I proudly present today’s post from the official blog of the Islamic Forum of Europe, the “moderates” who control the East London Mosque. The mosque has received at least £10 million of public money – some of it under government funds designed to “prevent violent extremism.” This post, on January 1, 2009, is by Abu Umar.
“Let us be clear, like the majority [of] people in Gaza, Hamas=Gaza and Gaza=Hamas… Hamas represents the only remaining resistance…To simply label Hamas as just ‘terrorists’ is oversimplification…If the Palestinians had fighter jets, tanks and the latest US missiles do we think there would be ‘suicide bombings?’ Such attacks… are the actions of people who are desperate and have no other means of fighting back.”
This post appeared on the very same day as the East London Mosque hosted a video talk by Anwar al-Awlaki, the man described by the US government as spiritual leader of the 9/11 hijackers. This talk was advertised with a picture of Manhattan under bombardment.
Another triumph for preventing violent extremism, then!
PS – I’ve been enjoying the various inept IFE trolls who’ve been leaving comments on my posts under what they fondly believe to be “typical” non-Muslim names, eg “Tony Stevens” and “Sandara Andrews.” If you think about it, lads, this practice helps prove my contention that you’re not honest and open with people, doesn’t it?
If you want to escape detection, I recommend (a) not cutting-and-pasting the standard IFE talking points (and especially not in capitals); and (b) spelling the name “Sandra Andrews” correctly.