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Friday, 1 October 2010

Muslim Defence League: Standing Up For Islamism [from: Harry's Place]

- by Edmund Standing, September 30th 2010 (from Harry's Place)

A group calling itself the ‘Muslim Defence League’ has emerged following recent EDL activities, and they’re planning a protest in Leicester on October 9th.

The question is: a protest against, or for, what exactly?

You might assume the protest is likely to be about uniting communities, opposing bigotry, denouncing extremism, and so on. A look at the MDL Facebook group gives the impression this is rather unlikely.

The MDL Facebook group’s moderators are:

Chechnyan Wolf
Bengal Tiger Mdl
Saladin Ayubi
Black Panther Mdl
Lioness Mujahidah Mdl
Joe Mdl
Desi Dave

Chechnyan Wolf is a character you may remember as being part of a ragtag group of Hamas supporters and Communists who protested against the BBC back in August for daring to broadcast the truth about the jihadist-linked ‘Freedom Flotilla’.

Not a great start, then.

The Group’s photo galleries contain images calling for a boycott of ‘racist Israel‘ and accusing Israelis of ‘murder‘, and this Friends of Al-Aqsa image, edited by Chechnyan Wolf.

Some MDL supporters want to go further than simply boycotting Israeli goods, and instead engage in glorifying terrorism:

When they’re not glorifying terrorism, MDL supporters are busy defending terrorists. Here we see that amongst the pages ‘liked’ by the MDL Facebook moderators is a page dedicated to the campaign to ‘Free Aafia Siddiqui‘ (this page’s image is another Chechnyan Wolf production).

Aafia Siddiqui is a convicted terrorist and cause célèbre for Islamists such as Jamaat-i-Islami. From the New York Times:

"A Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill American soldiers and F.B.I. agents in Afghanistan, was sentenced to 86 years in prison on Thursday in Federal District Court in Manhattan.

In 2004, she was described by Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the F.B.I., as “an Al Qaeda operative and facilitator.” And when she was arrested in 2008, she was carrying in her purse instructions on making explosives and a list of New York landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building.

In 2008, Ms. Siddiqui was taken into custody in Ghazni, Afghanistan, after the local authorities became suspicious of her loitering outside the provincial governor’s compound.

While in custody, on July 18, 2008, prosecutors said, Ms. Siddiqui grabbed an M4 rifle from a police station floor and fired on Army officers and F.B.I. agents. She was shot in the abdomen."

I look forward to Unite Against Fascism’s counter-demo at the upcoming MDL event. There will be one, right?

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