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    Syria, Gaza and the Criminalisation of Islam (OP)


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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. Not this again, LGBT brigade engaging in more good cop, bad cop routines.

    Good Cop.



    Bad Cop.





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    This is a critical assessment on a worrying narrative with attempts to manipulate Muslims and others into agreeing with moral stances which go against Islam. The focus here is on homosexual sex and its permissibility/morality.



    Very perceptive take on the LGBT agenda from David Icke (of all people!)l





    The end goal? Paranoid? We will see.

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    The transgender agenda is just part of larger social deconstruction agenda.
    They want us as genderless, family-less, raceless, nationless, religionless, mindless worker units



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    Yeah, because it’s not like all western governments have, for the past 60 years, supported anything and everything which undermines social bonds and social identities. The people’s social bonds and social identities were/are obstacles to government’s total control of and use of the people.
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    Another update. Shows how sophisticated UK government subversion campaign is against those who go against the narrative. Long article heres a short summary.





    An example of government propoganda.





    It is no longer fronted by the likes of @QuilliamOrg only, who are widely rejected by Muslims. It’s now organisations like @Imam sOnline and @faith Associates that have become the new ‘tools’ of the British State to pacify, isolate and censor Muslim agency & dissenting views.

    This article should be read & shared widely within Muslim communities. When the likes of @Imam sOnline & @faith Associates turn up to our mosques, towns & cities — know that they’re coming to fulfil a specific @ukhomeoffice funded/sanctioned/orchestrated agenda — account them.

    “Love”, “mercy”, “compassion”, “tolerance”, “we love you”, "we are proud Britons", “Islam is peace”, “we stand together against hate”, open condemnation statements, giving out roses, cakes & pakoras to non-Muslims in town/city centres, interfaith vigils with pro-Israeli groups...

    ALL falls into how the British establishment *WANTS* Muslim communities to respond in the wake of domestic & foreign terror attacks, because it can control these responses whilst using it to isolate and silence those who ask the *IMPORTANT* questions:

    causes and contributors to violence, foreign policy, domestic CVE policies, involvement and failures of the secret services, policy of collective guilt and condemnation, media double standards etc.
    So next time you engage in the above activities in the wake of terror attacks, and that is *ALL* you're going to do as part of your dawah and activism — know that you're actually contributing to the pacification and weakening of the Muslim community.

    Orchestrating and controlling public narratives away from asking the real questions in the wake of attacks.
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    THe LGBT lobby have suffered a setback. This is temporary they and their handlers wont take this lying down, they will try again.



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    With 'friends' like this who needs enemies?



    Zios have their fingers in every pie.

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    Another update

    In Support of Imām Abdullah Patel

    When Imām Abdullah Patel questioned the five candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party about the structural racism and Islamaphobic rhetoric faced by the Muslim community, there were many outcomes that could have occurred. front runner and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson could have reached out to the Muslim community and apologised for his offensive rants comparing Muslim women to bank robbers and letterboxes. The former Secretary of State for Education and Justice, Michael Gove, could have apologised for the Trojan Hoax fiasco in Birmingham. The current Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, could have apologised for his support for anti-Muslim tweets by Donald Trump. Home Secretary Sajid Javid could have apologised for ethnic slurs stereotyping “Asian paedophiles”. [1]

    Instead, what occurred was the most cynical attack on the principle that underpins all free and fair societies – accountability of politicians to the people. Imām Abdullah Patel has been attacked and vilified for no other reason than he dared to ask the future Prime Minister of this country to comment on whether “words had consequences”. [2] Their response was pathetic, and it demonstrated the reality which was implied in the question – that the Tory Party has a problem with anti-Muslim hatred.

    So, less than 24 hours after the BBC debate had ended, the consequences for Imām Abdullah Patel have been devastating: he has been suspended as Imām by Masjid e Umar in Gloucester and also been suspended as Deputy Head at Al-Ashraf Primary School, both pending investigations. The message to the Muslim community is clear and unequivocal: do not dare raise your head above the parapet and question the privileged ruling elite about anti-Muslim hatred.

    It is interesting to observe the mechanisms by which Imām Abdullah Patel was targeted. An inactive twitter account attributed to him had been scoured to find ‘controversial’ tweets that criticise ‘Israel’, and caution women against putting themselves at risk of assault. To be more specific, his twitter feed was used to share a graphic of ‘Israel’ superimposed on a map of the US with the title, “Solution for Israel-Palestine conflict – relocate Israel into United States”. No mention of hatred of Jews or their religion. No disparaging caricatures of Jewish people. Just good old-fashioned political satire criticising ‘Israel’s’ illegal occupation and the US’s unqualified support. If this alone is sufficient to get Imām Abdullah Patel suspended, pending an investigation, then one would expect calls for imminent anti-Zionist Jewish academics such as Noam Chomsky, Professor Ilan Pappe, and the 240 or so ‘Israeli’, Jewish academics [3] that peacefully challenge the ‘Israeli’ occupation to be suspended as anti-Semitic Jews??

    The Imām’s advice to women, in summary, is: ‘do not be alone with a man’. This is the orthodox position held by Sunni schools of thought; namely, that it is prohibited for an adult man and woman, who are not related, to intentionally put themselves in a position of seclusion. It is the same position adopted and propagated by Masjid e Umar and Al-Ashraf Primary School and it is the same advice given to trainee teachers in mainstream schools to guard against false allegations by students.

    Now, just take a step back to a few hours before Imām Abdullah Patel became the centre of this story. All of the Tory candidates had struggled pathetically to give a meaningful response to the question of structural racism and Islamophobia in the Conservative Party. Boris Johnson said his great-grandfather was a Muslim, Jeremy Hunt said his three children were half Chinese, Michael Gove flipped the question into a cheap shot against Jeremy Corbyn, Rory Stewart said “al-Salāmu ʿalaikum”, and Sajid Javed made a vague reference to an external enquiry. No concrete actions. No policy decisions. Not even an acknowledgement that there is a problem. This is the reality of the future Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, and this is also the reality of how a valid and meaningful debate into anti-Muslim hatred in public life was derailed by the far-right press. It is incredible that a modest Imām can be suspended from all his public duties for tweets deemed by the far-right media as ‘controversial’, while an entire panel of prospective prime ministers can simply dismiss any questions about their own anti-Muslim bigotry.

    And what of our own institutions? Our mosques? Our schools? Our charities? The purpose of having these institutions is to safeguard the interests of Islām and the Muslim in the UK and ensure the Muslim community is represented in public life. These institutions are supposed to help strengthen the identity of future generations of young Muslims and support our up and coming leaders. What message does the suspension pending investigation give to any young Muslim who wants to speak out against social injustice? What message does it give to other institutions in civic society if our own Muslim institutions are unwilling to stand up to intimidation and bullying of Muslim community leaders?

    https://www.islam21c.com/politics/in...bdullah-patel/

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    Another update.



    Bradford Literature Festival withdrawals: Prioritising principles over promotion

    Within the past day, a number of scheduled participants for the Bradford Literature Festival have announced their withdrawal from the event, on account of the Festival’s acceptance of counter-extremism funding.

    These participants include poet Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, organiser Sahar Al Faifi, ex-NUS President Malia Bouattia, activist Lola Olufemi, authors Waithera Sebatindira and Hussein Kesvani, 5 Pillars deputy editor Dilly Hussain – and all should be rightfully applauded for their principled stances.

    The Bradford Literature Festival had accepted funding from the Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) fund, which comes under the 2015 Counter Extremism Strategy.

    The list of fundees of the BSBT strategy is publicly available on the Home Office website, and spans Muslim organisations as well as sports teams, cultural organisations, social enterprises and supposedly ‘antiracist’ groups such as Hope not Hate, Faith Matters and Show Racism the Red Card.

    The Counter Extremism Strategy forms one pole of the new tripartite system of British counter-extremism that has been introduced in the last few years, worth revisiting if only to understand just how overarching the effort is to shepherd dissenting beliefs, and shape civil society on the whole.

    What once came broadly under the remit of the PREVENT strand of CONTEST alone has now expanded – with PREVENT joined by the Counter Extremist Strategy and the Integration strategy. All of them deal with various ‘strains’ of extremism in interlocking ways.

    The Counter Extremism Strategy, launched following (and in many ways directly influenced by) the so-called ‘Trojan Horse’ affair in Birmingham schools, addresses the apparently extremism-related issues of ‘entryism’ within schools, charities and universities, ‘hate crime’, Sharia arbitration councils, and FGM.

    As mentioned in our CCE Exposed report released this year
    “The Counter Extremism Strategy operates alongside and in parallel to the PREVENT strategy. Effectively it takes the framework of ‘countering extremism’ as developed under PREVENT and spreads it deeper within society.”

    Programmes like BSBT in many ways operate like a subsidiary of PREVENT, broadly unburdened by the toxicity of direct association with the programme. This then frees up PREVENT’s resources to broaden its range of targets through processes honed after experimenting on Muslim communities for over a decade.

    Given this, it would technically be incorrect to label BSBT as PREVENT, as such – but it would be equally obtuse to pretend that it wasn’t intimately connected to the very same architecture of counter-extremism – especially considering that ‘extremism’ is defined through PREVENT.

    The question of direct association with PREVENT or not, creates a mystification that PREVENT advocates have readily seized upon.

    The fact remains that the counter-extremism industry on the whole has been deeply damaging to the Muslim community, it has securitised society on the whole – and there is no way of pretending, in 2019, that we can ‘do good’ through a fundamentally bad system.

    The introduction of funding streams like the BSBT is both a throwback to the Labour-style version of PREVENT, whilst simultaneously representing a progression for the counter-extremism apparatus.

    This is because the Strategy draws in more behaviours and social issues within the purview of ‘extremism’. It also creates a culture of dependency on counter-extremism within civil society, in an age of austerity and the retraction of social welfare.

    The has reached such a point that even the very communities facing the sharp end of counter-extremism must turn to these organisations since they are establishing themselves as the only option available when it comes to funding and support.

    This attempt to normalise and expand counter-extremism must be opposed – and steps like boycotting groups that take such funding can be important tactics in the short term.

    However that also necessitates a broader, political, struggle: both against the logic that any and all social issues should be dealt with through the prism of counter-extremism, and towards the restoration of public funding explicitly decoupled from counter-extremism.

    We must both stem the tide of counter-extremism, and push to ensure that the transition out of austerity economics doesn’t see the current trickle of counter-extremism funding turn into a flood.

    https://www.cage.ngo/bradford-litera...over-promotion







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