Extremists and Elected Officials Rally for Gaza
On August 7, a public meeting to be held at the Finsbury Park Mosque will bring political and religious extremists together with elected officials to discuss “Justice for Palestine” and how to “End the Siege of Gaza”.
Cllr James Murray, Cllr Claudia Webbe and Jeremy Corbyn MP wil speak alongside:
Lindsey German – head of Stop the War Coalition, a pro-Assad lobby group comprising far-Left and Islamist activists. Stop the War has a long history of working in support of Iran and her allies, Syria and Hezbollah. In 2007, one of the speakers at Stop the War’s annual conference was “Somaye Zadeh of Campaign Iran”, who used her speech “to counter the imperialist lies [about Iran].” Somayeh Zadeh, whose real name is Somaye Bagherzadeh, is a member of the anti-sanctions lobby group CASMII, whose Directors are closely involved with senior Iranian regime officials and institutions.
Stop the War’s vice-president is Kamal Majid, who has urged support for the Assad regime because of their “long history of resisting imperialism” and claims that their downfall “will pave the way for a pro-Western and pro-US regime.” Majid was also the founder of the Stalin Society, which was established to “defend Stalin and his work.”
In 2005, Stop the War told a group of anti-regime Iranian refugees that Stop the War “can not allow any statement against the Islamic regime in Iran from the platform.” Stop the War official Andrew Burgin has stated: “There are supporters of Ahmadinejad who we do not want to exclude.”
Hugh Lanning – chairman of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, described by the BBC as a “radical” organisation noted for its support of terror groups. A number of the group’s officials and members are openly anti-Semitic and have been accused of links to far-Right organisations.
Recent rallies organised by the PSC have attracted a contingent of neo-Nazi activists. In 2011, at an anti-Israel protest organised by the PSC, in which the crowds waved Hezbollah and Hamas flags, the crowds chanted ‘Khybar, Khybar al-Yahud’. Al-Yahud is Arabic for ‘the Jews’, and Khybar is in reference to the ancient slaughter of the Jewish tribe in Medina. In other words: Slaughter the Jews.
Lanning has met with senior officials of the terrorist organisation Hamas, including its leader Ismail Haniyeh. In 2011, Lanning was the keynote speaker at the the annual convention of Al-Awda, a US group noted for its support of terrorist organisations.
Shamil Joarder – an official of Friends of Al-Aqsa, a extreme Islamist group known for its support of Hamas. Its chairman, Ismail Patel has expressed support for the late infamous French Holocaust Denier Roger Garaudy. In addition, in his book, ‘Islam: the choice of thinking women’ [Ta-Ha Publishers, London, 1997, Page 56-58], Patel advocates the killing of adulterers.
Joarder previously worked for the Muslim Association of Britain, described as “one of the UK’s most radical Islamist groups”.
The meeting is being held at Finsbury Park Mosque, a key institution for the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK. The Mosque was once a hotbed for terrorism under the hook-handed imam Abu Hamza. After Abu Hamza’s arrest in 2005, however, control of the Finsbury Park Mosque was passed to the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), one of the better-known Muslim Brotherhood fronts in Britain. The Government seemed oblivious, perhaps wilfully so, to the fact that the MAB’s founder, Kemal Helbawi, has proclaimed:
“Oh honoured brothers, the Palestinian cause is not a struggle on borders or on land only. Rather, it is an absolute clash of civilisations: a satanic programme led by the Jews and those who support them and a divine programme carried by Hamas and the Islamic Movement in particular and the Islamic peoples in general.”
To run the Finsbury Park mosque, the MAB appointed directors such as Mohammed Sawalha, a Hamas official described by a Brotherhood website as being “responsible for the political unit of the international Muslim Brotherhood in the UK.” Sawalha is also “said to have masterminded much of Hamas’s political and military strategy ” out of London, as reported by the BBC.
Finsbury Park Mosque continues to promote the Muslim Brotherhood preacher, Jamal Badawi, who has described suicide bombers and Hamas terrorists as “freedom fighters” and “martyrs.” Badawi also advocates the right for men to beat their wives, if they show “disregard for [their] marital obligations.”
Badawi has also shared a platform with Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal, and he is a director of the International Association of Muslim Scholars, which, in 2004, issued a fatwa authorizing the murder of American troops in Iraq. In addition, during the U.S. terror-financing trial of the Holy Land Foundation in 2007, Badawi was named as an unindicted co-conspirator.
Perhaps it is not a surprise that local councillors are speaking at the event. Finsbury Park Mosque still enjoys strong support from the local Council and the Metropolitan Police, both of which have sponsored events at the mosque with the support of the World Association of Muslim Youth [WAMY], a Saudi group that is a prolific publisher of anti-Jewish and anti-Shia material. WAMY is accusedby a number of governments of funding terrorism.
Both the police and the local government body have provided several tens of thousands of pounds in grants to the mosque.
One of the councillors speaking at the event, Claudia Webbe, spoke out in defence of Ken Livingstone in 2006, after Livingstone compared a Jewish reporter from the Evening Standard to a concentration camp guard. [“Reply Letters and emails: … and the problem with Ken’s sentence.” The Guardian (London) – Final Edition. (February 28, 2006 )]