The former EDL leader has taken responsibility for his followers’ extremism. Will his former allies do the same?
It’s fair to say the Quilliam Foundation (later rebranded to “Quilliam”) has not been without its problems since launching in 2008. Since its launch, Quilliam expanded much too quickly, taking on too many staff, and has never stopped to define its remit clearly enough.
Last Wednesday, Channel 4’s ‘4thought.tv’ aired an interview by a former member of banned extremist group al-Muhajiroun. ‘Abu Nusaybah’ as he calls himself, continues to do the same work he always did for extremist Islam in Britain, recently attending the poppy burning march in South Kensington. The Quilliam Foundation has rightly criticised Channel 4’s presentation of this man as a representative of the wider Muslim community.
The Quilliam Foundation announced yesterday that they will soon be releasing a report on the UK’s Islam Channel. Quilliam co-director, Maajid Nawas, has sent around a text message publicising the upcoming release, claiming that the channel is a portal for ‘extremism, bias, sexism, sectarianism and attacks on mainstream Muslim practices.’ In response, the Islam Channel has issued Quilliam with a pre emptive libel threat, claiming that the report they haven’t seen yet is defamatory.
Yesterday, the Quilliam Foundation (QF) released a report about Islamist radicalisation within British prisons. ‘Unlocking al-Qaeda’ covers one of the most important and problematic areas of counter-terrorism and failure to take heed of the warnings it contains would be inexcusable.
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) has reported that Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) was banned by the Palestinian Authority (PA) from holding a conference on Saturday July 4 at Ramallah Secondary School, to mark the anniversary of the end of the Islamic Caliph’s Rule.
‘Our statesmen and officials not only listen but actually pay money to people who threaten them’