UK Minister Shahid Malik: "British Muslims Targeted Like Jews"
Shahid Malik– “We feel like Jews.”
Muslims in Britain feel like aliens in their own society and say they are targeted like “the Jews of Europe”, the country’s first Muslim government minister said.
International Development Minister Shahid Malik painted a bleak picture of the integration of 1.8 million Muslims, three years after Islamist suicide bombers killed 52 people on London’s transport system.
The suicide attacks triggered a debate on whether the policy of avoiding imposing a single British identity, and instead promoting a multicultural society, had led to segregation of ethnic minorities.
Malik, who has been the target of race attacks including a firebombing of his family car, said some media coverage “makes Muslims feel like aliens in their own country.”
“If you ask Muslims today what do they feel like, they feel like the Jews of Europe,” he told a documentary to be shown on Channel 4 television next week, marking the third anniversary of the attacks on July 7, 2005.
“I don’t mean to equate that with the Holocaust but in the way that it was legitimate almost — still is in some parts — to target Jews. Many Muslims would say that we feel the exact same way.”