Muslims have become the target of prejudice in the way Jews were once persecuted, a minister declared yesterday.
Shahid Malik, an international development minister, said he did not intend any comparison with the Nazi Holocaust.
But he added: 'In the way that it was and still is in some parts, almost legitimate to target Jews, many Muslims would say we feel the exact same way - that somehow there is a message out there that it is OK to target people as long as they are Muslims.'
The complaint by the Dewsbury MP will carry added weight because Mr Malik is regarded as one of the most measured of Muslim leaders, regularly attacking Islamist extremism and suggesting that those who want to live under sharia law could emigrate to do it.
But he added that many feel it legitimate to pick on Muslims 'and you don't have to worry about the facts... people will turn a blind eye.'
The Burnley-born MP, interviewed for Channel 4's Dispatches programme by Mail writer Peter Oborne, told how his car has been firebombed in a petrol station and he receives regular hate mail.
Source: Daily Mail (English)