Tuesday, May 19, 2015

UK: Why Is the Anne Frank Trust providing window dressing for Islamist Anti-Semites?

Mosaic reports:

A representative of the Anne Frank Trust, a British-Jewish charity, has agreed to participate on a panel alongside Abdurraheem Green [a Catholic convert to Islam], a prominent anti-Semitic Islamist preacher. To make matters worse, the event is part of Green’s campaign to present the organization he runs as respectable. Samuel Westrop writes:

Green has spoken of a “Yehudi . . . stench” and urged Muslims to “push [the Jews] to the side.” In addition, he encourages men to hit their wives to “bring them to goodness,” and has called for the killing of homosexuals and adulterers.

The event on May 21 is part of a broader “anti-racism” campaign launched by . . . [Green’s] Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA), . . . [which] describes itself as “a global [proselytizing] organization” that works “to empower Muslims as individuals and local communities to invite and inform people about Islam.” In truth, the iERA is one of Britain’s most extreme Islamist groups. . . . In 2013, five members of an iERA youth group . . . left for Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group. . . .
Well-intentioned activists often treat the notion of “dialogue” as an unassailable good. More often than not, however, Islamist groups merely regard these activists as useful dupes on whom to advance extremist agendas. Unfortunately, as history shows, providing extremists with a platform only serves to legitimize “anti-racism” and interfaith initiatives that openly promote illiberal and anti-democratic agendas.

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