• antisemitism,  Friends of Raed Salah

    Jeremy Corbyn and the Blood Libel Sheikh

    Last July, the Blood Libel Sheikh came to the UK. Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn – amongst others – had invited Sheikh Raed Salah to Parliament for a meeting about Jerusalem. The Blood Libel Sheikh has claimed that 4,000 Jews skipped work at the World Trade Centre on 9/11 and suggested that Israel carried out the 9/11 attacks.His political party published a paean to “the Martyr, Sheikh Osama Bin Laden“, whose killers had “sold their consciences to Satan”, and he has cited so-called Franklin Prophecy: a Nazi forgery in which Benjamin Franklin supposedly warns America about Jews. He chuckled at the memory of taunting a Jewish teacher with a Swastika. The Blood Libel Sheikh was initially…

  • Friends of Raed Salah,  Labour Party

    Lord Ahmed Has Been Suspended By Labour

    You will have read this story. Here is a Pakistani news report on Lord Ahmed: During his visit he also reportedly said that if Iran is attacked, “the Muslim nation should unite against these powers.” Politics Home now reports: Labour has suspended Lord Ahmed from the party after his alleged call for a £10m bounty for the capture of President Obama and President Bush, PoliticsHome can reveal. Reports from Pakistan suggest Lord Nazir Ahmed made the comments at a conference in Haripur in Pakistan after a $10m reward was offered by the US for information leading to the capture of suspected Islamic terrorist Hafiz Muhammad Saeed. A Labour Party spokesman…

  • Friends of Raed Salah

    MEMO confirms Raed Salah faces charges for inciting racism in Israel

    This is a cross post by Dave R of The CST Blog 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 Israel for inciting racism and inciting violence as a result. The response of Salah and his British supporters, principally the Middle East Monitor (MEMO) organisation that invited him to the UK, was do deny that he had ever made the comments, and to claim that he faced…

  • Friends of Raed Salah

    Truth and lies on Sheikh Raed Salah

    This is a cross post by Dave Rich of The CST Blog 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 been covered extensively on the CST Blog, but there is one aspect which MEMO’s latest report highlights quite gloriously: the extent to which Salah’s supporters have changed their story repeatedly, in an attempt to deflect the very real concerns about Salah’s antisemitic statements and extremist behaviour. One of the central allegations surrounds a speech made by Salah in Jerusalem in February 2007, in which he said the following: We have never…

  • Cross Post,  Friends of Raed Salah

    Raed Salah and Hamas

    This is a cross-post from the CST blog 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 a terrorist organisation. At an earlier bail hearing, Salah had instructed his lawyer to deny that he had any connection to Hamas at all: The government submissions also alleged Salah has links to Hamas. Husain, acting on instructions from Salah, absolutely denied this. The only evidence the government seemed to present on…

  • antisemitism,  Friends of Raed Salah,  Theology

    Friends of Raed Salah: The C of E-backed “Amos Trust” and the blood libel

    How will Archbishop Rowan Williams react, to the growing support for a racist antisemite who believes in the blood libel, in the Church of England? In late June, the houses of Parliament hosted a “Save Jerusalem Campaign“, with Raed Salah scheduled as the guest speaker. The event was afforded much credibility, due to its venue, and also due to the fact that several Labour MPs were in support. Reverend Dr Stephen Sizer, a director of the Amos Trust, was Raed Salah’s official photographer in London. Amos Trust director and founder, Garth Hewitt was in attendance. Garth Hewitt is the canon of St. George’s Church in Jerusalem, and he thinks anti-Zionist Jews are…

  • Friends of Raed Salah,  Grauniad

    Friends of Raed Salah: Is the Guardian a Newspaper?

    I’ll be writing longer piece, in the next few days, on the role that The Guardian played in spreading the lie that Raed Salah was anything other than a racist, and extremist and a funder of Hamas. However, for now, I’d like to concentrate on one aspect of The Guardian’s coverage of the Raed Salah case. Here are the articles which The Guardian published about Raed Salah over the last few months. An Israeli trap for Britain Britain accused of collaborating with Israel over Salah arrest Leading Palestinian activist arrested in London Sheikh Raed Salah Palestinian activists: unwelcome guests? | Editorial Letters: Double standards over Salah’s arrest Detained Palestinian Islamic leader to…

  • Friends of Raed Salah,  Labour Party

    Friends of Raed Salah: Labour MPs

    Yesterday, I asked a question: If a person denies clear evidence of racism, defends a racist, and attacks a leading anti-racist institution, is it fair to conclude that they are in fact a racist? It is a genuine question. The answer in some cases will, undoubtedly, be yes. However, others may find themselves in the position of supporting a racist and denying their racism, and attacking anti-racist organisations: because they believe that a little racism is necessary, in furtherance of a greater political cause. Those people are not racists themselves. They are merely tolerating and facilitating racism, making it more difficult to challenge, giving it an alibi. Yet others may honestly…

  • antisemitism,  Friends of Raed Salah,  Hamas

    Friends of Raed Salah: Ilan Pappe says the blood libel isn’t anti-Semitic

    The Immigration Tribunal ruling upholding the Home Office’s ban of Raed Salah takes as established fact that the cleric said this in East Jerusalem in 2007: “We have never allowed ourselves, and listen well, we have never allowed ourselves to knead the bread for the breaking of the fast during the blessed month of Ramadan with the blood the children. And if someone wants a wider explanation, you should ask what used to happen to some of the children of Europe, whose blood would be mixed in the dough of the holy bread. God Almighty, is this religion? Is this what God wants? God will confront you for what you…