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    Event: Syria, Gaza and the Criminalisation of Islam

    Recent events from the Middle East have placed the Muslim community in Britain in the public eye once more with their every word and action coming under microscopic scrutiny by the media and politicians. This is only the latest chapter in an ideological attack that has been ongoing for significantly longer.

    Whereas the attacks on Islamic concepts of war, political governance and the unity of Muslim lands are nothing new, they have now increased on an unprecedented scale in the wake of the rise of ISIS and its declaration of a Caliphate. The matter is not about supporting or opposing the version of a Caliphate as demonstrated by ISIS but rather the criminalisation of Islamic political thought and ideology. The concepts of jihad, shariah and khilafah are not the exclusive possession of ISIS but core Islamic doctrines subscribed to by almost one third's of the world's population. It is telling that the government's treatment of ISIS is similar to its treatment of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizb-ut Tahrir, and the Taliban, despite the enormous differences of belief and methodology between the groups.

    The Islamophobic nature of the criminalisation of those who believe in fighting in Syria against Assad is underlined by the lack of concern for British Jews who fight in the Israeli Occupation Forces, particularly at times where they are engaged in war crimes and other atrocities, such as the recent attack on Gaza.

    On the flips side, Muslims who wish to aid their brothers and sisters through the provision of humanitarian aid via aid convoys are having their homes raided, being harassed by the security services and are effectively being accused of engaging in terrorism. Charities are having their bank accounts closed without explanation and are coming under investigation by the Charity Commission simply for being involved in crisis zones like Gaza and Syria. Witch-hunts such as the Trojan Horse hoax and the mass hysteria over issues of the niqab, halal food and conservative Muslim values demonstrate that the criminalisation is spreading beyond Middle Eastern politics. Individuals and organisations within the Muslim community who have been speaking out against these policies are now under attack. They have had their organisation, business and bank accounts arbitrarily closed. Even their children's bank accounts have been closed. They are maligned in the media as terrorist sympathisers, extremists and jihadists. Some have even been imprisoned.

    The common element across all these cases is that those targeted cared for the oppressed and for those who are suffering. They have been criminalised because they cared.

    Join CAGE at this series of events around the country to unite the Muslim communities against this criminalisation of our faith, our beliefs, our mosques and organisations, and our leaders. The following regional events will take place with the large conference taking place on 20 September at the Waterlily in London.

    Sunday 14 September - 6pm

    Pakistani Community Centre, Park Hall, London Road, Reading RG1 2PA

    Jamal Harwood
    Dr Adnan Siddiqui
    Dr Uthman Lateef
    Anas al-Tikriti
    Taji Mustafa
    Wednesday 17 September - 7pm
    East Pearl Banqueting Centre, Longsight, Manchester
    Ibrahim Hewitt
    Abdullah Andalusi
    Jahangir Mohammed

    Friday 19 September - 6.30pm

    Muslim Student House (the Daar), Moseley, Birmingham

    Dr Uthman Lateef
    Ismail Adam Patel
    Abdullah Andalusi
    Dr Abdul Wahid
    Fahad Ansari

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    Re: Syria, Gaza and the Criminalisation of Islam

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    More bootlickers



    Hah!

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    Re: Syria, Gaza and the Criminalisation of Islam

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    Another update

    And they had planned their plan, but with Allāh is [recorded] their plan, even if their plan had been [sufficient] to do away with the mountains.


    Oppression itself can be quite difficult to understand. If you look at the universal working definition of oppression from the Cambridge Dictionary, oppression is defined as:

    A situation in which people are governed in an unfair and cruel way and prevented from having opportunities and freedom

    The definition alludes to a situation of restriction and perversion of freedom of people. It is understandable that when we think of oppression we think of it in the most severe form of depravity and subjugation – violence, war and the physical destruction of people and land. Thus we naturally understand it as a warfare situation which aims to obliterate the oppressed group. We think of the destroyed infrastructures of Syria and Palestine or the oppressive tyrannical regimes that cripple the Muslim world. However, would you ever think “the language of the British media” when you hear the word “oppression”?

    Without a doubt, the physical destruction and tyrannical regimes require a lot of attention because of the severity of their situation. Alḥamdulillāh, the Muslims in the UK are living a lot more securely compared to our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world. We ask Allāh to increase them in their reward and grant them success in this life and the next.

    Having said that, it is still important to understand the current dynamics and narrative discourse of the Muslims in the UK. It is vital that we acknowledge that oppression is beyond the scope of physical violence and can manifest in different guises – like language found in media which manipulates and shapes a certain narrative to deprive the oppressed party from opportunities and humanness.

    In this series on Dismantling the Language of Oppression we aim to illustrate how oppression can exist in a non-violent indirect manner which is destructive to the oppressed. In this article we will cover what dog-whistle politics is.

    Part 1: ‘Dog-Whistling’ & ‘Dog-Whistle’ Politics


    Let us focus on the type of language and narrative discourse used when discussing the Muslim identity. We cannot restrict oppression to exclusively the most extreme physical displays of hostility – like pulling off a woman’s hijāb or vandalising a masjid. Relatively, these forms are not as frequent and are not representative of the discreet and indirect forms of injustice—despite anti-Muslim hate crimes reaching four per day on average in the country’s capital.[2] Oppression and injustice can manifest themselves in different ways.

    We also cannot simply state that physical violence, vandalism and racist discriminatory slurs are the only forms of oppression because this type of injustice itself is heavily contested and rebuked by the general British public. The British populace does not wish to be seen holding on to fascist, intolerant and hate-inciting beliefs saturated with bigotry and xenophobia. Gone are the days where the iconic EDL “Get out of here, and take your mosques with you” discourse was effective in combatting the ‘Islamification’ of Britain. If anything, there is a united backlash from the British public against right-wing blatant racist discourse, like Punish a Muslim Day.[3]

    The prejudicial and oppressive narrative discourse used by our politicians has been reconstructed and repackaged in a far more diplomatic and palatable way. What is concerning is how effective it is at making the Muslim identity the “other”.

    So what is the language of oppression now? Here is where the dog whistle analogy comes in. A dog whistle is one which, when blown, cannot be heard by the human ear – yet a dog is able to hear the noise and respond to it. The high frequency of the dog whistle is completely inaudible to a human and thus, ineffective in catching their attention.

    The dog-whistle analogy is one of the most profound ways of understanding the language of oppression in the media. The altered and inconspicuous oppressive narrative discourse does not blow a loud, brash obvious whistle. Rather, it produces a frequency comprehensible by some that can catch onto the meaning sent out. What we read and what we understand are completely different. It could be that a speech is positive and in favour of protecting the British people, but what we understand is completely different. The new and altered form of oppression is troubling as it is done under the pretence of national security and appeals to the British public’s fear of terrorism. Oppression has evolved from “Go back to Mecca” to “You can live here and have a job, but your daughter can’t wear the hijab to school because we promote cohesion.” The discourse is disseminated by men and women in Parliament who are in positions of governmental leadership – essentially authorising this form of oppressive language. The language of oppression is no longer about biology or physical appearance, it is about nation-state and if someone can adapt to “British values”. Let us take the example of Theresa May. May was invited by BBC Radio to define extremism in the new counter extremism bill. She stated:

    “there are people out there sadly that are seeking to divide us. We are a government of one nation. We want to bring people together to ensure we are living together as one society. But there are those who are trying to promote hatred and intolerance, seeking to divide us into a ‘them’ and ‘us’ and undermine our British values.”

    On the surface, we see May concerned about “extremist terrorist activities” which threatens the oneness and unity of the British nation and “undermines our British values”. Now why is this “dog-whistling”? Like the human and the dog, the human cannot pick up on the frequency that the dog can, so an interview like this can escape our notice without making us think it is a cause for concern. However – those who have the ability to hear at a high frequency – like the dog – are able to understand the implicit suggestions.

    This is what the high frequency listeners hear. After the Manchester terror threat there was authorisation for MI5 officials to monitor and check masjids – as if it to suggest that it is a place of concern where the intolerable, dangerous incompatible form of Islām resides and breeds.[5] In order to qualify as possessing British values, Muslims in the UK require inoculation and screen testing to see if they are living harmoniously in “one nation”. May also states that the terrorists practise a “perversion of Islam”,[6] thus distracting from the empirically determined causes of terrorism to the racist assumption that it is ideology that drives non-White violence.[7] Considering that masjids are monitored and under constant surveillance, there is an implicit and indirect message that though Islām itself is not undermining British values, the Muslims who reside in the masjid are those who are incompatible with “British values”. It is as if strangeness of the Muslims (be it through their attendance to the masjid and their physical garments) equates to potential points of concern. The connection between the masjids and the “perversion of Islam” is a problematic connection. Being Muslim is not the issue, but being a Muslim who openly expresses their religion is where the concern lies as it is usually this type of Muslim who would enter masjids and engage in “questionable” activities.

    Let us apply the dog whistle analogy:

    Human hears: We have a bill to protect us from radical Islām.

    High frequency small group of listeners hear: Not all of Islām is a problem, but the ones who reside in MI5-monitored mosques are points of concern. That is where the fearful rare breed of Islām is from.


    Once you understand the concept of dog-whistle politics, you start to notice how often it appears. Dog-whistling may not always be done purposefully with malicious intent to subtly push forth another narrative; sometimes, it is completely innocent. However, we cannot deny that when a matter as serious as national security becomes a part of dog-whistle politics, the repercussions can be quite severe. The problematic and controversial idea that Britain needs to control Islamic activity in masjids is extremely polarising. The Islamic identity is depicted as a point of concern that requires regulation and potential intervention if it transgresses the ‘acceptable’ version of Islām. Ultimately, May’s speech could be understood as a governmental call towards the regulation of Islām and a purification of the “type” of Islām British Muslims ascribe to. The socially acceptable, untainted version is one that distances itself from the masjid and Islamic foreign activity. Anything that defies the version of “good” Islām, which is the socially tamed, docile, apolitical body, is perceived as hostile.

    https://www.islam21c.com/politics/dismantling-the-language-of-oppression-the-dog-whistle/

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    Ah 'liberal' Denmark.

    New Imam Bill makes Islam a Crime

    With an upcoming law targeting Muslim imams, preachers and lecturers, Denmark is now leading the way in Europe with far-reaching anti-Muslim laws. The so-called “Imam package” is defined by significant totalitarian features usually seen in the most infamous police states. Are we witnessing the reemergence of totalitarianism in Europe?

    Political pioneering has never quite characterised Danish politics. Throughout the last few centuries, domestic and economic policies have been copied almost directly from Denmark’s big neighbouring states: Germany, France and Britain. From Bismarck’s welfare state to Thatcher’s revival of raw Capitalism, the same changes in Central and Western Europe eventually happen in Denmark, but with a delay of some years or even decades.

    The same lack of originality is found in Danish foreign policy which has always been defined by the world’s current major powers. It supported France when Napoleon peaked in power until the British bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807, which changed Copenhagen’s loyalty from Paris to London. Denmark, unlike Norway, pledged its allegiance to Berlin when Nazi Germany looked like it was winning the war until Hitler’s devastating loss in Stalingrad consequently made Denmark a British ally again.

    The newly appointed Danish foreign minister, Anders Samuelsen, was asked recently about his vision for Danish foreign policy to which he plainly answered: “my vision is to do what the US tells us to do”.[1] The same pathetic answer could really have come from any Danish foreign minister since the beginning of the Cold War when America became the world’s leading superpower.

    Similarly, when security and integration politics were fused together by Western governments after 9/11, Denmark became even more eager to “learn” from its big neighbours. The so-called counter terrorism laws and prevent strategies of Britain is mirrored by the policies in Denmark. The “tough on Muslims” rhetoric from French and Dutch politicians is echoed in Denmark, not only from the right-wing, but from labour and socialist parties as well.

    rest here

    https://www.islam21c.com/current-affairs/new-imam-bill-makes-islam-a-crime/

    And it gets worse


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    Harsh anti-Muslim Danish laws are similar to UK CT policies and demand our urgent civil action

    In Denmark, government ministers, influenced by the far-right, have approved a raft of laws that aim to purify Europe of the influence of “others”, especially Muslims.

    The laws target low income neighbourhoods, referred to as “ghettos”. Officials and media use this term to victimise: an adult is a “ghetto parent” while a youth is a “ghetto child”. So far, nobody seems humane or conscious enough to question these designations.

    Beside this language of colonisation and racism, the laws themselves are an example of how in Europe – and even in Britain – the “muscular liberalism” heralded by the likes of David Cameron in his 2011 Munich Speech, and enforced through PREVENT and its global counterpart, CVE, is taken to its truthful end.

    Denmark’s laws serve as a warning to us all. In the midst of the broad shift to the far-right across Europe – driven in large part by Islamophobia – the paths taken by Denmark and the UK share similarities that demand our attention.

    How the welfare state has morphed into a neoconservative weapon

    Both the UK and Denmark have a strong welfare state tradition, and both have found that tradition destabilised in the wake of the financial downturn of the last decade.

    A hard right-wing element of the state – the ruling Conservatives in the UK, and the populist Danish People’s Party in Denmark – have taken that opportunity to undermine the welfare tradition further, twisting their systems from being safety nets, into ones of conditional welfare.

    This has opened these sectors to securitisation and even social engineering. Be they ‘integration’ proposals in Denmark or Prevent in the UK, this development is sold through a lens of national values – with the notion of ‘British Values’ serving as a litmus test for extremism in Britain.

    Through this lens, migrants, and especially Muslims, are framed at best as people who don’t belong, at worst criminals – this opens them up to alienation, sanctions and punishment. Bending a welfare state tradition to hard neoconservative aims has securitised the social sector and facilitated policies of social engineering.

    Right here in the UK, the cutback of public funding under austerity and its re-emergence under the banner of Prevent means Muslim community organisations, many operating out of the most deprived communities in Britain, can only exist provided they help combat ‘extremism’ and engineer Muslim communities in line with ‘British Values’.

    In both Denmark and the UK, this hard right assault was made possible through the complicity of liberal parties and the silence of the population at large, and scaffolded by the twin arms of War on Terror-era Islamophobia and anti-migrant xenophobia.

    So while the forced removal of children under these integration proposals is obviously a policy in Denmark, we must be vigilant against similar state actions in the UK, which are prone to appear under a more pleasing disguise.

    The use of Eurocentric “values” to hide the intent to take children away

    To understand the social engineering aspect of Denmark’s laws – and those that facilitate Britain’s PREVENT policy – they must be seen against the backdrop of a history of failed and cruel attempts to assimilate immigrants in countries like the Netherlands and those of Scandinavia.

    Since the early 20th century, whole government departments have been dedicated to “re-educating”, by force if necessary, errant brown people to white middle-class norms. A key tactic of this is to remove and “re-educate” children. These norms and values are seen – ironically one might point out given this violent paradigm – as respectable.

    But it is not only Muslims that can be affected by these laws. They harken towards a dystopia, where freedoms like privacy and culture, and the right to raise and nurture children, is taken out of the hands of the parents and placed firmly in the hands of the state.

    As one left-liberal admitted to the New York Times, somewhat euphemistically: “There is always a strong sense of authoritarian risk.”

    The courts as tools of institutionalised racism


    To understand just how authoritarian and scary these laws are, here they are at a glance:

    • laws ensuring that “ghetto children” are separated from their families for at least 25 hours a week, not including nap time. This is so they can undergo mandatory instruction in “Danish values,” including the traditions of Christmas and Easter (even though the vast majority of Danes are not practising Christians), and the Danish language. Noncompliance could result in a stoppage of welfare payments.
    • Punishments for citizens who live in one of the 25 targeted “ghetto neighbourhoods” are doubled for certain crimes, and based on residents’ income, employment status, education level, number of criminal convictions and “non-Western background”.
    • Immigrant parents who allow their children to make “extended” visits to their countries of origin can face a four-year prison sentence


    What is obvious from this, is that the Danish government seeks to preserve white European society even, and exceptionally, at the cost of erasing the cultural, religious and racial identity of those that look different from them, but who nonetheless must seek shelter at its shores from wars that these self-same European governments support.

    In other words, by disrupting the bonds between generations and disintegrating families, Danes hope to preserve themselves.

    We saw the likeness of this cowardly behaviour of US border police under the orders of Donald Trump at the US-Mexican border, also under the guise of immigration “policy”.

    We hear echoes of it in the stories of families who have lost children unjustly through PREVENT.

    A veneer of respectability to gloss over the intent


    The Danish Justice minister’s dismissive retort that ‘increased penalties would affect only people who break the law’ exemplifies how policing policies in the War on Terror-era hide behind a veil of neutrality while in truth they abuse the rule of law and target children.

    The pattern is such: against a backdrop of alarmist rhetoric, the net is cast wider to criminalise more behaviours, and suspect communities are arbitrarily subject to heavier and heavier policing.

    This exceptional state of policing is then expanded to the rest of society – and unjust crime and punishment will not end in the Danish ghettos, just like it will not end with Muslims under PREVENT.

    Though the Danish laws target immigrants, counter-terrorism laws in the UK appear to target would-be criminals, whose potential for crime is determined by the state.

    It is the state that evaluates the would-be criminals’ future behaviour on malleable definitions such as “extremism” (another term that nobody has really agreed upon or challenged). But they do so not, as they claim, to “safeguard”, but to crack down on belief and dissent.

    Unlike the obviousness of the Danes, PREVENT and CVE employ a number of disguises. By employing a scientifically invalid method for determining “radicalisation”, which is dressed up as fact, children are being removed from families.

    The overall result is not only trauma and alienation – which has far-reaching consequences for society – but the enforcement of a racial hierarchy that is frankly past its sell-by date. We must be vigilant against these efforts, whether they are obvious or disguised.

    Given the serious implication if these laws, our calls must be followed by urgent civil action, resistance and then, if this fails and we must do so, disobedience.

    https://www.cage.ngo/harsh-anti-musl...t-civil-action

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    Re: Syria, Gaza and the Criminalisation of Islam

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    Another update

    Wonderful from the Tory party.



    so the UK is well on the way to becoming a secular theocracy. . . .



    Difficulties of being a Muslim student



    This wasnt part of the plan!

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    Re: Syria, Gaza and the Criminalisation of Islam

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    The globalists are going to remake Islam in their own image. They are quite open about it




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