Last month, Pakistani born Sydney lawyer Irfan Yusuf falsely accused a Jewish-American academic Daniel Pipes of declaring that Europe’s next Holocaust would be against Muslims and that they “thoroughly deserved such slaughter”.
Brooke Goldstein of ICJS Research reports Pipes protested vigorously after the Canberra Times published Yusuf’s claim.
On August 18, 2008, the Canberra Times, an Australian newspaper, published Yusuf’s “Justice the remedy required to help Bosnia heal.” In it, Yusuf mentioned a speech Mr. Pipes delivered to a dinner hosted by Quadrant magazine earlier this year which was subsequently published as “Europe or Eurabia?” in the Australian newspaper. Yusuf incorrectly stated that in his speech, Mr. Pipes had
predicted Europe’s next Holocaust victims would be Muslim migrants. Frighteningly, Pipes suggested that Muslims thoroughly deserved such slaughter.
Upon receipt of Mr. Pipes’s protest against this sickening misrepresentation, Irfan Yusuf and the Canberra Times agreed to issue a public correction, retraction, and apology, which appeared in the newspaper’s print and online editions:
The Canberra Times and Irfan Yusuf accept that Mr Pipes never predicted nor has he ever endorsed a Holocaust of European Muslims, and they unreservedly apologise to him for the errors.
Most troubling is not that Yusuf made a single error, odious as it was. He appears to have form for falsely disparaging Daniel Pipes repeatedly. It’s enough to make us wonder why Crikey and other publications continue to pay him money for his race-baiting and erroneous words of hate.