Nazim Ali, a leader of the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), who has long advocated the boycotting of Israeli products, was discovered to be selling Israeli products in his own pharmacy, showing he is not practising what he preaches.
Nazim Ali is usually found on the microphone at the Al Quds rally in London, occasionally adorned in the Hezbollah flag, where he leads chants of “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free”. As well as other anti-Israel slogans.
The Jewish News reported:
Nazim Ali, whose 2017 comments at the annual anti-Israel march in London heralded a long legal fight, is managing director of Chelsea Pharmacy, which was this week shown to stock products from Israel’s Teva Pharmaceuticals.
A visit to the Sloane Avenue pharmacy by an undercover shopper on Monday revealed it stocked Teva products including Salamol Easi-Breathe, which is used by asthma sufferers.
While the marketing authorisation holder is Norton Healthcare Ltd, a Teva UK spokesman confirmed this week that it was a Teva product.
News that Ali’s Chelsea Pharmacy stocks Israeli products will come as an embarrassment to the director of the Wembley-based Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), the principal organiser of the pro-Hezbollah rally.
In 2017, Mr Ali accused Zionists of carrying out the Grenfell tower fire, saying it is “Zionists who give money to the Tory Party to kill people in high rise blocks”.
He added: “We are fed up of the Zionists. We are fed up of their rabbis. We are fed of their synagogues. We are fed up of their supporters.”
The comments made by Nazim Ali moved from “anti-Zionist” to “anti-Semitic” when he riled against the “rabbis” and “synagogues”.
He concluded his speech saying, “careful, careful, careful of those rabbis who belong to the Board of Deputies, who have got blood on their hands.”
So there is a clear argument of anti-Semitism there. Shamefully, however, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) blocked a case against Mr Ali last year, protecting him from legal action in this matter.
In the past Mr Ali has said that Zionism (the belief that Jews have a right to self-determination in their ancient homeland of Israel) is “racist” and claims the existence of Israel is “illegal”.
The reason this is wrong is because the definition of Anti-Semitism, adopted by the UK government, states that “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour,” is itself anti-Semitic.
He has also made repeated calls for the destruction of Israel, saying, “It’s free, free Palestinian. It’s from the river to the sea, nothing more nothing less.”
This phrase is a call for the destruction of Israel. It is saying that Israel should not exist from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. That is the whole area of Israel.
Another shocking example of his views came in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the IHRC ran its “Islamophobe of the Year” awards ceremony in 2015 and gave the award to Charlie Hebdo. This is despite the fact 12 people from Charlie Hebdo had been brutally murdered the month before.
Nazim Ali even joked that “no one from Charlie Hebdo could be here to collect the award”. They even broadcast a song about Charlie Hebdo on stage which accused the publication of committing a bigger crime than those who murdered them, and suggested the attackers were not Islamic, but trained by NATO.
This action was rebuked as being “insensitive”, but it shows a lack of morality by the organisation. That they would even list Charlie Hebdo as a nominee for such a reward is appalling, but to actually award it to them is beyond reprehensible. Whether you agree with the views expressed by the publication or not, respect should be given to those who lost their lives. As the Islamic “Human Rights” Commission, they seem to show no sympathy, understanding or respect to those killed by radical Islam.
The annual Al Quds rally in London is run by the IHRC. Al Quds Day, named for the Arabic word for Jerusalem, is an anti-Israel day of protest held around the time of the final Friday of Ramadan, first initiated by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 as a call for Israel’s destruction.
This march happens each year on London’s streets and features prominent anti-Israel speakers, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn being a regular speaker at the event until he took the top job at Labour. Hezbollah flags have also routinely been flown and worn by hundreds of attendees at the event, including by Nazim Ali himself on occasion. Israel flags were burned at this year’s protests to chants of “Allahu Akhbar” and anti-Semitic comments were made during the rally, with one woman telling pro-Israel supporters that “the whole world hates Jews”.
And of course, Jeremy Corbyn, who is a strong supporter of the Al Quds Rally in London and was a regular speaker for the events until he became leader of Labour, is also a big fan of the IHRC.