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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



    And lets not forget.







    I think China would beat the UAE but point made.
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    Re: Syria, Gaza and the Criminalisation of Islam

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    Tariq Ramadan has been released.

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    Tariq Ramadan is recognised by many as the most prominent Islamic studies academic in the Western world.

    But at the height of the #MeToo movement in 2017, Ramadan was forced to take leave from his post as Oxford University's Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies over sexual assault allegations.

    He denied the accusations, but as the cases against him increased, he was eventually detained by French authorities in February, 2018.


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    Another update.





    Jewish school wins legal challenge against Ofsted

    King David High School Manchester was downgraded over equality issues but inspection service admits its report on the school was wrong


    King David High School Manchester has won a legal challenge which quashes Ofsted’s decision to downgrade the school from outstanding to inadequate over equality issues in June.

    Inspectors were unhappy at the separation of girls and boys in the Yavneh streams of the school - catering for more religious students - and the reduced amount of time being given to some secular subjects in Yavneh compared with the main campus.

    But the school turned to the courts to overturn the shock verdict, arguing the inspection service had got the law wrong.

    Ofsted said on Friday, “We have taken the very unusual step of giving consent to the quashing of the most recent inspection report on King David’s High School in Manchester, which was published in June 2019.

    "We have agreed with the school that, given the school’s particular arrangements, it was not open to us to conclude that there was unlawful direct discrimination on grounds of either sex or religion and belief, when comparing a pupil in either of the single-sex streams with a pupil in the main stream.

    “Quashing the report will allow us to re-inspect the school at an appropriate time, looking again at how it manages the separation of pupils by sex and assessing the education it provides against our new inspection framework.”

    The school's outstanding status has now been reinstated pending a fresh inpsection.

    Ofsted has been ordered to pay the school’s reasonable costs, a spokesman for King David said.

    https://www.thejc.com/education/educ...K8uor1oH_v9kFA
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    Another update











    More blacklisting.



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    Chris Morris is the writer-director behind countless comedy hits including Four Lions, The Day Today and Brass Eye. His new film 'The Day Shall Come' follows an idealistic preacher targeted by the FBI in their fight against extremism.






    The end goal as always.


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    Another update.



    The Extremism Commission wants Muslims to be seen, but not heard


    The Islamic Human Rights Commission responds to a report by the Commission for Countering Extremism which accused many Muslim organisations of “hateful extremism.” The IHRC says the Commission’s vision of the Muslim community is one that shows little or no opposition to state policies.

    The second tranche of reports from the Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE) landed yesterday. Like its previous set of documents, these articles show only that the CCE’s mission is to delegitimise political debate that opposes the incumbent government’s domestic and foreign policies.

    Aside from attacks on Muslim civil society (almost all major civil society or advocacy groups are named), the “hard Left” (once more), the far-right, and some Sikh groups all fall foul of the CCE’s wrath.

    Whilst all attempts to tackle religious and racial hatred are welcome, the CCE’s musings do not encompass the full gamut of the issue. Discussion of the far-right is meagre, work on attacks by Zionist groups and the coalition between some of these and the far-right entirely missing.

    Rather, the CCE demonises the legitimate activities and political speech of particularly Muslims but also the Left – in particular any speech or activity that calls out structural racism and Islamophobia, or advocates for social justice whether in the UK or abroad.

    The paucity of argument in these articles is augmented by what is essentially verbose name-calling. If a group has disagreed with a policy or called out individual acts or systemic injustices, they are labelled as “extremist” by the CCE who even go so far as to devise that anti-imperialism is an anti-Semitic enterprise.

    “Hateful extremism”

    What is clear is that the CCE’s claims to counter, or wish to counter, “hateful extremism” that opposes liberal norms is simply a fig-leaf for attacking the very basis of democratic space and participation.

    As with all racist endeavours, there is no logic to the arguments presented. The few mentions of the IHRC that appear in “Mainstream Islamism in Britain: Educating for the ‘Islamic Revival’,” are a case in point.

    First, there are the outright misrepresentations regarding our stance on UK blasphemy laws, to the claim our staff were heavily involved in writing the APPG on British Muslims’ report on Islamophobia.

    Then there are the snide remarks that despite being consulted by the Home Office on many occasions, we are deeply critical of the Home Office. This latter situation should in normal times be evidence of maturity of both the Home Office and the IHRC, and a sign of dynamic political space.

    Likewise, our stated aim to seek a better world for all is interpreted as problematic because it would require the change of the system (an admission by the CCE rather than IHRC).

    Instead, not only is this bizarre “critique” presented at a policy level with little or no embarrassment, it further delegitimises critical voices whether Muslim or not.

    On the back of this it becomes possible for news-media to contact organisations with a litany of equally poorly made claims and arguments. In the run-up to the launch of these articles, a reporter from The Times contacted the IHRC to ask whether two of its members – known to have been married for over twenty years – were really married, and if not, why were they registered as living at the same address!

    This is ludicrous at any time and date but particularly at a moment when the UK Prime Minister lives not with his wife but his girlfriend at 10 Downing Street!

    It is clear that the CCE and its advocates want Muslims to be seen but not heard (and preferably not seen either), with all those also critical of prevailing political norms, regimes and injustices to follow suit. This is authoritarianism with little guise.

    Insofar as this government wishes to actually tackle the undoubted divisions sewn across society by inter alia, a racist counter-terrorism regime, Brexit and austerity, it should consider with immediate effect the disbanding of the utterly disreputable CCE.

    In the meantime, IHRC’s annual Islamophobia conference this year looks at Islamophobia and Shrinking Civil Society Space. We encourage those concerned with the ever decreasing spaces within which to have political conversations in the UK and beyond, to attend and take part in the conversations.

    https://5pillarsuk.com/2019/10/08/th...but-not-heard/
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    The 'neutrality' of secularism on display.







    You have to give the French leadership credit, they are honest about their intentions.

    Edit - You cant be neutral when it comes to defending your faith.

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    Laying The ‘Islamist’ Bogeyman To Rest

    When I was contacted by the quite wordy “European Centre for Counterterrorism and Intelligence Studies, Germany & Netherlands” (E.C.C.I.) a few weeks ago, I was curious why an allegedly ‘European’ research center would use a logo in Arabic with a red-headed falcon on top—a symbol widely used in the Persian Gulf. At a closer look the ‘E.C.C.I’ had linkages to another research centre that had recently popped up in Europe, the ‘European Eye on Radicalisation’ (EER)—an outlet funded by Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, a former Emirati intelligence officer, CEO of the Abu Dhabi-based Hedaya Forum and close confidant of UAE strongman Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MbZ). Publications by both the ‘E.C.C.I.’ and the ‘EER’ follow the Emirati narrative, which takes a zero-tolerance approach to Islamism.

    For Abu Dhabi, the demonization of Islamism is based on a deeply-rooted fear within the centre of power around MbZ—a fear of civil societal activism legitimized not by secular power but religious belief. Since the Arab Spring, UAE officials have been on the forefront of using their narrative of ‘anti-Islamism’ and ‘counter-terrorism’ as a means to clamp down on civil-society at home and across the region. To facilitate this effort, they have partnered with dubious allies in the West: right-wing groups that make a living out of Islamist fear mongering.

    These groups rely on promoting bizarre and dangerous Islamophobic conspiracy theories, like the Eurabia myth and the Red-Green alliance, to suggest that Muslims are taking over the U.S. and Europe. The same extremist echo chambers have been responsible for spreading the idea that President Obama was secretly a Muslim Manchurian candidate, that Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin was a covert Muslim Brotherhood plant in the State Department, and that the UK has been overtaken by shari’a-governed ‘no-go zones’. There has been a curious overlap, too, between the lines used by the foremost Islamophobic ideologues promoting these conspiracy theories and the official messaging of the UAE government as it insinuates itself into shaping the domestic security policy of European states.

    The UAE’s disinformation network, headed by spin doctors at the Harbour Group and Camstoll in the U.S., has worked with bloggers and conspiracy theorists to feed these narratives into the Republican and conservative mainstream over the past eight years. Under the pretext of ‘countering extremism’, Emirati money has financed anti-Islamist and anti-Qatar events at the neo-conservative Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) and the Hudson Institute, the right-wing Middle East Forum, as well as the Counter Extremism Project, a sister organization of the neo-conservative pressure group United Against Nuclear Iran.

    In the UK, the UAE’s lobbyists continue to poison public discourse by feeding right-wing journalists with a track record of spreading Islamophobic conspiracy theories. In France, the right-wing Front National just recently received campaign aid worth €8 million from a suspicious source in Abu Dhabi.

    Successive U.S. administrations and British governments have seen through this ruse and recognised the dangers of such weaponized narratives.

    Today’s proponents of the ‘Islamist menace’ are recycling very old bigotries. Their arguments are staggeringly reminiscent of those found in a 1913 essay entitled “The Pan-Islamist Menace”, which was published in the North American Review, then one of America’s most prestigious literary journals. The author, Arthur Bullard, draws on orientalist writing in colonialist Britain, painting a dark picture of a pan-Islamist conspiracy. Reading Bullard’s breathless fear mongering on ‘the militant rebirth of Mohammedanism’, secret fraternal orders of pan-Islamists who threatened European colonial hegemony in North Africa, and ‘holy war’, two things stand out today. Firstly, his conspiracism and racial slurs then had to be proffered under the pseudonym Albert Edwards. Today, Islamophobia is so often rewarded in polite society that his casual racism would be celebrated as contrarian and Bullard would find himself showered with op-ed commissions, prime-time interviews and blockbuster book deals. On both sides of the Atlantic, he would find fellow travellers in the New Atheist movement, with all of the attendant media puff. Secondly, arguments about ‘Islamism’ have always been rooted in a racism and irrational fear that conceives of the Muslim world as a flat surface to be treated as a threat—this hasn’t changed.

    Islamism remains a contested catch-all concept, describing ideology, political movements, and forms of government that borrow Islamic references but are essentially presented as separate from Islam. Its orientalist use in 19th century colonial Britain or France did not explicitly differentiate between Islam and Islamism, like it would use Christianity and Christianism interchangeably. It was only after 1979 that the concept experienced a revival that would link Islamism to ‘extremism’ and ‘violence’ in a supposedly conspirative effort by Muslims to create a pan-Islamist entity to rule the world—a narrative very similar to the anti-Semitic canard of a Jewish world conspiracy.

    Those who hawk the idea of ‘Islamism’ as a rubric for understanding political divisions are taking us all for a ride. They place the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) on the same political spectrum as groups like the Sahwa tribal movement or the Popular Mobilisation Forces in Iraq, who sacrificed everything in order to halt the march of the head-chopping fanatics. They want to claim that the multipolar, non-unitary Muslim Brotherhood, which won a majority in Egypt’s only free and fair elections in 2012, is of a piece with al-Qaeda. Bullard’s bogeyman was the Sanusiyya, a North African Sufi order resisting colonial oppression, which he professed was a ‘great secret order’ engaged in ‘idiotic mysticism’ and ‘war against the infidel’. For today’s Arab tyrants and their Islamophobic allies in Europe and the U.S., those who take inspiration from their faith occupy the same position, simultaneously derided and treated as a threat.

    The UAE’s offensive to win Western hearts and minds against the many shades of grey in Islamism is an attempt to create a bogeyman that resonates with an audience merely waiting for a Muslim majority country like the Emirates to support their biases. The narrative is a façade, behind which the authoritarian counterrevolutionaries in the Arab world hide to legitimize repression, justify military interventions and make journalists and activists disappear. In the face of a potential Arab Spring 2.0 currently unfolding, the dichotomous narrative of ‘authoritarian stability’ versus ‘Islamist anarchy’ fails to account for growing grey area of liberal civil-society in the Arab world—one that is resilient enough not to view Islamism as a fundamental threat to building a more pluralist political future.

    https://lobelog.com/laying-the-islam...eyman-to-rest/

    Seculars demonstrating how 'neutral' they are.

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