‘Britain’s ostrich mentality’

“The Terrorism Act of 2000, in section 59 1(a), ‘Inciting Terrorism Overseas’, clearly states, ‘a person commits an offence if he incites another person to commit an act of terrorism wholly or partly outside the United Kingdom’. Needless to say, such an act also constituted an offense when committed in England. Yet Islamist imams were allowed with impunity to incite suicide bombing in British mosques, on the Internet and in the media. They were allowed to do so because this incitement chiefly targeted Israel.

“Although such incitement has recently lessened in intensity, the very same Islamist leaders, preachers, imams and scholars who supported it have been appointed by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to a new task force to tackle extremism among young Muslims. Among the appointees are Tariq Ramadan, the Swiss grandson of Hasan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and Inayat Bunglawala, the spokesperson of the Muslim Council of Britain.”

Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen have a go at Tariq Ramadan and Inayat Bunglawala, plus Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Ken Livingstone and George Galloway.

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