StandforPeace shows Camden Council giving al-Qaeda group freedom to preach
The JC’s report on StandforPeace’s exposure of Camden Council:
A leading local authority has refused to sever its links to a group which promotes the ideology of Osama bin Laden at a taxpayer-funded centre and encourages young Muslims to prepare for jihad.
Camden Council has repeatedly rejected the opportunity to take action over the Ministry of Dawah, which holds weekly lectures glorifying the al-Qaeda leader and extreme Islamist clerics such as Anwar al-Awlaki.
The Dawah group has been holding events at the King’s Cross Neighbourhood Centre in north London for more than two years.
The council has been asked to investigate the meetings and warned that in refusing it may be breaching the government’s Prevent counter-extremism guidelines. The Ministry of Dawah’s promotion of extreme Islamist organisations is a direct violation.
At one event there was discussion on how Israel would be “wiped off the earth” by Allah.
The Ministry of Dawah claims to provide “activities and Islamic circles for youth, dealing with our issues, on the level, in a way we can understand. We hope to engage, entertain and excite.”
The centre is run by the King’s Cross Brunswick Neighbourhood Association (KCBNA), whose chief executive, Nasim Ali, was also the leader of the council until earlier this year. The council was the KCBNA’s biggest funder in 2010 and 2011.
Hasan Afzal, director of the anti-extremism group Stand for Peace, contacted the council earlier this month to warn that the Ministry of Dawah was using the centre to “whitewash the terrorist convictions of a number of Islamists”.
New council leader Sarah Haywood said this week that the KCBNA must take responsibility for the matter. She said the council was aware of the concerns about the Ministry of Dawah.