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Posted on 03/14/2013 10:08:58 AM PDT by pabianice
Labour has suspended a peer who is alleged to have blamed a Jewish conspiracy for the prison sentence he received following a fatal motorway crash.
Lord Ahmed, a Labour life peer, is alleged to have told a TV station in Pakistan that he was imprisoned in 2009 because of pressure on the courts from Jews who own newspapers and TV channels". Labour immediately suspended the peer pending an investigation and Ed Miliband, the partys leader, described Lord Ahmeds reported comments as disgraceful.
He was jailed for dangerous driving after Martyn Gombar, a 28-year-old Slovakian was killed on Christmas Day in 2007 after his stationary car was hit by Lord Ahmeds Jaguar. Lord Ahmed served 16 days in jail after it was disclosed that he had been sending and receiving text messages minutes before the crash. Lord Ahmed, who in 1998 became the first Muslim life peer, is said by The Times to have claimed that the conspiracy was a result of his support for the Palestinians in Gaza.
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Muslim peer Lord Ahmed suspended after blaming Jewish conspiracy for jailing him (headline for later editions of the paper)
Andrew Norfolk; Chief Investigative Reporter
Last updated at 11:30AM, March 14 2013
A Labour peer who blamed his imprisonment on a Jewish conspiracy was this morning suspended by the party.
The Times revealed last night that Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, who was jailed for dangerous driving after sending text messages shortly before a fatal motorway accident, made the claim during a television interview in Pakistan.
In the broadcast he alleged that the Jewish owners of newspapers and television channels placed pressure on the courts to punish him more severely than was warranted by his offence.
He also claimed, falsely, that the judge who sentenced him was appointed to the High Court after working on a case involving a Jewish colleague of Tony Blair.
A Labour spokesman said this morning that Lord Ahmed has been suspended pending an investigation.
The Labour Party deplores and does not tolerate any sort of anti-Semitism. Following reports in The Times today we are suspending Lord Ahmed pending an investigation.
Lord Ahmed claimed that his prison sentence for dangerous driving resulted from pressure placed on the courts by Jews who own newspapers and TV channels. Britains first male Muslim peer also alleged that the judge who jailed him for 12 weeks was appointed to the High Court after helping a Jewish colleague of Tony Blair during an important case.
He claimed, falsely, that Mr Justice Wilkie was hand-picked and sent from London to carry out the 2009 sentencing at Sheffield Crown Court because no other judge was willing to handle his case. The alleged plot to punish him stemmed, Lord Ahmed claimed, from Jewish disapproval of his support for the Palestinians in Gaza. His comments were made during a television interview on a visit to Pakistan.
A leading solicitor said yesterday that if the peer had given the interview in Britain he could have been liable to prosecution for inciting racial hatred.
The Times has obtained video and audio of the Urdu-language broadcast, in which the 55-year-old Pakistan-born businessman also claims, falsely, that his conviction was subsequently overturned in a way that kept my honour intact.
In reality, three Court of Appeal judges refused to quash the conviction.They said that the prison sentence was justified and that there should not be one law for the rich and powerful and one law for the rest.
The appeal court did agree to the exceptional course of suspending the sentence for 12 months after hearing that time in prison would hinder Lord Ahmeds work building bridges between the Muslim world and others.
He was freed after serving 16 days in jail. Martyn Gombar, a 28-year-old Slovakian, was killed on Christmas Day in 2007 after his stationary car was hit by Lord Ahmeds Jaguar on the M1 near Sheffield. A lengthy police investigation established that the peer sent and received a series of five substantial text messages while travelling at up to 70mph during an 18-mile southbound journey on the motorway.
The final message was sent less than two minutes before the fatal collision. Because no causal link could be established between the crash and Lord Ahmeds texts, the peer was not charged with causing death by dangerous driving. He faced the lesser offence of dangerous driving and pleaded guilty at Sheffield Magistrates Court in December 2008.
The Longest Hatred
A Labour parliamentarian and Muslim community leader promotes xenophobia
Published at 12:01AM, March 14 2013
Modern Britain is a benign place in which to be Jewish. By dint of talent and enterprise, many British Jews have attained success in public, professional, cultural and commercial life. Fashionable prejudices evident in popular culture even two or three generations ago (consider the stereotypical depictions of Jews by John Buchan or Agatha Christie) are distasteful anachronisms.
Yet, as the historian Conor Cruise OBrien observed, anti-Semitism is a light sleeper. We report today that this historically stubborn prejudice figures in the intellectual make-up of a parliamentarian and prominent Muslim. Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, a Labour peer, served a prison sentence in 2009 for his involvement in a fatal car accident. Speaking in Urdu in a television interview in Pakistan, Lord Ahmed attributed his sentence to a Jewish conspiracy to punish him for his support of the Palestinians.
It is tempting to dismiss Lord Ahmeds comments as pitiful rantings by an obscure politician. Unfortunately, they are worse. They express an ideology (or, more accurately, a pathology) that still disfigures discourse in some parts of the world and that animates a sub-culture of Islamist extremism. A community leader and representative of a democratic party should confront anti-Semitism. Instead, Lord Ahmed exemplifies it.
Lord Ahmed was jailed for dangerous driving, having exchanged text messages on the M1 shortly before colliding with a stationary car and killing its occupant. He was released from a 12-week sentence on appeal after 16 days, on the ground that prison would hinder his work to promote conciliation between Muslims and non-Muslims. The sentence was just; it was tempered by clemency.
Instead of being contrite, Lord Ahmed seeks scapegoats. In the broadcast he falsely stated that his conviction had been overturned and claimed that Jews in the media had put pressure on the courts owing to his opposition to Israels incursion in Gaza in 2006. He hinted at a link between the judge and a Jewish colleague of Tony Blairs.
Lord Ahmed got wrong the date of the judges appointment to the High Court, but chronology was the least preposterous aspect of his comments. The notion of a monolithic Jewish cabal exercising covert control has an ignoble history. It is the theme of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the notorious tract purporting to demonstrate a world Jewish conspiracy.
Lord Ahmed has had questionable associations in the past. In 2005, he was host of a book launch at the House of Lords for an author with the apparent pseudonym of Israel Shamir. Mr Shamir maintains that the medieval blood libel that the Jews ritually murdered Christian children is historically accurate. He welcomes white supremacists as allies against Israel. The Protocols was exposed by The Times in 1921 as a crude, plagiarised fabrication. Yet its malign influence persists in parts of the political culture (even as a recent historical epic on Egyptian television) of the Arab world.
There will not be lasting peace in the Middle East with a just settlement between a sovereign Palestine and a secure Israel while conspiracy theories about the Jews are disseminated. Inoculating young and impressionable British Muslims from the theocratic hatreds of al-Qaeda requires the confronting of hoary anti-Semitic myths. How shameful, how scandalous, that a British parliamentarian should instead be promoting them.
Profile: Nazir Ahmed
Lord Ahmed: promised to be a 'voice for the community'.
Last updated at 12:01AM, March 14 2013
He was the 12-year-old boy who arrived in Britain from Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, speaking not a word of English, and was advised by a careers teacher to look for a job as a car mechanic.
Nazir Ahmeds father worked in the steel industry and his brother was a bus driver but he had more lofty plans.
He gained a university degree, joined Labour and swiftly rose through the ranks, becoming the first Asian councillor in his home town of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, and then the towns youngest magistrate.
He tried to become an MP but in 1998 was able to bypass the ballot box when Tony Blair made him the countrys first male Muslim peer. At the time, he promised to be a voice for the community. That voice has frequently been outspoken, earning rebukes from Muslim and non-Muslim organisations.
Lord Ahmed of Rotherham campaigned against forced marriages, called for mosque sermons to be delivered in English, criticised the wearing of the face veil by British Muslim women and received a death threat from Islamist extremists after supporting government anti-terrorist policies.
After the London bombings of July 2005, he called on Muslims to take a long hard look at ourselves and confront once and for all those who preach hatred and the rule of violence and terror.
However, Lord Ahmed invited a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist fundraiser to the Houses of Parliament as his guest in 2006, a year after he hosted a book launch in the Lords for an extreme anti-Semite, Israel Shamir.
In 2007, Lord Ahmed described Salman Rushdies knighthood as an insult to all Muslims. He asked how non-Muslims would feel if the Saudi Government honoured the martyrs of the September 11 attacks on the United States?
Two years later, he claimed that Jewish student groups were actively recruiting young British volunteers to fight in Gaza with the Israeli army and called for them to be prosecuted for war crimes on their return to the UK.
Lord Ahmed travelled to Libya in 2011 in an attempt to secure a peace deal with Colonel Gaddafi. Last year, during a speech in Pakistan, he called for George Bush and Tony Blair to be prosecuted for war crimes and offered to fund the prosecution himself.
He was temporarily suspended from the Labour Party after it was wrongly reported that in the same speech the peer had called for a bounty to be placed on the head of President Obama.
Lord Ahmed was expelled from the party in 2009 after he was jailed for dangerous driving, but reinstated after his release from prison.
He killed someone when driving, 16 days in jail.....disgusting.
Suicide of the West...
The swine should be suspended by his neck at the end of a pigskin rope.
Suicide, indeed, but he has been suspended from his peerage or however it is phrased. So at least there is some censure, however faint.
The one the Brits elevated to so lofty a position. Something about leopards and spots. Lord Ahmed is simply a product of his (Moslem) culture.
How can a Lord be a muslim in UK? I thought there were limited titles dating back centuries.