British Muslim leader: “Zionists stole my shoe!”

June 15, 2015 • 9:15 am

This story is making the rounds in the UK, and shows not only the extreme paranoia of British Muslim leaders (especially the radical ones who, like Asghar Bukhari, are in the business of justifying Islamic terrorism), but also their tendency to blame everything on the Jews. Fortunately, Bukhari’s cries that one of his shoes was stolen by British Zionists has been met with mockery and derision, as well it should. (I suspect, however, that the Guardian will go along with the Mossad shoe-stealing theory!)

Bukhari is one of what appears to be about three members of the British Muslim Public Affairs Committee, which appears to be largely an anti-Semitic and pro-radical-Muslim group. The Torygraph says this about it:

The Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK describes itself as a grassroots civil liberties organisation that works to “expose and counter the sinister and toxic anti Muslim narrative that permeates mainstream politics and media”. It has been accused of being an extremist and anti-Semitic militant body and is banned from many universities as a hate group.

My friend Malgorzata adds, “This man is a spokesman for Muslim community, respected by British authorities as a very moderate Muslim, a constant guest on BBC. His words are treated by Guardian as gospel.”

Bukhari is a nasty piece of work. Here’s a video of him on Sky News in January, basically claiming that the murdered Charlie Hebdo workers were asking for it, and that that attack, as with many others, are the result of Western colonialism. His critic on the big screen is the British writer Douglas Murray:

But then he lost a shoe. . . Three days ago Bukhari put up this Facebook post decrying the lost footwear, and blaming it on “Zionists”:

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And then he issued a video limning, at tedious length, the Mossad Theory of Footwear Theft:

This man is one neuron shy of a synapse. Why does the British journalistic establishment take him seriously?

I’ve realized, though, that one thing Tw*tter is good for is mockery, as in the case of #distractinglysexy and l’affaire Tim Hunt. But now we have the new hashtag site #Mossadstolemyshoe, and here’s a few prize specimens:

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62 thoughts on “British Muslim leader: “Zionists stole my shoe!”

  1. Douglas Murray… I don’t agree with him on everything but in matters of Islam and free speech he is a much needed sane and brave voice.

    1. Yes, me too. I’m not a fan of his politics in other areas but when it comes to Islam he is one of the most percipient commentators around. He’s generally calm, logical and beautifully eloquent, so his interviews and debates are almost always worth watching.

      There are perhaps two or three right-wing writers and commentators in the media that I(with reservations) like and respect, and he is definitely one of them.

  2. If something takes only one shoe, or rearranges items int the home, isn’t that a poltergeist, a gnome, or that thieving cat?

    1. Aliens. They always leave one shoe. Though usually they leave it hanging from an overhead power line.

  3. Yes– twitter is excellent for mockery, and nasty and negative etc as mockery can be, it’s also one of the few things that drives otherwise invulnerable psychopaths to distraction. (To be clear- I’m not saying Bukhari is a psychopath necessarily, just that mockery works where shaming has no effect.)

    1. Mossad should return the shoe with an image of Mohammed drawn on the bottom. He’ll really flip out after finding out he has been desecrating the prophet all day!

        1. His shoe went missing. How else do you explain it? Just two years ago for example I accidentally left my car unlocked in a poor neighbourhood for a couple of hours – when I came back MOSSAD HAD STOLEN IT probably AND WERE USING IT TO DRIVE OVER PUDDLES AND GET PEOPLE STANDING IN BUS STOPS WET. They will stop at nothing. It might be shoes now, but tomorrow it’ll be trousers and after that maybe raincoats, or even dungarees.

  4. There was a sweet old lady living down the street from me who said that people were coming into her house at night and moving things around- they hauled her off to the dementia ward a few months later.

  5. Oh man, those tweets are hilarious. We’ve all lost things inexplicably, but it takes the paranoid to blame their “enemies”. Deeply deluded religious people are really good at the “blame-game”. It’s always an outsider that’s trying to do them harm, they are perpetual victims.

    Bill Maher week before last had a great expose on the meme that Christianity is under attack in America…especially by the left-wing. He did a nice pwn job.

    1. I had a coworker who was Muslim. They were incompetent at their job, required a lot of hand holding, and were talked to by our manager on a somewhat regular basis. They blamed this on “the Jews”. Those other colleagues got them in trouble. Obviously it couldn’t be because this person didn’t know their ass from their elbow. It’s because those colleagues were Jewish, and out to them for being Muslim. This person truly believed there was some sort of Jewish conspiracy to get them fired. Which, even if there is some vast Zionist conspiracy, wouldn’t the super-scary Jews be too busy running Hollywood and manipulating the world finance systems to pay attention to some corporate wonk? Not only was this person delusional, but also greatly overestimated their importance.

  6. Maybe someone can get a photo-meme going with a Jewish, peg-legged pirate standing proudly over his haul of Muslim shoes? I’d do it if I wasn’t so technically incompetent.

    1. No no – that’s the Illuminati. Them and the Elders of Zion held a secret council to demarcate their turfs, after gang warfare (which we know as “Cold War”) caused much distress for both sides. Have you heard about The Foot-age of the Assembled Arbiters?

    1. They also steal my remote, but then cleverly return it between the couch cushions. I am pretty sure, though, that ‘they’ (and they know who they are since they are watching me type) also stole one of my lens caps when I was out taking pix of bugs.

      1. I’ve just realized my cats are Mossad agents. They’re always stealing things from me.

  7. Bukhari is a very strange one. On the one hand he encourages young Muslims to take part in democratic elections, which to me is a relatively progressive stance, and describes himself in very critical terms, but on the other hand he is utterly, dementedly paranoid, incapable of accepting even the slightest nuance in his worldview and justifies his bullshit with all the usual rationalisations and apologia.

    I remember linking to that Douglas Murray/Bukhari interview at the time because it was one of a number of post-Charlie Hebdo television appearances by Muslim ‘moderates’ that disturbed and depressed the hell out of me – there’s another one from BBC’s The Big Questions, from around that time, with Murray, Maajid Nawaz and Raza Nadim which is even worse. The left-wing/Islamic backlash against Charlie seemed pretty powerful, and the Muslim apologists had a lot of support. But these tweets have surely irreparably damaged what credibility Bukhari had. Even the ever-forgiving Grauniad and Independent are unlikely to take him seriously anymore.

    He doesn’t seem to realise how pathetic and embarrassing these claims appear. Even some of the more uncompromising Muslim activists are giving him an earful, and his habit of calling any Muslim who doesn’t agree with him Uncle Tom isn’t going to help. I’m optimistic that this utter mentalist will no longer be regarded as a serious figure in the debate around Islam.

    1. There was a world-wide statistic, a few years ago, noting that the one religion producing the most offspring is Islam. Make more of them, and get them to vote, and there’s no problem taking over a democracy.

      1. True – I don’t really believe that he’s a secular democrat, but the political state of mainstream Islam and its most visible representatives is so alarming I’ll take any encouragement I can find.

  8. Please. Doesn’t he know that if the Mossad stole his shoe, he’d never know about it because the Mossad are THAT good?!

    Paranoid much? I love that picture of “Mossad HQ”. With all Jerry’s boots, he’s going to be accused of being a Mossad agent as well!

    1. But see, they stole just one so that he would notice it and realize that they had access to his closet! Very crafty, eh?

  9. It’s not the first time I have heard this happening. I have had another Muslim leader call me a year or so ago, in tears — she told me they had been coming into her house and rearranging things — just to let her know they were there.

    That wasn’t the Mossad, that was the nefarious Gay Agenda — and she has to admit the place looked much better.

    This accusation reminds me of one of Steven Wright’s one-liners:

    “Last night somebody broke into my apartment and replaced everything with exact duplicates… When I pointed it out to my roommate, he said, “Do I know you?”

  10. Of course, he could put video surveillance cameras up, if he really believed his claim, in order to prove it and have the offenders arrested, but that wouldn’t suit his agenda.

  11. “His words are treated by Guardian as gospel”? Really? Search for “Asghar Bukhari” on site:theguardian.com on Google, and you get:

    A highly critical story about him sending funds to the holocaust denier David Irving (this was in The Observer, the Sunday-published part of the Guardian group);
    His signature, among several, on a couple of letters to the paper;
    An uncomplimentary reference to him in an opinion piece by Sunny Hundal

    and that’s it.

    For what it’s worth, as the Observer link points out, MPAC was banned from universities by the National Union of Students, for being anti-semitic.

  12. I couldn’t find the remote control for the television the other night. We searched all over the house. Eventually it turned up in a basket of folded clothes. I hadn’t considered the possibility of zionists. I’m not sure why they are bothering with me. I’m at worst neutral when it comes to Israel.

    1. I thought you were going to say that your remote turned up in a basket of tree frogs or nightjars. 🙂

  13. Confidentially, I think they steal reading glasses, too. They hide them so that years later you come across them in unlikely places. All the time you thought it was a case of alien abduction, it was really Mossad!

  14. When it’s discovered that Bukhari merely misplaced his footwear, can we all turn to him and say:

    “Funny, you don’t look shoe-ish.”

  15. Deuteronomy 25:10

    “And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his shoe loosed”

  16. This Bukhari Character might well be lauded by the uber PC Guardian , on the other hand most of the Brits I suspect ,like myself, just view him as another nutter they haven’t caught up with yet.

  17. Just wanted to comment on your mentioning the Tim Hunt mockery as something that Twitter is “good for”. A friend of mine just posted me this article http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/13/tim-hunt-hung-out-to-dry-interview-mary-collins?CMP=share_btn_tw
    It paints a kind of sad and different side of the story.
    Certainly Twitter is very good for mocking people or points of view, but it can also very easily get out of hand, without giving the “target” any chance to defend him/herself before the very real damage is already done.

    We all make stupid remarks sometimes, this doesn’t always mean that these remarks represent who we are are what we really think.
    I’m sure you agree with all this but I just thought I’d pass on the link for people to get a more complete story.

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