CAGE convenes Congress of Hate
Starting this Saturday, 6 September, and ending on 20 September, CAGE (formerly known as CagePrisoners), the jihadist support group run by confessed terrorist Moazzam Begg, will be touring some of Britain’s worst terror apologists and hate preachers around the UK as part of the organisation’s “Is it a Crime to Care?” lecture series.
The series, which concludes with “Syria, Gaza and the Criminalisation of Islam” at the Waterlily in London, will discuss such issues as “the Islamophobic nature of the criminalisation of those who believe in fighting in Syria,” according to CAGE’s website. Speaking alongside no fewer than four senior Hizb ut-Tahrir activists (Abdul Wahid, Reza Pankhurst, Jamal Harwood and Taji Mustafa) are the following extreme Islamists – all familiar to Stand for Peace:
Suliman Gani is a Muslim chaplain with links to Hizb ut-Tahrir. He uses the derogatory term “Qadiani” to refer to Muslims of the Ahmadiyya sect, and believes that women are inferior to men. He is also a vocal supporter of Aafia Siddiqui, a convicted terrorist described by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller as “an al-Qaeda operative and facilitator.”
Haitham al-Haddad is a prominent hate preacher who describes Jews as “the enemies of God and the descendants of apes and pigs,” and quotes from the anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion. He believes that cases of domestic abuse should not be investigated; that peaceful co-existence between people of different religions “is wrong;” that female genital mutilation is “sunnah [Islamically correct];” and that suicide bombing “is permissible.” Haddad has also argued that the Japanese tsunami was divine retribution for Japan’s “lack of submission to Allah,” and has urged Muslims to “fight everyone until they establish the law of Allah.” Any system of law other than Sharia, he argues, “is invalid.”
Adnan Rashid is a self-identified Islamist and conspiracy theorist who believes that the Egyptian president and Saudi clerics are “Israeli agents” working to undermine Islam. Like Suliman Gani, Rashid is an admirer of Aafia Siddiqui, referring to her as “sister” and even suggesting that she should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He has also argued that rape is the “price” that women must pay for the “free[dom] to work in mixed offices or to go to mixed colleges.”
Uthman Lateef has a Masters degree in “Crusader Studies” from the University of Damascus, and advocates the violent destruction of the non-Muslim world. He has spoken on the same platform as the late al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, and claims that the anti-Christ will be a Jew who will lead 70,000 Jewish soldiers in an attempt to destroy all Muslims. He has also described Muhammad Hamid, the convicted terrorist, as “our dear brother.”
Wasim Kempson is a patron of HHUGS, a jihadist support group whose other patrons include confessed terrorist Moazzam Begg. Kempson has referred to Shaker Aamer, whom Begg once identified as an al-Qaeda “recruiter,” as “our dear brother;” and has spoken in support of Aafia Siddiqui, the convicted terrorist and “al-Qaeda operative and facilitator.”
Ismail Patel is a spokesman for the British Muslim Initiative, where his colleagues include fugitive Hamas commander Mohammad Sawalha. Patel has himself praised Hamas, saying, “Hamas is no terrorist organisation … We salute Hamas for standing up to Israel.” In his book, “Islam: The Choice of Thinking Women,” he advocates the murder of adulterers. Patel has also expressed support for Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy and anti-Semitic Hamas financier Raed Salah.
Ibrahim Hewitt is a trustee of Interpal, the British charity designated as a terrorist organisation by the US. On the subject of what he calls “Zionist control of the media and [other] conspiracy theories,” he asks, “Can there be smoke without fire?” “The Jews,” argues Hewitt, “cannot be entrusted with the sanctity and security of this Holy Land.” He has also referred to the “so-called Holocaust.” In a pamphlet, “What Does Islam Say?”, he advocates the death penalty for apostates and adulterers, and demands that homosexuals suffer “severe punishments” for their “great sin.”
Anas al-Tikriti is a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood who runs the Cordoba Foundation, described by British Prime Minister David Cameron as “a political front for the Muslim Brotherhood.” In interviews, he has reported to have defended the killing of British and American soldiers by Iraqi insurgents, and speaks fondly of Hamas.
Asim Qureshi is an activist with links to Hizb ut-Tahrir, and has called upon British Muslims to emulate “the example of our brothers and sisters fighting in Chechnya, Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan.” He has expressed support for Hezbollah, and describes Hamas and the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade as “amazing.” Of suicide bombings, he says, “Don’t call them suicide bombings; call them ‘martyrdom operations’.”
Abdullah al-Andalusi has described his “political views” on his Facebook page as “Islamic – Caliphate”. He believes that “democracy … doesn’t work, it doesn’t represent the people, it never will, it’s based on some interests where no one is happy, no one has their interests fulfilled and that you have to fight with other people.” He favours Sharia law instead. Andalusi is a supporter of Moazzam Begg, the jihadist activist recently arrested on terrorism charges following his return from Syria.
Fahad Ansari is an activist who has described Anwar al-Awlaki, the al-Qaeda commander killed in a US drone strike, as “inspirational.” In an article on the death of a Libyan al-Qaeda terrorist, Ansari wrote, “His death however may serve as the fertilizer that serves to revive the spirit of jihad in the Muslims of Britain.” He also wrote to the Guardian to complain about the newspaper’s “sensational” report about British Afghans joining the Taliban, “as if it was somewhat surprising that Afghani citizens living abroad would return their homeland to liberate their country from an occupying army.” On 9/11, Ansari has said that “you cannot help but feel a little happiness that for once, the hunter has become the hunted … It is difficult to suppress the sentiment of justice being done.”