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Asghar Bukhari is a founding member of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK). Asghar believes that it is his duty as a Muslim to engage in the community and be politically active, and has run into controversy over accusations of antisemitism.
In 2006, Bukhari had sent the English writer and Holocaust-denier David Irving a £60 cheque and a letter headed with a quote attributed to John Locke, "All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to stand idle". Bukhari said that he felt that Irving was "being smeared for nothing more than being anti-Zionist" and that the "pro-Israeli lobby often accuse[s] people of anti-Semitism". He said he was not antisemitic, and thought that Irving was just an anti-Zionist, not a Holocaust denier, when he donated money to him.
Bukhari then published an audiocast in which he stated: "David Irving claimed he was not anti-Semitic and was in fact being attacked by the powerful pro-Israeli lobby; in short, being smeared ... I believed him, it's as simple as that ... I would not have supported anyone who is anti-Semitic".
During the Gaza War, Bukhari wrote in a Facebook thread: "Muslims who fight against the occupation of their lands are 'Mujahadeen' and are blessed by Allah. And any Muslim who fights and dies against Israel and dies is a martyr and will be granted paradise ... There is no greater oppressor on this earth than the Zionists, who murder little children for sport." The British Centre for Social Cohesion passed his comments onto the police. MPACUK responded by criticising the Centre for "wasting police time by reporting Asghar Bukhari for supposedly contravening the new law banning 'glorification of terrorism'."
- Radio 4 Current Affairs Analysis Koran and Country: How Islam Got Political
- Doward, Jamie (18 November 2006). ["Muslim leader sent funds to Irving: Islamic activist admits he donated cash to jailed historian who denied the Holocaust". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- "Asghar Bukhari and The David Irving Smear Campaign". Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK. 20 November 2006. Retrieved 11 October 2013.