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Saturday, 20 October 2007
Who is ultimately responsible for the "Islam is Peace" campaign?
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Douglas Murray and the Centre for Social Cohesion have a press briefing here on the subject of Islam is Peace and their current campaign, elusive though Mary and I find it. Or don’t find it, it being these “Proud to be a British Muslim” posters.
Thanks to Paul, via Harry’s Place.
On 24 September, posters stating "Islam is Peace" and "Proud to be a British Muslim" appeared on London buses, London Underground trains and in airports around Britain - the latest phase in a campaign by the group Islam-is-Peace to "address the negative perceptions and stereotypes of Islam and British Muslims," according to the group's website.
But although Islam-is-Peace presents itself as independent, its only known senior members are also prominent figures in the Muslim Association of Britain - a Hamas-linked group whose founder and a chief ideologue have publicly defended Islamic terrorism.
The Centre for Social Cohesion fully supports all efforts to encourage understanding, but is concerned that the Islam-is-Peace campaign's message of tolerance is undermined by the forces controlling it.
DOES THE M.A.B. RUN ISLAM-IS-PEACE?
The public face of Islam-is-Peace is campaign coordinator Yusra Khreegi and spokesman Ihtisham Habitullah - both also high-profile figures in the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB). Islam-is-Peace's website does not name the group's directors, and the group has refused to name any of its 15-member leadership committee.
In July 2007, Muslims United ran newspaper advertisements calling for Muslims to unite against terrorism and Islamophobia. Khreegi (described as the group's campaign coordinator) wrote a column in The Guardian supporting the campaign. Islam-is-Peace has since claimed the ads as part of its campaign, and a link in Khreegi's Guardian column now takes readers to Islam-is-Peace's website. On 11 October, Khreegi conducted an online Q & A about Islam-is-Peace on www.islamonline.net, a pro-Muslim Brotherhood website, which again named her as the group's campaign coordinator.
When contacted by The Centre for Social Cohesion, Habitullah said that the MAB supported but did not direct Islam-is-Peace, and that his own involvement was personally motivated. He refused to name the group's leaders.
On Habitullah's recommendation, the Centre wrote an email to [email protected] An unsigned reply stated that Islam-is-Peace was an all-volunteer organisation but did not address the Centre's specific questions about the group's leaders and relationship with the MAB. Islam-is-Peace did not answer a second email from the Centre re-stating the questions.
M.A.B. LINKS TO EXTREMIST ORGANISATIONS
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Posted on 10/20/2007 5:15 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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