Make no mistake about it, the Anne Frank Trust UK is an insult to the eponymous Holocaust victim whose name it bears.
The Anne Frank Trust UK has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. A week ago they ran an educational workshop. One of the speakers that they platformed was Nasima Begum. She had previously claimed Israel is committing a ‘Holocaust’ against Palestinians and called for ‘death’ to ‘Zionist scum’.
Following a backlash, the Anne Frank Trust UK took down their promotional posts about the event. They stated that they would conduct an investigation into how someone who ‘may have views that are not consistent with their values‘ was delivering educational workshops for them. Five days later they issued an apology on Twitter (but not on Facebook).
The Anne Frank Trust UK’s ‘apology’
This was what they said in the tweet:
“We apologise unreservedly for the offence caused, especially to the Jewish community, by a workshop we ran last week. See our statement here, which includes the steps we’re taking as a result.”.
The statement on their website set out the excuses for the lapse in judgement. This is what they said
- It was a one-off thing – and they’d never worked with Begum before
- They had put the event together in a rush
‘Weak’ does not even begin to cover it.
The Trust was attacked mainly for the first speaker, and this is what they reacted to. Everything in their apology is singular – one event – one speaker – one mistake. It makes one wonder what exactly they investigated.
The second speaker
And it is not like they had to look far. This was the second speaker at the same event – Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan:
In her ‘anti-colonial’ rant – Manzoor-Khan even outrageously refers to what is happening with the Palestinians as ‘genocidal’ – which is a direct reference to, and insult of the Holocaust. And not only does she align with groups that support the destruction of Israel – she has even opposed interaction with British Jewish groups because of their support for Israel:
Sarah Nuzum – AFT’s Director of Education
But the real story of this piece began because I noticed that the Director of Education of the Anne Frank Trust UK – Sarah Nuzum – had blocked me on Twitter.
I have never heard of Sarah Nuzum before – nor, as far as I am aware, have I ever had any interaction with her. I have no idea why Sarah Nuzum decided to block me – but I took it as a red flag. Perhaps there was something that she didn’t want me to see. So with my interest given a dose of adrenalin (thanks Sarah) I took a closer look. The fact she had retweeted Jeremy Corbyn on several occasions, with the last just two months before he was finally squashed in the 2019 election, didn’t help much.
Amna Abdullatif – the three Hijabis
In March, Nuzum posted a tweet about new ‘appointments’, and tagged a tweet from Amna Abdullatif showing them together. From Amna’s tweet it appears that she was helping the Anne Frank Trust UK with the interview process:
Amna Abdullatif is one of the ‘Three Hijabis‘ – a group of three hijab wearing football fans who created a self-described ‘anti-racist platform’.
She has tweeted out enthusiastic support for Ilhan Omar – an American politician with a record of horrid antisemitic remarks.
Her stream is also full of links and retweets to demonising hate outlets such as Electronic Intifada and hashtags such as #stoparmingisrael. She was even promoting anti-Zionist events just a few weeks before she started work at the Trust. It is an Islamist view that sees only Palestinian suffering:
Although dozens of tweets were found of this type – there wasn’t a single tweet about Israelis sitting under the Hamas rockets, nor about the numerous deadly Islamist terror attacks on Israel soil. It was all the usual one-sided anti-Israel, propaganda drivel. Is this really the mindset needed for recruitment at the Anne Frank Trust UK? And just to show she has no problem associating with antisemitic groups – one of the other ‘Three Hijabis’, Shaista Aziz – is a Director at War on Want – an NGO that is constantly calling for the destruction of Israel.
And make no mistake – she is an official part of the Anne Frank Trust UK now – the ‘Assistant Director for Youth Empowerment’:
This raises three legitimate questions:
- Would Zionist Jews even be allowed onto the programme?
- Is this how and why two Islamist extremists ended up on an educational workshop?
- If so – would the Anne Frank Trust UK tell us the truth about their investigation?
Last November, there was a tweet from Nuzum about another event:
Onjali Rauf is another head of an NGO that likes to spread anti-Israel propaganda whenever violence breaks out:
The truth about these events of course was that rioting Palestinians deliberately took the rock throwing violence into Al Aqsa. Turning the Muslim holy site into a battleground within which Israel has a duty to restore order. Although you wouldn’t understand that from Rauf, who also took time to thank the anti-Israel SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon for posting a one-sided, ignorant tweet.
And Rauf also has a problem with Israel receiving weapons to defend itself:
These weapons that Israel needs, are to help to defend the Anne Franks of today. Jewish children that are under genocidal threat from radical Islamic terror groups and the various regional Islamist despots that regularly promise to wipe Israel out as soon as they are able. And of course – no anti-Zionist commentary can be complete without a comparison to the Holocaust:
The truth behind this one (which was spread as a lie that the Jews were celebrating the fire on the mount) was that the Jewish celebration was over Jerusalem Day and the fire had been started by Palestinians with fireworks. In any event, none of this excuses a Holocaust comparison.
Another person at AFT’s ‘great event’ was Shagufta Iqbal (bottom in the image above). Here is Iqbal sharing an event about the ‘unholy alliance’ of Hindutva and Zionism:
This is part of a growing Islamist campaign to tie Kashmir and Palestine together. The slogan ‘tested on Palestinians, used in Kashmir‘ is also connected to this trend. At the event itself, (although Iqbal would not have known this would happen) the moderator, an academic at Warwick, repeatedly compared people who support the existence of a Jewish state to Nazis.
The event speaker Iqbal promoted leaves us in no doubt about their antisemitic stance:
And from another AFT event on Nuzum’s timeline, we are introduced to Amjid Khazir:
Khazir thinks this is funny:
Khazir’s timeline is an endless stream of retweets of hard-core anti-Israel activists. Which is why he can retweet something such as this:
It really is endless. Just three months ago, the Anne Frank Trust UK even promoted Alice Walker on their Instagram account:
Walker has previously said that she is a fan of David Icke and has been called out over antisemitism several times. Walker published a poem called ‘to Study the Talmud‘ which feeds into some of the darkest antisemitic conspiracies on the internet.
The Anne Frank Trust UK’s Dejudaisation
We all know what this is about. Perhaps it is best stated in a retweet by Amjid Khazir (one of the speakers mentioned above) of hard-core hater CJ Werleman, when he wrote “Muslims are the new Jews“
This is all about theft – appropriation. The Holocaust and Anne Frank are stripped of everything particularly Jewish. On the ‘explore Anne Frank’s Diary’ page on the website of the Anne Frank Trust UK, the word ‘Jewish’ does not even appear. Yet everything that happened to her – her entire experience – happened because she was Jewish. Someone looking at the site would actually need to download the ‘learn more about this’ link – to learn that her Jewishness had anything to do with her story at all. Inexcusable. Horrific. Deliberate. The universalisation and dejudaisation of Anne Frank.
Instead of the Jews – who in this woke, racist bubble are considered white, wealthy, and privileged – the Islamists slide right in. This has to be about them. The Anne Frank Trust cannot see beyond the hijab to the problematic ideologies that may be running within.
Simple fact. There are 1.8 billion Muslims in the world. They have majority rule in about 50 countries. There are dozens of nations where Islamic rule has all but suffocated out all minority groups. Without downplaying real bigotry that they certainly can face – their experience can be nothing like that of the Jews.
Had Anne Frank survived, and moved to Israel – all these people would be demonising her and her children. Had Israel been created sooner – perhaps she would not even have suffered at all. Failing to understand these issues – or build them into the Anne Frank story – signals a complete lack of understanding of Jewish history, Jewish identity, and anti-Jewish hatred. Today’s Israelis are descendants of the Anne Franks that made it out.
Let us not forget, that by the time Anne Frank’s family had moved into the ‘secret annex’ in July 1942, the ‘Palestinian’ Arab leader – Hajj Amin al-Husayni – had already met Adolf Hitler to try to gain assurances that Hitler would help to deal with the Jews in Palestine.
How can anyone have anything to do with Anne Frank and not understand the need for a Jewish homeland?
The story above is disgraceful. The Anne Frank Trust UK allows Islamists and antisemites to both work against the existence of the Jewish state and claim legitimacy as a friend of the Jews. They do this and they should not be allowed to do it in Anne Frank’s name.
Which means that the Anne Frank Trust should have made acceptance of the basic concept of a Jewish state a passcode – without which nobody is ever allowed to stand upon a platform with their name. That they have instead allowed anti-Zionists and antisemites – not just into the building – but to help them run the show – will forever be their shame.
They should do the ethical thing and change its name!
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