From Jihad Watch :
Three clips at YouTube from the British series Dispatches:
From Jihad Watch :
Three clips at YouTube from the British series Dispatches:
London, Jan 07: An undercover investigation by a leading daily has revealed disturbing evidence of Islamic extremism at a number of Britain’s leading mosques and Muslim institutions, including an organization praised by Prime Minister Tony Blair.
According to the ‘Observer’, secret video footage revealed Muslim preachers exhorting followers to prepare for jihad, to hit girls for not wearing the Hijab, and to create a “state within a state.”
Many of the preachers are linked to the Wahhabi strain of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia, which funds a number of Britain’s leading Islamic institutions.
A forthcoming channel 4 dispatches programme paints an alarming picture of how preachers in some of Britain’s most moderate mosques are urging followers to reject British laws in favour of those of Islam.
Leaders of the mosques have expressed concern at the preachers activities, saying they were unaware such views were being disseminated.
At the Sparkbrook mosque, run by UK Islamic Mission (Ukim), an organization that maintains 45 mosques in Britain and which Tony Blair has said “is extremely valued by the government for its multi-faith and multicultural activities,” a preacher is captured on film praising the Taliban.
In response to the news that a British Muslim soldier was killed fighting the Taliban, the Speaker declares: “the hero of Islam is the one who separated his head from his shoulders.”
Another Speaker says Muslims cannot accept the rule of non-Muslims. “You cannot accept the rule of non-Muslim,” a preacher, Dr Ijaz Mian, tells a meeting held within the mosque. “We have to rule ourselves and we have to rule the others.”
The 12-month investigation also recorded a deputy headmaster of an Islamic high school in Birmingham telling a conference at the Sparkbrook mosque that he disagrees with using the word democracy.
“They should call it… Kuffrocracy, that’s their plan. It’s the hidden cancerous aim of these people.” The Darul Uloom School said it no longer employed the teacher and that one of the reasons he resigned “was the incompatibility of many of his opinions with the policies of the school.”
Inside the Green Lane mosque in Birmingham, a preacher is recorded saying, “Allah has created the woman deficient.” A satellite broadcast from the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, beamed into the green lane mosque suggests that Muslim children should be hit if they don’t pray: “when he is seven, tell him to go and pray, and start hitting them when they are 10.”
Another preacher is heard saying that if a girl ‘doesn’t wear Hijab, we hit her.’
In a statement to channel 4, Lord Ahmed, the convener of the government’s preventing extremism taskforce, said he was worried about the programme’s consequences. “While I appreciate that exaggerated opinions make good TV, they do not make for good community relations.”
A failed asylum seeker jailed for child rape is to receive around £50,000 in damages after a judge ruled he had been unlawfully kept behind bars while the Home Office tried to deport him to Somalia.
He has, in effect, elected to stay in Britain – yet is claiming compensation for doing so. All the while, on top of his £50,000 damages and £100,000 legal fees paid by the taxpayer, he is costing more than £37,000 a year to keep in prison.
The 30-year-old entered Britain illegally on a false Kenyan passport in 1995, and within three years had raped a 13-year old girl at knifepoint. Probation officers warned that if freed he might stalk his victim and attack her again, and that he poses a risk to all women, and the public in general.
He has been held in prison since his sentence ended in 2003, while officials bid to deport him to Somalia. He used Legal Aid, pushing his law fees for the taxpayer of up to £100,000, to launch a High Court appeal to be freed, along with a claim for compensation for being unlawfully imprisoned – in spite of the fact that he has been free to return to his homeland for more than three years.
A new religious syllabus for schools has caused a fury among church groups and politicians after recommending teachers cut down on education about Christianity while increasing lessons in Islam and Hinduism.
Teachers in Buckinghamshire were directed to spend 40 per cent of religious education on Christianity, while giving Islam and Hinduism equal play at 20 per cent each.
Just ten percent was then to be devoted to other religions – including Judaism – with a final ten per cent on “general concepts”.
It was recommended that younger children receive just 36 hours per year of religious education, with that number upped to 45 in the lead up to the GCSEs.
However when the lack of time devoted to Christianity sparked protests, Buckinghamshire education authorities reportedly removed those numbers from official documents.
Councillors accused authorities of a cover-up, saying that while the need to teach children about other world religions is obvious the lack of education on Christianity in a Christian country was going too far.
However the Buckinghamshire County Council reportedly hit back saying the changes would not impact taxpayers as printing errors meant the document had to be redrafted anyway.
The council also insisted Christianity remained the focus of the syllabus, and insisted the new policies provided flexibility for the schools and promoted goodwill, seeking to inform rather than influence children.
However critics reportedly insisted the nation’s religion was being turned in to a sideshow in the name of political correctness.
Rowan Philp: London
26 November 2006
White Britons, alarmed at immigration, are fleeing the capital and even the country in record numbers in a “white flight” that mirrors South Africa’s exodus.
And this week a controversial new book which seeks to explain their flight, encouraged young British-born families to leave in the face of unchecked immigration .
A report by Britain’s chief immigration think-tank, Migrationwatch, said more than 100000 British-born Londoners have left the UK capital this year as immigrants stream into the city.
Meanwhile, another report by private analysts predicts that the white exodus is set to accelerate further, and that London’s immigrant population will jump from 40% to 60% i n just 12 years.
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, said the departing whites were being replaced by other ethnic minorities in their neighbourhoods, leading to a “very unfortunate” apartheid-style segregation of the capital.
The report said it was a potential disaster for integration and race relations in Britain. “The effect is a rapid increase in the ethnic minority composition of some boroughs, resulting from an outflow of the white population and an inflow of African and Asian international migrants.”
While white South Africans fled Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban for either suburban security complexes or foreign shores in the mid-1990s, experts said whites in London and cities like Birmingham and Bradford were fleeing to rural “market towns” — and, increasingly, abroad.
In his seemingly xenophobic book, Time to Emigrate? George Walden, who was education minister under Margaret Thatcher, had no doubt about the cause. I mmigration had created “unacceptable” terrorist and crime risks, and had doomed British culture .
Walden told the Sunday Times: “I’m not saying all our national problems are due to immigration . . . but this is the greatest gamble this country has ever taken and it is totally unplanned.
“Already, we’re seeing the failure of the policy of multiculturalism, which — as Trevor Phillips, our race relations tsar has pointed out — has come down to separate development; in other words, apartheid. We have a dangerous mixture of people who do have colonial resentments; who have fundamentalist beliefs; and who have absolutely no desire to integrate.”
In his book he predicts London, in a decade, will be “a three-ring circus without the laughs” — including largely white inner and outer rings bristling with security, and a “multicultural ring” exclusively made up of “ethnic immigrants”.
“The rougher parts of the multicultural ring will be ghettoes of crime, poverty and racialism in reverse.”
SAUDI ARABIA is threatening to suspend diplomatic ties with Britain unless Downing Street intervenes to block an investigation into a £60m “slush fund” allegedly set up for some members of its royal family.A senior Saudi diplomat in London has delivered an ultimatum to Tony Blair that unless the inquiry into an allegedly corrupt defence deal is dropped, diplomatic links between Britain and Saudi Arabia will be severed, a defence source has disclosed.
The Saudis, key allies in the Middle East, have also threatened to cut intelligence co-operation with Britain over Al-Qaeda.
They have repeated their threat that they will terminate payments on a defence contract that could be worth £40 billion and safeguard at least 10,000 British jobs.
The Saudis are furious about the criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) into allegations that BAE Systems, Britain’s biggest defence company, set up the “slush fund” to support the extravagant lifestyle of members of the Saudi royal family.
The payments, in the form of lavish holidays, a fleet of luxury cars including a gold Rolls-Royce, rented apartments and other perks, are alleged
to have been paid to ensure the Saudis continued to buy from BAE under the so-called Al-Yamamah deal, rather than going to another country. Al-Yamamah is the biggest defence contract in British history and has kept BAE in business for 20 years.
At least five people have been arrested in the probe. They include Peter Wilson, BAE’s managing director of international programmes, and Tony Winship, a former company official who oversaw two travel and service firms that are alleged to have been conduits for the payments. Both deny any wrongdoing.
The Saudi threat was made in September after the royal family became alarmed at the latest turn in the fraud inquiry. Sources close to the investigation say the Saudis “hit the roof” after discovering that SFO lawyers had persuaded a magistrate in Switzerland to force disclosure about a series of confidential Swiss bank accounts.
The sources said the accounts relate to substantial payments between “third party” offshore companies that may have received large sums in previously undisclosed “commissions”. Fraud office sources say they are now trying to get more documents that will tell them who benefited from the accounts. The trail is said to lead to the Saudi capital Riyadh.
The Saudis learnt of this development only when they were contacted by the Swiss banks in the late summer. “They hit the roof,” said a source close to the investigation.
The Saudi royal family, which effectively controls the government, instructed a senior diplomat, said to be Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, its London ambassador, to visit Downing Street. He held a meeting with Jonathan Powell, Blair’s chief of staff, according to the sources.
The diplomat is said to have delivered a 12-page letter drawn up by a Saudi law firm demanding a detailed explanation of why the investigation was still continuing.
The Saudis had been given the impression during a meeting with Blair in July last year that the inquiry would be stopped, say the sources.
“The Saudis are claiming in this letter that the British government has broken its undertaking to keep details of the Al-Yamamah deal confidential,” said a source who has read the document.
“It regards the disclosure of these documents to the SFO from Switzerland, and from the Ministry of Defence, as a totally unacceptable breach of that undertaking. They are claiming the deal is protected by sovereign national immunity and that the British have no right to poke around in their private financial affairs.
“It is a really infuriated letter demanding a full and open explanation, pending which the Al-Yamamah contract is suspended and all payments would stop.”
A defence official said that the preliminary contract, signed last August, to sell the first 24 of 72 promised Typhoons, better known as Eurofighters, was then temporarily suspended. That contract alone is said to be worth £11 billion and would safeguard 9,000 jobs at the Eurofighter’s UK headquarters in Warton, Lancashire, for the next decade.
Downing Street is said to have persuaded the Saudis to reverse for the time being their decision to suspend the Typhoon payments. However, the Saudis made clear they would carry out their threats unless the demands in their letter were met.
During the meeting with Powell the Saudi diplomat is said to have issued a threat to sever all diplomatic and intelligence ties. Such a move would be
damaging for Britain’s strategic interests in the volatile region.
It would involve the Saudis withdrawing their ambassador to London, and the British ambassador in Riyadh would be sent home. Direct communications between the two countries on political, economic and security issues would have to be conducted through a third country.
“It was the Swiss stuff that sent the Saudis over the top. The threat to cut off diplomatic and intelligence ties was a very real one,” said the defence official.
The row will put renewed pressure on Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general, to intervene. Earlier this year Goldsmith, who is the “superintending” minister for the SFO, was asked to determine whether its inquiry was “in the public interest”. That request followed earlier Saudi pressure on the Ministry of Defence.
A spokesman for Goldsmith said: “We do not comment on ongoing investigations.”
Al-Yamamah, meaning “the Dove” in Arabic, has kept BAE in business for 20 years. It was signed in 1985 when Britain agreed to sell 72 Tornados and 30 Hawks to Saudi Arabia.
The deal was renewed in 1993 when the Saudis agreed to buy another 48 Tornado warplanes. In a third stage of the contract signed last year, Britain is selling up to 72 more planes, the Typhoons.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “We don’t speak about ongoing investigations and we don’t speak about discussions with other countries.”
The International Advisory Board for Academic Freedom warns against a
“silent boycott” in Britain against Israeli institutes of higher education.
The council said that Israeli researchers wishing to publish articles in
Britain were asked to remove the name of which ever Israeli academic
institute they belonged to as a condition for publishing their articles.
The latest “unofficial boycott” was initiated by the “Bibliography of
Translation Studies” journal, owned by a British publishing house headed by
Mona Baker, a supporter of the academic boycott on Israel.
The publishing house invited professors from all over the world to send in
articles for publication. Among the many professors who accepted the
invitation was Prof. Miriam Shlesinger, Department Chair of Translation and
Interpreting Studies at Bar-Ilan University.
Shlesinger asked the new associate editor of the publication, Prof. Gaby
Saldahana if she would be willing to accept Israeli articles. Saldahana
replied that she would accept articles from researchers in Israel, but not
from an Israeli academic institute.
Shlesinger, who used to head Amnesty International in Israel, decided not to
send in an article to the journal.
This “silent boycott” was taking place alongside other outright boycotts on
Israel. An article published on Ynet in September revealed that dozens of
academics worldwide called for a boycott on Israeli academic institutes
until “Israel ends its occupation of the Palestinian territories”.
Despite Israel’s efforts to fight the phenomenon of the academic boycott,
the International Advisory Board for Academic Freedom continues to receive
reports on more entities which do not want to publish articles by Israeli
Pro – Rector and IAB chair Prof. Yosef Yeshurun responded to the latest case
and said, “We adamantly oppose the academic boycotts. Research and study,
and their expression through an exchange of open and free ideas, are the
basis of civilization, and in their absence there cannot be true progress of
human knowledge and understanding.”
“Academic boycotts, whether individual or collective, must be stopped
immediately,” Yeshurun said.
According to him, Israel did not have a clear picture of the extent of the
problem, “We appeal to members of university staff and ask to be updated.
Our concern is with a development, a change in atmosphere in Europe and that
the term ‘boycott’ is used freely in scientific dialogue.”
“We fear the boycott will become a legitimate phenomenon. We fear the UCU
meeting, an organization of 100 thousand professors, in May 2007’s yearly
meeting, when the issue to be discussed, at so far, is the possibility of an
academic boycott on Israel,” Yeshurun said.
Boycott after boycott
This was not the first time a “silent boycott” was put on professors of
higher education institutes in Israel. In May 2006, Richard Seaford, an
English professor at Exeter University, was asked to review a book for an
Israeli magazine for classical studies.
He refused the request and explained that he, along with many other British
academics, had signed an academic boycott against Israel, in light of what
he called the “brutal and illegal expansionism, and the slow-motion ethnic
Two months prior, the London Jewish Chronicle reported that the British
magazine Europe Dance had refused to publish an article about Israeli
choreographer Sally Ann Freeland and her dance group, because she was an
Israeli artist and the editor “opposed the Israeli occupation”.
In June 2003, the British Telegraph reported that Andrew Wilkie, a pathology
professor at Oxford University, refused to accept a doctoral student from
Tel Aviv University because he was Israeli.
Wilkie claimed at the time that he was joined by many British academics that
were not willing to accept Israelis because of their government’s “gross
violation of human rights” against Palestinians.
At least 1600 young British Muslims are under surveillance for plotting terrorist violence against Britain, according to the head of MI5.
Eliza Manningham Buller delivered a stark assessment of the threat facing the country from 200 terror networks stretching from the UK to Pakistan, including 30 “Priority 1” plots.
In August Home Secretary John Reid claimed to know of 24 “major conspiracies”, suggesting the dangers posed by organised terrorists is growing.
Delivering the Government’s latest assessment of the terror threat, the Director General of the Security Service revealed that her agency’s caseload has increased by 80 per cent since January.
She said: “That threat is serious is growing and will, I believe, be with us for a generation. It is a sustained campaign, not a series of isolated incidents. It aims to wear down our will to resist.”
Her assessment comes just days before Tony Blair unveils the legislative programme for his final Parliamentary session as Labour leader and Prime Minister.
Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech is widely expected to be dominated by a raft of new security measures. Many will see Dame Eliza’s speech as part of a co-ordinated Government publicity offensive to build up the case for new anti-terror legislation.
In remarks to academics this week that were released last night, she described how young Muslims are being radicalised and turned into potential suicide bombers.
“More and more people are moving from passive sympathy towards active terrorism through being radicalised or indoctrinated by friends, families, in organised training events here and overseas,” she said.
“Young teenagers are being groomed to be suicide bombers.” She said she was alarmed by the “scale and speed” of the radicalisation, which is said to have intensified since last year’s July suicide bombings in London.
She said: “It is the youth who are being actively targeted, groomed, radicalised and set on a path that frighteningly quickly could end in their involvement in mass murder of their fellow citizens, or their early death in a suicide attack or on a foreign battlefield.
“Killing oneself and others in response is an attractive option for some citizens of this country and others around the world.”
Dame Eliza revealed that despite an intense recruitment drive, just six per cent of MI5’s staff are from ethnic minorities, compared to eight per cent for the Metropolitan Police. However, of the 400 new recruits this year, 14 per cent are non-white.
Her address followed this week’s conviction of Dhiren Barot, the al-Qa’eda terrorist sentenced to 40 years for planning ambitious bomb attacks on London.
Dame Eliza predicted that terrorists would become more sophisticated in their methods. “Today we see the use of home-made improvised explosive devices. Tomorrow’s threat may, and I suggest will, include the use of chemical, bacteriological agents, radioactive materials and even nuclear technology.”
She added: “My officers and the police are working to contend with some 200 groupings or networks, totalling over 1600 identified individuals (and there will be many we don’t know) who are actively engaged in plotting or facilitating terrorist acts here and overseas.”
Some of the networks were directly linked to al-Qa’eda in Pakistan, which used the Pakistani community in Britain to recruit and promote terrorists.
Since the 7 July bombings, five further major conspiracies in the UK had been thwarted, the director general added.
Out of the 200 or so groups being watched by MI5, a smaller subset are of the highest priority because its feared that they are plotting actual attacks.
“We are aware of numerous plots to kill people and to damage our economy. What do I mean by numerous? Five? Ten? “No, nearer 30 that we currently know of,” she said.
MI5 has increased in size by nearly 50% since 9/11 and now stands at roughly 2,800 staff. “I wish life were like Spooks (the TV series) where everything is, a, knowable, and, b, soluble by six people,” she explained.
“We cannot focus on everything so we have to decide on a daily basis with the police and others where to focus our energies, whom to follow, whose telephone lines need listening to, which seized media needs to go to the top of the analytic pile.
“Because of the sheer scale of what we face – my service has seen an 80% increase in casework since January – the task is daunting.
“We shan’t always make the right choices. And we recognise we shall have scarce sympathy if we are unable to prevent one of our targets committing an atrocity.”
Dame Eliza was speaking yesterday morning to a small audience from the Mile End Group, an academic seminar group at the History department of Queen Mary, University of London.
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 12:13am GMT 05/11/2006
A leading church group which represents more than a million Christians has raised the prospect of civil unrest and even “violent revolution” to protect religious freedoms.
In a startling warning to the Government, senior church and political figures have backed a report advocating force to protest against policies that are “unbiblical” and “inimical to the Christian faith”.
The menacing language of the report, which Lord Mawhinney, the Tory peer, Andy Reed, the Labour MP, and the Rt Rev Peter Forster, the Bishop of Chester, helped to produce, echoes comments made by Muslim fanatics.
Only days ago, Islamic activist Anjem Choudary said Muslims had become radicalised because they were “a community under siege”.
The report from the Evangelical Alliance says “violent revolution” should be regarded as a viable response if government legislation encroaches further on basic religious rights. The church is urged to come to a consensus that “at some point there is not only the right but the duty to disobey the state”.
The report, entitled “Faith and Nation”, comes amid growing concern that people are being prevented from expressing their faith, including BA’s recent decision that an employee could not wear a crucifix.
The Government’s attempt to introduce religious hatred laws has highlighted the growing threat to religious liberty, the report says. Pope Benedict XVI has also said that God is being pushed to the margins by “secular forces”.
Proposals to ban proselytising in publicly-funded Christian projects could ultimately lead to Christians being prevented from teaching others about the Bible. This would “be unambiguously recognised by Christians as perpetrating evil that has to be resisted by deliberate acts of defiance”, the report says.
While it has always been expected that the greatest threat to Britain’s security will come from Muslim extremists, the report will cause particular alarm to government ministers as it reveals disquiet among the country’s Christian population.
Significantly, it comes from the Evangelical Alliance – a mainstream organisation representing 1.2 million Christians. The organisation acknowledges that “resisting evil in the modern state” can take many different forms. Before resorting to force, Christians would normally first turn to dialogue.
But in some circumstances “the use of defensive force may become a necessary and legitimate remedy for Christians”, it suggests.
“If, as most Christians accept, they should be politically involved in democratic processes, many believe this may, where necessary, take the form of active resistance to the state. This may encompass disobedience to law, civil disobedience, involving selective, non-violent resistance or, ultimately, violent revolution.”
Mike Morris, the executive director of the Evangelical Alliance, said that the report reflected the breadth of submissions they had received.
“It is not as if Christians are going to take to the streets, but we need to be able to stand up to things that are challenging the Christian conscience, regardless of the consequences.”
However, the Very Rev Colin Slee, the Dean of Southwark, said it would send out a confused message.
“The fundamental themes of the gospel are love and reconciliation, not violent revolution,” he said.
The Evangelical Alliance has raised the debate at a time when religious liberty issues are beginning to dominate the headlines following the row over Muslim women’s right to wear the veil and BA’s decision to suspend Nadia Eweida, 55, for breaching its uniform policy by wearing a cross.
Anjem Choudary, who helped organise the anti-Danish cartoon protests, last week said that the London bombings should not have come as a surprise. “How else do you expect Muslims to express themselves?” he said. “We are a community under siege. It’s going to blow up one day in everyone’s faces.”
This newspaper revealed last week the increasing anxiety among senior police officers at the change in “the landscape of political protest” since the millennium – prompting them to consider introducing water cannons to control violent street protests.
Tarique Ghaffur, the Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Force, said last week: “Recent high-profile demonstrations and the actions of individuals or groups at localised protests have served to highlight a complex dynamic emerging in London, built around a potentially volatile mix of issues and increasingly diametrically opposed religious-political viewpoints.”