Times are tough when even tried and true taqiyya tactics are no longer having its magic power.
I have a confession to make. It isn’t often that I describe a public figure’s remarks as “bigoted and stupid” and then get an email from said figure inviting me to interview him.
But that’s what happened after I wrote a column in the New Statesman/Huffington Post earlier this month denouncing anti-Semitic comments made by Baron Ahmed of Rotherham. A few days later, I found myself sitting opposite the peer – who has been suspended from the Labour Party – in the House of Lords tea room.
But Jewish organizations are correctly not buying it:
But Community Security Trust spokesperson Mark Gardner rejected the apology. He told the JC: “This apology by Lord Ahmed will be greeted with much suspicion as it comes in response to a journalist rather than have been made directly and voluntarily to those who were most offended by the remarks.”
Lord Ahmed apologises to the Jewish community
The Labour peer, who has been suspended from the party pending an investigation, had blamed Jews for his dangerous driving charge in 2009. He claimed a Jewish conspiracy was responsible for his imprisonment for causing a fatal car crash. The peer reportedly suggested a Jewish plot against him had followed his support for Palestinians in Gaza. He was jailed for 12 weeks in 2009 after admitting sending text messages shortly before a motorway crash which killed another driver.
The peer reportedly said: “My case became more critical because I went to Gaza to support Palestinians. My Jewish friends who own newspapers and TV channels opposed this.”
Lord Ahmed made the offending comments during a television interview aired in Pakistan last April and obtained and published by The Times newspaper this month.
Now he has “completely and unreservedly” apologised for his comments in an interview with the Huffington Post.
More here. H/T: GS