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says the national broadcaster's obsession with perceived Islamophobia was often counterproductive.
'Often the voices they reach for reinforce that because their first instinct is to quell so-called Islamophobia,'
'It keeps feeding the message that none of it is their fault, that the West is in fact against them. 'It's inaccurate and doesn't get to the source of the problem. It keeps feeding grievance, it keeps feeding this idea of Muslim grievance so in that respect it's part of the problem.
'Terrorism is, at its heart, a conflation of personal resentments with a political ideology of resentment which Islamism is.
In the wake of the United Kingdom's third terrorist attack in 10 weeks, Dr Ahmed said the mainstream media and politicians also needed to acknowledge terrorists were following the Koran. 'It's grounded in scripture. People who commit terrorism, they are actually more devout than many other Muslims. Their actions don't come out of thin air, they're following strict instructions,' he said.
'It's important we don't tarnish all Muslims but people are just so sick of the platitudes and calls for tolerance, for unity and that Muslims are victims when in fact there's a great deal of sympathy in a significant proportion of the Muslim community for the justification of terrorism be it blaming Western colonialism, blaming racism, discrimination.