West Mids UAF conference: Stop the rise of the far right
West Midlands UAF is holding a conference on stopping the rise of the far right, on Saturday 2 April.
Speakers for the event include Jack Dromey MP, Cllr Salma Yaqoob, UAF joint secretaries Weyman Bennett and Sabby Dhalu, John Partridge – Midlands assistant general secretary at Unitethe union, Paul Scarrat of Yorkshire and Humber UAF and speakers from the Muslim Association of Britain and the North Staffs Campaign Against Racism and Fascism.
While the electoral rise of the BNP has been checked by antifascist campaigning, the threat posed by racist and fascist ideology is far from over.
Across Europe and the US we have seen a rising tide of racism, particularly aimed at Muslims. In Britain, this has encouraged a climate in which ideas that few years ago would have been regarded as completely racist are now seen as increasingly ‘respectable’, and has spurred on the rise of the English Defence League.
West Midlands UAF says:
"The sustained attack on the very idea of multiculturalism coming from mainstream politicians has been taken up and sharpened by the far right. That is why we need to keep organising to stop the rise of the far right."
1. DEFEATING THE BNP AT THE BALLOT BOX. Antiracists and antifascists must continue to organise against the British National Party electorally, so that the humiliation they suffered in Barking and Dagenham last year is repeated wherever they stand.
2. NO TO THE RACIST THUGS OF THE EDL. Wherever the EDL spread their message of hatred and violence, antiracists must demonstrate for a diverse society.
3. OPPOSE ISLAMOPHOBIA, DEFEND MULTICULTURALISM. We must organise to defend our diverse society from those who hate it.
The conference will be open to all who wish to stand against the rise of the far right and build a diverse multicultural society.
DetailsSaturday 2 April, 10am to 1pm.
Refreshments will be provided.
For more information, to book a place, or to contribute, email West Mids UAF or phone 07949 622 903.
Notes on some of the speakers at the West Mids UAF Conference
Sabby Dhalu – Basically a career ‘anti-fascist’ and an intellectual/political non-entity. She’s Asian (as Alan Partridge would put it) and she might have got her job as an act of Leftist positive and pious discrimination.
Jack Dromey MP – MP for Birmingham’s Erdington; though that doesn’t stop him from having two other houses – one in leafy Suffolk and the other in politically-correct Herne Hill, South London.
He’s married to the super-posh Harriet ‘I was born to lead’ Harman. Harman, of course, began life as a Trot, as did Dromey, and ended up as a snobby Fabian-type New Labourite (as so many have done) who loves to tell people how to live their lives - as Fabians always have done and as Trots would like to do.
Jack Dromey MP has been involved in three serious financial scandals in his time and is Labour Treasurer… ummm.
*) John Partridge – Of the union Unite. That’s it. Oh, he appears at conferences like this one too.
*) Paul Scarrat – Just UAF and he too appears at conferences like this.
The Muslim Association of Britain – The MAB is actively involved in pro-Palestinian 'struggle'. In 2002, it organised a large pro-Palestinian rally in London. Some of the demonstrators dressed up as suicide bombers in support of Hamas and other Islamoterrorists (as was also the case at the 2006 demo outside the Danish embassy, which was also organised by the MAB).
The MAB played a key part in the Stop the War Coalition with the SWP, etc., and helped organise the rally against the war in Iraq (2003). It also did the same in London in Feb 2006, outside the Danish Embassy, against the Danish Cartoons. That is, against the democratic right of free speech and free expression; something these Islamists themselves practice and enjoy; though only in order to stop others (non-Muslims) from doing so themselves.
The MAB organised the visit of al-Qaradawi to the UK in 2004. This much-loved (by many British Muslims) Islamist cleric believes in wife-beating, physical punishment for homosexuality, ‘martyrdom’ (suicide bombings) against Israeli citizens and, last but not least, he’s a personal friend of Red Kenneth (once ‘rainbow’ and ‘red’, now 'green' – in the Islamist, not Green Party, sense). He's also described the Islamist insurgency in Iraq as ‘valiant’.
Dr Azzam al-Tamimi, the MAB spokesman, has said that suicide bombings are part of the Islamist ‘struggle’. Has said that Israel will be destroyed and replaced by an Islamic state, and that Jews should "sail on the sea in ships back to where they came from and all drown in it" (2003). He's also said:
"As a Muslim, martyrdom is an integral part of Islamic theology and these young men from the Islamic perspective are not committing suicide… What they are doing is that they are turning themselves as an act of sacrifice into bombs…"
Osama Saeed, former spokesman of MAB and now prominent at Al Jazeera, has said that it’s not up to British Muslims to defeat or do anything about Islamoterrorism. Not only that. He once said that attacking the idea of the universal Islamic caliphate was "the equivalent of criticising the Pope".
Mohammed Kassem Sawalha, a former president of the MAB, who, according to US court documents, in the early 1990s was a leading militant "in charge of Hamas terrorist operations within the West Bank".
Get the connections? Muslim Brotherhood – MAB – Hamas.
The MAB is the Muslim Brotherhood’s British branch.
The Muslim Brotherhood started its Islamoterrorist campaign of bombings and assassinations in the late 1920s, twenty years before the formation of Israel, forty or so years before Israel ‘occupied’ the West Bank and Gaza, and around seventy-five years before the US/UK ‘invasions’ of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Coun. Salma Yaqoob – Leader of Respect: