UK – Israel, Sikhs and the ‘Love Jihad’

In the past, I wrote about anti-Muslim and pro-Israel White Supremacist group English Defense League (EDL).

On Monday, after reading Adam Lusher’s article at British newspaper Independent – I learned that EDL co-founder Tommy Robinson is also involved in Sikh Youth UK, another anti-Muslim pro-Israel group.

The Sikh Youth UK has produced a film claiming that Sikh, Christian and Jewish women in Britain are victims of ‘Love Jihad’ just like in India.

Bilwander Rana, founder of Sikh Against the EDL says: “By associating with the ex-leader of the EDL who is also a former member of the BNP, Sikh Youth UK is going in totally the wrong direction. People like Tommy Robinson only want to use the divide and rule tactic to turn Sikhs against Muslims.”

On August 10, 2017, Ruchira Sharma posted an article at VICE magazine said that even after 70 year of British India’s partition, the British Hindu and Sikhs are still fear their family members converting to Islam.

My family are Hindu Indian and I grew up being warned against dating Muslim men by my parents and their friends. One thing that would constantly crop up were stories of girls who had run away from their loving Indian families, into the arms of Muslim men, only to be trapped in the relationship, left miserable and abused by them in some way. Growing up, I couldn’t imagine anything worse than betraying my parents like that – all I wanted was to stay safe and never let them down. Now I can see the prejudice in their words. I don’t think they – and many other Sikh or Hindu parents – were deliberately being hateful, but they had listened to this fear-mongering narrative around Muslims their whole lives and allowed that to distort their views,” she said.

Sikh hatred towards Muslims goes back to the partition of India’s Punjab province by the last British Viceroy Lord Mountbatten in early 1947. A large part of Punjab was given to India because its Hindu and Sikh minority leaders against the wishes of province’s Muslim-majority (55%) decided to join Hindu majority India even though the leader of Pakistan movement, Muhammad Ali Jinnah offered them an autonomous Sikhistan (Khalistan) state within Pakistan. Between July-August 1947, more than one million Muslim refugees were murdered while crossing India-Pakistan – mostly by Sikh militants. More than 15 million Muslims from India became refugees in Pakistan and East Pakistan (Bangladesh).

Irony of Sikh hatred of Muslims is, while Pakistani Punjab (60% of historic Punjabi-speaking area) is still single province and politically, and financially dominant province of Pakistan – India cheated Sikhs by further dividing Punjab into three separate states; Sikh-majority-Punjab, Hindu-majority Haryana, and Himchal Pradesh in 1966. If that was not enough punishment for Sikhs helping Hindus to murder over one million Muslims, in 1984, Indian army attacked Golden Temple, the Vatican of Sikhism in Amritsar – killing hundreds of worshipper and partially demolishing the temple. This sparked Sikh genocide at the hands of Hindu fanatic mobs – resulting in the death of over 10,000 Sikh men, women and children.

The so-called Love jihad was coined by Yogi Adityanath, the current chief minister of UP. The Yogi not only hate Muslims and Dalit but also women and gay people. He is the idiot who recently claimed that Taj Mahal in Agra was built by Muslim traitors.

On October 17, 2017, Dr. Katy P. Sian (University of York, UK) wrote an article reflecting on being the target of online abuse after calling out the Islamophobic and patriarchal tendencies within British Sikh activist circles. (Listen her in a video below).

In light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, it is more important than ever to challenge systemic forms of patriarchy, abuse and power. Interestingly, Sikh Youth UK, who laud themselves as anti-grooming champions, have seemingly little to say on Weinstein. Moreover, they have not only played down instances of child sex abuse perpetrated by non-Muslim offenders but also failed to adequately address sexual abuse within the Sikh community itself — a clear sign for many of how deeply-embedded Islamophobia and patriarchy are within the organization,” Sian said.

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