In a recent article, the Gatestone Institute documents that the fine line between “moderate” Islamism and radical islamism does sometimes not allow a strict differentiation between two blocks, but there is an exchange between the sectors, most dangerously one between Islamists becoming radicalised though ideology. Sometimes public funding even enables and supports this development by granting funds to islamist groups with a radical background. One of the Hotspots undoubdetly is East London Mosque, which is the centre of radical organisations like the Islamic Federation of Europe (IFE) which has been subject to a documentary on Channel 4 some time ago and is also the fanbase of Isalmist political figures such as Lutfur Rahman, the mayor of Tower Hamlets and former member of the Labour Party. Read the full article .
The Saudi interior has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a „terrorist organisation“, together with the Islamic State Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and the Jabhat al-Nusrah, an islamist militia that is currently fighting the Syrian army of Bashar al-Assad. The decision was published on Friday, March 7, and immediately welcomed by the Egyptian interim government. Egypt has outlawed the organisation in December 2013, as the BBC reports
Sometimes we have to leave it up to history to show how lazy the majority of politicians appear to be when it comes to hold up our western values against intolerant and extremist voices. Already back in the year 2003 an MP urged the fellow colleagues to take a closer look on several activists with close ties to extremists or even terrorist organisations like Hamas. On December 18, 2003, a member of parliament, Louise Ellman, raised the issue of connections between the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) and the Muslim Brotherhood. She said: “It is time that the spotlight fell on the Muslim Association of Britain, particularly the key figures, such as Azzam Tamimi, Kamal el Helbawy, Anas Al-Tikriti and Mohammed Sawalha. All of them are connected to the terrorist organisation Hamas. The Muslim Association of Britain itself is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, an extremist fundamentalist organisation founded in Egypt in 1928, and the spiritual ideologue of all Islamic terror organisations. It is militantly anti-Semitic and always has been…”
“…Azzam Tamimi often appears in the media, representing the Muslim Association of Britain. He is an adviser to Hamas in the Middle East. In 1991, when he lived in Jordan, he was the official spokesperson of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic Action Front. He worked for the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood between 1989 and 1992. When he came to London, he continued his activities. He openly supports Palestinian suicide bombers.”
Ms. Ellman’s comments were reported the following day in The Guardian newspaper. Azzam Tamimi claimed: “I challenge her to say these things outside parliament and I will take her to court.” Ms. Ellman repeated her assertions outside of parliament, and no legal action was taken against her .
Since this time not much has happened. The same people are still around and spread their message, sometimes – of course – they took advantage of new platforms or new institutions. This does not make a substantial difference, we guess…
A recent observation of how the freedom of expression is being interpreted by radical islamists appeared recently in London, as the Gatestone Institute reports:
“Muslim fundamentalists in London have threatened to behead a fellow British Muslim after he posted an innocuous image of Mohammed and Jesus on his Twitter account. The death threats against Maajid Nawaz, a Liberal Democrat Party candidate for British Parliament, add to a growing number of cases in which Islamists are using intimidation tactics to restrict the free speech rights of fellow Muslims in Europe. (Efforts to silence non-Muslims are well documented.)”
The full article can be found here