British premier says UK Muslims face burden over extremists

British premier says UK Muslims face burden over extremists

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British Prime Minister David Cameron says Muslims in the UK face a special burden to help track down extremists.

Downing Street said the government would continue to work closely with Britain’s Muslims through the “Prevent” strategy to tackle the “extreme Islamist ideology” that is perverting their religion, the Guardian reported Monday.

Earlier, the secretary of culture, Sajid Javid, said that everyone in the UK could do more to confront extremists as he spoke of a special burden on Muslims.

Following his comments, a Downing Street spokesman said: “The prime minister would agree with the points that the secretary of state for culture, media and sport was making. When the government works with communities to deal with and to try to help tackle extremism, tackling extreme Islamist extremism means working particularly closely with the Muslim community. That is an important part of the Prevent strategy. That in no way detracts from the fact that Islamist extremism is a perversion of the Muslim faith.”

But No. 10 stopped short of accepting a suggestion that Javid was saying that Britain’s Muslim population had not done enough to tackle extremism. The culture secretary chose his words with care in this sensitive area and said “all communities” could do more before saying Muslims face a special burden.

Now Massoud Shadjareh, the head of London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission, has described Cameron’s move as another instance of hypocrisy by a Western leader.

“The reality is that they are getting sort of conflicted messages. On one side the prime minster and the politicians are saying that this has nothing to do with Islam and Muslims and the next thing is they are actually turning all the responsibilities of this on Muslims, and this is sort of the height of hypocrisy. It really is sort of fuelling demonization of Muslims,” Shadjareh told Press TV’s UK Desk on Monday.

He also noted that “the more one looks into it, he realizes it is the misguided policies of the politicians which has been the core reason for creating this environment and the creation of Daesh (ISIL).

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