists for the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria.
“He may appear to be a friend to the Muslim community, but in truth, as with the Jewish community, you only have his support if you are the “right sort” of Muslim. And if you are oppressed by a regime in the Islamic world that he supports? Well, then you have no right to complain.
“If you are Muslim and are murdered, are forced to leave your home, or have your civil liberties curtailed by a regime he supports, then he will not support you,” he concluded.