At Speakers’ Corner today I bumped into notorious far-right activist Jack Buckby. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting this gentleman before but I recognised him instantly from his media appearances. I engaged him in conversation and learnt that though he is barred from joining Ukip he has recently been assisting anti-Islam candidate Anne Marie Waters in her bid to become Leader of Ukip. He told me that he regards British Muslims as a ‘dangerous fifth column’ and in his view it is Islam that is the root cause of terrorism. I asked him what evidence he had for this view.
He claimed that Muhammad had ordered the killing of 700 Jews from the Banu Qurayzah tribe. He offered no context to this incident and seemed oblivious to the full story.
As Kaleef K. Karim concludes in a recent article Re-Examining Banu Qurayzah Incident:
‘The evidences shown proves that the Banu Qurayza broke the pact they had and sided with enemy against the Muslims. They attacked Muslims, waged war against the Muslims. They armed Quraysh (and other enemies) with weapons and provisions against the Muslims. The Banu Qurayza waging-war against Muslims is mentioned in many authentic Hadiths, but sadly the sources do not give us any more details where this battle took place. However, given these facts, we can safely state that, what those treacherous Banu Qurayza warrior-men got was justice of the highest order demanded for them to be their fate.’
Having explained the full story in context to Jack Buckby he quickly changed the subject and got very emotional and animated about the scandal of girls abused by men predominantly from Pakistani-British backgrounds. He seemed to think these crimes had something to do with the teaching of Islam, but when I challenged him he could not provide any evidence.
I said that his deliberate demonisation of Muslims bore a striking resemblance to the way the Nazis singled out another vulnerable minority, the Jews. At this point he got very offended indeed and stormed off in a big far-right huff. Bless.
At Speakers’ Corner today I bumped into a notorious far-right activist Jack Buckby where I took his photo.