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"Fanatics want to convert entire world" - Hizb ut Tahrir and Al Muhajiroun storm meetings and grab headlines

Dhimmitude doesn't pay: UK Leader of pro Muslim 'Respect' party threatened with death by radical Islamists
April 20, 2005


MIM: 'The wages of dhimmitude are death:

George Galloway , the leader, founder,(and apparently the only members ), of the new Respect party in the UK, has been courting the Muslim vote thinking that his anti Iraq war stance would win him support. But even his abject dhimmitude did not save him from a death threats and accusations of being 'a false prophet' which were made by members of Al Muhajiroun.

It is worth noting that Galloway's eagerness to save his skin lead him to speed from the meeting and leave his 23 year old daughter outside on the sidewalk, where she had to be helped to safety by police. Galloway's ignominious flight from the Muslims he was courting show that even those who believe "if you cant beat them join then" aren't going to be spared if the Islamists attain power.


Fanatics want to convert entire world
By Andrew Gilligan, Evening Standard


Banned in Germany and across the Middle East, Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Party of Liberation, is one of the most controversial - and also the strongest - Islamic groups in Britain today.

Hizb rejects the "corrupt society" of Britain and the West and, as George Galloway learned last night, even the most impeccable anti-war credentials are not enough to win its approval.

Its central belief is for a single Islamic state - a caliphate - which should start by uniting all Muslim countries, then embrace the entire world, including non-Islamic parts.

As Hizb's own website says: "The work of Hizb ut-Tahrir is to ... change the situation of the corrupt society so that it is transformed into an Islamic society."

Hizb "aims to bring back the Islamic guidance for mankind and to lead the Ummah (the Muslim community) into a struggle with Kufr (non-believing), its systems and its thoughts so that Islam encapsulates the world."

Hizb started on this mission in Britain with the Jews: it was accused of anti-semitism in its work in universities and has been banned from many university campuses after noisy campaigns in the Nineties.

It is not just the British election that the group rejects. In its East End heartland, it opposed the recent Brick Lane festival on the ground that it promoted "a culture of drinking alcohol, dancing and free-mixing" between the sexes.

It also advised Shabina Begum, the Luton girl who recently won a High Court ruling that she was entitled to wear a head-to-toe jilbab to school.

Hizb holds frequent conferences and speaker meetings, attracting numbers perhaps higher than any other Muslim group in Britain. Up to 8,000 people attended its last annual conference, although far from all of those were members.

It has a particular appeal for young middle-class Muslims, the same sort of people who so often make up the core of Islamic terror groups.

The actual membership may total less than 1,000. No one has proved a direct link between Hizb and terrorism, but the group's leaflet was found at the family home of Omar Sharif, the British man who launched a failed suicide attack in Tel Aviv.

Hizb's British founder, Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammed, left in 1996 to form an even more radical group, al-muhajiroun (The Emigrants). That organisation believes terrorism is a vital part of Islam, glorified the 9/11 highjackers for "the magnificent 19," and has earned itself a starring role in the tabloids.

The security serbutvices watched it but some described it as an example of "showbiz extremism" rather than a serious threat.

Last October, al muhajiroun announced it was shutting down and uniting with other groups, raising fears that it could be linking up with Hizb. Yesterday, former members of al-muhajiroun stormed the flagship Regent's Park mosque in an antielection protest, echoing the attacks on Mr Galloway and Oona King.

Hizb's British leader, a 28-year-old IT consultant called Jalaluddin Patel, insists the group is not violent and is no threat to the West. But he adds that we in Britain "need to understand what is really an inevitable matter, that Islam is coming back, the Islamic caliphate is going to be implemented in the world very soon".



Galloway Forced to Flee Meeting after 'Death Threats'

By Laura Elston, PA

Anti-war campaigner George Galloway was "threatened with death" by a gang of Islamic extremists, his spokesman said today.

The Respect candidate, who is fighting Labour's Oona King for the Bethnal Green and Bow seat in East London, was meeting locals in a tenant association's room last night with his daughter Lucy when a 40-strong group of militants burst in.

Locking the door behind them, the mob denounced Mr Galloway as a "false prophet" and declared that the sentence for this was "death".

In a separate incident over the weekend, his opponent Ms King had her car tyres slashed and she was pelted with eggs.

The Bethnal Green and Bow seat has been a volatile campaigning ground.

Eggs and vegetables were previously thrown at Ms King, who has been criticised for supporting the war in Iraq, just over a week ago when she attended a memorial to Jewish war dead.

In Mr Galloway's case, the alarm was raised by his son-in-law Jay Stewart who had left the meeting at Withy House on Globe Road, east London, with his children Sean, three, and baby Lola shortly before the disturbance took place.

Mr Galloway's spokesman Ron McKay said: "(George) was held hostage and threatened with death. Can you imagine what that was like ?"

He added: "Luckily Jay had taken the children out just before."

Police were called and helped former Labour MP Mr Galloway to his son-in-law's car which sped away from the scene.

Mr McKay said he believed the gang was linked to the disbanded al-Muhajiroun group and those thought responsible for storming a Muslim Council of Britain press conference earlier yesterday.



Islamist 'mob' threatens Galloway with gallows
By Philippe Naughton, Times Online
George Galloway

A mob of young Islamist extremists allegedly threatened to hang anti-war campaigner George Galloway last night as as the country's most bitter election battle spilled into violence on the streets of the East End.

The Respect candidate, who is fighting Labour's Oona King for the Bethnal Green and Bow seat in East London, was meeting locals in a tenant association's room last night with his daughter, Lucy, when a 40-strong group of militants burst in, his spokesman said today.

Locking the door behind them, the mob allegedly held Mr Galloway and his daughter captive for a few minutes and made threats.

"They said he was a false prophet and that was punishable by death," spokesman Ron McKay told Times Online. "They said for him that would be the gallows - that was presumably a play on his name."

Mr Galloway was only rescued by the arrival of two police constables, who escorted him outside to the car of his son-in-law Jay, who had called the police when he saw the gang arrive at the building on Globe Road in Bethnal Green.

Last night's incident was the second of the day involving young Islamic radicals out to disrupt the general election campaign. Earlier, a mob of protesters believed to be followers of the radical cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed stormed into the Regent's Park mosque in central London and disrupted a press conference by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).

Chanting slogans in English and Arabic, they stood on chairs and shouted insults at Iqbal Sacranie, the secretary-general of the MCB, accusing him of apostasy in urging people to vote. They then handed out leaflets which read: "Voting for any political party ... will guarantee your seat in hellfire forever."

The leaflets carried photographs of Tony Blair, Michael Howard, Charles Kennedy and George Galloway, describing them all as "shayateen (devils), crooks, criminals and false gods". An internet address was provided for the Saviour Sect, but an announcement was later posted on the website denying any involvment in the incident.

Police were called to the fracas at the Regents Park mosque, during which one protester seemed to throw a punch at Mr Sacranie. A 25-year-old man was arrested.

Mr McKay said that he believed the same group, the now disbanded El Muhajiroun, was responsible for both incidents.

"We believe it was the same group, the same people that actually carried it out," he said. "It was clearly a concerted plan to cause as much disruption and get as much publicity as possible.... It was the language of El Muhajiroun, the language of bigotry."

Clearly still shocked, Mr McKay described the events after he arrived at the scene, shortly after the two constables.

He said that there were no Respect supporters at the meeting except for Mr Galloway and Lucy, 23. When the two policemen arrived, they asked Mr Galloway if he wanted to leave the meeting, and escorted him to the car outside.

He said: "One cop took him out to Jay's car, put him in and told him to get out of there as quickly as possible. The other policeman rather bravely put himself between George and the mob.

"The police said to us: 'You shouldn't stay where you were going to stay tonight because they know where you live.' So we stayed somewhere else."

As Mr Galloway left in his son-in-law's car, his distraught daughter was temporarily left at the scene. She was escorted to safety on the top floor of the property on Globe Road by officers.

A fracas then broke out outside, and three men were arrested, Scotland Yard said. They were detained for alleged possession of an offensive weapon, public order offences and actual bodily harm. One person was treated in hospital for a minor head injury and later discharged.

Mr Galloway is due to speak at a hustings meeting with his election opponent at Queen Mary University on the Mile End Road tonight, the only time the two candidates will be appearing together in public.

Mr McKay said last night's violence would not affect Mr Galloway's campaign or his determination to unseat Ms King - although security for the former Glasgow MP would have to be stepped up.

Respect campaigners have already come under verbal attack and seen their stalls overturned in previous incidents and Ms King had eggs and vegetables thrown at her when she attended a memorial to Jewish war dead last week.

"There are several brave souls who will put themselves between George and this mob," Mr McKay said.

Mr Bakri Mohammed, a Syrian-born hardliner, has been touring the country promoting the message that voting is un-Islamic and sinful, attracting hundreds of Muslim youths still angry at the invasion of Iraq and anti-terror laws which are perceived as anti-Muslim.



Galloway faces death threat from Islamic extremists


ISLAMIC extremists issued a death threat against George Galloway, the former Glasgow MP, when they stormed a meeting of his anti-war Respect party in London's East End.

Mr Galloway, who is in a bitter battle with the sitting Labour MP, Oona King, for the Bethnal Green and Bow seat, was left shaken after a group, believed to be linked to the disbanded al-Muhajiroun organisation, barged into the meeting at a tenants' association on Tuesday.

Locking the door behind them, the mob denounced Mr Galloway - who was with his daughter - as a "false prophet" and declared that the sentence for this was "death".

Campaigning in the area has been volatile. In a separate incident over the weekend Ms King had her car tyres slashed and she was pelted with eggs. Yesterday police were called to stand guard outside a restaurant in which Ms King was holding a meeting.

Last night, a stormy hustings meeting at the People's Palace, Queen Mary University of London, was attended by both Mr Galloway and Ms King and had a heavy police presence.

At it, Ms King called for a rapprochement to quell the "poisonous atmosphere" that had developed.

She told the meeting organised by Telco, an East London citizens' organisation, that she had asked all four candidates to meet with the local police commander today. Mr Galloway expressed his "concern and sorrow" that Miss King had also been attacked.

The meeting was disturbed by shouts and scuffles as three young men clashed with police in the foyer outside the hall.

The same group which intimidated Mr Galloway were also believed to be behind the disruption at a Muslim Council of Britain press conference earlier on Tuesday which ended in violence.

In Tuesday's incident involving Mr Galloway, the alarm was raised by his son-in-law, Jay Stewart, who had left the meeting at Withy House in east London shortly before the disturbance took place. Police had to help Mr Galloway and his daughter to his son-in-law's car .

Ron McKay, Mr Galloway's spokesman, said: "There was a skirmish outside with some of the local kids getting dragged in and blows were traded."

Mr Galloway was especially frightened for the safety of his daughter, Lucy, 23.

Yesterday, a 22-year-old man named as Shah Jalal Hussain was charged with possession of an offensive weapon. A 33-year-old man from Maidstone, Kent, received a caution for affray and a 35-year-old man from Forest Gate, east London, remained in custody.

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