Letter of the week: Jews, Muslims and history

Ruth Kelly's allegations against the Muslim Council of Britain, quoted in Martin Bright's Politics column (23 October), are extremely serious and should not be allowed to pass without challenge. Nor should Bright's wholehearted support for her views. Your well-known Muslim contributors are better equipped than I to mount such a challenge, and I look forward to seeing their response.

Immediately after reading Bright's article, I watched a Channel 4 programme on the Holocaust, which showed the Nazis using similar language and tactics against the Jews in the 1930s. Going back to the New Statesman, I read that Darcus Howe's Muslim taxi driver likened the situation of Muslims in Britain today to that of the Jews just prior to the Holocaust.

Dorothy Forbes

This article first appeared in the 30 October 2006 issue of the New Statesman, Israel: a nation under siege