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Monday, May 10, 2004

London's Jihadists

Rachel Ehrenfeld in the NRO
While the world is busy denouncing the United States for the deplorable behavior of
a few soldiers, it is oblivious to growing incitement by Islamist clerics against America and the West. Calling for jihad earlier this month in London, Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammad told his disciples: "All Muslims of the West will be obliged to become his sword" in a new battle. At the same time, another Islamist, Imam Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Masri, is preaching in London that "it's okay to kill [those who] work against Islam, by slitting their throats, or by shooting them."

Such incitement is prohibited by law in the U.K. Under the heading of "Inciting Terrorism Overseas," section 59 1(a), the Terrorism Act of 2000 clearly states that "a person commits an offence if he incites another person to commit an act of terrorism wholly or partly outside the United Kingdom." Needless to say, such an act would also constitute an offense if committed in England. Yet these imams and their ilk are free to call for murder with impunity.

The British allowance of this "free speech" has already resulted in a suicide-bombing attack — in April 2003 in Tel Aviv — that cost the lives of three Israelis and wounded more than 50. According to the prosecution attorney at the Old Bailey last week, this attack was planned by Hamas, which recruited British citizens Asif Muhammad Hanif and Omar Khan Sharif, whose family members are on trial in London for failing to inform the U.K. authorities. Considering this, and the fact that British law enforcement is busy exposing terrorist plots and arresting members of al Qaeda and other Islamist cells, while British soldiers are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.K.'s reluctance to go after advocates of terrorism is puzzling. . . . She goes on to detail incitement emanating from, i.e. being illegally published in, the UK. It's shocking, chilling, and will be responded to (I betcha) with more silence from the "good guys" and more incitement from the "bad guys."

I had a long conversation with my lifelong friend Lisa about why -in general- people don't stand up for Tali Hatuel and her children and their mourners, and why the supposed decent people of the world are so quiet when Islamists are threatening to drag all of western civilization back to the Stone Age. We decided it boils down to simple cowardice.

You can pre-order Ehrenfeld's new book, Funding Evil (Revised Edition) at Amazon.