A Muslim leader will snub a Hong Kong memorial service to mark September 11 in protest at the war in Afghanistan and expected hostilities against Iraq. Mohamed Alli Din, chairman of the United Muslim Association, said: 'Why should I go when the US has killed innocent people in Afghanistan and is going to do the same to Iraq for its own selfish purposes?' He accused the United States of being hegemonic and using the attacks as an excuse to enhance its global position. But the chief imam of the Kowloon Mosque, Mufti Muhammed Arshad, said he would attend the ceremony to remember the dead, as Muslims in the SAR were apolitical. He said local muslims were opposed to terrorist violence. 'Whoever did this has not respected Islam.' Mr Din claimed many Muslims in Hong Kong had suffered discrimination. 'Before September 11, we were discriminated against. After the event, the discrimination was even worse because now we have the word terrorist engraved on our foreheads,' he said. The American Chamber of Commerce is hosting the International Memorial for Peace at City Hall on Wednesday. Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa will be the keynote speaker. The hour-long event is open to the public and starts at 7.30pm.