29th March 2004
So, this week, Barbara Amiel has decided to champion that self-styled American terrorist hunter, Steven Emerson, hailing him as a veritable "encyclopedia on Islamic terrorism and its adherents in America" (Daily Telegraph, March 29th 2004).
Would this be the same Steven Emerson who claimed that Muslims were behind the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City (CBS News, 4/19/95), wrongly attributed the 1996 downing of TWA Flight 800 to Muslims (Reuters, 31/07/96) and once said that Islam sanctions "genocide.as part of its religious doctrine." (Jewish Monthly, March 1995)?
Emerson is actually a passionate pro-Israeli who has for the last decade been engaged in an obsessive quest to undermine American Muslims and their leading organisations.
Ah, now I understand why Ms Amiel appears to have taken such a shine to Emerson.
Mr Inayat Bunglawala,
The Muslim Council of Britain