SPECIAL REPORT: Part Two
“It would be a grave folly to ignore the growing influence of HuT and its global agenda.”
With the extraordinary amount of interest shown towards my previous report on Hizb ut-Tahrir, especially in the USA, the following summarises the various examples of how this extremist, and more often than not, threatening international Muslim political organisation, is making waves in many parts of the world.
As Surinder Kumar Sharma, of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses states in a recent article in Global Ecco: “While the world’s attention is fixed on the activities of the dangerous and ruthless Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or simply ISIL), there is another militant organization worthy of serious attention. Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT), or the Party of Liberation, is a radical Islamist group that, like ISIS, calls for the uniting of the Ummah and the return of the Caliphate.” He adds, “Given the fact that HuT already has a wide reach and is successfully inducting and radicalizing educated youth, the outfit has the potential to stage coups and uprisings against governments and regimes that it considers un-Islamic or aligned with anti-Muslim powers. HuT may well prove dangerous because it has immense influence on people, especially in the way that it legitimizes the cause to establish a Caliphate. While the world’s focus currently is on ISIS, it would be a grave folly to ignore the growing influence of HuT and its global agenda.”
Dr. James W. Moore, Ph.D., LL.M., is a Defence Scientist in the Socio-Cognitive Systems Section at DRDC Toronto, Canada. Previously, he worked for twenty years as a Strategic Analyst responsible for research and reporting on the Middle East with the Directorate of Strategic Analysis/CORA at Canada’s National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. In a report written in The Canadian Military Journal and published by National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, he refers to the term ANSA and describes it as, “An autonomously operating planned group that has the capacity to use violence to achieve political ends.”
Moore asks the following question:
“Is Hizb ut-Tahrir an ANSA? Should the group fall under our analytical microscope? Given the ambiguities in the group’s ideology and strategy with respect to the use of violence, culminating in the fact that we cannot with confidence rule out the group’s resort to such methods under certain circumstances, the case can be made that HT should be considered an ANSA for analytical purposes.”
Here’s a round-up of some of Hizb ut-Tahrir’s recent activities.
Indonesia- 150,000 attend the event
Hizb ut-Tahrir (Islamic Liberation Party) in 35 different cities in Indonesia this year, as every year, on the anniversary of the abolition of the Caliphate, organized marches and demonstrations. The last of these in a series of events that occurred on the morning of May 30, 2015 took place in the capital Jakarta, with a capacity of 150 thousand at the international Bung Karno stadium. In the presence of famous writers, thinkers and opinion leaders a four hour conference took place. The head of the Media Office of Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia, Ismail Yusanto, on behalf of the Caliphate Conference made an emphatic speech. University and high school students also held a conference organized by ongoing demonstrations, which was terminated by a prayer. – kokludegisim.net
Gaza- Hamas struggling with emerging Islamist parties
Tensions are ongoing between the Hamas movement and the Salafist Ansar al-Dawla movement, which in February publicly declared its support for the Islamic State (IS), to which Hamas is opposed and which in turn does not look favorably upon Hamas. Meanwhile, on May 17, Hamas allowed another Islamic group, Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation), to stage an event in the center of Gaza commemorating the 94th anniversary of the fall of the Islamic caliphate, last led by the Ottomans… “Destroying the Islamic caliphate led to the loss [under one flag] of Palestinian land and the rest of the Arabs,” Hassan al-Madhoun, spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir in the Gaza Strip, told Al-Monitor. “Only the Islamic caliphate will fill the political vacuum experienced by the Arab and Islamic nations. It will liberate Palestine and unify the Arab and Muslim nations in light of the sectarian rivalry witnessed in the Arab region… “We call on the Muslim armies to direct their weapons toward Israel instead of Muslims in an Arab country,” Madhoun said. – Al-Monitor
West Bank – Hizb ut-Tahrir says PA arrested 10 West Bank members
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The political group Hizb ut-Tahrir said on Saturday that Palestinian Authority security services had arrested 10 of its members across the West Bank.Hizb ut-Tahrir, which translates as Party of Liberation, said in a statement that their members had been arrested over speeches delivered in West Bank mosques following Friday prayers that condemned a PA decision to ban a party conference that was going to be held in Ramallah.Hizb ut-Tahrir is a pan-Islamic political organization which was founded in Jerusalem in 1953 with the goal of uniting all Muslims into a united state with an elected Caliph at its head.They regularly promote their ideas through speeches in mosques or issuing statements following Friday prayer or at other large Muslim gatherings. – Ma’an News Agency
Denmark – Hizb ut-Tahrir has seized power in residential area. Threatens TV crew.
Last Thursday [March 26, 2015] a television crew from TV2 went to Islandshøjparken in Denmark’s Nordsjælland. But the TV crew suddenly became in serious trouble, says Nordsjælland Police according to Frederiksborg Amts Avis. The notorious Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir has just seized power of the resident board. At the annual meeting in February, Omar Saad was elected Chairman and several of his supporters also became members of the board. Omar Saad is an active member of Hizb ut-Tahrir and is against democracy, and for a caliphate governed by Sharia. That means a new era in the area. The TV crew were allowed to make recordings, but suddenly the interviewees regretted and demanded the tapes handed over. The TV2 team refused. But those interviewed did not take no for an answer. There were threats and one of them took out a knife and tried to cut the tire on TV2’s car. It is not only outsiders who feel threatened. Torun Have, who has lived in Islandshøjparken for three years, says that the sense of security is gone. Since Omar Saad became Chairman of the board, the mood has changed. “I’m afraid. Everything has changed, and it has become a war between them and us. Something I have never experienced before, though there have been Muslims on the board earlier,” she says to Ekstra Bladet. Several cars were driving past at high speed while Ekstra Bladet interviewed Torun Have. Some young men rolls down the window, and shouts provocative. The TV interview shows them shouting “Sharia” out the window. “It’s hard to explain, but right now there is a very ‘us against them-mood’, which is really uncomfortable.” It has never been like this before,” she says to Ekstra Bladet. – speisa.com
Australia – Women forced to back of lecture theatre at Hizb ut-Tahrir lecture
Malaysia – Hudud law in the country?
China – Chinese authorities link Xinjiang unrest to Hizb ut-Tahrir
The International Herald Tribune spotted a Chinese language press release in which Chinese authorities fascinatingly attribute the protests in Khotan as well as various forms of unrest and troublemaking in Kashgar, Urumqi, and Kizilsu Prefecture to the international Islamic political organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, or the “Party of Liberation.” Hizb ut-Tahrir, or HUT (kind of like Jabba) has garnered quite the reputation in Central Asian nations as a rallying point for Muslims bearing religious grievances against oppressive, secularist governments. HUT has an elaborate set of written guiding principles, and allegedly one of these embraces non-violent means as the only proper means to attain the group’s goal of restoring the Caliphate, thus, their main methods remain limited, on the surface, at least, to the propagation of the “right ideas” through lectures, sermons, booklets, and pamphlets. There have been several instances where violent activities were attributed by governmental authorities to HUT,.. This is the first attempt by the Chinese government to link unrest to Hizb ut-Tahrir that I’m aware of. It represents a significant and curious clarification of previous allegations of international involvement in Xinjiang incidents, the vast majority of which have involved a hazy specter of “international terrorism” or exile Uyghur organizations whose goals and aspirations remain quite distant from those of religious organizations. – Hizb ut-Tahrir Watch
Kyrgyzstan – Suspected members of Hizb ut-Tahrir detained in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK — Kyrgyz officials say several suspected members of the banned Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir have been apprehended across the country. Officials in the northern district of Jety-Oguz said on February 10 that four local men have been detained after investigators found a gun and “extremist” printed and electronic texts at their homes in the village of Ak-Terek. Another suspected Hizb ut-Tahrir member was reportedly apprehended in the southern Batken Province on February 10. On February 9, officials in the southern region of Osh province said they detained a local imam for being a member of the group. Kyrgyz authorities say Hizb ut-Tahrir plays a role in a strategy used by Al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants to radicalize youth and recruit them to fight in Syria and Iraq. Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is banned across Central Asia and in Russia, says it is peaceful. – Radio Free Europe
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In 2013, Michael Whine MBE, Government and International Affairs Director at the Community Security Trust, was appointed to a five year term as new UK independent member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). Mr Whine has been professionally employed as a researcher on extremism, antisemitism, and terrorism for over twenty five years. He also acts as Consultant on Defence and Security to the European Jewish Congress, and represents it at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Nine years ago, The Hudson Institute published a paper by Whine titled, “Is Hizb ut-Tahrir Changing Strategy or Tactics? His assessment at that time could still reflect on where Hizb ut-Tahrir is today.
“It cannot be denied that members of HT continue to provide a manpower pool for terrorist recruitment. One former senior member stated some years ago his belief that ‘if Hizb ut-Tahrir [is] not stopped at this stage, and we continue to let them politicize and pollute the youngsters’ minds and other gullible peoples’ minds, then what will happen in effect is that these terrorist acts and these suicide bombings that we hear going on around in foreign countries, we will actually start seeing these incidents happening outside our doorsteps.’ It seems reasonably clear that the basic aim of HT—to re-establish the Caliphate and to extend it elsewhere—remains in place. It is indeed also the ultimate aim of all Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-e-Islami, and the subsequent offshoots of these groups. It must be noted that HT was the first group to do so, at a time when the Brotherhood focused only on the Arab world, while the Jamaat concentrated solely on the Indian subcontinent. HT’s basic strategy also still remains, while it only occasionally makes explicit mention of the violence implicit in the third stage of its program—the seizing of power.”
(Photo credit: kokludegisim.net)
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