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The Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets

by Anastasia (writer), London, June 16, 2011

Credit: Heather Kolaya-Spealman
The Face of Radical Islam

The London district of Tower Hamlets, home to a large migrant community, has seen an upsurge in violent Islamic extremism.

There was a time when the Metropolitan Police Service, the force responsible for Greater London, was accused of being ‘institutionally racist’, not sufficiently sensitive to the needs of racial, ethnic or cultural minorities. Now the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction, producing something I can only describe as ‘institutional cowardice.’

Once castigated for discriminating against minorities, they are now ignoring quite serious incidents in Tower Hamlets, a part of London where radical Islam is on the move in a campaign of violence, abuse and intimidation, revealed in a recent press report.

This comes as four Muslims from the area were jailed for attacking Garry Smith, a teacher, with a metal rod, a Stanley knife and a brick, causing grievous bodily harm which left him unconscious for two days. They had, according to the judge summing up at the trial, “literally smashed Mr. Smith's face in.” What was his crime, you may wonder? Well, as the head of religious education at a school in Bow, he, a non-Muslim, had the temerity to teach Muslim girls.

This is by far the worst case to date but there are others, less intense, perhaps, but no less worrying, that the police are effectively disregarding, fearful of causing offence. The victims, Muslim and non-Muslim, are being targeted for breaking Islamic ‘norms’, including one man who was beaten up in the street for smoking during Ramadan.

The gay community, in particular, has become an object of special treatment, with attacks in Tower Hamlets up by over twenty per cent in the past year, just as they have fallen in the rest of London.

The abuse has even gone so far as meetings of the local council, where gay councillors have been repeatedly heckled from the public galleries. Peter Golds, the leader of the Conservative group, who has complained twice now to the police, says that they are afraid of acting in case they are accused of Islomophobia.

Tower Hamlets happens to be home to the East London Mosque, which time and again has played host to extremist preachers, as well as holding a ‘Spot the Fag’ contest. The mosque is controlled by the Islamic Forum of Europe, some of whose member will greet one Raed Sallah, a Palestinian ‘poet’, in London later this month. Sallah is clearly an author of considerable talents, one of whose deathless verses appeared in a Hamas publication;

You Jews are criminal bombers of mosques,
Slaughterers of pregnant women and babies.
Robbers and germs in all times,
The creator sentenced you to be loser monkeys,
Victory belongs to Muslims, from the Nile to the Euphrates
.

Mr Salah happens also to be a believer in a modern form of the medieval blood liable, saying that the Jews have used the blood of Palestinian children to bake bread.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police, ever on the defensive, says that it will take action against any form of hate crime “in accordance with and within the confines of the law.” It remains to be seen how far this process is allowed to go, and just how flexible the definition of ‘hate crime’ is.



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By BadgerOStripeyOne on June 17, 2011 at 07:31 am

First class blog Ana, and thanks for the introduction. Now registered and bookmarked and I'll look out for you.

Our American friends say white extremists are responsible for the majority of terror acts in the US and that Islamism is rarely reported. But there's the rub. 'Rarely reported'. How much Islamist activity is hidden in the same way it is played down over here? It is also worth noting that the proportion of Muslims to the rest in the UK is probably twice what it is the the US.

Islamic settlement proceeds through various predictable stages according to it's size relative to the host. America lags Europe at present but rest assured, with immigration, it's coming. Aren't you alarmed at their increasingly aggressive demands for special treatment? The GZ mosque is only one example among many.

I've just had a look at what seems a partial list of Islamic terror events: http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Pages/AmericanAttacks.htm going going back to 1973 and it seems Muslims have been pretty busy. Fort Hood was a 'domestic' wasn't it? And do you have any idea how many young Muslim girls have been murdered in honour killings?

The UK authorities spin the numbers saying it averages one a month but that is disingenuous to say the very least. There is good reason to believe it is well over ten times that.

I live in Tower Hamlets and watched it transform from a traditional East End white working class community with a century old Jewish presence to become the largest Muslim ghetto in Britain. And boy, do they strut.

Of course most of the Jews have now gone, and so too has that white working class, together with our traditional shops and pubs. Extrapolating YouGov and Harris poll stats, there are, within a mile radius of me, 2000 extremists who accept suicide bombing is justified, want sharia and believe the CIA did 9/11.

There's a young Caribbean woman who preaches the coming of the Lord outside Whitechapel tube station every Saturday. I'll let you know when she gets attacked.

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By TonyBerkman on June 17, 2011 at 03:16 pm

hhahaha I love the image you selected. It's a shame that is happening in London. The law is afraid of retaliations so they fail to uphold their duty to protect the citizenship. What a load of chickens. I love the U.S. for it's we shall not profile people yet anytime I look slightly Middle Eastern due to not shaving for a couple of weeks I am pulled over. Even if I happened to be a Muslim I'd be pleased to be searched given that if you don't want to be blown up while flying over the Atlantic this approach is perhaps close to the most accurate. I prefer Israel's approach in public places where every single person is searched.

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By Anastasia on June 19, 2011 at 07:30 pm

Dean, I’m sorry I can only give you the part of the poem that was printed in the British press. Perhaps that's all there is.

Write on I shall. :-)

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By Anastasia on June 19, 2011 at 07:32 pm

Dean, we are long term victims of an appeasement strategy that goes by the name of multi-culturalism, something I don’t suppose you have in the States. However, I would urge you not to underestimate a potential problem.

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By Anastasia on June 19, 2011 at 07:33 pm

Badger, another of my old friends! Yes, I know you speak from direct experience here.

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By Anastasia on June 19, 2011 at 07:38 pm

Tony, it comes from a Wikimedia file called Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. That particular drawing comes with Surah 9: 121, which I could not fit in. It’s the one that goes “Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you.”

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By RCP on June 26, 2011 at 08:14 am

Brilliant. I know you. You are a star.

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By Anastasia on June 26, 2011 at 07:55 pm

Dean, it does. Were witches ever burned in the States? I assumed those convicted of witchcraft, as at Salem, were hanged, the favoured method of execution in England.

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By Anastasia on June 26, 2011 at 07:56 pm

RCP, you are very kind. :-)

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By Anastasia on June 27, 2011 at 08:01 pm

That’s interesting about the States, Dean, that witches were sometimes burned, a fact I was unaware of. Witches were certainly burned in Europe, and in Scotland, but never in England, where hanging was the favoured mode of punishment.

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By Anastasia on June 27, 2011 at 08:03 pm

Melody, I think you have managed by and large to escape the ravages of multi-culturalism in the States. Sadly we have not.

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By farhad on February 21, 2012 at 09:44 am

you have the misconcept about islam.what you see is not the real islam.they are extremist but they had to have it because of other religious group's activities.know the history well and then write a blog.

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By farhad on February 21, 2012 at 09:57 am

ana,you are the victim of multi-culturalism.huh..what a joke!you are the student of history.but could you tell me please,how ENGLAND became rich?from where ENGLAND manage its wealth?even the crown of her majesty is named 'KOHINOOR',from where you have looted?

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By Uttam Gill on February 21, 2012 at 10:16 am

okay Farhad teach us history...Enlighten us...post your blog...or reason it out in detail...Let's be fair...Do you really want discussion on this...

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By Anastasia on February 21, 2012 at 05:16 pm

Farhad, did I say that this atrocious example was typical of the 'real islam' (sic). So these people, who also intimidate other Muslims, 'had to have it' (had what?) because of 'other religious group's activities'. What activities?

What is the 'real' Islam? I have no idea. Perhaps you are, seething in your ungrammatical incomprehension. Perhaps the real Islam is the Salifists, who murder Coptic Christians in Egypt. Perhaps it’s the Saudi Wahhabists, an obscurantist regime still locked in the Middle Ages. Perhaps it's the clerical fascist Shiite regime in Iran, which stones women to death. Perhaps it's those in Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and Hamas, blasphemers who kill in the name of God. Perhaps it's the Islamist extremists presently taking the Arab world from spring to winter, a new and intolerant dark age.

This is a brief evaluation of Islam I wrote three years ago when I was still an undergraduate. It was headed "The Paradox of Islam"

Where does one begin? There is so much to admire in Islamic culture and history; in their architecture, their philosophy and in their art. When Europe was only just emerging from what was once widely known as ‘the Dark Ages’, Islam was moving steadily towards the fullest expression of a unique civilization. I’ve seen the Mezquita, the former mosque in Cordoba in southern Spain, built when the old Moorish kingdom of al-Andalusia was at its height, and it truly is breathtaking.

It’s as well to remember, though, that militant Islam is not an aberration; the religion has always carried the sword, in the one hand, and in pen, in the other. It’s really a matter of degree. Arab civilization, in particular, has been in relative decline for centuries. The period when it was at the forefront of human progress is long gone. The advance of western imperialism in the nineteenth century, and neo-imperialism in the twentieth, was the occasion for what might be referred to as ‘great reappraisal’; that things had got so bad because Islam was not Islam enough. The emergence of the conservative Wahhabi movement and Islamic Jihad are but two symptoms of this phenomenon. Have you read the Koran? Well, I have, and it’s altogether quite revealing.

I have no idea what your Kohinoor question has to do with anything under discussion here. However, it has certainly revealed, albeit unintentionally, quite a lot about your mindset, forever dwelling on past resentments, haunted by the ghosts of history. I suspect it reveals the mindset of a lot of your religious compatriots, bitter, bewildered and lost.

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By farhad on February 21, 2012 at 06:59 pm

Who started the first world war ? Muslims ? Who started the second world war ? Muslims ? Who killed about 20 millions of Aborigines in Australia ? Muslims ?? Who sent the nuclear bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ? Muslims ?? Who killed more than 100 millions of Indians in North America ? Muslims ?? Who killed more than 50 millions of Indians in south America ? Muslims ?? Who took about 180 millions of African people as slaves and 88% of them died and was thrown in Atlantic ocean ? Muslims ??who killed millions of jews by using gas chamber?muslims?? No , They weren't Muslims!!! First of all, You have to define terrorism properly... If a non-Muslim do something bad..it is crime. But if a Muslim commit same..he is terrorist... So first remove this double standard...

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