Arabic racism against black and South Asian people is widespread and endemic. To this day, the universal term for black people in the Arab world is abd which means slave. The derogatory term for South Asian migrant labourers, who are employed in many gulf Arab states to do their menial work, is miskeen or beggar.
This shocking little video shows how apartheid is still alive and kicking in Doha, Qatar.
It is curious how a certain section of the liberal left and Islamists in the UK who have made it their remit to mobilise campaigns against Islamophobia and anti-Muslim bigotry in the UK, have stayed completely silent about Arabic racism against South Asians and black Muslims. These groups never mention it and it never comes up in their documentation, let alone protested. Why?
When was the last time Bob Pitt at Islamophobia-Watch, a site which has the strapline “Documenting anti Muslim Bigotry”, documented a single example of bigotry against South Asian Muslims at the hands of Arabs? The answer is never.
When has there been any record of Muhammed Abdul Bari, chairman of the Muslim Council of Britian, protest againt Arabic racism with the same revulsion as he has of white racism? And when is Bob Lambert, at the European Muslim Research Centre, going to raise the spectre of Arab racism in one of his long-winded treatises on Islamophobia?
Very simply, none of these protagonists ever will – because they will never make the mistake of biting the hand that feeds. Most of these so-called “anti-racism” groups are the beneficiaries of funding of Arab largesse and it would be unacceptable to discuss Arabic racism in the polite company of your Arab donors.