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!

When the tentacles of hate reach a university in Canada.

Correction

Dear Readers,

Yesterday jewishinfoNews published an open letter to Dr. Kurt Krueger, President of Concordia University Irving, California. In it we incorrectly implied that the university’s student union had hosted the content of a “repulsive poster”. This was not so. 

I have written to Dr. Krueger stating, in part, the following:

“I want to express my deepest and sincere apology to you, the Board of Regents, the university’s student union, the Concordia University Irving and its students for jewishinfoNews’ dreadful error in associating you and your fine institution with the content of the deplorable poster…” “The university and student’s union in question, Concordia University, reside in Montreal, Quebec. In addition, the logo of their student union is similar to your student’s union, and that is where the problem arose. Accordingly, I ask you in good faith to accept our apology.”

The original content was taken down immediately we knew of the error. Dr. Krueger was advised.

The Roman philosopher, Marcus Tullius Cicero, once said, “Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.”  JewishinfoNews has no wish to persist with their error. However, the problem with this despicable poster clearly remains. The student union of Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec has undisputed ownership of it. Therefore, our original letter, inadvertently addressed to Dr. Krueger, has been adapted and follows below, together with the poster in question.

Alan Simons, Publisher jewishinfoNews.info

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An open letter to the President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec. 

Professor Alan Shepard, kindly take a good look at the repulsive poster below, the content of which, I’m led to believe, was hosted two days ago by your university’s student union. 

by Alan Simons

StandWithUS, a respected international organisation, brought this poster to my attention and stated:

“We are disgusted by this horrific event being hosted by the Concordia Student Union. This cultural appropriation of the Jewish holiday of Passover is completely unacceptable, sac-religious, and extremely disrespectful.”

Professor Shepard, I beg to differ. Disgusted is not strong enough. My friends of the Muslim faith, would I’m sure agree that if this applied to one of their religious holy days, Muslims JIN April 14 2017 revwould react verbally, I repeat verbally, and with vigour.

The issue here is not one of arrogance, or to quote the new buzz words, “mentally unstable.” Your Student’s Union must take ownership for this abhorrent poster, for the message is directed at the very essence of my religion. I regard their action as one of the most vicious forms of incitement, of hate and of a form of terrorism that must be acted upon without delay by you. 

In Concordia’s Strategics Directions Game Plan 2016/2017, it states, “Concordia is an inclusive research-engaged university focused on transformative learning, collaborative thinking, and public impact, equipping students and society for a world of challenges and opportunities.”

What! “Equipping students and society for a world of challenges and opportunities?” Come on now Professor, it would seem your Student Union, by incongruously using a Jewish religious holy day in such a vile manner to usurp their political agenda, obviously goes against the very essence of your Game Plan. So, what do you intend to do about it?

I challenge you and your Board of Governors to take the strongest action possible against CSU in this matter.

Thank you!

(Photo Credit: Passover Against Apartheid- (StandWithUS)

“Spicer’s Mistake and the Democrat’s Over-Reaction”

OPINION

From the publisher of jewishinfoNews. The following article was originally published by Gatestone Institute  and republished with permission by jewishinfoNews on April 13, 2017.

“The fight against bigotry is a bi-partisan issue and must not be exploited for partisan gain… All sides must stop using references to Hitler and the Holocaust in political dialogue.”

Alan Dershowitz credit jewishbusinessnews JIN July 13 2016

by  Alan M. Dershowitz

Sean Spicer made a serious mistake when he compared Bashar Al-Assad to Hitler, and to make matters worse, he got his facts wrong. He quickly and fully apologized. There was no hint of anti-Semitism in his historical mistake and his apology should have ended the matter. But his political enemies decided to exploit his mistake by pandering to Jews. In doing so, it is they who are exploiting the memory of the six million during the Passover Holiday.

The Democratic National Committee issued a rebuke with the headline “We will not stand for anti-Semitism.” Its content included the following: “Denying the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime is a tried and true tactic used by Neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups that have become emboldened since Donald Trump first announced his campaign for president.” By placing Hitler and Trump in the same sentence, the DNC committed a mistake similar to that for which they justly criticized Spicer. Moreover, the DNC itself, is co-chaired by a man who for many years did “stand for anti-Semitism” — namely Keith Ellison who stood by the notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, while denying that he was aware of Farrakhan’s very public Jew-hatred. It is the epitome of Chutzpah for the DNC to falsely accuse Spicer of standing by anti-Semitism while it is they who are co-chaired by a man who committed that sin.

Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority leaders, falsely accused Spicer of “downplaying the horror of the Holocaust.” But by leveling that false accusation, Pelosi herself is exploiting the tragedy.

Steven Goldstein, a hard-left radical who heads a phony organization that calls itself “The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect,” accused Spicer of “engage[ing] in Holocaust denial.” He called Spicer’s mistake a “most evil slur” against the Jewish people. Goldstein claims to speak for the Jewish people, but he represents only himself and a few handfuls of radical followers who are not in any way representative of the mainstream Jewish community. He repeatedly exploits the Holocaust in order to gain publicity for him and his tiny group of followers. Shame on them!

These over the top reactions to a historical mistake made by Spicer that was not motivated by anti-Semitism represents political exploitation of the Holocaust. Spicer was wrong in seeking to bolster his argument against Assad by referring to Hitler, and his political opponents are wrong in exploiting the tragedy of the Holocaust to score partisan points against him.

The difference is that Spicer gaffe was not in any way pre-meditated, whereas the exploitation by his enemies was carefully calculated for political gain. All sides must stop using references to Hitler and the Holocaust in political dialogue. Historical analogies are by their nature generally flawed. Analogies to the Holocaust are always misguided, and often offensive, even if not so intended.

On CNN the other night, Don Lemon asked me if I was “offended as a Jew” by what Spicer had said. The truth is that I was offended as someone who cares about historical accuracy by Spicer’s apparent lack of knowledge regarding the Nazi’s use of chemicals such as Zyklon B to murder Jews during the Holocaust. But it never occurred to me that Spicer’s misstatements were motivated by anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial or an intent to “slur” the Jewish people. Nor do I believe that those who have accused him of such evil motivations actually believe it. They deliberately attributed an evil motive to him in order to pander to Jewish listeners. That offends me more than anything Spicer did.

Extreme right wing anti-Semitism continues to be a problem in many parts of Europe and among a relatively small group of “alt-right” Americans. But hard left and Muslim extremist anti-Semitism is a far greater problem in America today, especially on university campuses. So those of us who hate all forms of anti-Semitism and bigotry, regardless of its source, must fight this evil on a non-partisan basis. We must get our priorities straight, focusing on the greatest dangers regardless of whether they come from the right or the left, from Republicans or Democrats. The fight against bigotry is a bi-partisan issue and must not be exploited for partisan gain.

Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School has been described by Newsweek as “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer and one of its most distinguished defenders of individual rights.” Professor Dershowitz’s writings have been translated into French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Russian, and other languages.