A still from the video released on Wednesday by al-Shabaab, which seemingly features a British man calling on Muslims to ‘cut the necks of the disbelievers’ Photograph: Guardian
Islamist terror group singles out specific British Muslims in video that incites people to ‘cut the necks of the disbelievers’
by, Shiv Malik, Duncan Gardham and Vikram Dodd | The Guardian
A prominent British Muslim commentator is being protected by police following concerns over his safety following the release of a video by Somali-based terror group, al-Shabaab, which singled out several British Muslims for having criticised jihadists in the aftermath of the Woolwich murder.
Mohammed Ansar, a filmmaker and journalist who has spoken out against extremism in Islam and the far right, said police visited his home at midnight on Wednesday, concerned for his safety after Shabaab released an hour-long film, The Woolwich Attack: It’s an Eye for an Eye.
Other British Muslims named in the film have also been contacted by police and offered security advice since the video’s release, the Guardian has learned.
Narrated by a man with a British accent, wearing a black mask and a camouflage jacket, the Shabaab production praises those behind the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, describes the Woolwich killings as “a new and terrifying reality” and incites others to carry out attacks in the UK.
In the film, the jihadist group, which has also claimed responsibility for the bloody Kenyan Westgate mall attack, singles out specific British Muslims, including Ansar, who have distanced “themselves from the mujahideen who carried out these attacks” as having “mutilated the teachings of Islam”.
Holding an automatic weapon in his hands, the narrator tells people to purchase knives: “Do not waste your time trying to reinvent the wheel. If you can’t afford to get hold of one of these then certainly a simple knife from your local B&Q will do the job.”
At the end, the narrator encourages others to follow the example of the Woolwich killers and not to let the security services put them off.
Released to coincide with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which ended on Tuesday, the film also identifies 11 British “martyrs” who have died fighting for al-Shabaab.
One British man, named as Talha from Tower Hamlets in east London is shown calling on others to follow him: “I call upon you today all the Muslim men in Britain, especially the people of Tower Hamlets who are in the city I was born in … I call upon you to come to jihad, and raise the banner, humiliate the disbelievers, cut the necks of the disbelievers.”
The video appears to have been made before the attack on the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya, as there is only one brief mention of the “suffering of Muslims in Kenya.”
Ansar, 39, who has four young children living with him at his home said police were now regularly patrolling his residence and were making contact by phone every hour.
The journalist, who has features in a documentary about the former EDL leader Tommy Robinson that will air later this month on BBC1, became a prominent figure after condemning Rigby’s murder the day after his death but says he has never been the subject of an explicit threat before.
Ansar said he was alerted to the video before a plain clothes inspector and a uniformed officer arrived at his home in the small hours. “If they [jihadists] are going to start targeting British Muslims and set fanatical extremists against them then that is a frightening new dimension,” he said.
Usama Hasan, a senior researcher with the anti-extremist Quilliam Foundation, was another of those that featured in the video. He said he had seen the film on Wednesday when it was released and was not surprised when police turned up at his home at 9.30pm, warning him he could be in danger. “The video is idiotic but also chilling in many ways. This guy has a British accent and he is using the language of fascism about the deaths of kuffar [non-believers].”
The imam and broadcaster Ajmal Masroor said the authorities had also made contact with him after he was also named in the film. “Extremism in all its forms is nasty and has a self destructive property … the truth is moderation will always prevail,” he said.
Scotland Yard said: “We are aware of the video and we are assessing its contents and looking into it.”
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer Also Break Ties With the EDL
by, Pamela Geller | Atlas Shrugs
Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll are announcing their departure from the English Defence League. This move has come after many months of deliberation and many years of constant efforts by Robinson and Carroll to prevent the EDL from being infiltrated and co-opted by racists, anti-Semites, fascists, neo-Nazis, and far-right elements. Increasingly, Robinson’s time has been taking up with patrolling and policing EDL demos to keep out these infiltrators and far-right ideologues. He has decided, and my AFDI colleague Robert Spencer and I strongly endorse his decision, that his time is better spent working for the defense of England and human rights against Sharia and Islamization in different and more effective ways.
This has been a long time coming. Back on June 30, 2011, I wrote: that because of the “neo-fascists that had infiltrated the administration of the group,” I was “withdrawing my support from the EDL.” Tommy Robinson immediately issueda statement to SIOA, saying: “We repudiate any individual, group or writing that favors anti-Semitism, neofascism, and any race-based ideology. Any rogue elements within the EDL who go against our mission statement and our beliefs will be removed from the organization; we are determined to remain true to our mission. Anti-Semitism will not ever be tolerated within the EDL.”
These statements drew the ire of some counter-jihad bloggers who apparently didn’t mind the racists and anti-Semites within the EDL, and who addressed an Open Letter to me denouncing me for drawing back from the EDL. But a huge group of counter-jihad bloggers declared their support of our stand. When Robinson assured us that he was just as concerned about these elements as we were, and was working to root them out of the EDL, we continued to support the organization.
Now, over two years later, it is clear to all of us that the best way to proceed is to leave the EDL behind and move forward in new directions. This shows the utter mendacity and bankruptcy of the leftist and Islamic supremacist claim that our support of the EDL demonstrated that we ourselves were racists and fascists — as if that weren’t clear enough already. It also exposes the backstabbing and skullduggery of those in the counter-jihad movement who excoriated us for raising these entirely legitimate concerns. Our struggle in AFDI and SION, which continue to stand with Robinson and Carroll, is now and has always been for the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people before the law. We look forward to working with Robinson and Carroll in the future as we continue this great struggle for freedom.
Tommy Robinson has quit as leader of the English Defence League because he says he can no longer control extremists within the far-right group.
Mr Robinson, who set up the anti-Islamist group in 2009, said the EDL had becoming increasingly influenced by extreme elements that did not represent what he stood for.
“I apologise for the fact that what I’ve said has not resonated individually with Muslims,” he told journalists at a news conference.
“I don’t hate Muslims. Luton is a completely multicultural town and from day one we’ve wanted to embrace everyone; all colours and creeds.
“I have a passion to combat Islamist ideology and I want to lead a revolution against that ideology, but I don’t want to lead a revolution against Muslims.”
Mr Robinson said he took time to evaluate his position after spending 18 weeks in solitary confinement, following a conviction for travelling on someone else’s passport.
“I thought about how I’d neglected my wife, my children and my family and I asked myself a lot of questions. I’ve got three young children. I want what’s best for them”
He added that in order to solve what he sees as the problem of Islamist extremism in Britain, he needs to work with Muslims not against them.
“We had fought for three years to keep fascists and racists out of the EDL. When I attended our demonstration in Manchester I saw White Power flags that didn’t represent me.
“Am I willing to be the public face for them? No I’m not.
“I believe that the revolution needs to come from within the Islamic community and they need to stand up. And I believe this is a step forward not a step back.”
Mr Robinson and his EDL co-founder Kevin Carroll announced their departure from through counter-extremism think tank Quilliam
The organisation said: “Having set up the EDL, infamous for its street protests, in 2009, they wish to exit this group, because they feel they can no longer keep extremist elements at bay.”
In a statement released through Quilliam – which claimed to have facilitated the pair’s departure – Mr Robinson said he acknowledged “the dangers of far-right extremism”.
Mr Robinson – real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – confirmed the news on Twitter, posting a link to the Quilliam statement and telling his followers: “Hope people listen to my reasons.”
Quilliam said it hopes to encourage “his critique of Islamism as well as his concern with far-right extremism” and called on his EDL followers as well as leaders of extreme Islamist groups to quit.
Quilliam chairman Maajid Nawaz said: “We have been able to show that Britain stands together against extremism regardless of political views and hope to continue supporting Tommy and Kevin in their journey to counter Islamism and neo-Nazi extremism.”
Quilliam was founded in 2008 by three former members of hardline Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir, which campaigns for the unification of Muslim countries under Sharia law.
It opposes Islamic extremism and has worked with government to oppose radicalisation of young Muslims – but has come under fire for “smearing” moderate Muslim groups and for receiving around £1m of public money in its early days.
The EDL started in response to a demonstration by Muslim extremists as soldiers marched through Luton.
It has become infamous for marches through UK towns and cities, often marred by violence as its members clashed with opposing groups such as Unite Against Fascism.
It is unclear whether the EDL’s latest protest – scheduled for October 12 in Bradford – will still go ahead.
Home Affairs Select Committee chair Keith Vaz said: “Any resignation from the EDL is welcome. Mr Robinson and Mr Carroll have previously engaged, promoted and expounded extreme views.
“Leaving the organisation is an acceptance that their opinions incite hatred and their previous actions have unnecessarily cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds.”
Editorial Footnote: I guess my first thoughts are… this is a very sad day in the Counter-Jihad Movement. It’s very disheartening to witness Tommy having to walk away from an organization that he started himself and built from the ground up, with the noblest of intentions.
Since I’m still in shock myself, my thoughts are not completely clear on this matter yet and probably will not be for a while.
Although, there is one thing that is perfectly clear:
I support Tommy Robinson, Kevin Carroll, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer 100%.
That will never change.
by, Schuyler Montague
We have just received word that Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carrol of the English Defence League were both arrested on their way to Woolwich to lay flowers at the site where Lee Rigby was murdered.
They were both detained on suspicion of obstructing police as they attempted to enter the London borough of Tower Hamlets on the way to Woolwich.
As we receive more news on this story, we will update it here:
(l. to r.) Tommy Robinson, Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller
Two prominent US bloggers have been banned from entering the UK, the Home Office has said.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer co-founded anti-Muslim group Stop Islamization of America.
They were due to speak at an English Defence League march in Woolwich, where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed.
A government spokesman said individuals whose presence “is not conducive to the public good” could be excluded by the home secretary.
He added: “We condemn all those whose behaviours and views run counter to our shared values and will not stand for extremism in any form.”
Ms Geller, of the Atlas Shrugs blog, and Mr Spencer, of Jihad Watch, are also co-founders of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, best known for a pro-Israel “Defeat Jihad” poster campaign on the New York subway.
“The UK should never become a stage for inflammatory speakers who promote hate”
Keith Vaz MP
On both of their blogs the pair called their bans from entering the UK “a striking blow against freedom” and said the “the nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead”.
They were due to attend a march planned by the far-right EDL to mark Armed Forces Day on 29 June, ending in Woolwich, south east London, where soldier Drummer Rigby was murdered last month.
Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, who had called for the bloggers to be banned from the UK, said: “I welcome the home secretary’s ban on Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer from entering the country. This is the right decision. The UK should never become a stage for inflammatory speakers who promote hate.”
EDL leader Tommy Robinson, meanwhile, criticised the decision and said Ms Geller and Mr Spencer were coming to the UK to lay flowers at the place where Drummer Rigby died.
“It’s embarrassing for this so-called land of democracy and freedom of speech,” he said.
“How many hate preachers are living in this country? It just shows what sort of a two-tier system we have here.”
Anti-fascism campaigners Hope Not Hate had campaigned for the pair to not be allowed into the UK.
A researcher with the organisation, Matthew Collins, said it was “delighted” with the decision.
“These two are among some of the most extreme anti-Muslim activists in the world. They’ve nothing to contribute to life in this country.
“They’re not here to contribute to good community relations. They only wanted to come here and help the EDL stir up more trouble. Britain doesn’t need more hate even just for a few days.”
Mr Spencer put up a copy of what appears to be the exclusion decision from the Home Office on the Jihad Watch website, while Ms Geller posted a copy of her letter on her website, Atlas Shrugs.
The letters, both dated Tuesday, claim that both activists have fallen within the scope of a list of unacceptable behaviours by making statements which may “foster hatred” and lead to “inter-community violence” in the UK.
Both letters gave examples of anti-Muslim views stated by both and went on to say that should they be allowed to enter the UK the home secretary believes they would “continue to espouse such views”.
Home Secretary Theresa May is considering banning two US bloggers from entering the UK to speak at an English Defence League rally.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are due to join an EDL march in Woolwich, where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed.
The pair are prominent “anti-Islamisation” campaigners in the US.
Home affairs committee chairman Keith Vaz claims their presence will fuel hatred and is calling for them to be denied visas.
Mr Vaz said: “I am alarmed that the EDL is planning this type of march in Woolwich. It is clear that the location, motivation and attendees at this march will incite hatred.
“Adding incendiary speakers such as Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer just fuels the fire.
“Before we have to pay the costs for the extra policing required for this demonstration, the Home Secretary should consider using her discretion to ban these two speakers from entering the country.
“A ban should be enforced properly and physically stop people entering our borders.”
The Home Office said it did not routinely comment on individual cases but the home secretary was aware of Mr Vaz’s letter and would be responding in due course.
Mrs May has the power to exclude non-British citizens from the UK if she considers their presence to be “not conducive to the public good” but she must act in a “reasonable, proportionate and consistent” way.
Anti-Islam posters on the New York subway caused controversy last year
Ms Geller, of the Atlas Shrugs blog, and Mr Spencer, of Jihad Watch, are co-founders of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, best known for a pro-Israel “Defeat Jihad” poster campaign on the New York subway.
The poster, which caused controversy in the US when it appeared last year, read: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”
The pair plan to join Danish activist Anders Gravers, of Stop Islamisation of Europe, and EDL leaders Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll, at the event, on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, 29 June, where they will lay a wreath at a memorial to Drummer Rigby.
Anti-fascist campaign Hope Not Hate has started a petition calling on Mrs May to deny Ms Geller and Mr Spencer a visa on the grounds that “their very presence in the UK will give encouragement to racists and extremists”.
A spokesman for Hope Not Hate told the BBC News website the group was also unhappy about Mr Gravers’ planned presence at the EDL event, but said he could not be denied entry to the UK because he was an EU citizen.
‘Fascism and hate’
He denied the group wanted to stifle free speech and said it would also be against “Islamist hate preachers” entering the UK, adding: “We don’t need people coming to this country to cause trouble.”
On Twitter, Ms Geller has reacted to the campaign by calling it an example of “fascism and hate” and “SS-like thuggery”.
On her blog, she claimed “Islamic supremacists and leftist thugs are strong-arming British authorities to ban us” and vowed to resist efforts to ban her and Mr Spencer from the EDL event.
UK Home Secretary Theresa May
Scotland Yard said that it was aware of the march and would have an appropriate policing plan in place.
Last month, British National Party leader Nick Griffin was stopped from attending a march in Woolwich on the grounds that it would inflame community tensions.
Instead members of the right wing party marched at Westminster, sparking clashes with rival anti-fascist protesters.
by, Schuyler Montague
Tommy Robinson was absolutely amazing in this interview. His high level of intellect and articulate responses to Bill O’Reilly’s questions really exemplified Tommy’s traits of being both a gentleman and a scholar.
Credit should also go to Bill O’Reilly for having Tommy as a guest on his program and to Fox News Cable. In the same breath however, I must take great issue with a very rhetorical false statement by Bill O’Reilly. That statement being; “..that man you just saw leading the anti-muslim movement is Tommy Robinson who heads up the militant English Defence League..”
First, the EDL and Tommy Robinson are not “anti-muslim” but rather, “anti-Islam.” There is a world of difference.. and if Mr. O’Reilly does not know the difference.. I am quite sure Tommy would love to come back on again and explain the difference. Did Tommy not just say in the video clip that preceded Bill O’Reilly’s comment.. “..this issue is political Islam?” Second, Mr. O’Reilly went on to state.. “..the militant English Defence League..?” Are you serious? Bill.. for being an educated man who has a segment on your program entitled: “Word of the day”.. I would expect a higher level of accuracy to word attribution. Perhaps you should look up the definition of “militant.” Since when is having a deep love and respect for one’s country and wishing to stand up for it in peaceful protest.. considered “militant?” Mr. O’Reilly.. you may slip your rhetoric by the masses.. but, you will not slip it by us or our readers.
Additionally, for Mr. O’Reilly to attempt to make some connection between Tommy’s efforts to defend the rights of Christians to practice their faith in England and falsely attribute that to an “..anti-muslim agenda..” is simply ludicrous. Are you now saying that the muslims have a right to practice Islam in England.. but, Christians do not?
Bill O’Reilly is a little “hooked” on the MSM dictionary, but overall, (and the above issues aside).. he was almost.. “fair and balanced”, but there was a little spin goin’ on.
p.s. Thank you to Melanoma for posting this video.
by, Schuyler Montague
After serving a 10 month jail sentence on trumped up charges, Tommy Robinson has finally been released. Best known for being the founder and executive director of the English Defence League (EDL), he was arrested last year on his way to a massive demonstration.
On behalf of the American Defence League (ADL) and sharia unveiled, I would just like to say… “Welcome home Tommy!”
The leader of the English Defence League has appeared in court accused of
travelling to the United States last month using another person’s passport.
Tommy Robinson 29, was arrested on Sunday afternoon.
He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court earlier charged with possession of a false identity document with improper intention.
Mr. Robinson was remanded in custody to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 7 January.