Hizb ut-Tahrir. A peaceful revolutionary non-violent group? Poppycock!

OPINION

Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT). No longer the whipping boy of the fervent minority demanding a world Caliphate.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is front and centre of an enthusiastic Islamist bunch of antisemitic, anti-West and anti-democratic educated ideological vicious revolutionists who, in the West, dress as if they are on the board of a blue-chip company.

by Alan Simons

Have I made myself clear? Do you get the message?

I venture to say many of us living in Canada and the USA have never heard of them. Well, you better start right now. I’ve been following and writing about this revolutionary group for years. They’ve matured into a sophisticated organisation that maintains the illusion, to us dumb Westerners, that they have an interest in reaching its goals of a Caliphate peacefully and through non-violent means. Poppycock!

For a start, the Britain’s think-tank, formally known as the Centre for Social Cohesion (CSC), now the Henry Jackson Society, stated with sources on page 28 of their HTs Ideology and Strategy report:

HT promotional materials have called for violence against Jews. Despite its official non-violent stance, HT has called for violence against Jews. In 2002, HT leaflets found in Denmark urged Muslims to kill Jews “wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have been [sic] turned you out.” A BBC report quoted the HT leaflet further: “The Jews are a people of slander…a treacherous people… they fabricate lies and twist words from their right context.”

 In 2003, similar anti-Semitic rhetoric resulted in the group being banned from many university campuses in Britain and a complete ban of the group in Germany.

HT photo 2HT supports not only violence against Jews in general but offensive jihad against Israel in particular.

HT believes Israel has “occupied Islamic lands”—lands once ruled by Islamic law. Accordingly, HT believes those lands should return to governance by Islamic law and supports jihad as a means to that end.

Accordingly, HT views violent acts against Israel as legitimate political protest until Israel no longer exists. The organization’s literature has supported Islamist suicide bombers in Israel, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank.

In 1994, HT’s global leader, Ata Abu Rashta, reiterated this point when he declared that Jews who came to Palestine after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire have no right to live there. He called for all Jews of fighting age in Israel to be “killed until none survive.”

It adds on page 29:

“HT also sanctions killing Jewish ‘women, children and elderly’ – innocent civilians – as collateral damage. In addition, HT “makes it permissible to bomb planes and carry out suicide bomb attacks, or any other means necessary, to kill the ‘enemy unbeliever’”.

So much for peaceful and non-violent means!

Now, of course I won’t be duly surprised if many western-based HT revolutionists will strenuously object to these obvious blatant so-called Jewish inspired lies. And when I watch a video that tells me Hizb ut-Tahrir America is again set to hold their annual conference in Glendale Heights, Illinois on Sunday, 23 April 2017, called “Falsehood Perishes, Islam Prevails,” I wonder what in hell is happening in America!

HT Photo 3By last count HT is operating in over 40 countries worldwide including the USA, Canada and the UK. Australia has been pussyfooting to ban the organisation for years. However, HT isbanned in many Muslim-majority countries, including Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Uzbekistan. In Malaysia, the Selangor Fatwa Committee  has outlawed HT, declaring the group ‘deviant.’   Last year in Singapore, an HT member was arrested for propagating online extremism.

The group is also banned in China and Russia. HTs British chapter in London is regarded as the “nerve center” of the movement.

On social issues, it’s been reported that “HTs ideology is reactionary. HT dictates subservient roles for women, who are required to obtain their husbands’ permission to leave the house and cannot go outside wearing perfume.” HTs doctrine also prohibits participation in other faiths’ celebrations, much to the angst of all of our societies’ religious communities. 

The very essence of a multi-faith society, the concept of which I adhere to, has no place with the likes of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Yet, in North America this revolutionary group, with their seemingly pharisaical Facebook site, remains in good standing. Go figure!

Rwanda: 7 April 2017. Never Again!

Four words:

Duhore Tuzilikana Kirazira Kwibagirwa!

We Must Never Forget!

Today, 7 April 2017 is the 23rd Commemoration of the Genocide Against the Tutsi. 

by Alan Simons

In a few weeks time, on 23 April at sundown, Jews throughout the world observe Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day. It is the day where we pay tribute to all the victims of the Holocaust and ghetto uprisings. Inaugurated 64 years ago we like you, have no intention of forgetting our loved ones. Therefore, as a Jew, my message to you is not from a stranger, but from a brother and partner. For in commemorating the 23rd anniversary of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, your loss, is also my loss.

However, I ask myself what right do I have to speak of such experiences of genocide?

Who am I to speak of such unthinkable acts of violence and cruelty, unequaled in modern history?

I never witnessed killings, or had my life threatened. I never lost immediate family members, nor witnessed rape or sexual mutilation, or had to hide under corpses.

Rwanda April 7 2017 bSo, what authority gives me the right to speak about Rwanda’s genocide, to talk about your families and friends who perhaps survived these 23 years, and hopefully, I repeat hopefully, have been able to overcome their traumatic experiences and find optimism in the future, as well as speak of those who were murdered?

Well, a few years ago President Kagame of Rwanda, photographed above, said: “The world chose to watch as one million were being slaughtered. Victims were turned into perpetrators and justice was turned into a political tool. The world has shown us that we cannot afford not to fight. Do not be afraid to stand up for truth, justice and for who we are. The only way to live in this world is to stand up for ourselves, stay true to who we are and define our own destiny.”

Perhaps, more than anything, it is in these words that binds Jews and Rwandans together in a mutual understanding of what intolerance and hate is all about in our society today. And, we have only to look at the past few weeks of what happened in London, a few hours ago in Stockholm, as well as the gassing earlier this week of children and adults in Syria, to appreciate the scope and threat of the world we continue to live in.

Hate is hate, irrespective of one’s religion, colour or nationality.

Even now in Canada there are deniers of both the Rwandan genocide and the Holocaust who continue to thrust their sick fermented ideas into the international arena. As Hitler remains centre stage to many antisemites, it was only a couple of months ago that Rwanda’s deniers actually competed to question who was to blame for the 1994 killings. 

It’s been said that sadness is but a wall between two gardens. May all of those who perished in the genocide be remembered for their beauty and fragrance that grace our gardens.

My dear Rwandan brothers and sisters, finding an appropriate way of honouring and remembering the dead is one of the goals of the mourning process. For, as Elie Wiesel the Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor said, “To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”

(Photo credits: From Paul Kagame’s Post, in Timeline Photos)

 

Opinion: The world of the trumptwit

red-tieThere are many trumptwits in this world. Some belong to the world of politics. Some to the corporate sector, and some spend their lives trolling on social networking services and online social media. But, the bottom line is this:  All trumptwits must have a supreme leader. And now, after many years as an apprentice, they have one in the canicula figure of King Trumptwit the First.

King Trumptwit, in his 17 minute coronation speech yesterday, the shortest inaugural speech in 30 years, gave much pleasure to all the infatuated little trumptwits in his audience. Well, there they were, all jumping up and down in their red baseball hats, hugging each other- as long as the trumptwit was of the same color, while others, commonly referred to as members of the Street Trumptwits Society (STS), were gleefully gallivanting through the Capitals’ downtown streets looking for anti-trumptwits.  

Now, to be fair it was also the anarchists and like-minded folk, AKA “an organized group,” who seized upon, what later the King would declare to his minions. Namely, to give Washington back to the people. And they must have read his mind. They did what any sensible rioter would do.  “More specifically, the group damaged vehicles, destroyed the property of multiple businesses, and ignited smaller isolated fires while armed with crowbars, hammers, and asps.” In the foray an official media videographer (as opposed to the fake kind), was thrown to the ground by one the cities’ finest men in blue, who obviously in the confusion couldn’t distinguish between authentic and fake.

To quote.

The Metropolitan Police Department released the following statement following the vandalism:

“At approximately 10:30 a.m., an organized group was observed marching south in Northwest Washington. On their way, members of the group acting in a concerted effort engaged in acts of vandalism and several instances of destruction of property. More specifically, the group damaged vehicles, destroyed the property of multiple businesses, and ignited smaller isolated fires while armed with crowbars, hammers, and asps. Preliminary information indicates the group collectively engaged in these criminal acts. MPD members were alerted to the criminal activity, and responded swiftly to contain and detain the involved individuals in the area of 12th and L Streets, NW. At this time, numerous arrests have been made and those individuals have been charged with rioting. Investigation into the incident remains ongoing. Pepper spray and other control devices were used to control the criminal actors and protect persons and property. During the incident, police vehicles were damaged and two uniformed officers sustained minor injuries from coordinated attacks by members of the group that were attempting to avoid arrest.”

Then we learnt that a BBC reporter, desperately seeking out “an expert in US politics” – there were only a few thousand in the crowd to choose from, claimed King Trumptwit the First’s “inauguration speech was the angriest he had ever heard.” Oh?

It was Napoleon Bonaparte who was overheard to say that in politics, stupidity is not a handicap, a statement that little trumptwits in their eagerness to please their leader are making every effort to subscribe to. What this all boils down to is they have now become unable to differentiate between ignorance and conscientious stupidity and the ability to make intelligent decisions.

Encouraged by their King, we are experiencing a frightening political infectious disease that contains no international borders. Trumptwit is a language common to many people, irrespective to what country one lives in.

It’s been said that little trumptwits are analogous to the zebra mussel, “a species originally native to the lakes of [Putin’s] southern Russia and accidentally introduced to numerous other areas. It has become an invasive species in many different countries worldwide, including the USA.”

Ordinary, decent Americans are fearful of the political consequences now taking place in the USA, a trait not particularly recognized before in their country. But they sure understand it now. And so should you, whatever country you live in.

(This Opinion piece has been updated from an earlier version)

 

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