Following on from half 1.
The Committee discovered problematic the truth that the 2 Jewish witnesses held strongly pro-Israel views and had relations with ties to Israel. One would anticipate that the members of the listening to Committee, together with their relations, had additionally undergone the compulsory vetting process for bias in the direction of or in opposition to Israel. The train beneath lays naked the fallacies of this strategy. First the information.
The authorized consultant for the GPhC, Sadia Zouq, is a barrister who additionally serves as a authorized adviser to quite a few regulatory our bodies together with the Common Optical Council (GOC), and Social Work England (SW). Ms Zouq additionally sits on the Skilled Conduct Committee (PCC) of the Architects Registration Board (ARB), and as a Legally Certified Member for the Tax Disciplinary Board (TDB). Her father Ghulam Qadir Zouq arrived in Rochdale from Pakistan within the Nineteen Sixties the place he based Pakeezah Dairies, a pure yoghurt model. The corporate, now run by his son had a turnover of over £37 million in 2019. The Zouq household is concerned in philanthropy. The Zouq Basis registered in October 2019 lists Sadia Zouq alongside together with her siblings, Nadia, Azhar and Rehana Zouq as trustees. In October 2020, Ghulam Qadir Zouq donated £45,000 to a brand new mosque in Harrogate.
Ghulam Qadir Zouq has additionally served as a director of the Central Rochdale Mosque since 1996 and is listed as a trustee of the Mosque’s charity. As detailed in “Central Rochdale Mosque’s Antisemitism Drawback,” the web site of Deobandi-affiliated Mosque accommodates terror supporting content material and recommends academic web sites like Albalagh which laud blasphemy legal guidelines, promote separatism and assist jihad. The non secular clergy affiliated with the Central Rochdale Mosque rejects peace with Israel and educate that the answer to the Israel-Palestine battle is identical one which Hamas, Hezbollah and different Islamists sit up for: a genocidal jihad (Islamic end-times eschatology) through which rocks and stones name out to kill the Jews.
Throughout her days at Oxford College, Sadia Zouq signed an anti-Israel petition dated 28 March 2002 arrange by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR). Signature quantity 550 reads:
The petition was launched after “Operation Defensive Defend”, Ariel Sharon’s response to the escalating violence which culminated in a Palestinian suicide assault on March 27, 2002 on the Park Lodge within the Israeli coastal metropolis of Netanya. It mentions how Israeli ‘occupation forces’ laid siege to the headquarters of Palestinian Nationwide Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat in Ramallah and urges motion in opposition to the ‘conspiracy of silence’ and requires nations to boycott Israel. The acknowledged mission of the operation was to halt the terrorist assaults. Terminology reminiscent of ‘apartheid’, ‘warfare crimes’ and ‘ethnic cleaning’ is used to explain the actions of the Israeli navy forces, however there isn’t a point out of the Palestinian suicide assaults or the violence in opposition to Israeli civilians main as much as the operation. Thirty holiday-makers had been killed and the incident grew to become referred to as the Passover Bloodbath. The petition is biased and clearly designed to malign Israel.
Unsurprisingly, the PCHR has a historical past of anti-Israel lawfare campaigns. The organisation is infamous for presenting a extremely distorted narrative from the Palestinian perspective through which the existence of terrorism in opposition to Israeli civilians is just not even acknowledged. When Nizar Rayan, a high rating Hamas navy commander and members of his household had been killed in an Israeli navy strike in 2009, the PCHR labeled Rayan as a “civilian.” Regardless of the truth that Rayan had stockpiled weapons at his house, his demise was referred to as a “heinous crime,” and there have been calls for for the perpetrators and their navy and political leaders to be prosecuted. The PCHR has a number of hyperlinks to Widespread Entrance for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group, designated as such by the EU, the US, Canada, and Israel.
Evidently then, Sadia Zouq does have a historical past of anti-Israel exercise. This, coupled together with her household hyperlinks to the antisemitic Central Rochdale Mosque, could have had quite a few implications for the Committee listening to.
To start with, the Authorized Adviser was instrumental in steering the Committee away from utilizing the Worldwide Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism initially supplied for the Committee to make use of as a tenet. The spurious reasoning supplied by Ms Zouq, that the IHRA pointers outline ‘antisemitism’ whereas the Defendant is charged with ‘antisemitic,’ is among the peculiarities of this listening to. Missing any context, all one can infer is that IHRA definition is a “noun” (antisemitism) whereas the Defendant is charged with an “adjective” (antisemitic). If Ali’s feedback had been discovered to be antisemitic, then that may quantity to antisemitism. Why the train in semantics?
Secondly, it was the Authorized Adviser who supplied the dictionary definition of antisemitism which defines Jews as a spiritual group solely and which was used for the listening to. These two steps helped chart the faulty route the Committee trod in the direction of the result of the listening to.
Thirdly, the ‘cheap individuals’ the Committee anticipated as appropriate witnesses had been presupposed to have a impartial disposition in the direction of Israel/Palestine, a situation prolonged to their relations. However to not the Authorized Adviser, the individual within the listening to in a position to affect the result of the listening to greater than anybody else.
In gentle of all this, to what extent, if in any respect, did the private beliefs of Ms Zouq affect the recommendation she disbursed in her capability as Authorized Adviser? She could not agree with some – and even all – of theology of the Central Rochdale Mosque the place her father has served as Director for a few years. Her allegiances to anti-Israel causes could have undergone a radical transformation. Some instant questions which spring to thoughts:
- Did you ever have classes on the Central Rochdale Mosque?
- Do you agree with or reject the antisemitic and professional jihad materials on the Mosque’s web site, at AlBalagh and the web site of the Jamiatul Ulama?
Ms Zouq didn’t reply to emails requesting solutions to the questions above.
What we’ve got here’s a GPhC Health to Follow Committee listening to the place the Authorized Adviser could have been sympathetic to a few of the views expressed by the accused.
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