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Why is @Guardian giving a platform to Hizb ut-Tahrir?


This post was written by Dave Rich of the CST and published at Left Foot Forward

On Friday the Guardian published a lengthy interview by Peter Oborne with Abdul Wahid, a leading British member of the Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir.

The two men appear to be quite friendly. “I have known Wahid for around a decade”, Oborne reveals, and the pair “have dinner occasionally.”

The interview seems to have been a congenial affair, in which Oborne gave Wahid the opportunity to rebut some of the accusations made against HT. At the end, Oborne concludes:

“You can say many things about Wahid, and be appalled by much of what he says. But in a democracy he surely has the right to say it. Whatever the government thinks.”

Part of their interview was about antisemitism, and it reveals many of the double standards, and much of the moral blindness that characterises this kind of apologetics for Islamism.

Oborne refers to a leaflet published by Hizb ut-Tahrir in 1999 called The Muslim Ummah will never submit to the Jews. Oborne writes: “It contained unpleasant language, some of which I read out to Wahid, and invite him to denounce the article. He refuses.

It is worth reciting some of this ‘unpleasant language’:

“In origin, no one likes the Jews except the Jews… The American people do not like the Jews nor do the Europeans, because the Jews by their very nature do not like anyone else. Rather they look at other people as wild animals which have to be tamed to serve them… The Jews are cowards, they are a people of money and not a people of fighting… Know that the Jews and their usurping state in Palestine will, by the Help and Mercy of Allah (swt), be destroyed ‘..until the stones and trees will say: O Muslim, O Slave of Allah. Here is a Jew behind me so come and kill him’.”

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7 replies »

  1. Abdul Wahid claims Hizb ut-Tahrir’s antisemitic declarations are ‘anti-Zionist’, not ‘anti-Jewish’:

    “You will never find those words being used about Jews living in other parts of Middle Eastern world, Iraq, Morocco or those places”, he says.

    This would surprise the 800,000 Jewish refugees from the Middle East and Africa. Wahid has no clue that millennarian Jewish communities in the Arab world have been driven to extinction. There are five Jews in Iraq out of a community of 150,000 and 2,500 Jews in Morocco – one percent of the original. By any definition, Jews suffered ‘ethnic cleansing’.

    What is Wahid’s excuse for the persecution and expulsion of Middle East Christians and other non-Muslim minorities, who do not have the luxury of a state to call their own?

  2. Abdul Wahid: In origin, no one likes the Jews except the Jews… The American people do not like the Jews nor do the Europeans, because the Jews by their very nature do not like anyone else. Rather they look at other people as wild animals which have to be tamed to serve them… The Jews are cowards, they are a people of money and not a people of fighting… Know that the Jews and their usurping state in Palestine will, by the Help and Mercy of Allah (swt), be destroyed ‘..until the stones and trees will say: O Muslim, O Slave of Allah. Here is a Jew behind me so come and kill him’.
    …and Dave Rich asks Why is Guardian giving a platform to Hizb ut-Tahrir?
    This is a question like why the hyenas eat spoiled meat… this is it’s natural behavior.

  3. It’s interesting, and not in a good way, that apart from the wretch who was interviewed on Comment is Free, Hizb ut Tahrir is keeping a low profile. This is, no doubt, due to the fact that it now operates using front organisations which escape attention, and because for whatever crackpot reason, successive governments have not banned it although it has been banned in many countries, including Muslim ones.

    It’s not surprising that Peter Oborne, who is also a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood (see http://tinyurl.com/o6jb93p ) should be interviewing him and is friendly with him. After all, Oborne is friendly with Anas al-Takriti a high flyer in said brotherhood. Oborne is currently foaming at the mouth because HSBC closed the bank accounts of al-Takriti and his family – we are not told why. What a friend HuT and al-Takriti have in Osborne!

    In 2005, Al-Groan was forced to pay off a trainee reporter, Dilpazier Aslam who was a member of HuT, after a particularly nasty article of his. Aslam refused to resign his membership. Al-Groan admitted that it should have mentioned Aslam’s membership of HuT at the end of his article.

    I believe that Aslam was the tip of the iceberg and who knows how many of the Groan’s employees are HuT members?

    Being wise after the event, and particularly when it is trying to pull its nuts out of the fire, is one of al-Groan’s dependable strengths.

    Public outrage meant that AlGroan had to pay Aslam to resign. I doubt that they’d cave in so easily now.