UK Extremist Groups Commemorate Iranian Revolution
On Sunday 9 February, the Islamic Centre of England will play host to “The All-Encompassing Revolution” seminar, organised in association with the Kanoon Towhid, “to commemorate the auspicious anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran”.
Speakers will include Abdolhossein Moezi, Director of the Islamic Centre of England and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s personal representative to the UK; Lord Nazir Ahmed, a notorious anti-Semite and conspiracy theorist; Roshan Muhammad Salih, a broadcaster who worked for the Iranian regime’s English-language propaganda channel, Press TV (he now runs the extremist 5Pillarz blog); Hassan al-Sadr, who represents the office of Iraqi terrorist Moqtada al-Sadr in the UK; and Mohammad Ali Shomali, a senior Iranian cleric and Head of the Department of Religions at the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute in Qom, Iran.
Stand for Peace is slightly surprised to see Jeremy Corbyn MP included. While Corbyn appears not averse to colluding with extremists and hate groups, to openly commemorate the violent establishment of the Iranian regime is alarmingly barefaced.
The views of the other speakers broadly reflect the official line of the clerical regime in Tehran. For example:
- At the time of the popular uprisings against the mullahs in 2009, the Times of London reported that Abdolhossein Moezi was urging “Muslims to defeat the opposition to the Iranian regime and keep the 30-year-old Islamic Republic alive”.
- When Press TV had its licence to broadcast in the UK revoked, Lord Nazir Ahmed blamed the “Zionist lobby”.
- Roshan Muhammad Salih has written that genocidal terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah (both funded by the Iranian regime) are “legitimate actors”, and that the Iranian regime is “a fundamentally decent government run by a fundamentally decent man [Ahmadinejad, who is] … a corruption-free man of the people who speaks truth to power”.
- Mohammad Ali Shomali denies that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, saying, “When our Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei says that building, possessing and using nuclear weapons is forbidden, you have to be sure that we are not going to do that. Otherwise our Supreme Leader would lose his credibility and we would no longer trust him as a leader”.
Sunday’s seminar is the latest in a long line of events held at the Islamic Centre of England and the Kanoon Towhid which suggest that both institutions are in fact mouthpieces of the Iranian regime. In 2012, Kanoon Towhid previously hosted, by video-link, General Mohsen Rezai, the former Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) who is on Interpol’s wanted list for his suspected involvement in the bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires.