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    SPLC STATEMENT REGARDING MAAJID NAWAZ AND THE QUILLIAM FOUNDATION

    This is a cross-post from the Southern Poverty Law Center June 18, 2018 Today, we entered into a settlement with and offered our sincerest apology to Mr. Maajid Nawaz and his organization, the Quilliam Foundation, for including them in our publication A Journalist’s Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists. Given our understanding of the views of Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam, it was our opinion at the time that the Field Guide was published that their inclusion was warranted. But after getting a deeper understanding of their views and after hearing from others for whom we have great respect, we realize that we were simply wrong to have included Mr. Nawaz…

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    JLC and Board of Deputies Statement on Meeting with Jeremy Corbyn

    This is a cross-post. Our meeting with Jeremy Corbyn today was a disappointing missed opportunity regarding the problem of antisemitism in the Labour Party. We welcomed Mr Corbyn’s personal involvement in the discussion and his new comments recognising and apologising for antisemitism in the Labour Party but he failed to agree to any of the concrete actions we asked for in our letter to him of 28th March. Last month the Jewish community held an unprecedented demonstration outside Parliament to express our hurt and anger about the level of antisemitism in the Labour Party, and Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to take strong action against it. Following that demonstration we wrote to…

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    Why do peace organizations rely on ‘alternative facts’?

    This is a cross post by Emanuel Miller from the Times of Israel Last week, I was invited to speak on Al Jazeera about the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran. What I found in my research for the show shocked me. I learned from Haaretz that Umm al-Hiran’s residents were transferred there by the IDF in 1956. Yet, according to prominent Israeli human rights organisation Adalah, over 60 years later, Israel doesn’t recognise this village, and is looking to relocate the Bedouin, demolish the buildings and build a “Jewish town” in its place. Sounds awful, right? What I read truly disturbed me. Could my country really be so heartless? Could it…

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    On Gender Segregation – “You Either Help Us or Stop Being Part of the Problem”

    This is a cross-post from the Tales of Courage blog The latest entry into the tragic chronology of gender segregation at British universities is the unsettling incident at London School of Economics (LSE). The LSESU Islamic Society decided to hold a segregated event (with cleverly personalised invites to “brothers” and “sisters”) for their members and unsurprisingly some LSESU officers happily joined in this sordid affair. The General Secretary of the LSESU Nona Buckley-Irvine was very pleased about the event and declared that as a feminist she saw no problem with this gender segregation. I mean, I guess if brown Muslim woman want to have their rights reduced, why should she…

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    Abu Qatada: No Longer in Britain, But Still Preaching Jihad and Antisemitism

    This is a cross-post from the 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. This post will describe some of Abu Qatada’s activities and output since his deportation from the UK, particularly his recent statements and writings denouncing IS, supporting rival jihadist groups in Syria and reiterating his antisemitic views. These are important developments to examine…

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    Aliyah Saleem on Al-Hudaa

    This is a cross-post from Faith to Faithless Briton Aliyah Saleem recalls her life at the Islamic women’s institute which also educated the San Bernardino killer. This year, as British Muslim schoolgirls left to join Isis in Syria, I thought back to when I was a 17-year-old fundamentalist and wondered seriously if I’d have joined them. I certainly fitted the template: unhappy at home, bored and a fervent believer in the most rigid, literalist form of Islam. Then when Tashfeen Malik, a Pakistani woman, along with her US-born husband, Syed Farook, used automatic weapons to shoot down 14 people in San Bernardino, California, I realised we had even more in…

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    The Qur’an is not Infallible

    This article by Hassan Radwan is cross-posted from Atheist Northern Ireland Firstly, Atheist N.I. would like to express our shock and sympathy; to those in France and Lebanon, and globally to victims of atrocities like those we have witnessed over the last few days. It is our hope that how we respond to such events can bring us closer together, rather than push us apart. Now let me introduce you to our second guest blogger. Hassan Radwan was a teacher at Islamia Primary School for 15 years. He has a BA from SOAS in Arabic & Islamic History. He was a devout and practicing Muslim most of his life and…

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    Politicians: antisemitism and “offence”

    This is a cross-post from the CST The controversy over Sir Gerald Kaufman MP’s (Labour) remarks about “Jewish money” and the Conservative Party has helped mask a simultaneous case with Sandra White (Scottish National Party), who is a Member of the Scottish Parliament, rather than the UK Parliament. White posted an obscenely antisemitic retweet “in error” on Twitter, before it was removed three days later. She has over 6,500 followers, but seems not to have flagged the removal to them. She is one of the Scottish Parliament’s most enthusiastic promoters of pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel activism. As with Kaufman, White’s offence had Jewish money power at its core. As with Kaufman,…

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    The Curious Friends of the Shadow Chancellor and the Labour Party Leader

    This is a cross post by Dr Paul Stott of 9/11 Cultwatch Recent weeks have seen a lot of critical coverage of the associations of both Jeremy Corbyn and more recently John McDonnell. If anything that coverage has not gone far enough, at least where issues surrounding their personal judgment is concerned. Whilst political judgment will always be questioned and debated, this article argues both display an alarming inability to spot a ‘wrong ‘un’ – even when that wrong ‘un is under their very nose. Back on 14 January 2009 I attended a talk by the ‘Make Wars History’ group in Norwich. MWH had been launched in March 2008 as…

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    David Shariatmadari’s links with Iranian regime and the Guardian’s credibility gap

    This is a cross-post from Potkin’s blog David Shariatmadari, the Guardian editor who recently authored a much-derided hatchet-job on the leading British Muslim liberal Maajid Nawaz, has long been something of an enigma. Homosexual and a self-described “sort of pan-theist”, he has nonetheless regularly painted a rosy picture of Iran’s theocratic government and has also, according to a variety of Muslim liberals, blocked reformist voices and those who are critical of the Islamic Republic of Iran from writing for Guardian’s “Comment Is Free”. Born in London to an English mother and an Iranian Muslim father, educated at the exclusive Christ’s Hospital School in Lincoln, Shariatmadari attained a degree in Arabic,…