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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

    http://www.cageuk.org/event/it-crime-care

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    Another update

    Ex-Mi5 chief’s “radicalisation” comments show the counter-terrorism sector needs to take a long hard look in the mirror

    Recent comments by the former head of MI5 Baroness Manningham-Buller claiming that radicalisation can happen “between breakfast and lunch” show that the counter-terrorism sector is making increasing shrill and sweeping statements that have little basis in fact, but which aim to ramp up fear to justify the draconian new Terrorism legislation.

    These policies aim to further the wholescale securitisation of society and strengthen a two-tier legislative environment that criminalises Islam and other beliefs that challenge the government.

    Moazzam Begg, outreach director for CAGE, said:

    “Up until now, security services and pro-government think-tanks have argued that “radicalication” occurs over a period of time. In the past, they have said that people pass through “conveyor belts” that lead to extremism. Now, we’re being told that people pass through that process and can become terrorists within hours – literally before its time for tea. Her memory may not serve her well but, in 2010 Manningham-Buller told the Chilcot inquiry: “Our involvement in Iraq radicalised a whole generation of young people … who saw our involvement in Iraq on top of our involvement in Afghanistan as an attack on Islam.”

    “We would also like to remind the former Mi5 head that she was in office when ‘false intelligence’ led to the Iraq invasion, and whose employees were complicit in the torture, rendition and interrogation of British citizens in many countries around the world. Perhaps taking a long, hard look in the mirror, amending unjust policies and holding torturers accountable, might be the best antidote for the ‘radicalisation’ the state claims is reason enough to springboard further oppressive legislation and policies.”

    https://www.cage.ngo/ex-mi5-chiefs-radicalisation-comments-show-the-counter-terrorism-sector-needs-to-take-a-long-hard-look-in-the-mirror



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    Re: Syria, Gaza and the Criminalisation of Islam

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    On the campaign to shut down Cage.



    More on that fraud Maajid



    More on 'government approved' organisations.









    More generally



    On the media



    A real extremist appears.

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    Re: Syria, Gaza and the Criminalisation of Islam

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    Algeria Bans the Niqab in the Workplace

    Algerian authorities banned women from wearing the full-face veil, also known as the niqab, at work due to problems of identification, reports Reuters.

    The government released a statement on October 18 titled ‘The duties of employees and public servants in dress codes’ insisting women to abide by the security obligations.

    “Women are obliged to respect the rules and requirements of security and communication which is at the level of their interests, and requires the recognition of their identity in an automatic and permanent manner, especially in the workplace,” the statement said.

    The government also announced before the start of the academic year that female students were not allowed to wear the full-face veil during exams as it could be used as a method of cheating.

    It also banned the saying of “In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful” from school textbooks and reduced the school hours located to religious studies.

    The National Coordination for Teachers of Islamic Sciences in Algeria noted that they are efforts “to damage educational subjects related to our national identity and to symbols of Islam.”

    However, Algerian Minister for Religious Affairs Mohamed Aissa expressed his support for the government’s reforms, noting that they are done “to put a stop to fanaticism and extremism.”

    Between 1991 and 2002, Algeria witnessed a brutal clash between the military forces and Islamist rebel groups, which lead to nearly 200,000 deaths.

    Since then, the government has been trying to monitor religious institutions and religious education in schools to control extremism.

    https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/10/...the-workplace/









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    Re: Syria, Gaza and the Criminalisation of Islam

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    This video examines the claim that Islamic terrorism eclipses all other kinds of terrorism.



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    Talks about extremism in the west and South Africa and the double standards of the hypocritical societies. Talks about not believing in any unjustified extremism.

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    Another update

    CAGE raises key concerns about PREVENT at European Education and Human Rights Forum in Vienna

    CAGE recently participated in an international conference on human rights in education in Vienna, where we raised key concerns around the implementation of PREVENT in schools in the UK.

    Our key message was that PREVENT is turning education into an apparatus of policing and the policy has no place in an education sector that intends to further human rights.

    The meeting, Organised by the Italian Organisation for Security and Cooperation, was held in Vienna and centred on the right to education as a tool to foster peace and security.

    Participating States, OSCE institutions and its executive structures, international organisations, civil society organizations and academic experts met to discuss how to advance human rights education and improve access to education.

    The opening sessions and panel discussed at length that human rights and access to education is not up to standard. Participants noted some states no longer use education to foster peace and security.

    CAGE community relations officer Shezana Hafiz highlighted that ‘the UK has not just stalled but has failed in this regard’, due to the government’s PREVENT strategy, a counterproductive policy based on a flawed method of evaluating “extremism” knows as the ERG22+. PREVENT is also being rebranded globally as CVE.

    She raised major concerns with PREVENT and CVE, explaining how the policy, which is underpinning and steering the education system, is turning it into a apparatus of “ state” policing.

    Educational Institutions should be safe spaces for all. They should promote healthy dialogue and critical thought. However what is increasingly being seen is that, in the name of countering “extremism”, the state is using PREVENT as a tool against children at school as well as young adults at university.

    This happens through the criminalisation of certain beliefs, arguments, behaviours and questions by labelling them as “extremist”, under vague definitions of the term. This often means young people who challenge government policy are viewed as suspect.

    She said the high number of false referrals of children and students on allegations of “extremism” by PREVENT is having a devastating impact on children and students in particular.

    Students are finding it difficult to organize events or academic discussions that challenge the government narrative or question domestic and foreign policy. State policy, she said, has in fact fractured the entire education structure through the stifling of dissent.

    Students have been dismissed and events shut down, meaning that students or organisations that have tried to organize healthy dialogue and debate have been criminalised.

    Shezana added that it is deeply worrying to know that PREVENT is being used as a blueprint and being replicated globally as CVE.

    The impact of such coercive state policy and securitisation of institutions is not just felt in the UK. The hijab ban in France opened the floodgates for further legislation creating a systemic hostile environment from schools to wider society.

    CAGE stated that the Committee of Justice & Libertes (CJL) in France jointly shared our concerns that state policy is not only stripping away human dignity, but is violating human rights, especially within the education sector.

    Shezana emphasised that in light of discussions around human rights in education, we must take into account that the full impact PREVENT, a deep rooted Islamophobic policy that fits into the broader paradigm of the War on Terror.

    She said the trauma suffered by young people who have been viewed under a microscope through the education framework will be counterproductive in the long run.

    She urged the international community to take the matter very seriously, as the state policies steering education were crucial in shaping the sector.

    All participants were urged to raise these concerns and to challenge PVE/CVE to restore value in our education systems.

    https://www.cage.ngo/cage-raises-key-concerns-about-prevent-at-european-education-and-human-rights-forum-in-vienna

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    Another update

    CAGE is having a huge impact on the PREVENT and CVE lobbies who seek to silence us – here’s why


    Recently, former Prime Minister turned political “consultant” Tony Blair said that the UK needed to engage in a “battle of ideas” against groups who were undermining the PREVENT strategy.

    In lieu of these comments, I thought this was an ideal time to pen an article of my recent experience at a Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) symposium.

    CVE is the name given to programmes that follow the pattern and policy of PREVENT, except it applies on a global stage. There are CVE programmes being developed and implemented around the world. Many governments, academic institutions and private businesses are putting forth their ideas on how to supposedly stop the cycle of violence through countering “extremism”.

    Not having an accepted legal definition of “extremism” has done little to stop government efforts to promote PREVENT and CVE programmes. I do not believe there can be a workable definition of “extremism” since the term itself is highly subjective.

    The fact that PREVENT and its vague notion of “extremism” have now been exported globally is deeply concerning.

    Like PREVENT, CVE in essence gives governments around the world (some of whom are hostile towards Islam), the power to decide what is “extremism” when it comes to Islam and Muslims, and what is not, depending on how it perceives “threat”.

    The UK has in a sense delivered to many despotic governments a startling – and profitable – method of control, the result being a growing CVE sector that has alarmed even the UN.

    I attended this symposium to understand and debate CVE and its effects. Over those two days, I listened to presentations and speeches from the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office, police force, intelligence services, private military contractors, academics and non-governmental organisations.

    On this occasion it was useful to have CAGE there as a counter point to the ideas that these individuals and groups, who had much to gain financially from the CVE sector, were putting forward. Also such meetings give a deeper insight into the development of this sector and as a leading voice calling for an end to these policies, we must remain informed.

    I was asked to leave because people felt uncomfortable talking in front of CAGE


    At lunchtime on the first day of the conference, I was asked to leave the symposium by the convenor. When I queried as to why, the convenor said some of the the panelists had reservations about speaking in front of me, based on the organisation I work for.

    I was even told to stop “fastidiously taking notes”, despite the fact we were all there to learn, discuss and debate.

    Why did they want me to leave? Were they fearful that their ideas would not hold up to scrutiny?

    I explained to the convenor that I was not prepared to leave because we were there to discuss how to stop the cycle of violence and CAGE had much to give in terms of a critical discussion on the issues at hand, otherwise it would be a disingenuous, one-sided affair.

    This attempt to silence CAGE is something which we continually face. CAGE has been upfront in its call to end PREVENT since its inception, and we will continue to do so.

    PREVENT is a flawed programme which alienates the Muslim community and it is also an affront to due process and therefore is a long term a threat to society itself.

    That PREVENT is now being extended globally in the form of CVE, means that those who critique it, including us, have not been adequately heard on the global stage, especially by Muslim organisations and charities.

    It is even more concerning that to other organisations, in countries around the world where the civil society sector is nowhere near as strong as the UK, PREVENT is being touted as an unparalleled success.

    But in my role as senior caseworker at CAGE, I see firsthand the negative impact PREVENT is having on families.

    Whether it’s “Yusra” who went through a three year ordeal to keep her children because of PREVENT, leading to her having a heart attack, or “Ghada” who was was temporarily taken into care leading to a deterioration in her physical and mental health, and long term issues in her family – the impact of PREVENT involvement in families and in young peoples’ lives has been traumatic and counter-productive.

    A gathering of people who single out Islam as a problem

    But why was CAGE asked to leave?

    It was apparent throughout the two days that most of the arguments presented provided a lopsided view in favour of CVE. There was no discussion as to whether CVE programmes should exist in the first place.

    Rather, everyone assumed that CVE models needed to exist to combat the threat of violence, despite there being a body of academic research which questioned the effectiveness and efficacy of CVE models.

    The focuses of the presentations were overwhelmingly on Muslims and on violence allegedly committed by Muslims.

    I informed those in the room that the focus on Muslims by the government is based on media perception rather than empirical evidence. I highlighted to the other speakers and those in attendance, for example, that Europol had released statistics in May 2018 concerning failed, foiled and completed terrorist attacks. These stats explicitly stated that ethno-nationalist and separatist attacks accounted for the by far the largest proportion (137) of the attacks.

    More than half of these (88) were security-related incidents in Northern Ireland. In comparison, 33 were carried out by so called “jihadist inspired attacks” – most of them not using bombs.

    What was the response from those in attendance to these facts? Was it an acknowledgement that the focus on Muslims might be misplaced? Was it that these models might but not actually work?

    No, not at all. Rather there was an attempt to defend the focus on Muslims.

    Manufacturing a faulty narrative in order to build a sector to deform Islam


    An individual from military intelligence sought to reinforce the narrative, throughout the two days that the focus on Muslims was valid. He said that attacks by ethno nationalist and separatists amounted nothing more than pipe bombs going off in local authorities, which were small in scale whereas the attacks by Muslims were more impactful.

    I rebutted that CVE models supposedly look at why someone carries out or attempts to carry out attacks, not at the the effectiveness of attacks.

    As I said to those present at the symposium, it appears that PREVENT and its global counterpart CVE exceptionalise – and dare I say even capitalise on – violence allegedly committed by Muslims.

    This is possibly due to the fact that ramping up fear around Islam works in many ways in favour of these individuals and groups who seek to benefit financially from “deradicalisation” efforts that make up PREVENT and CVE.

    These efforts, couched in “safeguarding” language – but being far from it, as our recent report shows – essentially seek to remould Islamic beliefs.

    What I realised during the symposium was that the decision makers were well aware of our work within the area, and they were well aware of our knowledge of their actual aims, and our methods to counteract them.

    As someone that has been part of CAGE for a number of years, I have not always had the chance to really see the impact we are having on those we oppose, since much of my work is supporting survivors of PREVENT.

    Sitting amongst these people, even being asked to leave and stop taking notes, showed me that CAGE is having a huge impact. It also shows me that those who gather for such symposiums are not interested in our arguments, and in fact they are afraid of them.

    This gave me and the team immense confidence to continue as we have been.

    Whether we are smeared in the right-wing press or criticised by former, and current, Prime Ministers, we will continue to do our work to protect the Muslim community from state interference in their lives and beliefs – and we will keep calling for due process and the rule of law to be upheld, towards our goal for a world free of oppression.

    https://www.cage.ngo/cage-is-having-...e-us-heres-why

    How the 'terror' narrative changes over time.



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    Re: Syria, Gaza and the Criminalisation of Islam

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    Another update

    PREVENT policy continues a colonialist legacy of removing children from their families

    Amal Muhammad introduces a new report by advocacy group CAGE which draws parallels between the US Family Separation Policy, PREVENT and the treatment of indigenous children and families

    It was only months ago that the brutality of US President Trump’s Family Separation Policy was halted in the face of global outrage – an instinctive recognition of the fundamental human need of children to be with their parents.

    But while news-cycle images from across the Atlantic of terrified children being hauled away towards caged detention facilities and toddlers representing themselves in court made a mockery of due process, a more covert and altogether more unsettling family separation process has gained momentum closer to home.

    A recent report by advocacy group CAGE featuring an academic analysis of wardship cases involving “extremism” in the UK, as well as startling testimonies of parents who have been through attempts to remove their children or have had them removed based on allegations of “extremism” – has revealed the poisonous effects of the government’s PREVENT policy on families, particularly Muslims, in the UK.

    Under the guise of counter-terrorism and through the manipulation of political rhetoric and the hijacking of established child safeguarding norms, Muslim families have become the subject of a state-led ‘witch-hunt’ looking to tear away children based on elusive and unsound notions of ‘radicalisation’ and ‘extremism’.

    With counter-terrorism police spearheading social care investigations; interrogations of children (some under the age of 7) being conducted in schools and at home, sometimes without the knowledge, permission or presence of parents; the use of secret evidence and closed proceedings in wardship cases, PREVENT’s punitive policy measures are increasingly being seen as an unjustified erosion of the rule of law and the beginning of a self-made crisis.

    Removing children from their parents is a legacy of colonisation

    Such unconscionable overreaches of state intervention are not a novel phenomena nor are they the unavoidable consequences of twenty-first century geopolitics. Rather they are chapters taken from history – tried, tested and reflected in the stain of imperial colonialism and the legacy of state-led assimilationist policies the world over.

    After all it was only in 1996 that the last of the 130 residential schools that operated across Canada for the assimilation of 150,000 Indigenous children was finally closed.

    The ‘Stolen Generations’ of Australia suffered similar horrors as a result of a succession of oppressive and arbitrary legislative acts sanctioning the forced removal of 50,000 Indigenous children from their homes.

    The resultant wave of devastation and shared intergenerational trauma continues to haunt these communities, with high rates of alcoholism, suicide and incarceration compounded by the current “humanitarian crisis” of disproportionate representation of Indigenous children in state care.

    In South Africa, the policy of Apartheid which prohibited black adults from living in white residential areas, meant their children were left behind in “homelands” while they went in search of work.

    The psychological trauma and wholesale devastation of black family and community life that ensued was the result only of calculated government strategies to maintain power.

    Why is the British government adopting the same approach to Muslims?

    It is imperative then, given this retrospection, to ask why the UK government has insisted on assuming a pro-separation and aggressive interventionist stance towards the family life of its Muslim citizens.

    One mother In CAGE’s report describes the blinkered suspicion with which packing boxes were viewed in her new home by ‘child safeguarding agents’.

    A father narrates a family’s devastating three year ordeal with PREVENT, detailing how videos of cycling routes were recorded by officers as ‘extremist material’, the act of buying kitchen knives as exhibiting an intention to attack MI5 and incredulously the absence of a TV in the house (due only to the severe lack of finances) as ‘evidence’ of ‘radicalisation’.

    This assignment of meaning and intention to ordinary actions through prejudiced, subjective judgments of Islam rather than engagement in any meaningful analysis of child welfare exposes the superficiality of claims that PREVENT is about “safeguarding” – and points towards something else.

    PREVENT is adopting a colonialist approach to Muslims

    No account within the report fails to note the centrality of religion and religious observance in the line of inquiry by ‘safeguarding’ officers – adherence to fundamental pillars of Islam such as performance of the five daily prayers have become considered indicative of “radicalisation”.

    While judges have paid lip-service to notions of religious tolerance and diversity, religious practice, expression and any genuine diversity is being steadily stifled, rejected and effectively criminalised by PREVENT, with young children dragged unnecessarily through care proceedings and parents coerced into compliance.

    This is all despite repeated admissions by both social care workers and judges themselves that the children are well provided for in nurturing and loving homes.

    The deliberate decision to place a teenage girl with a non-Muslim family, disallowed from conversing with her parents in Arabic or seeing them unaccompanied contextualises one father’s concerns: “I felt like it was my religion and belief that was on trial. It was not about whether I was caring for the children properly.”

    It was not too long ago that Canadian assimilation agendas (the ‘Sixties Scoop’) saw Indigenous children removed from their families under the pretext of ‘child welfare’ and placed with non-Indigenous families. Prohibited from speaking their own languages and practicing their own faiths, the aim was to disrupt the natural transmission of cultural identity and ‘civilise’.

    A giant step backwards for a Britain that professes to be multicultural

    Much like these colonialist attitudes towards “morally deficient” indigenous communities – the precursor to the mass and systematic separation of families – PREVENT’s paternalistic framework, armed with its model of ideological “radicalisation”, necessitates a counter ideology to neutralise the threat.

    A dossier released by the Legal Action for Women recognised that “Removing children from their homes is perhaps the most severe government intrusion into the lives of citizens. It is also one of the most terrifying experiences a child can have. The damage caused by disrupting these ties may be far greater than the harm agencies are trying to avoid.”

    With recent numbers indicating that children under the age of 15 constitute a third of all referrals to PREVENT (not to mention the well documented harms which plague state care), it is high time to ask why the social care system is being exploited as a vehicle of encroachment into Muslim family life.

    It is through our understanding of history and the acknowledgement of our shared pain, then and now, that we can bring about a unified effort to challenge and remove these policies once and for all.

    https://mediadiversified.org/2018/10/22/prevent-policy-continues-a-colonialist-legacy-of-removing-children-from-their-families/

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    Another update

    Zionist David Toube appointed director of policy at Quilliam

    A former writer for the pro-Israel blog Harry’s Place has been appointed Director of Policy at the Quilliam Foundation.

    David Toube used to be an outspoken voice for Harry’s Place which supports Israel and attacks those who oppose it, often accusing Muslim activists of anti-Semitism.

    Here is a video of David Toube attacking CAGE activists and several other Muslim activists at an event in London in 2009.

    He has already started to make media appearances for Quilliam, which is regularly used by the mainstream media to comment on Muslim affairs.

    The website of the “anti-extremism” organisation says that Toube was educated at Southampton University and at Brasenose College, Oxford, and is a barrister by training. He taught law at Queen Mary University of London and then practiced law for 25 years.

    It adds: “David has been active in counter-extremism activism and writing for fifteen years, and has written for The Guardian and other news outlets, and for the prominent anti-extremist website, Harry’s Place. His focus is on far Left, far Right and Islamist extremism, and on extremism, polarisation and conspiracism within political culture.”

    In recent years Quilliam, which is led by Maajid Nawaz, has taken a pro-Israel position which runs contrary to the overwhelmingly anti-Israel stance adopted by the Muslim community.

    Earlier this year Nawaz won the “communal ally of the year” award at the pro Israel Jewish News Awards.

    At an event packed with hard-core Zionists, Nawaz won an award designed to reward “a non-Jewish hero who has used their voice to fight anti-Semitism or delegitimisation of Israel or has simply supported the community in the media, in politics or elsewhere over the last two years.”

    Once a harsh critic of Israel, Nawaz now uses his various media platforms to defend the Zionist regime and rail against anti-Semitism.

    https://5pillarsuk.com/2018/10/18/zionist-david-toube-appointed-director-of-policy-at-quilliam/

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    First and foremost may the peace and blessings and mercy of God be upon the messenger, his family and companions as for what follows;

    No one who is Muslim or even non-Muslim can deny the tragedies in Syria, Palestine, Burma and elsewhere many even claim that locations such as Burma go unnoticed or unchecked, but what of the situation in Iraq? Have we forgotten the land of Dijlah and Furat, it appears to be so. We have all shed tears and made dua and been outraged about the genocidal campaign in Syria against our Ummah as well as elsewhere but how many of us have even remembered that Iraq is being slaughtered. Iraq is one of the most under reported and ignored tragedies afflicting us as an Ummah. Iraq is the land of Ibrahim and the heart of the Arab Nations and today it is a floor mat for the Iranian Safawi Majoos, it was Umar Ibn Khattab who said "Iraq is the skull of the Arabs and the spear of Allah in the Earth" and today it has been reduced to humiliation from the deserts of Anbar to the mountain of Diyala.

    The Rafidi death squads that torment the people of Syria originate from Iraq, yet go unnoticed when they call themselves the "Popular" Mobilization Forces, and have not finished their quest for blood against Ahlus Sunnah from among the Arabs of Iraq and Sham as well as even Kurdish whom they used as allies then betrayed such as their nature and history has shown time and time again. The so-called "Popular" Mobilization Forces even have the arrogance and nerve to call themselves as such a "Popular Mobilization" when even other Rafida thugs such as Muqtada al-Sadr can't evens stand the Safawi Mobilization Forces.

    But not only has the world turned their backs on Iraq the world has actively supported the Safavid government on an unprecedented level to which all nations of the world aligned or not have called upon one another to support this government regardless of their criminality, brutality or blatant hatred. Even the Nusayri Bashar and the Party of Satan from Lebanon have received wide condemnation from Muslims and non-Muslims alike, while the Iraqi government which is arguably worse in terms of bloodshed has been praised. The hypocrisy of Iraq's own Safavid regime is evident claiming to be anti-American and anti-Western whilst its largest backers are such, its army uses weapons from the very nations it claims to oppose while holding onto the humiliatingly false banner of "Resistance" in its anti-Islamic holocaust that not even the most hateful from among the west or Zionists could commit.

    Never has such a coming together of forces been seen since the era of the Mongol invasions, and history has repeated itself making Iraq yet again fill history with its blood, while the world looks on and actively supports the Rafidi government while the arrogant-sadistic Rafidi government of Iraq continues to blame its issues on the west like menstruating whores angry at their owners, and unsurprisingly the ignorantly stupid Rafida scholars and laymen alike continue to believe the deceitful narrative of the lies of the so-called "Islamic" Dawa Party and Badr Organization that run Iraq about the tales of an American plot to destroy Islam yet conveniently ignoring the origins of Iraq's government and the very structure of the army they love and call "Mujahideen" and "Resistance".

    Even laymen Jahils from among Ahlus Sunnah wa-Jamaah will praise the Rafida under the pretenses of "Resistance" whilst ignoring the Rafida hatred for Islam and Arabs, never has there been evidence so clear of a criminal plot.

    Never forget Iraq and may you keep the people of Iraq in your prayers
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    The Prevent strategy: From violent international terrorism to local religious conservatism

    Journalist Nargess Moballeghi has written a series of in-depth articles about how the government’s Prevent counter extremism strategy targets Muslims. In this first piece, she explains the conceptual framework behind Prevent and how it has impacted on the Muslim community.

    There has been a proactive effort, especially since 2006, to expand the law and broaden the definition of terrorism to no longer centre on criminal violent terrorists, but focus on the entire Muslim community.

    This strategy was launched by the Labour Party, but has been particularly intensified by subsequent Tory-led governments. Central to this strategy is Prevent, also introduced in 2003, as part of the government’s wider “counter-terrorism” strategy called Contest.

    Contest contains four “priorities” or departments: Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare. Prevent aims to tackle “radicalisation” thus “preventing” people from turning in to extremists and terrorists.

    Initially, Prevent played a minor role in Contest relative to the other strands. But following the attacks in London on 7th July 2005, the importance of the Prevent strategy increased. At its core, the Prevent strategy was built to be the “hearts and minds” dimension of the overall Contest strategy.

    Prevent targets Muslims. Its very foundations assume that there is a correlation between Muslim populations and risk of terrorism. When it was first launched, funding was “allocated on the basis of Muslim population size, with those areas with the largest Muslim population receiving the most funding”.The government literature talked about the number of Muslims in a particular area being a proxy for the risk of radicalisation.

    Notably, the policy doesn’t apply in Northern Ireland, even though the MI5 threat rating for Northern Ireland-related terrorism is the same as from international terrorism. When Northern Irish MP Gavin Robinson asked a government official about thishe was told “don’t push the issue too far. It is really a counter-Islamic strategy.”

    In March 2009 the Government launched a revised strategy, popularly known as CONTEST II that took Prevent from the “least developed strand of Contest” to “the forefront of counter-terrorism” work. In the years since it has become a toxic policy that has been repeatedly expanded to infringe on ordinary Muslims.

    Non-violent extremism and British values


    Since the 2011 Prevent Strategy the government has defined “extremism” as “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values.” The government has described 4 key “fundamental British Values” – “democracy”, “the rule of law”, “individual liberty”, and “mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

    Beyond this, there is no specific definition of “British Values” or explanation of where the lines of “opposition” – that would result in you being an “extremist” – are drawn.

    It is purposefully broad and vague. If you vocally oppose the British view on democracy or liberty or tolerance then you are an extremist, even if that vocal opposition is simply a tweet.

    The government uses the term “terrorism” and this broad definition of “extremism” (“opposition to British Values”) symbiotically. For example in the 2011 Prevent Strategy they state that “we will respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat from those who promote it. In doing so, we must be clear: the ideology of extremism and terrorismis the problem”.

    The government believes that vocal opposition to “British values” means you are a “non-violent extremist” somewhere along the line of becoming a terrorist. This is the process the government calls “radicalisation.”

    This process has become popularly known as “the conveyer belt theory of radicalisation” or as the government describe it, a “pathway to terrorism.”

    The conveyor belt theory of radicalisation

    “Radicalisation” is the process in which this “extremism” (opposition to fundamental British values) takes hold of ordinary British Muslims and “drives” them to terrorism. The “pathway” suggests that any Muslim who opposes “fundamental British values” is somewhere along the conveyer belt to terrorism.

    Within the government there are differing views on the mechanics of this conveyer belt pathway; some staunchly believe that ideology alone is sufficient to lead to terrorism, other “more liberal” voices think ideology needs to mix with other “key ingredients” – like social deprivation, or criminal background – to take you all the way to the end of the conveyer belt to a terrorist act.

    But all government views are rooted in the same foundation; that there is something inherent in their ideology that radicalises Muslims to some extent or another towards terrorism.

    The main government policy to deal with this “radicalisation” is the “Prevent” policy, which sees extremism as “the foundation, the driver for terrorism.”

    The research used by the government as the basis for identifying this “radicalisation” in the Prevent programme has been classified. We know that it was conducted by two psychologists at the Prison Service, and that they identified 22 risk factors that make individuals “vulnerable to extremism”. The government call this the “Extremism Risk Guidance 22+” but won’t reveal what the 22 factors are.

    However the psychologists who wrote this research, which is called the “The Science of Pre-crime” have discussed their methodology in an academic journalin which amongst other things, they admit that they do not factor political grievancein to their scientific model of radicalisation.

    A review of that article led to 140 academics, scientists and experts writing an open letterwarning that the government’s Prevent policy “relies on flawed science’. “Tools that purport to have a psychology evidence base are being developed and placed under [law] while their “science” has not been subjected to proper scientific scrutiny or public critique.”

    In fact, the professional body that represents psychiatrists in the UK, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, has raised concerns about “the variable quality of the evidence underpinning the strategy” and called on the governmentto publish the evidence so it can be subject to scientific scrutiny.

    Prevent duty

    Yet on the basis of this secret research the government put Prevent on a statutory footing in its 2015 legislation. The Prevent Dutynow requires, by law, that all those in local government, criminal justice, education, child care, health and social services refer individuals who they suspect of “being at risk of radicalisation” to the authorities.

    Being at risk doesn’t mean you have acted. It merely means that the person reporting you thinks youmaybe at risk of possiblybehaving a certain way.

    Whilst these “risk factors” have been kept a secret by the government, teachers who have been given Prevent Duty training say they include if a child starts wearing the hijab, growing a beard or starts to pray. Teachers have been told in Prevent training that they should look out for and report this “behaviour” to Prevent if they see it happening.

    The National Union of Teachers has saidPrevent has turned teachers in to “frontline stormtroopers, who listen… spy and notify the authorities” and that it is “shutting down debate”.

    Amongst dozens of cases that have made the media are a 4 year old who was threatened with Prevent referralfor mispronouncing “cucumber” as “cooker bomb and a 14 year old being questioned about ISISafter a classroom discussion about environmental activism.

    Prevent for the under fives

    Advice given by Pacey, the professional association for childcare and early years (under five years old) illustrates the extent that “British Values” is now imbedded in Prevent and also how inherent Prevent has become. Pacey has a dedicated section for “British values the Prevent Duty”which says “British values…help keep children safe and promote their welfare….specifically to counter terrorism. Promotion of British values is firmly embedded in the work that you do”

    So how does a child carer stay “alert” to the radicalisation of children under five years old? Pacey has a “British values wheel” and a “jargon-free blog”that breaks this down.

    “So, let’s start with democracy. Think of democracy as a situation where everyone is treated equally and has equal rights,” the blog starts. Then using two separate photos of toddlers playing together, it says “Hollie has filled up a bucket with water and fetched a paintbrush which she’s been painting the fence with. Does she mind Sean dipping in with a brush of his own?”

    In another example it says “okay, now we have just one cardboard box and two explorers who want it for their rocket. Who goes first? What will we each do while we’re in the box and out of the box?”

    The implication being made is clear; how children under five play with each other can be used to assess their adherence to British values, and their non-adherence could mean they are radicalised. In short, if a four your old doesn’t share his paintbrush, he might be an extremist!

    In 2016, after an investigatory visit to the UK, the UN Human Rights office made a scathing attack on the government’s Prevent programmesaying it’s focus on non-violent extremism was too broad and that;

    “…students, activists, and members of faith-based organisations related countless anecdotes of the program being implemented in a way that translates simply into crude racial, ideological, cultural and religious profiling, with consequent effects on the right to freedom of association of some groups. Environmentalists, anti-capitalist groups and some Members of Parliament have reportedly been provided as examples of extremists in Prevent trainings.

    “This lack of definitional clarity, combined with the encouragement of people to report suspicious activity, have created unease and uncertainty around what can legitimately be discussed in public…the spectre of Big Brother is so large, in fact, that I was informed that some families are afraid of even discussing the negative effects of terrorism in their own homes, fearing that their children would talk about it at school and have their intentions misconstrued.

    “Even more disturbingly, the Government is considering using some aspects of the Prevent “non-violent extremism” framework as a model for its forthcoming Counter-Extremism Bill. For example, the Bill reportedly may authorise the issuance of civil orders to ban “non-violent extremist groups” – defined in vague terms open to arbitrary interpretation.”

    “I urge the Government to carefully consider the negative unintended consequences of such provisions. It is difficult to define the term “non-violent extremist” without treading into the territory of policing thought and opinion. Innocent individuals will be targeted.”

    2016 onwards – legislating against religious conservatism

    What the UN describes as “even more disturbing” brings us to the latest government drive on Prevent. In recent years the government has tried to find a way to bring in to law civil orders such as “Extremism Disruption Orders”[EDOs] to give them power to ban individuals and organisations they say are “radicalised” because of their “vocal non-violent extremism” – an “extremism” that could simply be criticism of the British government. The government itself admits that EDO’s will go “beyond terrorism” and “eliminate extremism in all its form”.

    As this parliamentary report states “the Government’s proposals rest on the assumption that there is an escalator that starts with religious conservatism and ends with support for violent jihadism, and that violence is therefore best tackled by curtailing or placing restrictions on religious conservatism. However, it is by no means proven or agreed that religious conservatism, in itself, correlates with support for violent jihadism. The aim should be to tackle extremism that leads to violence, not to suppress views with which the Government disagrees.”

    “If extremism is to be combated through legal mechanisms, such as civil orders, clarity as to the definition of extremism will be essential. Currently, the Government defines extremism as the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values…the question then arises, what is an extremist: if someone denounces the judiciary for being Islamophobic, is that undermining the rule of law or is it the exercise of free speech? It is difficult to arrive at a more focused definition of extremism and it does not appear that the Government so far has been successful in arriving at one. It is far from clear that there is an accepted definition of what constitutes extremism, let alone what legal powers there should be, if any, to combat it.”

    What is clear is that the government views religious conservatism (that could be seen as any view counter to the liberal, secular Islam that it promotes) as part of the problem and its aim is to legislate against it.

    But the broad definitions the government uses have meant they have hit a legal brick wall when trying to expand the law. They have had to backtrack on the EDO’s and are now trying to find new ways to reach their objective, by ratcheting up pressure where they can and continuing to try and find a way to legislate.

    For example, in 2016, the Queen Speech (in which she announces the governments planned policies and legislation for the year ahead) did not mention EDO’s but spoke to a more vague“civil order regime to restrict activity.”

    This would be just as problematic. In fact, as the Defend Free Speech coalition concludes“the chances of coming up with a definition that does not criminalise those with traditional or challenging views, such as people of faith, outspoken academics or anti-fracking campaigners seems highly remote.”

    The government is already demonising those with “traditional or challenging views” but they haven’t given up on trying to criminalise them too. It is still trying to find new and innovative ways to reach its objective of legalising the banning of “non-violent extremist” groups. In 2017, just five days before the UK general election there was a terrorist attack in London. Theresa May took the opportunity to saythat “enough is enough” and that “things need to change”.

    She unveiled an “enough is enough” four-point plan to tackle extremism. Criminalising non-violent extremism (the same policy she had been struggling to pass in to law for two years) was one of the four points. Except now she was saying“If human rights get in the way of doing these things, we will change those laws to make sure we can do them.”

    It is also unclear what legal and political vacuum Brexit will leave, that could empower Theresa May to implement controversial new legislation. It may be that government again passes legislation that will be found to be illegal and overturned in the courts, but many of our organisations and individuals could be banned, legislated against and destroyed during that process.

    It’s clear that this is the government’s intended objective. Whilst they find a way to overcome the hurdles to reach it, they are employing all other tactics available to them, to get as close to this banning as possible.

    The Muslim face of Prevent

    For example, as part of her “enough is enough” strategy May also set up the Commission for Countering Extremism headed by Sara Khanan unpopular establishment Muslim whose organisation Inspirereceives Prevent funding. Khan is a vocal supporter of Prevent policy, and her appointment has been slammed across the board.

    Inspire provides Prevent training. In this articledescribing one of their sessions, Inspire shows a video of a teacher saying a pupil was “struggling to fit in and not sure, culturally, where she belonged … I am not suggesting she was going to support terrorism, but the opportunity was there if someone wanted to push her down that path.” It is this kind of “troubling behaviour” Inspire tells people to look out for; if you “struggle to fit in” you may be a “terrorist”.

    The appointment of Khan and the Commission is just another arm in the government’s drive towards legislating against the free speech of Muslims. Prevent relies on the Muslim figures and organisations that it funds to give it legitimacy, not to the Muslim community where Prevent has no credibility, but in the broader political arena that drives the argument for legislation.

    These “Prevent-funded Muslims” become the Muslim figures that support government policy to the wider public, whilst disengaging and side-lining actual Muslim community opinion. These “Prevent Proxies” become the “Muslim voice calling for legislation.”

    Experts say that Prevent is also based on embedded surveillance and intelligence network. This network of Muslims work towards labelling and isolating “radicals” in their host communities as I will evidence in the next section. It is in this legal, political and intelligence paradigm that the subsequent case study of the British Shia community should be placed.

    https://5pillarsuk.com/2018/11/04/the-prevent-strategy-from-violent-international-terrorism-to-local-religious-conservatism/

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    Oh dear, the rulers of UAE reveal their true colours.


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    'Prevent' is one of four strands ​of the UK government's wider counter-terrorism strategy and was established to deal with radicalisation within the Muslim community. It has also come under criticism for alienating those it's trying to reach. And a report by advocacy group CAGE is accusing the government of removing children from allegedly radicalized parents. They say that’s breaking the law, so when is intervention to protect children necessary?



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    This is tremendous. The Brits have provided an exhausting platform for radicals to engage critically upon. How can you have time for jihad when you are arguing nuances in the Prevent law ? Reducing Islamism to a youthful, rite of passage of activism, appears to be working.

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    History lesson.

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    MEND responds to criticism from Iain Duncan Smith

    We understand that since attending the launch of our Islamophobia Awareness Month in Parliament, the Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith has issued a statement clarifying he does not support MEND. This does not particularly trouble us since supporting the issue of tackling Islamophobia, and more importantly working to eradicate it, is more important than supporting any one organisation.

    However, our concern is that he also used the post to suggest that we are not a “force for ‘community cohesion“. Firstly, we note a conspicuous absence of any analysis of our positive work. We wish to remind Mr Duncan Smith of the appalling attack on one of his Muslim constituents in 2016, and the subsequent protest against this organised by MEND and Stand Up to Racism with the support of Waltham Forest Council of Mosques. Hundreds of people attended this event and we invite readers to decide for themselves as to whether we contributed to community cohesion or created division.

    Nor does Mr Duncan Smith acknowledge our work in the Islamophobia Response Unit which has supported hundreds of victims of both hate crime and discrimination; our free Islamophobia exhibition dispelling stereotypes and showcasing positive British Muslim role models; or our provision of free masterclasses on media and political engagement which have empowered over 3,000 people in the community. It would also have been worthwhile to mention our Working Groups in towns and cities up and down the country, that have constructively engaged with councils, police and schools to tackle hate crime and Islamophobia. Finally, Mr Duncan Smith may be unaware that institutions such as the World Economic Forum and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights have commended our work.

    As evidence for his suggestion that we are not a “force for ‘community cohesion“, Mr Duncan Smith cites our opposition to the appointment of Sara Khan as Commissioner for Countering Extremism earlier this year. We would suggest that if this is what defines an organisation as not being a “force for ‘community cohesion”, it is imperative to consider the voices across the political spectrum who also opposed her appointment at the time, including Baroness Warsi (Conservative), Naz Shah MP (Labour) and Baroness Hussein-Ece (Liberal Democrat).

    More importantly, over 100 Muslim organisations Imams and individuals, including the Muslim Council of Britain, FOSIS (Federation of Student Islamic Societies) and the Association of Muslim Lawyers signed a letter to the Home Secretary criticising Ms Khan’s appointment on the grounds of her lack of qualifications for the role, dearth of grassroots credibility amongst the Muslim community, and concerns over transparency. The signatories included the Waltham Forest Council of Mosques, which includes the mosque in Mr Duncan Smith’s own constituency, Chingford Mosque. It would be useful for Mr Duncan Smith to clarify if he also considers this cacophony of politicians and community organisations to be damaging to community cohesion for articulating their concerns over Ms Khan’s appointment.

    Mr Duncan Smith further suggests that he will now have discussions with Ms Khan as to how he can ensure his colleagues are “made aware of the nature of groups whose activities do not promote community cohesion”. Firstly, one must question for what purpose he will now conduct this campaign. One assumes that this will be to dissuade his colleagues from engaging with us. One must, question exactly why this is? The tenets of democracy dictate that the public should be free to meet with their elected politicians. Mr Duncan Smith’s statement appears to suggest that he and Ms Khan will seek to establish a list of ‘undesirable’ organisations to ensure that only the ‘the right Muslim organisations’ are allowed to enter into our hallowed Parliamentary spaces. This is the very definition of structural Islamophobia, i.e. the denial of equal rights of access to political structures to certain organisations. It would be surprising for Mr Duncan Smith to seek to institutionalise the very thing he publicly opposed so eloquently at our event.

    Secondly, it is indicative of a severe lack of confidence in Mr Duncan Smith’s Parliamentary colleagues if he feels that they need to be ‘told’ whom they can and cannot engage with. In the spirit of democracy and democratic debate, we would argue that a more constructive approach would be to encourage dialogue and discussion with varying sides of an argument in order arrive at an informed position.

    MEND, like many other organisations, has met with MPs from across all political parties. Our work speaks for itself and we urge Mr Duncan Smith to examine it. We have not always agreed with the parliamentarians we have met on every issue, but this is the very nature of political engagement and debate in a democratic society. To attempt to shut down such debate is inherently undemocratic.

    Indeed, Mr Duncan Smith’s parliamentary colleague Dominic Grieve QC MP, chaired the Citizens Foundation’s Missing Muslims report which recommended inter alia that the Government should end the “apparent boycott of certain organisations” and that this “could best enable the Government to hear from the widest possible cross-section of the UK’s Muslim communities”. It seems that far from ending such a boycott, Mr Duncan Smith perhaps wants to institutionalise the boycott of groups like MEND, simply for being critical of governmental policies and positions.

    Finally, the focus upon Ms Khan within Mr Duncan Smith’s argument is cause for alarm. In her role of ‘countering extremism’, it would be worrying if Mr Duncan Smith is implying that she is the sole arbiter of which Muslims organisations are to be able to enter Parliament to even talk to MPs and Member of the House of Lords. We look forward to hearing more on this new proposed aspect of her role.

    Since he has publicly stated his opposition to Islamophobia, we have sincerely invited Mr Duncan Smith to meet with us to allow us to address his concerns and present the positive benefits of our work, as indeed many members of both Houses have already taken the time to do. We hope that he takes this opportunity to meet, reflect and to retract and apologise for the above comments, which it appears were made without a clear and comprehensive understanding of our work. We await a response to our invitation.

    https://mend.org.uk/news/mend-statement-response-iain-duncan-smith/

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