Interesting story of a Israeli Jew who helped Pakistani British in London
LONDON: Interesting story of a Israeli Jew who helped Pakistani British in London.
A Jewish lawyer who fought and won the case of a British-Pakistani in London against a UK newspaper said he took up the case because as a Jew he could feel what it was like to be discriminated against.
Defamation law specialist Mark Lewis, who is based both in London and Southern Isarel, told in an interview that as soon as he saw article in *Mail on Sunday *(MoS) by David Rose targeting Pakistani man Wajed Iqbal, linking him with pedophiles and sex crimes, he could tell that the Pakistani Muslim had been stitched up to create a story.
Three weeks ago the Associated Newspaper Limited (ANL) — the publishers of the *Daily Mail, Mail Online* and the *Mail on Sunday* — settled £1.2 million case with Iqbal after accepting that the allegations made against him in an article published in MoS in August 2017 were false and had no basis in truth.
Iqbal, speaking to *Geo News,* said he had no doubt that David Rose and *MoS* had picked on him because he was a Pakistani and Muslim.
Lewis, a leading lawyer fighting anti-semitism and prejudice, said, “The whole thing about Jewish people is that they know what bigotry is like as Pakistani Muslims in the UK do.
I grew up in northern England, like Wajed Iqbal, where my Jewish cousin who has no Pakistani background was hurled the slur of ‘Paki’ by people when we were teenagers and mistook his looks Pakistani youth.
Coming from a Jewish background, I know when there is discrimination against a particular community. I choose to stand up for the victims of prejudice.”
By: Murtaza Ali Shah