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Fanning the flames

By ATWadmin On May 14th, 2007

It’s interesting to note that The Grauniad gives space in it’s comment section for a leading member of Hizb ut-Tahrir to refute the claims made by a former member of HuT, Ed Hussain, in his book "The Islamist".

Taji Mustafa tells us that hey, all that bad stuff was years ago and HuT are really nice now – honest! Sure, mate – everything’s different now init.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the Guardian have acted as a mouthpiece for someone from HuT.

Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation) was founded in 1953 by a Palestinian court clerk, Taqiuddin al-Nabhani. Its aim is to establish the Caliphate, a state based upon and governed by Islamic law. In Britain, the party is headed by Jalaluddin Patel, 28, an Indian IT engineer, and has up to 10,000 members. In 2002 it was outlawed in Germany after allegations of anti-Semitism and last year three British members were sentenced to five years in jail in Egypt.

I find it utterly repugnant that The Guardian allows this group to advertise themselves through their newspaper.

6 Responses to “Fanning the flames”

  1. Stan/anyone: does anyone think that the knee jerk reaction to ban groups makes them clean up their acts and just shape their propaganda into a smooth shiny acceptable versions? Which makes them even more palatable and dangerous?

    The good thing here is that there are comments on the piece – which makes it less of a propaganda piece eg this sarky comment:

    "I was glad to have read the book after having read Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s Jew-hatred in their pamphlets before they cleaned up their web act after Blair threatened to ban them…"

    Food for thought.

    Great post Stan. It raises some really good questions, i hope people get in here and comment. Come on guys!

  2. The Guardian is a natural home for anybody who hates this country.

  3. This isn’t the first time commentisfree has tried to badmouth this book. They are obviously running scared – their support for the likes of H-UT might come back and bite them on the bum. I for one will go out and buy the book considering the Guardian thinks it is rubbish.

    The bans do nothing. Look at the guy in Lebanon (his name and his group escape me right now – the one who cried to the navy last summer, wanting a lift home). He is still holding sermons etc via the internet and still recruiting jihadists.

    The bans force them even deeper underground, (like paedophile rings). Maybe we should allow them enough rope to hang themselves? Trouble with that is, they might blow themselves up first, taking too many innocents with them.

  4. Maybe we should allow them enough rope to hang themselves? Trouble with that is, they might blow themselves up first, taking too many innocents with them.

    A lot of it comes down to ‘engaging’ them properly – some deep probing naaasty questions for example. I mean if the BBC can go ape over scientology* then they can start getting this lot feeling uncomfortable. That goes for all the MSM more generally. The cartoons debacle was appauling.

    *can you imagine a Beeb journo going apeshit mimicking a hate preaching imam? (im assuming everyone has watched the news this evening but this refers to the BBC Panorama and Scientology)

  5. Actually Saturday’s Guardian carried a sympathetic interview with the author of "The Islamist". Presumably today was some sort of right of reply from the headbangers.

  6. The Guardian interview with Ed Hussein is here