Mr Johnson is facing an investigation by a Tory panel after saying women in burkas looked like “letter boxes” or “bank robbers” in his weekly column in the Daily Telegraph newspaper…reports Asian Lite News
The Muslim Council of Britain, the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over
500 affiliated forums, seeks an apology from former foreign secretary Boris Johnson for his comments on Muslim women wearing veils.
The Council in a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May appealed to ensure the inquiry into Mr Johnson’s comments is not a “whitewash”.
Mrs May and Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis have called on him to apologise. The complaints against him are being looked at by an investigating officer, who can dismiss them if they are found to be obviously trivial, lacking in merit or unable to be fairly investigated.
Mr Johnson is facing an investigation by a Tory panel after saying women in burkas looked like “letter boxes” or “bank robbers” in his weekly column in the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
The council previously said the support shown to Mr Johnson from Tory MPs had “shone a light on the underbelly of Islamophobia” within the party.
Meanwhile, the Tell Mama project, which monitors anti-Muslim violence, reported an increase in incidents of abuse aimed at women wearing the niqab or hijab over the past week.
The Conservative Party launched its disciplinary investigation after receiving dozens of complaints about Mr Johnson’s remarks.
According to a ComRes poll for the Sunday Express, 53% of people who responded believe Mr Johnson should not be disciplined for his comments.
“There is an ongoing investigation in relation to complaints that have been made over Boris’s comments last week. I think that’s the right approach,” Communities and Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire told BBC Breakfast.
He added “I would certainly have not chosen the words that Boris used,” but would not comment on it further during the investigation.
On LBC radio, a Muslim woman recounted her experience of being abused on the street and mocked by being compared to a letterbox. A Muslim woman and her children were abused outside a medical centre. Another Muslim woman was called a “f***ing letterbox” by a lady in Parsons Green. Two pensioners began to loudly mock the niqab as they watched a BBC News interview in the waiting area in front of a Muslim woman wearing the hijab.
And Vice News revealed a wave of abusive Islamophobic commentary on ConservativeHome, a website popular with Conservative activists. This comes two days after Tory supporters in the Conservative Politics Society group, which changed its name from Conservative Debating Forum after the Red Roar revealed that it regularly hosted Islamophobic content, gleefully repeated Johnson’s “letterbox” and “bank robber” jibes, including one demanding “kick all Muslims out of our country” adding “got to love Boris”.
The Muslim Council of Britain said they have also received hate mails.
“One read ‘Boris Johnson was saying what most of us think about your pathetic phoney religion and the pathetic niqab or whatever the stupid thing is called , this is NOT your country look what you put Tommy Robinson through you are all barbarians [sic].’
Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “The impact of Boris Johnson’s comments are real and worrying and indicate the importance of a full, transparent and independent investigation into his conduct, in particular given the lack of action in previous cases of Islamophobia in the Party.
“The comments and belief by a number of Conservative MPs that not even an apology is required, has shone a light on the underbelly of Islamophobia that is present within the Party – one that can only be tackled by sincerely changing course and positively responding to calls for an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the Party.”