The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) expresses deep concern over the recent comments made by Massoud Shadjareh, Chair of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, during a protest outside the Islamic Centre of England (ICE) in London’s Maida Vale. Shadjareh’s remarks blaming the “papers” of “Zionist institutions” for the Charity Commission’s decision to open a statutory inquiry into ICE raise serious concerns about the promotion of divisive rhetoric and conspiracy theories.
Shadjareh’s assertion that the inquiry is not solely about the Islamic Centre of England but an attack on Islam in Britain is unfounded and lacks factual basis. The Charity Commission’s decision to launch the inquiry is based on legitimate concerns regarding the mosque’s alleged links to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the need to ensure compliance with clear and stringent charity regulations.
The NJA strongly believes in the importance of open dialogue and respectful exchange of ideas. However, Shadjareh’s comments perpetuate harmful stereotypes and contribute to the climate of division and animosity. It is essential that leaders within the community promote responsible and constructive discourse, rather than resorting to baseless accusations and conspiracy theories.
The NJA encourages individuals and leaders to refrain from making inflammatory statements that undermine social cohesion and perpetuate harmful narratives.