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Bradford Muslim leaders react angrily to Pickles letter

Muslim leaders in Bradford have reacted angrily to a suggestion that they should do more to root out extremists.

The call came in a letter to a thousand Islamic leaders from The Communities Secretary Eric Pickles - a former leader of Bradford City Council.

But the city's Council For Mosques says Mr Pickles has, inadvertently blamed and targeted the Muslim Community.

Other Muslim leaders though have welcomed the latest effort to stop youngsters being radicalised. Mark Witty reports.

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PM: Anyone who opposes extremism letter 'has a problem'

David Cameron has defended a letter sent to Muslim leaders asking them to do more to combat extremism, saying anyone who opposes it "really has a problem".

"I think it is absolutely right to write this letter, to say that we all have a responsibility to fight extremism," the Prime Minister said after a speech in Ipswich.

"Anyone, frankly, reading this letter, who has a problem with it, I think really has a problem.

"I think it is the most reasonable, sensible, moderate letter that Eric could possibly have written.

"Frankly, all of us have a responsibility to try to confront this radicalisation and make sure that we stop young people being drawn into this poisonous fanatical death cult that a very small minority of people have created."

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Ex-chief rabbi 'understands Muslim leaders' frustrations'

Former chief rabbi Lord Sacks says he understands the frustrations of Muslim leaders who feel they are being held responsible for dealing with the radicalisation of young people.

Lord Sacks said he believed the letter was well-intentioned but understood frustrations. Credit: PA Wire

Lord Sacks' comments come amid a row over a Government letter asking Islamic leaders to do more to tackle extremism.

"The problem is ... that letter suggested that the Muslim community within Britain can contain its own radicals," he told the BBC.

"The truth is that Islamism, like all modern global political movements, is actually a global phenomenon - transmitted by the internet, transmitted by social media - and so I would not be surprised if the Muslim community didn't say 'You're asking of us something that is not under our control'.

"I am absolutely sure that the Government was incredibly well-intentioned - Lord Ahmad and Eric Pickles are terrific people - but I can kind of see that Muslim communities said 'Why are you pointing the finger of blame at us?'."

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Minister: Criticism of letter is 'disappointing'

A minster has hit back at criticism of a letter sent to mosques in England, insisting it had an "explicit message" of togetherness with the Muslim community.

Muslim leaders have questioned the message in Eric Pickles' letter. Credit: Reuters

Harun Khan, from the Muslim Council of Britain, has challenged Communities Secretary Eric Pickles for writing to more than 1,000 leaders asking them to do more to tackle the radicalisation of young people.

Speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Lord Ahmad said: "I think his response is disappointing.

"Within the letter there is an explicit paragraph that says British values are Muslim values. You can't be more explicit than that.

"Perhaps he wasn't clear in what the letter said but if you have seen a copy of the letter ... it has been pretty explicit that we want to work together with the Muslim community."

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