Asghar Bukhari, a British radical Islamist who co-founded and works for the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK), has doubled down on his claim that Israeli intelligence broke into his house, stole one of his shoes—without taking anything else—and left the premises.
Although Bukhari—who has made a plethora of statements in the past that have been identified as anti-Semitic—has no physical evidence to prove his claim. The MPACUK leader insists that the Mossad has singled him out and decided to wage a psychological warfare campaign against him.
Writing in Medium on Sunday, Bukhari asks: “Were Zionist Jews coming back and using their military training here in the West against opponents?”
Describing himself as a “voice for Palestine,” Jews were attempting to silence Islamic leaders in Britain, Bukhari alleged.
If people woke up to the fact that the Mossad stole one of his shoes, Bukhari explains, “questions inevitably would be asked – are some of these Zionist Jews coming back [from Israel] and deploying their military training against Muslims and pro Palestinians activist back in the Western world–or worse, was a foreign government, Israel, teaching them to target activists in the Western world?”
Bukhari became an Internet sensation on June 12, after he wrote a post on Facebook claiming that Zionist agents stole a single shoe of his. In follow-up YouTube posts, Bukhari explains that he is convinced the Zionist entity (Israel) is behind the mystery of his missing shoe.
Shortly thereafter, the hashtag #MossadStoleMyShoe gained massive popularity, with many poking fun at the Muslim leader’s cynical claims.
Bukhari has in the past endorsed terrorist groups and public Holocaust-deniers.
In 2006, he wrote a letter of support to open Holocaust denier David Irving, who has been accused of being pro-Nazi. In the letter to Irving, which came with a 60-euro check, Bukhari said he stood with the Holocaust denier and claimed he was “being smeared for nothing more than being anti-Zionist.”
During the 2008-2009 war between Israel and Hamas, Bukhari wrote on Facebook in support of the Palestinian terror group: “Muslims who fight against the occupation of their lands are ‘Mujahadeen’ and are blessed by Allah. And any Muslim who fights and dies against Israel and dies is a martyr and will be granted paradise.”