Blog – Islamism

  • Cold comfort from Anjem Choudary conviction

    17 Aug 2016 by Mark Gardner

    Anjem Choudary, Britain’s most notorious Jihadist rabble rouser, has – at long last – been found guilty of “inviting support for a proscribed terrorist organisation”. On the surface, it looks like good news, but look deeper and it is hard to take much comfort. CST has been raising strong concerns about Choudary and his predecessors for over 25 years, warning the authorities that open incitement for Jihadist extremism and terrorism was causing not only antisemitism, but all manner of radicalism that could literally explode against the British public at any time in the future: as it is still doing, both here and across western Europe, fuelled by events in Syria, Iraq and beyond.

  • When “militant Zionist” just means “Jew”

    12 Apr 2016 by CST

    Antisemitism comes in lots of different guises. It can be blatant, subtle or hidden. It can invent new antisemitic charges, or rely on a reservoir of old antisemitic language and images. Or, sometimes, it just swaps the word “Zionist” for “Jew”, in the naïve hope that doing so will change an antisemitic statement into a political one.

  • Babar Ahmad’s “ideal of jihad” is still a problem

    16 Mar 2016 by Dave Rich

    Babar Ahmad is a British jihadi who returned home to the UK last year after being sentenced to 12 and a half years prison in America for terrorism offences. These offences related to a jihadi website called Azzam Publications (named after Abdullah Azzam, the godfather of the first Afghan jihad) that Ahmad set up and ran.

  • Abu Qatada: No Longer in Britain, but still preaching jihad and antisemitism

    29 Feb 2016 by CST

    Sheikh Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, better known as Abu Qatada al-Filistini, has not been in the UK for nearly three years, but his legacy still looms. He was deported to Jordan in 2013, acquitted on terrorism charges there, and since his release has been doing in Jordan what he did in Britain: encouraging people to support violent jihad and spouting antisemitism.  

  • Why is the Guardian giving a platform to Hizb ut-Tahrir?

    28 Jul 2015 by Dave Rich

    On Friday the Guardian published a lengthy interview by Peter Oborne with Abdul Wahid, a leading British member of the Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir.

  • When Antisemitism Is Inevitable

    1 May 2015 by Mark Gardner

    An analysis of a deeply flawed article entitled Antisemitism Is Not Inevitable, published on leading UK Islamist website, MEMO.   

  • (Posthumous) Islamist Comedy Award for Charlie Hebdo

    9 Mar 2015 by Mark Gardner

    Sometimes an organisation reveals its true nature by deliberately behaving in a way that others can only interpret as blatantly stupid, crass and offensive.

  • Zionists, Jews, responsible for inciting the West against Islam

    19 Dec 2013 by CST

    This article is taken from pages 22-23 of CST’s latest publication, Antisemitic Discourse in Britainin 2012. (36 page pdf here, executive summary here.) ------ One fast-developing theme of modern antisemitic discourse is the allegation that Zionists and/or Jews conspire to incite hatred and violence by the West against Islam. This …

  • "Clowns" and masks of hatred

    6 Dec 2013 by CST

    A slightly shorter version of the below article is in this week's Jewish Chronicle. It concerns the release of an excellent new report, Gateway to Terror, (see here) by HOPE not Hate on the extremist Al-Muhajiroun group. ---- Sometimes, clowns can be deadly serious. For much of the 1990s,…

  • Abu Qatada: a lesson for British Jews

    12 Jul 2013 by CST

    Finally, Abu Qatada is back in Jordan, facing questioning about terrorism. The extradition has been a lengthy legal saga, summarised by headlines such as “hate preacher” and “send him back”. The Guardian Comment is Free website has two articles on Britain’s handling of Abu Qatada. The first of thes…

  • Antisemitism: complacency and camouflage in the Frontline.

    18 Jun 2013 by CST

    Swapping “Zionist” or “pro-Israeli” for “Jewish” is not opposing antisemitism. It is, at best, a lazy linguistic complacency that camouflages antisemitic ways of thinking: making antisemitism harder to expose and fight. An unusually explicit example of this can be clearly seen in the footage of a meeting at London journalist haunt…

  • Anti-Zionism: the frontline.

    12 Jun 2013 by CST

    Tonight, Ibrahim Hewitt (pro-Palestinian Islamist), David Hearst (senior Guardian writer) and Tim Llewellyn (ex-BBC Middle East correspondent), will be "critiquing the media’s approach to the Israel-Palestine conflict”. The venue is London journalist haunt, the Frontline Club. It will be chaired by Mark McDonald, a founder of Labour Friends o…

  • Saajid Badat's video and the IHRC

    21 May 2013 by CST

    The Islamic Human Rights Commission is an Islamist advocacy group that organises London's al-Quds Rally, an annual event inaugurated by the late Ayatollah Khomeini for his followers around the world to call for Israel to be destroyed. You can get a sense of what the IHRC wants people to think…

  • The intolerance of Islamist politics

    9 Apr 2013 by CST

      A new publication from the Cordoba Foundation, a UK-based think tank that is generally supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood, lays bare the sectarian divisions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims that currently divide the Middle East, and the associated intolerance at the heart of Islamist politics. It also shows how…

  • Morsi's Antisemitism Reveals More About Us Than Him

    22 Jan 2013 by CST

    Ben Cohen has an excellent article on his website concerning recent American reactions to reminders that in 2010, Mohamed Morsi, employed the "sons of apes and pigs" slander that has been repeatedly directed at Jews, Zionists and Israelis by Islamists.  In 2010, Morsi…

  • Salah latest: Muslim demography will free USA and Europe from Zionist slavery

    22 Oct 2012 by CST

    Sheikh Raed Salah has triumphantly declared that Muslim birth rates will free Islam-hating Europeans and Americans from "mental subjugation", and enslavement to "global Zionism" , "Protestant Zionism" and "the Crusader hatred". The speech was recently broadcast on Al Jazeera and an excerpt has been translated by MEMRI. It lasts just…

  • The Islamic Centre of England's ex-fascist on Anders Breivik: 'blame Zionists'

    27 Jun 2012 by CST

    Why would the editor of a London pro-Iranian magazine write an article about the forces behind mass killer Anders Breivik, that failed to make any mention of the Islamophobic far Right? Living Islam, the magazine of an Iranian Shia mosque in London that calls itself the Islamic Centre of…

  • Greek neo-Nazis & Egyptian Islamists: Signs of the Times

    14 May 2012 by CST

    Two shocking videos reveal the essence of contemporary extremism and its drivers. The first video concerns the Greek far right party, Golden Dawn. This group received 6.97% of the vote at the Greek elections last week. Worse still, another far right group, LAOS received 2.9%, meaning that virtually 1 in 10 Greek voters supported…

  • CST statement: Salah judgement

    10 Apr 2012 by CST

    Yesterday, CST Blog carried CST's initial response to the 5th April 2012 decision by the Upper Tribunal to overturn the Home Secretary's decision to deport Sheikh Ra'ed Salah. Now, having read the Tribunal's judgement, CST adds this, in addition to yesterday's blog posting:  CST was contacted by the Home…

  • Sheikh Raed Salah: appeal verdict

    9 Apr 2012 by CST

    It is being reported that Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the northern branch of Israel's Islamic Movement, has won his appeal against the decision of the Home Secretary to exclude him from the UK. CST is disappointed that Salah's exclusion has been overturned, but we have not…

  • French Islamists charged with targeting Jewish judge

    3 Apr 2012 by CST

    13 French Islamists connected to the banned Forsane Alizza group are to be charged with a series of terrorist offences, including a plot to kidnap a Jewish judge in Lyon. According to a report in the Guardian: Prosecutor François Molins told a news conference the Forsane Alizza group, or…

  • MEMO confirms Raed Salah faces charges for inciting racism in Israel

    13 Jan 2012 by Dave Rich

    One of the central allegations against Israeli sheikh Raed Salah, which led the Home Secretary to order his exclusion from the United Kingdom, was that he made a speech in Jerusalem in 2007 which invoked the antisemitic 'blood libel' and which led to a riot, and that he faces charges in…

  • Truth and lies on Sheikh Raed Salah

    28 Nov 2011 by Dave Rich

    Middle East Monitor (MEMO) has published a lengthy report (pdf) giving its version of events in the affair surrounding the arrest and attempted deportation of Sheikh Raed Salah. This has beencoveredextensively on the CST Blog, but there is one aspect which MEMO's latest report highlights quite gloriously: the extent to…

  • Raed Salah and Hamas

    9 Nov 2011 by CST

    In the recent ruling (pdf) issued by the Immigration Tribunal which turned down Sheikh Raed Salah's appeal against deportation from the UK, the immigration judges noted that Salah: has admitted in criminal proceedings being involved with organisations used to fund Hamas, a group part of which is proscribed as being…

  • Raed Salah loses appeal against deportation

    27 Oct 2011 by CST

    Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, has lost his appeal against deportation from the United Kingdom. Salah now has until the end of October to lodge a further appeal before deportation. CST welcomed the Home Secretary's efforts to exclude Salah from…

  • "Doctored quotes" and CST

    7 Oct 2011 by CST

    As has been widely reported, CST provided information to the government to assist their efforts to exclude, and now deport, the radical Arab-Israeli preacher Sheikh Raed Salah from the United Kingdom. We did this because we believe Salah to have made antisemitic and extremist statements in the past; and because…

  • Middle East Monitor: faking a Jewish conspiracy

    5 Oct 2011 by Dave Rich

    Middle East Monitor (MEMO) is a pro-Palestinian lobbying group which generally supports Islamist positions within Palestinian politics. We have had cause to write about MEMO on this blog before, because they commonly promote conspiracy theories about politicians in Western nations being beholden to Jewish or Zionist political manipulation and financial…

  • American Nazi "Prophecy" and Dr Daud Abdullah: Deja Vu?

    12 Jul 2011 by CST

    Allegations of antisemitism are mounting against Sheikh Raed Salah of the Islamic Movement, as legal squabbles continue over Britain’s attempts to deport him back to Israel. Salah’s public relations defence is being led by MEMO (Middle East Monitor), a UK Islamist lobby / media group under the directorship of D…

  • Sheikh Raed Salah: The Indictments

    6 Jul 2011 by CST

    Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, is currently in prison in the UK awaiting an appeal hearing against his deportation from the UK. His case has attracted a great deal of media and political attention, mainly because he entered the UK…

  • The Guardian: Fuelling Denials of Antisemitism.

    1 Jul 2011 by CST

    Today's Guardian editorial, concerning the detention by UK Border Agency of Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, typifies the bias with which most Israel-related antisemitism is treated by large swathes of the liberal-left and far-left. It is no surprise: after all, the…

  • Sheikh Raed Salah Detention

    29 Jun 2011 by CST

    CST welcomes the detention by UK Borders Agency, late last night, of Sheikh Raed Salah. Salah is leader of the Northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. He had entered the UK despite having been reportedly banned from coming into the country, and is now very likely…

  • Blogger, heal thyself

    21 Jun 2011 by CST

    Inayat Bunglawala has written a predictable blogpost attacking the government's new Prevent strategy; predictable in that he blames "Zionists" for influencing the government's new position. There is one line in his article which, although almost an aside, caused me to catch my breath. He writes: As I argued in my…

  • Hamas media on the killing of Osama Bin Ladin

    5 May 2011 by CST

    After the Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyah, condemned the killing of Osama Bin Ladin, who he described as a "holy warrior", the Hamas-run newspaper Filastin has affirmed the party line with a series of articles condemning the killing and threatening the United States. Filastin carried three commentaries on the…

  • Hamas and Al-Qaeda: Mutual Condemnation or Shared Admiration?

    4 May 2011 by CST

    Hamas Tribute to Bin Laden The killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has prompted considerable analysis and unleashed varied emotions. Words of condemnation, statements in tribute to him and calls for revenge were to be expected from al-Qaeda (AQ) supporters and sympathisers in the Global Jihad Movement. Rather revealing,…

  • Qaradawi on Muslims and Jews

    23 Feb 2011 by CST

    With Sheikh Qaradawi back in Egypt and back in the news, it is worth revisting a collection of his rulings and other writings on Israel, Jews and Zionism, Fatawa on Palestine, which was published some eight years ago, translated into English in 2007 and reviewed by myself and Mark Gardner in…

  • MEMO: "Creating New Perspectives"...or reycling old ones?

    2 Dec 2010 by CST

    Middle East Monitor (MEMO) is a pro-Palestinian activist group that recently took a small delegation of MPs and journalists to “the West Bank and Israel”, including Labour MPs, Jeremy Corbyn and Andrew Slaughter; and Seumas Milne (columnist and Associate Editor of the Guardian). MEMO’s website describes itself as ...an in…

  • The Mavi Marmara Metaphor

    6 Jul 2010 by CST

    I have written an article for Standpoint magazine's website, discussing what the Gaza flotilla tells us about the state of the alliance between Islamists and leftists in Europe: The working alliance between Islamists and leftists in Britain emerged out of anti-Israel demonstrations after the start of the second…

  • Hizb ut-Tahrir: "purify the earth of Jewish filth"

    20 Jun 2010 by CST

    Hizb ut-Tahrir have often claimed that they do not support violence, and that they are not antisemitic. When challenged on this, they normally say that they are merely anti-Israel, not against Jews. An example is this article, from the Guardian's Comment Is Free. Two weeks ago, Hizb ut-Tahrir in Bangladesh…

  • Conflicts Forum and Khaled Amayreh

    10 Jun 2010 by CST

    Conflicts Forum, the thinktank run by former MI6 officer Alistair Crooke and which aims to promote understanding of (and some would say, sympathy for) political Islamism, has launched a series of monographs on "gender discourse and Islamist perspectives on feminism". For the first monograph, published here (pdf), they commissioned Palestinian…

  • The Muslim Brotherhood: The Organization and Policies of a Global Islamist Movement - Part two

    25 May 2010 by CST

    In this extract from The Muslim Brotherhood: The Organization and Policies of a Global Islamist Movement, Dave Rich looks at the relationship between the Muslim Brotherhood and parts of the far left in Britain: In April 2002, with the second intifada at its height, the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB)&nbsp…

  • The Muslim Brotherhood: The Organization and Policies of a Global Islamist Movement

    24 May 2010 by CST

    Today's Open Democracy features an interview with Osama Hamdan, the Hamas representative in Lebanon, by Manuela Paraipan. Paraipan introduces the interview by describing the development of Hamas in this way: Hamas began life as a paramilitary group. That had some temporary appeal but was bound to be a short to…

  • Lashkar-e-Taiba on Facebook

    30 Apr 2010 by CST

    Last month this blog published some research looking at the antisemitic rhetoric and anti-Jewish targeting of the Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which carried out the Mumbai terrorist attacks in November 2008. The post included examples of threats to Jews and Hindus by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the head of…

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