Britain First accused of falsely attributing anti-Muslim quote to Marco Polo
EXCLUSIVE: Far-right political group Britain First has come under fire from local residents after sharing an image of Marco Polo.
Britain First shared an image to over 600,000 supporters yesterday but online activists accused the group of trying to stir up hate.
The image quotes famous explorer Marco Polo stating that “the militant Muslim is the person who beheads the infidel, while the moderate Muslim holds the feet of the victim”.
Local residents, including activists from online group Exposing Britain First, were quick to claim the quote was falsely attributed.
According to Scopes, an online site that debunks urban legends and rumours, the quote was never recorded as being said by Marco Polo nor the compiler of his travel tales.
The same site also stated that it had been circulating on the Internet since 2008, particularly on anti-Islam websites.
Some sources that had shared the quote also credited the quote to a professor of philosophy named Dr. M. Sabieski, who has been untraceable.
Amina Ali from Leeds said: “The words militant Muslim and moderate Muslim are modern terms so Marco Polo was unlikely to have said this. The number of times the image was shared by people who believed it was true just goes to show how gullible people are.”
Brian May from Bradford added: “If people really thought about Britain coming first then they’d stand up against Britain First by helping Britain be a better place and not divide communities.”
A spokesperson for Exposing Britain First said: “This is typical Britain First misinformation. The use of the Crusades as a justification just isn’t enough for them, they have to make up quotes to attempt to establish a hatred from historical figures that cannot be verified.”
Earlier this month, Britain First faced a backlash after they photoshopped a photo of a Navy veteran. They eventually removed the image.