Hacked Off teams up with terror-connected Muslim World League
On Wednesday 19th March, press reform campaign Hacked Off held an event, “Press Regulation – The Muslim Perspective”, in partnership with Islamist groups iEngage and the Muslim World League. Speakers were Brian Cathcart, Founder of Hacked Off; and Sufyan Ismail, CEO of iEngage.
Collaboration between Hacked Off and iEngage is nothing new; Hacked Off leader Martin Moore has shared a platform with iEngage official Qudues Zafar in the past, and iEngage is listed as a partner of Hacked Off. Zafar is typical of his colleagues, having circulated music videos in support of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, and having claimed that the “New World Order” is run by a “Zionist Antichrist”. iEngage, according to Sunday Telegraph journalist Andrew Gilligan, “is an organisation of Islamist sympathisers which has repeatedly defended extremists,” and “whose staff have justified the killing of British soldiers”. The iEngage website has also promoted the writings of Laura Stuart, an openly anti-Semitic blogger.
What is new, however, is the cooperation between Hacked Off and the Muslim World League (MWL), although it makes sense that an organisation as closely connected to Jamaat-e-Islami and the Muslim Brotherhood as iEngage should work with the MWL.
The MWL is a Saudi-based international organisation that promotes a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam. According to the Anti-Defamation League, the MWL has provided financial support to a considerable number of terrorist organisations, including Hamas, the Abu Sayyaf group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Jemaah Islamiyya and al-Qaeda. In 2008, the MWL organised an “interfaith” conference at which a number of extreme anti-Semitic speakers were present, including Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, who told the conference that he would “never sit with a Jew on one platform”.