Obviously, you remember when Speaker Nancy Pelosi had a mess to clean up when freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar kept making anti-Semitic remarks on Twitter, like her famous “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby!” tweet (not to mention her tweet about how Israel “hypnotized the world” to get away with its evil deeds).
That mess ended up with the House passing a very “brave” resolution denouncing hate speech, including Islamophobia. Omar certainly played the Democrat leadership on that one.
It’s not just an American problem. On Wednesday morning, the BBC hosted a town hall with five contenders to take over as prime minister after Theresa May steps down over the Brexit mess. One of the questioners was an imam named Abdullah Patel, who wanted to ask the tories about Islamophobia. It wasn’t until after the program that the BBC learned that Patel has a history of what Yahoo News called “anti-Israel tweets.”
Abdullah Patel asked the contenders about Islamophobia, but has been criticised for past anti-Semitic tweets.https://t.co/qQlonuXv3h
— Yahoo News UK (@YahooNewsUK) June 19, 2019
The BBC’s Nicky Campbell apologized Wednesday.
I would like to apologise. We had the Imam from the BBC Tory leadership debate on our programme this morning. His social media comments have been extremely disturbing. We should have checked. We didn’t. I’m sorry.
— Nicky Campbell (@NickyAACampbell) June 19, 2019
2) It was AFTER the show that Mr Patel reactivated his account revealing his tweets. We wouldn't have put him on the programme if these were public before broadcast but they were not. We also carried out a number of other routine checks which didn't uncover anything untoward.
— Rob Burley (@RobBurl) June 19, 2019
Oh well, live and learn. At least we know he supports Labour leader and anti-Semite Jeremy Corbyn:
— Martin the Cabbie (@CabbieMartin) June 19, 2019
Oh, and this little red patch on the U.S. map is where he’d put Israel.
BBC interviews British imam who has called for relocation of Israel to US https://t.co/ArIJir7aYi
— The Times of Israel (@TimesofIsrael) June 19, 2019
Patel has since taken down his Twitter account but previous social media posts from @AbdullahPatel94 published by the Spectator include accusing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance of either “lying about wanting to protect freedom of speech, or they simply wish to undermine @jeremycorbyn”.
In one message Patel also reportedly wrote: “How long are the Zionists going to hide behind the Holocaust cry? It was a tragedy, but Gaza today is a repeat of the oppression.”
Wow, it sounds like he could have a place on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ campaign staff.
The answer is displacing jews! So original!
— Felix Castillo (@FeliKas) June 19, 2019
That's like asking someone to relocate mecca. We pray every day towards Jerusalem for a reason.
— Nat✡Kat (@natkat128) June 19, 2019
Let’s move Mecca to Alaska.
— MyName (@MyName27554891) June 19, 2019
Sending all the Jews from Israel to America and all the Muslims from America to Israel sounds a little racist to me?
— Dave Horton (@Gh0std0g) June 19, 2019
As much as I am disgusted by this man's suggestion, I would be filled with nothing but pride if all the people of Israel decided to immigrate here
— Cole McLamb (@ColeMcLamb) June 19, 2019
I sure don’t agree, but can you imagine the benefits to our country if we had the mentally tough, hardworking Israelis as part of our country?
— Dana Pico (@Dana_TFSJ) June 19, 2019
As a U.S. citizen I will agree to this but only on the condition that the entire U.S. Congress be deported to someplace where there idiocy can be contained.
— Tom Searl (@Tom81937534) June 19, 2019
We could then protect the Israelites, and let the Middle East destroy itself. Then move them back afterwards.
— Kevin Shumaker (@Starbasessd) June 19, 2019
Not a bad idea …
“British” Imam pic.twitter.com/ZgSfqcZLHw
— Andrew Hinton (@iAMHinton) June 19, 2019
The enemy within
— politicalscouser (@rockapepolitics) June 19, 2019
Why can’t he call for the relocation of Palestine to Iran?
— General G F Hammer (@ApostleGFHammer) June 19, 2019
More "anti-Zionism." https://t.co/Z8WmEp6OTz
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) June 19, 2019
I hear this ‘Why not just move Israel to America’ line quite a bit in Europe and Britain.
— Stephen Carter (@jstephencarter) June 19, 2019
And in Britain? I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.
— Jennifer Wright (@piserwright) June 19, 2019
hating Jews is risk-free
— Herb Glatter (@herbyg72) June 19, 2019
We’ve learned that over the last couple of days.
It’s almost as if you apply more scrutiny to some people than others.
— Suboptimal Planet (@SuboptPlanet) June 19, 2019
This info was all over Twitter shortly after midnight, so no excuse.
— Diana Harding (@DianaHarding7) June 19, 2019
At least @bbc5live have apologised for not having done basic research even though a brief glance at social media after the debate last night would have revealed this.
— Paul Holland #FarewellGriffinPark (@DomaineValescia) June 19, 2019
This truly is a new low for the BBC.. very quickly loosing any remaining credibility it may have had..
— James Lawrence (@JamesLa40964843) June 19, 2019
The BBC is a joke without a punchline.
— Peter Lloyd (@Suffragentleman) June 19, 2019
When the ‘religion of peace’ doesn’t match the BBC narrative….truth hurts.
— William Wombat (@willywombat7) June 19, 2019
Interesting that he's still quoted on the BBC website though. Maybe you're not as sorry as you could be
— Peter Wilkinson (@Rhino2966) June 19, 2019
Well said Nicky. I saw a screenshot of some of his (now deleted) tweets and genuinely couldn't believe he was one of the (random?) questioners on last night's debate. I trust the BBC will now make a fulsome apology and not leave you to carry the can?
— john graham (@spinnerjohn) June 19, 2019
How much of my TV license payment went on his appearance fee?
— ⒼⒾⓁ (@gilwuvsyou) June 19, 2019
How the Hell was he considered to be a suitable guest, not only on your programme but more worryingly on last night's Tory leadership debate to challenge them on "words having consequences"? People in general and #Jewish people in particular would like some answers on that one.
— Joe Jonkler (@figurewizard) June 19, 2019
Patel has deleted his Twitter account, but here’s one for the ladies:
— Martin the Cabbie (@CabbieMartin) June 19, 2019
Due to an ‘oversight,’ Muslim children in Philadelphia talk about chopping off heads at pageant https://t.co/6Hb5oUrKXF
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 4, 2019