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The Terrorists Attack London and Glasgow 2007

 
 

Updated 03 May 2013 03:59

 
  Go to:   NABA PRESS RELEASE
              

               Responses to NABA press release
              
Other Responses on the subject 

Press releases of some other Arab and Muslims medical organisations:

BAMA (British Arab Medical Association) Press Release
3 July 2007 / Responses to BAMA Press release

CAIR: Doctors Involved in Terror Betray Faith, Profession

The Association of Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP)

MAB (Muslims Association of Britain: welcomes Government response to terror threat

Other articles on the subject

A Letter to Gordon Brown by a group of Iraqi Doctors  (received 7 July 2007)

Letter From ADC Sr. National Advisor/Regional Director, Imad Hamad, USA to NABA

Jordanian ‘bomb plot suspect’ innocent, says father 

NHS Muslim medics fear backlash from arrests

The challenge for peaceful Muslims - Minette Marrin 

NHS's overseas doctors left stunned and fearful,  Sarah Bosley, The Guardian, 8 July 2007 (An interview with Dr Maadh Al-Doori, President of the British Arab medical Association, Consultant Haematologist

 
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NABA PRESS RELEASE

FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH ARABS (NABA - British Arabs): 
ON WEEKEND CAR BOMBS AND GLASGOW ATTACK 


3 July 2007

The National Association of British Arabs (NABA) strongly condemns the attack on Glasgow Airport and the car bombs found in London at the weekend. 

Such attacks do not serve any process for peace. Neither do they reflect the wishes of Arabs who, the world over, seek only to live in peace and who, perhaps more than most, know the despair of losing innocent family and friends as victims to such vicious attacks. 

The youth and professional status of those arrested today should demonstrate that we are now dealing with a generation that has grown up in a world dominated by injustice and a ongoing state of conflict and all that entails. This should give us cause for grave concern for those who have lost hope and the ability to think and rationalise clearly; who go beyond reasoning to kill themselves and other innocents as tit-for-tat measures. Revenge by killing innocent civilians is not a solution; it serves only to escalate conflict on all sides. 

We welcome Gordon Brown’s acceptance that there must be an approach to ‘hearts and minds’ but this can only be achieved by Britain resuming its important role on the world stage as a mediator for good. We urge him to address the international issues behind terrorism. We also urge him and the media to review the wisdom of previous government policy which has focused on faith to the detriment of secular organisations. This focus has detracted and diverted potential gains that could have been made into persuading and empowering disillusioned youth to participate via the British democratic framework. 

Mr Ismail Jalili 
FRCS, DO, FRCOphth

Chairman, National Association of British Arabs 
(British Arabs cic) 
(Past President of the British Arab Medical Association and the Iraqi Medical Association - UK) 

 
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  Responses to NABA Press Release  
  From Paul Newell: 
Thank you for  the very positive message you are giving to your members during these troubled times. I have forwarded you message onto C/Insp Ian Tycer who will ensure Hertfordshire Constabulary and MPD are aware of your efforts.  Regards 

Paul
Chief Inspector, Dacorum CDRP, 
Hemel Hempstead Police Station
Combe Street
Hemel Hempstead
Hertfordshire HP1 1HL
 
  From Rose Marie García Martín 
I would like go together with The National Association of British Arabs (NABA) strongly and condemns
the attack on Glasgow Airport and the car bombs found in London at the weekend. You can take my name in the acts of your organization for a best word with diversity in peace. Friendly
 
  From Dr-Ing. Aly Elkholy - Canada
I fully agree with your points, especially the broad approach through secular organisations and the emphasis on addressing the core issues behind terrorism. I have a feeling that Government needs to be constantly and repeatedly reminded of these basic points.

Thank you for your constructive work on behalf of all Arabs.
 
  From Dr. Stefan Sperl - SOAS
Thank you for this important and constructive statement.
 
  From Dr Muwafaq Al-Tikriri, Canada
Very well done. It is time that we all voice out our condemnation for this curse of terrorism that has to to stop in a way or another.
 
  From Kamal Abu Deeb
Thank you. A fine effort. But when something like this is made public in the name of Arabs here, it should be well-written, in fine English and proof-read properly. It is not a positive contribution to the enhancement of the image of the Arabs to write badly and carelessly especially when you are representing a community which has existed in this country for over two centuries.
 
  From Samira Al-Qazzaz
Very well said. 
 
  From Adel Darwish, Journalist
who are you guys? please tell us more about your association.
 
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  From Dr Noori Hasan

Your press release refers to "revenge" and "tit-for tat" as if these terrorist actions may have some justification and some rational thinking. This is not the case at all. We know very well the doctrine and the backward (Salafi) education and brain washing that is happening in every corner of the Islamic world. This fundamentalist and backward view of these minority Muslims which is supported by the government in a rich Arab country like Saudi Arabia is the source of all evil. They regard themselves as the true Muslims and all other muslims and non muslims deserve to die. This is what is happening now in Iraq. Sectarian killings and ethnic cleansing on a large scale. 

I think we should all condemn the breeding and brain washing of terrorists in the name of Islam and encourage moderate Islam that embraces all Muslims and have dialogue with all faiths.

Reply
Thank you Noori. I agree with the sentiment you expressed that we should all condemn the breeding and brain washing of terrorists in the name of Islam and Arabs.  NABA has done this consistently, including after the dreadful London bombings which left many dead.  We are now witnessing an ongoing campaign of terror and thus we need to address the roots behind our young people being ensnared by terrorist organisations in order to close off any opportunity for such brainwashing.   

Revenge and tit-for-tat killing is itself a reflection of irrational behaviour and cannot be justified. I am sad to say that brain washing and conditioning is, unfortunately, a common finding and we are coming across it all over the world and not just with Muslims or Arabs. Ismail

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  NABA Reply to views expressed in this box are found in the box that follows

From Dr Riadh Abed

Thank you for sending me a copy of this press release regarding the terrorist charges that have been made against a number of Muslim doctors, one of whom may be an Iraqi. Since this is a public document and since you have chosen to send a copy of this to my e-mail address, I believe I am entitled to a reply.

Personally, I believe that this statement, despite of the fact that it may contain some positive elements is a disgrace. It does not condemn terrorism outright and unreservedly. Neither does it point out that the doctors who have allegedly taken part in such terrorist acts would have betrayed their profession and their oath to do no harm and to aid others in need. The statement does not dissociate itself from such acts and from the ideology of violence and terrorism that plagues the society of many Arab and Muslim countries including Iraq. In fact the statement considers terrorist acts as an understandable response to injustice (whatever that may be). In other words there is an element of justification in your statement. This is why I consider it to be disgraceful.
This is a shameful document which every self-respecting Arab and Muslim should dissociate himself from and I do so publicly and I am prepared to repeat this condemnation in any other public forum if required.

Other responders who endorsed Dr Riadh Abed's sentiment

From Dr Majeed Jawad

I completely agree with Riad's response, since I would have replied more or less similar to his. We must have a clearer and firmer position toward terrorist attacks and terrorism in general.

From Dr
Abdulkhaliq Hussein


Well said Riadh and you really expressed my stance and feelings as well.

From Dr Mohamad Jabir

Well said Riadh and Abo Mohammed Abbas. This letter is a disgrace to the profession and Muslims in general. I couldn’t have added any more

From Dr Abdulkhaliq Hussein

Further to my brief comment and agreement with my colleagues, Riadh and Majeed, I would like to make the following comments:

1- that the British foreign policy has nothing to do with terrorism, simply because terrorism started before the war on the Talaban and Saddam, i.e. the war was a result of terrorism not a cause. Please find an article of mine (in Arabic), published last year.

2- Terrorism is a result of ideology of Wahabism doctrine which justifies killing and maiming none Muslims and even Muslims who disagree with them. Please find attached an excellent article (in English) by Amir Tahiri published few days ago, some of have read it already.

3- It is this Wahhabi ideology which managed to brainwash even doctors who brought shame on the profession and put Islam and the Muslims in such a difficult and shameful situation.

4- Accordingly, it is outrageous and shameful, to find some doctors try to find excuses for these terrorists. In my view there is no difference between those who execute the act of terrorism and those who try to justify it or find excuses for them.

 

From Dr Mohammed Juma Abbas

Dear abdulkhalq

I strongly agree with your statement. I think what we need to do is to find a way for our voice to be heard here in UK. I think it is time to think seriously.

From Dr Mohammed J Abbas

I strongly support Riadh and Abdulkhaliq in their condemnation of this document.

Let me add this: Yesterday, a friend of the Iraqi doctor arrested in Glasgow appeared in Newsnight. He described Belal Abdulah ( I find it hard to put the Dr title  in front of his name) as an extreme Islamism who has kept many videos which show the beheading of Iraqis and westerners and how he has been supporting the killing of Shias in Iraq . I am very interested to know how Dr Jalili would link this to the “injustice” which radicalizes “young professionals”. Dr Jalili, like many other Arabs and Muslims, doesn’t have the insight or the courage to admit that this kind of terrorism is rooted in an ideology based on some Islamic ideas. This denial is phenomenal and would only serve to maintain this “sociopathology”.

 

I think, as secular British Arabs we need to be more organized and do more to dissociate ourselves from this type of thinking before we start to lose the freedom that we highly appreciate in our country UK .

 

Reply to Dr Abbas

 

Thank you for your response.  I believe if you read through my works you will find that I have worked as a secular Arab for many years to highlight to the British government and to other Arabs the problems you so rightly point out.  Unfortunately these appeals have fallen on deaf ears.

From Ferial Ahmad  (5 July)

Yes I agree with both of you (Riadh Abed and Abdulkhaliq Hussein) that we should make it very clear that we are totally against these criminals & killers all the way.

 

Three of the above Iraqi doctors have written a letter to Gordon Brown on this act of terrorism

 
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  NABA Reply to comments and views expressed in the previous responses - 5 July 2007

Thank you all for the interesting debate which I would like to see more of it on the various issues that concern our community. I do very much appreciate your concerns and the emotions behind your statement, especially as the act was done by not only medical professionals but the fact that two of them were Iraqi medical graduates. However, I wish to point out:

1. Any press release must be brief, concise and objective, and must also take into account the population targeted. Unnecessary details, harsh attacks and emotive language, which we are all accustomed to in our turbid region, are not understood or appreciated among western media and their audience. Using superfluous and additional words is common in Arabic Language but not the case in English. Condemn alone clearly means condemns, it does have to linked with large number of superfluous adjunctive to give a different meaning. There is a difference between a ‘press release’ and an opinion or an analytical statement. 

2. The statement released is that of a secular community organisation (NABA) and IS NOT MY OWN. The National Association of British Arabs relies on local media experts when it issues its press releases and it is not the work of one person only. Exaggerated responses and fiery language is an unhealthy practice, and is not an answer to any problem.

3. I would point out that the response from organisations such as the Police etc have all been positive and they have welcomed the press release unreservedly.

4. As NABA is secular community organisation, it has no remit to go into details such as the ethics of any profession, betrayal of the profession etc. It is rather the voice of the Arab Community at large and NOT the medical profession. These are the confines of specific groups such as the GMC or a medical professional organisation. 

5. We should remember that the terrorist attacks of 7 July 2005 were also carried by young Muslim men who were not Arab, neither medical professionals yet individual Arabs did not come forward then to condemn them, nor write to complain when NABA did condemn those atrocious acts. Are Arab terrorists any worse than Asian terrorists or any other terrorists?

6. We cannot confine our criticism to a particular group or sect. Arab history and Iraq in the last half a Century, is a bloody one. What we have seen in Iraq from 1958 till now is a continuum of massacres, aggression and abuses of human rights etc and they are on the increase. They are now carried out by a spectrum of ethnic groups and ideologies or simply for a desire to rule whatever the cost. Can we wonder that any new generation growing up in such a situation is unable to view the world as w, who have the opportunity of living in the UK, do ie from a distance. Surely we, as doctors should be able to understand the effect of conditioning on susceptible young people.

I have addressed my personal views in an article titled
The Real Killer or The revenge Gene.

Dr Ismail Jalili 

Reply from Dr Riad Abed

Dear Ismail,

Thank you for your fulsome reply to my response.

I accept that flowery language and emotive expressions is neither in the Western style nor is it in its tradition. However, I was not interested in any of that. My sole concern about NABAs statement was that it included justifications for terrorism and attempted to establish a link between such acts (wherever they may be committed) and 'injustices'.

It is my view that it is just such a sympathetic 'understanding' of the terrorists' motives that provides the environment where terrorist ideology can and does flourish.

In contrast, I believe that if we (as Iraqis, Arabs, Muslims, etc.) are to move away from barbarity and back to our traditional Iraqi values of tolerance and acceptance of the other we must become unrelentingly intolerant of the terrorist ideology (which is that any means, including the most barbaric are justified by the aim).

Your statement is not intolerant of such ideologies and that is why it is unsatisfactory.

 However, I find myself largely in agreement with your personal statement which you enclosed with your mail and wish to commend you for it.

Best wishes,

Riadh Abed

Dr Jalili's Response: Pending

Click the following link for NABA's Response to 7 July 2005 bombing

 
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  From Wafaa' Al-Natheema on NABA press release

Thank you for forwarding the NABA Press Release sent on July 3rd. But I am concerned! 
What made you think that the attacks were carried out by Arabs?

I hope you are not relying on the propaganda machine of the the British government and their BBC. 

Why do Arabs keep this apologetic tone (shamefully since 9/11 events) without demanding for evidence and independent investigations done outside of the government's official story before they condemn a terrorist attack thinking that it has been TRULY done by one of their own. This is putting us, Arabs and Moslems, in a very weak position and on the defensive when we HAVE ALL THE RIGHT TO BE AGGRESSIVE AND ON THE OFFENSIVE considering the damage they have caused us, Arabs, non-Arab Middle Easterners and Moslems for centuries. By that I don't mean committing terrorism, but by how we approach the colonialists and propagandists of the industrial west and deal with their visa-vi our issues.

These accusations against Arabs have been going on since the middle of the sixties in the USA and industrial west, from the time when they accused Sarhan Sarhan for the killing of Robert Kennedy.

Haven't you asked yourself the question why all of a sudden they are after medical doctors? We have seen how the industrial west has been antagonizing scientists and medical doctors from Arab countries. How can you not question it when you are a medical doctor from Iraq and have seen what they have done to Iraqi scientists and medical doctors? You should condemn them for killing Arab scientists and for accusing Arabs AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.

It is extremely important that Arabs, non-Arab Middle Easterners & Moslems, study the history of Europe (Greek, Roman, Viking, Anglo-Saxon, French and others) and the USA thoroughly to understand well their train of thoughts, their agenda, organized crime and the level of their deception and savagry! Reacting before demanding independent investigation to know the truth about these events has not served us, Arabs & Moslems, well and will not in the future. 

If you/they don't like the study of history or have no time to do so, then it is a MUST to read and watch from the following two websites on a weekly bases focusing on the most controversial filled-with-lies event in the history of humankind. These websites are maintained by and include the contributions of scholars from (mainly) the USA and also Europe. The contributers are researchers, engineers, scientists, military personalities and commercial and military pilots:

http://911scholars.org/      http://stj911.org/

PLEASE enough about Arab and Moslem so-called terrorism. I, as an Arab and Moslem, need not to condemn this or that terrorist attack simply because I do not believe in and did not commit it. I condemn something when it becomes a habit or an addiction. When this is not a common thread in our history or present, then why be so self conscious about it? If you, the person and/or NABA, condemn this recent attack in Britain, then why haven't you condemned other attacks taken place in Africa and Asia? Is Britain more important?

PLEASE STOP, PLEASE ENOUGH.

Wafaa' Al-Natheema
http://zennobia.blogspot.com
http://zanjabeel-saffron.blogspot.com
http://historyofiraq.blogspot.com
http://INSONewsletter.blogspot.com

"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-westerners never do."  Samuel P. Huntington

Reply
Terrorism has to be condemned. We are not apologizing as it was not us who did it. Police is investigating the attacks and the evidence will be referred to the Court. The two men who were in the car which exploded in Glasgow were doctors and of Arab origin; you cannot deny this.

 
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  From Imad Hamad ADC

Sr. National Advisor/Regional Director, ADC Regional Office, USA

To Dr Ismail Jalili
Chairman, National Association of British Arabs

On behalf of the American-Arab anti-Discrimination Committee and the Arab American Community it serves in the State of Michigan, I would like to extend our solidarity with you and the people of the UK against this cycle of terrorist attacks. We are very proud of your work and we care to work with you and through you to promote our common cause on behalf of peace and building bridges of understandings.

We would highly appreciate it if you add us to your guest list so we can continue learning about your great efforts. We care to be part of it and we care to promote it and educate the American public about it. 

Below- please find a sample our electronic updates that we email weekly for your review. We care to include any important segment that you see of importance to forward to people's attention.

Again, our best regards. I look forward to hearing from you. Please visit our local website at: www.adcmichigan.org or our National site at: www.adc.org for more info. My personal information is listed if interested to know more about my background & role.

Respectfully Yours,
Imad Hamad
Sr. National Advisor/Regional Director
ADC Regional Office
13530 Michigan Ave # 329- Dearborn, MI 48126/USA
313-581-1201 Fax:313-581-1604

"
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams", F.Roosevelt 

 
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  Other Responses on the subject  
  From Akeel Al-Basri

Tue, 3 Jul 2007

Further to what is happened recently of the terrorism act by the Arabic Doctors, friends who are Arabic doctors expressing their opinion of the necessity of a press conference to condemn terrorism, they asked me to email you, or possible to speak to you over the phone, to discuss a general meeting of Arabic doctors to condemn terrorism, please let me know your reaction, and perhaps if they contact you direct.

Reply

NABA
is issuing a press release on behalf of NABA (British Arabs cic) as I am no longer involved in medical politics and am concentrating fully on political issues. I would advise your Arab medical friends to contact BAMA (British Arab Medical Association) to raise this issue with them.

Please ask them to write to:
President@arabmedical.org.uk
GeneralSecretary@arabmedical.org.uk
VicePresident@arabmedical.org.uk

However, I believe that it is high time for Arabs (doctors and non-doctors) to wake up to the reality that in order to be counted and to have their voices heard, they need to be active in British political life and also at least join and assist the existing secular organisations instead of sitting on the fence. All Arab organisations are very weak and almost paralysed because of the apathy of Arabs who are not willing to subscribe to their organisations. All the money is going to religious organisations/projects which are only tackling religious issues, hence the divisions in our communities in the UK. 

Ismail Jalili

Reply From Akeel Al-Basri
I fully agree with your point view, I believe it is time to have a grass rotes into British politics, we need influential Arab intellectuals, to reflect moderates British Arabs opinions, and to participate in British politics, I am not convinced with the Asian politicians to represent us purely on Islamic religious reflection, what happened recently is upsetting to Arabic doctors, and Arab intellectuals in general, no Arab figures to reflect our point views, I can remember the last important political personality was Professor Edward Said (American) who died few years ago, but no one has immerged since. However I will forward your message to few people who are manly concerned, and Dr M. A. (name omitted) in particular. 

From hussein al-alak
An excellent response you gave, which i thought was both honest and forthright.
If some Arabs in the UK actually grew up and took responsibility for their own actions, they wouldn't be in the mess their in, rather than just blaming the evils of colonialism and imperialism etc.

Also, if some of them did grow up, they wouldnt live in this fantasy of Arabs in big houses all driving expensive cars, talking about "my people", which clearly some do have enough money if they can afford to go around the UK blowing them up.

From Felicity Arbuthnot (Writer and Jounalist)
Whatever has happened, we have seen no concrete proof. If something dreadful has happened, I simply think of those we have silently killed (US/UK strong arming the Security Council, for thirteen tears, until the illegal invasion.) I think of desperate doctors even denied rehydration, potassium, whilst we denied water purification re the pipes we bombed.

IF and a big IF at this time, doctors from the Middle East have actually flipped, I am happy to be an expert witness on their behalf.

And IF it has come back to haunt us, so be it. Look whist we have done. Can we expect to get away scot free from the slaughter of innocents for seventeen years (Iraq) Six years (Afghanistan) Balkans and on and on.

 
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From Hussain M Al-Amily

I am a member of the British Labour Party and have been active for Arab causes in more than one way for some forty years as you know. Here is a letter I sent recently to the new PM of the UK which you might like to look at.

Hussain M. Al-Amily,
Ex-businessman, author, representative of The Universal Esperanto Association, (Rotterdam) in consultation relations with UNESCO, 5-year secretary
of London Esperanto-Club (est. 1903).

June 25, 2007.

The Right Honorable Prime Minister Gordon Brown,

We must have a soul - for peace
with ourselves and the world, yes!

Please allow me to greet you and congratulate you for the trust of the Party put in you as the new leader of the nation. On May 24, 1997 I happen to have written a letter addressed to the then new Prime Minister Mr. Tony Blair with congratulation and new hope for this country and the world. As I wrote in that letter, I am one of those who chose to take up this country as their second homeland and so felt free to write my mind on matters that concern us all.

Now a decade of The New Labors rule has passed, quite regretfully however the promises then made to the nation among other topics on poverty, education and crime still, to my mind as one, remain without satisfactory delivery. The other issues of foreign policy of the British government in terms of its hand-in-glove with the USA have ever since developed into such a stage that could constitute a great danger of world peace especially on Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and Palestine.

Now that you are the new leader of this country, with a promise for a soul for the nation, we here in The United Kingdom are so in a new hope, and also the whole peace-loving world must be, looking forward to your leadership to advance a new more constructive spirit into the national politics of this country and through its international influence a peace-building spirit into the politics of nations worldwide. 

Let us pray once more for glad tidings of delivery, if not utter deliverance, under your new leadership, dear Prime Minister, on which I, as one, wish you the utmost best.

Yours sincerely

Hussain Mohammed Al-Amily

 
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  CAIR (USA): Doctors Involved in Terror Betray Faith, Profession

[Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin is a pediatrician in Columbus, Ohio, and the board chairwoman for the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).]

July 4, 2007 -- AS THE investigation of the terror plots in London and Glasgow unfolds, I am experiencing the emotions I often do in hearing that people associated with my faith are involved - incredulity, anger, and outrage that once again, these heinous acts are associated with people professing to be Muslims.

But this time, my sense of disbelief and betrayal reaches a new level as I learn that many of those accused share not only my faith but also my profession.

The thought of physicians treating patients while secretly plotting to kill innocent people sickens and angers me on a new level. . .

The stark contrast between my experience as a Muslim doctor and the news I am now seeing helps explain the disbelief and emotions I feel when learning that Muslim doctors are accused of such heinous actions that betray their profession and their faith.

I know these people are an aberration, people gone wrong as human beings sometimes do. If these doctors are guilty, they must be brought to justice.

I only hope that we remember to deal with these individuals as just that - individuals who chose evil on their own and not as representative of their faith or profession.

I hope we as a community refrain from generalizing the acts of suspected criminals to Muslim doctors in general.

Responses to CAIR Initiative by Salman Rawaf
I fully support this initiative to denounce all such criminal acts irrespective of the reason. Well done Ghanim and thank you.

 
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  STATEMENT FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF MUSLIM HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (AMHP) REGARDING RECENT EVENTS UNFOLDING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 

It is with a heavy heart that we read about the affair in the United Kingdom. As we consider these events, we hope to remind ourselves and our peers in the health and the Muslim communities of several things:

We have faith in the British system of justice and hope and expect that all suspects will have a fair trial, without prejudice. These acts in the UK, if found to be truly done by health professionals, are inconsistent with all we believe in as Americans, as Health Professionals, and as Muslims. We call on all people of conscience, whether they be health professionals, Muslims, Americans, or British to consider seriously the damage their actions might cause to innocent people, the societies who would suffer from their actions, and the peoples and groups whom they will be labeled to represent when caught and identified.

If found to be guilty, these men will not be the first doctors to plan or perform heinous acts. If British justice system finds them guilty of these crimes, we put them in a pantheon of heinous physicians performing acts that go against the grain of all we believe in as Muslim Health Professionals. Josef Mengele, Mike Swango, Harold Shipman, and in the UK, John B Adams are small list of psychopaths with medical degrees who have harmed countless numbers of people in defiance of their professional oaths. We make no difference between health professionals who use their skills contrary to the human rights of any individual. Whether it is serial murder or genocide, medical torture for the military, or unethical research for profit, these people are not from us and we are not from them.

We especially call on all health professionals, from all ethnic and minority communities, to look for signs of social isolation within their community, and to openly discuss the issues of terrorism, vigilantism, and violence that have become a cancer in our midst. 

Indeed, we remind all health practitioners of their obligations under the Geneva Convention, which ask that we state that "[I, the medical practitioner] will maintain the utmost respect for human life from its beginning even under threat and I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity.”

The Association for Muslim Health Professionals, founded in 2004, seeks to become a leader in improving public health, through methods inspired by Islamic Tradition.

Contact: Janice French, Association of Muslim Health Professionals, (240) 271-7692,
 jfrench@   amhp   .us (please remove spaces), www.amhp.us
 
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  PRESS RELEASE: MAB welcomes Government response to terror threat

The Muslim Association of Britain welcomes the manner in which the British Government, under the leadership of Gordon Brown, has responded to the terror threats of recent days.

Mr. Brown’s emphasis on collective and shared responsibility at these difficult times will be seen by all corners of the Muslim community as a departure from the old line which gave way to division and isolation.

MAB also welcomes the measured and clear statements made by Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary in the wake of the foiled bomb plots in London and Glasgow, and wishes to take this opportunity to urge the Muslim community throughout Britain to continue to provide assistance and support to our police and security forces in uncovering the facts of these incidents, bringing the perpetrators to justice and hopefully ending this threat that faces us all.

Ahmed Al-Rawi, President of MAB stated earlier today: “We will continue to work hard with all Muslim organisations in an attempt to eradicate this trend of extremism and tendency to violence that threatens each and everyone of us. It is reassuring to see that the Government is on our side, and hopefully this will bring better and more effective outcomes”.

Muslim Association of Britain
5th  July 2007
For more info please contact MAB press officer on:
Mobile 07736287047 / Office 02089089109 / Fax 02089089108 / Website www.mabonline.com
 
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  A Letter to Gordon Brown by a Group of Iraqi Doctors

Dear Mr Brown 

We are a group of British Arab doctors. In response to the latest terrorist attacks, we want to stress the following:

1. We condemn terrorism unreservedly. 

2. The doctors who have allegedly taken part in such terrorist acts would have betrayed their profession and their oath to do no harm and to aid others in need.

3. We reject utterly and completely any condemnation which attempts to link acts of terrorism to British foreign policy. There can be no justification for any act aimed at killing or injuring civilians.

4. Terrorism is the result of a particular brand of Jihadist ideology which justifies killing and maiming none Muslims as well as Muslims who disagree with them. It is this politico-religious ideology which managed to brainwash many Muslims, some of whom are highly educated professionals such as doctors who brought shame on themselves, their profession and their community and have linked Islam and the Muslims in people's minds with barbaric and mindless violence.

5. We strongly urge the British authorities to be very firm with religious scholars or imams who preach hatred and violence and abuse the liberties and freedoms of this country. Those who abuse these privileges and use the places of worship to spread the Jihadist creed must be dealt with by the full force of the law.

6. We call upon all Muslims in the UK to support the efforts of the authorities to maintain the safety and security of this country and to protect its citizens by all lawful means.

1- Dr Mohammed J Abbas ,MRCPsych, SPR in Psychiatry, Sheffield
2- Dr Riadh Abed, Consultant Psychiatrist, Rotherham.
3- Dr.Abdulkhaliq Hussein, FRCS, Orthopaedic surgeon, England

 
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  From Jordan Times: Jordanian ‘bomb plot suspect’ innocent, says father -

by  Randa Habib, Agence France-Presse 


AMMAN — The father of a Jordanian doctor reportedly arrested by British police investigating three failed bombings sai
d Monday his son was devoted to becoming a surgeon and incapable of such attacks.

Mohammad Jamil Abdul Qader Asha, the 27-year-old father of a small boy, could be the mastermind of the bomb plots, officials in Amman said on condition of anonymity, adding that his wife Marwa Dana was also arrested.

British police detained seven people since a blazing car loaded with gas canisters ploughed into the door of the main terminal at Glasgow airport on Saturday following two failed car bombings in London Friday.

The following day, anti-terror officers arrested a man and a woman, believed to be Asha and his wife, on a motorway in northwest England.

They are now being questioned in London, while Scottish police were on Monday searching North Staffordshire hospital, where Asha has offices.

Asha’s father, Jamil Abdul Qader Asha, told AFP from his modest apartment in the working class suburb of Al Zuhur, in southwest of Amman, that he had not been informed of his son’s arrest and had learnt about it only through the media.

“My son is incapable of such acts,” said Jamil Asha, a former teacher in his 60s with eight children, showing off pictures of Mohammad.

“Mohammad is pious, like the rest of us, but certainly not an extremist.”

Asked if Mohammad went to the mosque, Jamil replied: “He didn’t have time for that, he studied all the time.”

“He was a brilliant student. He wanted to become an excellent surgeon and was not the type to get involved in political issues. At university he wasn’t even a member of any student unions.”

Jamil called on the King to intervene with the British authorities, saying: “Not all Arabs are terrorists.”

Jamil Asha said his son obtained his medical degree in Jordan in 2004 after attending a school for gifted students in Amman, and the following year left for Britain to pursue his studies in his chosen field of neurology.

“I cannot imagine he had any other goal than to realise his ambition by studying in Britain,” he said.

He said he had last spoken to his son four days ago and that he had tried to call his mobile phone repeatedly since the reports of his arrest emerged, but in vain.

“When I spoke to him on Friday, he told us that he had reserved a flight from London to Amman for the 12th of July. He was excited about the idea of coming to see his family and asked us what gifts we wanted,” he said.

Jamil described the slightly-built bespectacled Mohammad, who married in 2004 and has a son aged two-and-a-half, as a calm man who rarely got angry. “He had the head of an intellectual,” he said.

“My son was happy in Britain, he was always telling us. He didn’t feel he was the brunt of any negative sentiment as an Arab or a Muslim; on the contrary.”

Jamil said he had tried and failed to find out more information about his son from the Foreign Ministry in Amman.

“It’s a mistake. The British are going to find out it is an error. Mohammad is innocent.”

Tuesday, July 3, 2007
 
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  From iradmin iraqpatrol Sat, 7 Jul 2007 ipbullet@.....

I do not know why you have to condemn and apologize for every act of violence even before the investigation is over. In this way you are asserting that Arabs and Moslems are terrorists and you are distancing yourselves from them. Even if a Moslem or an Arab was behind the attack, why should all the other Arabs and Moslems apologize and condemn. Do Christians do the same when a Christian commits a crime to an Arab or Moslem ? Do Jews everywhere condemn a crime committed by a Jew?

Are you obliged to do this? or are you afraid ? in both cases, you are not fit to be a true Moslem or a true Arab. You are just a second-rate British subject and I do not need your frightened condemnation to be sent to me. Do not send me any of this.

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We condemn terrorism but we did not accuse ay particular person or group. This is left to police investigations and then the court to decide. True Arabs and True Muslims do not support ruthless killing of innocent civilians.

 
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  British Arab Medical Association Press release  
  Responses to BAMA Press release  
  From Dr Bucher A Mawla, Mawla Law Corporation - 7/7/2007
We share you the opinion, and hope that peace covers all the world.  Best regards
 
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  From Wafaa' Al-Natheema on the press release of the British Arab Medical Association

"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."  Edmund Burke 1729-97

The press release below by the Arab Medical Association lacks the call for independent investigations and/or the request to meet with the accused doctors or their families for the pursuit of truth and/or to offer them legal consultation.. They are being made guilty before proven innocent, remember this famous legal notion? That is if the accused are really who they are or that they are really doctors! So the community has a responsibility to dig for the truth and offer support for the accused and the authorities. If the authorities don't allow it, then there is certainly something suspicious about their claims and accusations! 

We can not afford to be on the defensive and scared. That is exactly what the authorities in the industrial west want us to be and behave. If medical doctors don't understand the psychology behind all of this, then who does? In fact point 4 in the press release below is very problematic because it blindly agrees with the official story and confirms that our youth "have extremism" and need to be straightened up by their majesty, the British authorities. 

If the Association of Arab medical doctors has failed in this regard, then I hope and cross my fingers that Arab lawyers will unite to write a press release that emphasizes the legal rights of the accused and the important issue of proven innocent or guilty as well as the public right to know the truth!! Wouldn't it be a historic event if Arab medical doctors and lawyers (not just in the UK) write a press release that reflects our articulance, pursuit for the truth and courage, and then followed up with serious action? This should have been done right after the September 11 attacks, but sadly the Arab, non-Arab Middle Eastern and Moslem communities were pathetically scared and divided. Haven't we had enough of these baseless accusations to pull us into the ACTION (not reaction) ZONE?

I had sent you both an earlier email on this subject addressed to Ismael Al-Jalili, which I enclose below with a couple of corrections. My email was in response to the press release the National Arab British Association (NABA) has written. Kindly read and forward (my earlier and) this criticism to as many Arab doctors and lawyers. The two websites provided in my earlier email (see below) are a MUST visit every week especially by those who wrote the Press Releases and those who share their perspective. They provide extensive information about 9/11 and the oceanic lies that were packaged with this event.

Fear and hesitation have taken us nowhere! 

Wafaa' Al-Natheema
 
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  From Dr Hadi

Hadi,

Be assured that we will remove your address from our mailing list, but please allow me to make few comments on your e-mail:

1. What we released only represents BAMA committee and its membership, therefore if you are not a member you cannot consider what we say represents you.
2. BAMA exists for 11 years and it is recognised on national and international level and takes part in many decision processes and educational activities.
3. If you disagree with what we say it would be more constructive and helpful to us to express your opinion and guide us where you think is correct rather than address insults and false accusations.
4. Vast majority of our members agreed with our comments and asked for such a press release to be issued.

We hope to be in more agreement in the future.

Dr Maadh Aldouri
President, BAMA
 
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  NHS Muslim medics fear backlash from arrests

By David Rose 

July 8, 2007

From The Sunday Times

Muslim doctors working in Britain have reacted with dismay after police disclosed that some of the detained suspects worked at NHS hospitals. 

Some fear a racial backlash and have given warning that the situation may make it harder for overseas doctors to work or train in Britain. 

The most recent figures show that almost 128,000 of the 277,000 doctors on the GMC register have been trained abroad. Of these 1,985 are from Iraq and 184 from Jordan. More than 27,000 are from India. 
A skills gap in Britain meant that, with the exception of consultants, doctors from outside the EU did not require a work permit to work here until last year. Ministers changed this only as the expansion in medical school places several years ago led to a boom in British-trained doctors. 

 
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  The challenge for peaceful Muslims

July 8, 2007

By Minette Marrin - The Times

Truth is said to be the first casualty of war; trust is one of the many casualties of terror. If your surgeon or your child’s school assistant or your charity’s youth worker might be a terrorist – as we have seen – whom can you trust: the woman in the scarf at the checkout till? Your bearded GP? The tragedy is that trust is essential to a free and civil society; when trust dies, petty animosities and resentments will swell and civility and civil liberties will shrink. 

There was a sad example of this last Thursday on the London Underground in the rush hour. A packed commuter train careered off the rails to the accompaniment of smoke, sparks and bangs. The passengers were thrown from their seats, nearly 40 were injured and it is hardly surprising, perhaps, that a few of them, spotting a dark-skinned man sprinting through their carriage, tried to grab him. They assumed in their panic that he was a terrorist. 
The poor man was not hurt; he was lucky, because terror creates mindless violence and in other times, in other places, he would have been lynched. Yet he was innocent. There was no bomb, just an accident. He was just another frightened passenger who happened to look the part of a terrorist in these people’s frenzied imagination. And who can blame them. He might have been one. This will certainly happen again with worse consequences. 
The problem is not just that a man or woman might be taken for a Muslim and a terrorist. That is bad enough and divisive. The great majority of law-abiding Muslims feel understandably resentful and fearful about that. What’s probably worse, I suspect, is the growing resentment among nonMuslims about the terrible damage that Islamist terror does to us all and the failure of Muslim families and congregations – I will not speak of so-called community leaders – to do much about it. 

Every time a prominent Muslim stands up to say that Islam is a religion of peace and that most Muslims are not terrorists, I feel irritated. Islam clearly means many things to many people, even more so perhaps than Christianity or Judaism, and it is almost meaningless to say that Islam has nothing to do with Islamist terrorism, just as it’s meaningless to say Christianity had nothing to do with the crusades or the inquisition. 

There are Muslims who believe that their faith does not require women to cover their faces and there are Muslims who are convinced that it does. There are plenty of British Muslims who support the institutions of this country but there are plenty who think we should live under sharia. What concern us all are those Muslims who believe that Islam justifies terrorism and destroying our society. 

As for the usual comment that most Muslims are not terrorists, that is true. But the fact is that most terrorists are Muslims. They come from Muslim environments, they attend madrasahs, mosques and Muslim clubs and societies and spend long periods in Muslim countries. And nonMuslims have been waking up to the thought that these Muslim groups could and should do more about the terrorists in their midst. 

Take mosques for example. A couple of British mosques have been notorious for years as breeders of terrorism. So for years anyone interested in this question has expressed concerns about imams – who they are and what they teach. There was a move to limit the immigration of foreign imams, which the Blair government bottled out of. And now it emerges, from a BBC report last week, that only 8% of the imams preaching in British mosques were born in the UK and only 6% of them speak English as a first language – fewer, tellingly, than the percentage born here. According to the author of the study, these individuals are deeply conservative and are overwhelmingly qualified in the traditional Islamic curriculum, which he said had changed little since medieval times. 

It would be hard to imagine a better way of preventing British Muslims integrating into the wider, modern society or of driving them into the embrace of more worldlywise extremists. Such imams can have little or no understanding of the difficulties and opportunities facing British Muslims, least of all the young; hardly surprisingly many of the young turn to more interesting, more articulate, more modern and more informed groups outside the mosques – some of whom are the worst extremists, like those of Hizb ut-Tahrir. This process was brilliantly described by Ed Husain in his book The Islamist. So why did the congregations hire them? According to Muslims I’ve spoken to, they are much cheaper than the home-grown variety. 

I am sceptical of self-styled community leaders and have my doubts about the Muslim Council of Britain. Why did not such people of influence help the congregations to find spiritual leaders who would advise and guide British Muslims in a constructive way? Why have some failed to speak out against extremists, against book burning or the rabble rousers; why have some, such as Sir Iqbal Sacranie, even called for Salman Rushdie to rot in hell? 
It is difficult not to suspect that, rather like the tradition of preventing women learning English or leaving the house, it is due to a contempt for British society or to a wish in some circles to avoid integration. But segregation is the enemy of trust, even without the added onslaught of terrorism. 

The question is what, if anything, can be done to repair trust. It is not something that governments can do, although they can try to hold the line as far as possible on civil liberties against our fear of terrorists. The challenge is not so much for the indigenous population as for Muslim citizens; the painful reality is that those who want this society to survive will have to take on the distasteful duty of spying and informing on other Muslims, where necessary. 

They should, in their own best interests, stop protesting against writers and artists they disagree with and let them be; they should accept that they cannot avenge Muslim history on British soil. They should stop protesting about Islamophobia and racism, although both exist, and concentrate instead on friendship, understanding and integration. Otherwise trust will fail and with it the civil society that enticed their forebears here. 

 
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  NHS's overseas doctors left stunned and fearful 

Guardian, Saturday July 7 2007 

Sarah Boseley, health editor 

Saturday July 7, 2007

Just last month, a senior Iraqi doctor wrote a report for the all-party commission on Iraq detailing the deaths and kidnapping of Iraqi intellectuals and calling for pressure on the Home Office to stop turning away Iraqi doctors wanting to work in the UK.

Senior doctors fear this week may have wrecked any hope of that. Arab and Indian doctors, who have given great service to the NHS over the years, are dismayed and apprehensive for their future in the UK.

The government had already made it harder for them to get jobs in Britain by imposing new visa requirements last April and giving priority to applicants from Europe. Now overseas doctors fear getting specialist medical training in the UK - once the gold standard in many countries - will become tougher still.

"It is very worrying, very depressing and very shocking because the vast majority want to mind their own business and not cause harm to anybody. There is a lot of depression and sadness," said Maadh Aldouri, a haematologist in Kent and president of the British Arab Medical Association. "We accept that there will be some review of the process of appointing people, but I hope this is all taken in context."

Dr Aldouri and his colleagues cannot understand how young doctors could become involved in terrorism. "It was entirely shocking. We all appreciate that some of the community from an Arab/Muslim background may feel angry about events, but to reach the degree where young promising professionals, some with families, can be involved in this is unbelievable," he said.

The consequences of their actions may be hard for their countrymen. Dr Aldouri is himself from Iraq, although he has been in the UK for 25 years. Most of the Iraqis here do not feel they can go back and many young doctors want to come not only for the valued training but also to escape the violence at home.

A report by Ismail Jalili, a consultant ophthalmologist who is chairman of the National Association of British Arabs, for the all-party commission on Iraq, last month said doctors and other intellectuals were being targeted. Between the invasion in 2003 and February 2006 more than 220 doctors were killed, according to the deputy minister of health, who was later himself assassinated. An estimated 250 have been kidnapped. In 2007 the Iraqi ministry of health estimated that 25% of Iraq's 18,000 physicians had left the country.

Overseas doctors have always played a vital part in the NHS. There are now almost 90,000 doctors from overseas on the General Medical Council register, of whom 1,985 are from Iraq and 184 from Jordan. The biggest contingent, however, is from India - 27,558 doctors, many of whom have been here for decades.

Prasad Rao, a GP in Stoke on Trent who is chairman of the British International Doctors Association, is concerned that patients may be alarmed by revelations about the doctors involved in the attempted attacks in London and Glasgow - together with the government announcement of further vetting.

"We have enjoyed the trust of the British public for the last 60 years," he said, "and hope to do so for the future, but if continually these kind of bad stories are coming up about overseas doctors it could sow seeds of doubt."

Jack Piachaud, a consultant psychiatrist who works with Medact, the global health charity, and has close contacts with the community of Iraqi doctors here through his work in conflict areas, said the public had a heroic image of doctors as preservers of life which was artificial. "There is the feeling of shock and horror, that health is about preserving life, but if one takes the wider perspective, doctors are human beings," he said. "Gordon Brown has to say we are going to look more closely at the recruitment process, but at the deeper level, once that is done, they must not exclude the question of how people are being radicalised."

Abdul Kareem Alobaidi, an Iraqi consultant child psychiatrist who is currently seeking asylum in the UK, is concerned that war and violence in his country are breeding a new young radicalised generation. Two years ago he petitioned the UN secretary general, calling for protection for the children from neglect and abuse. "This is very dangerous," he said. "The effect of the war and disturbance is to implant terrorism in the thinking of these young people. We need to help them - if we do not, they will find their help in bad places."

Aneez Esmail, professor of general practice at Manchester University, who has done a great deal of work on racism in the medical profession, also says the public has a sanitised idea of doctors.

"I spent five years on the Shipman inquiry," he said. "Why do we believe doctors should be immune to these things?" he asks. "To suggest that because you are a doctor you are not going to be influenced ... you are exposed to some of the worst facets of society. A lot of the time we have to interact with society and we see things that shouldn't happen and get angry."

Dr Prasad understands it is politically necessary to announce a review of the vetting process, but does not feel the existing checks and balances are too lax. Even if they had been tighter, he said, "they wouldn't have found the alleged terrorist doctors out because they have a very clean record".
 
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