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"Muslims urge Blair to end the violence

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"Muslims urge Blair to end the violence

(Filed: 12/08/2006)

 

"Tony Blair has been urged to change UK foreign policy and do more to end the violence in the Middle East.

A letter to the Prime Minister from some of Britain's most influential Muslims, which appears as a full-page advert in some national newspapers, says current government policy gives "ammunition to extremists" and may put British citizens at risk of attack, both in the UK and abroad.

The 38 Muslim groups which signed the letter include the Muslim Council of Britain, the Muslim Association of Britain, the British Muslim Forum, the British Muslim Forum and the Muslim Solidarity Committee.

Other signatories include three of the four Muslim MPs - Sadiq Khan, Shahid Malik and Mohammed Sarwar - as well as three of the four Muslim members of the House of Lords - Lord Patel of Blackburn, Lord Ahmed of Rotherham and Baroness Uddin.

It says attacks on civilians are never justified and calls on Mr Blair to "show the world that we value the lives of civilians wherever they live and whatever their religion".

Sadiq Khan, the Labour MP for Tooting, said the Government's current Middle East policy was seen by many people as being "unfair and unjust".

He said: "This government has had some major foreign policy successes that have helped make the world a better place. But current policy on the Middle East is seen by almost everyone I speak to as unfair and unjust.

Dr Bari, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain and one of the signatories, said: "As Muslims we condemn attacks on civilians wherever they happen.

"We hope the government will do more to ensure its policy doesn't allow people to believe that the lives of some civilians are worth more to it than others."

The letter to the Prime Minister

(Filed: 12/08/2006)

 

Prime Minister,

As British Muslims we urge you to do more to fight against all those who target civilians with violence, whenever and wherever that happens.

It is our view that current British government policy risks putting civilians at increased risk both in the UK and abroad.

To combat terror the government has focused extensively on domestic legislation. While some of this will have an impact, the government must not ignore the role of its foreign policy.

The debacle of Iraq and now the failure to do more to secure an immediate end to the attacks on civilians in the Middle East not only increases the risk to ordinary people in that region, it is also ammunition to extremists who threaten us all.

Attacking civilians is never justified. This message is a global one. We urge the Prime Minister to redouble his efforts to tackle terror and extremism and change our foreign policy to show the world that we value the lives of civilians wherever they live and whatever their religion.

Such a move would make us all safer. "

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=BMZ3AWO3ASRU1QFIQMFSFFWAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2006/08/12/umuslims2.xml

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