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This Shameful Ranting Must Stop
Last uploaded : Wednesday 7th Dec 2005 at 02:00
Contributed by : Carol Gould

 

London--
I attended the 'Global Peace and Unity' Conference at London's Excel Centre presented by the new Islam Channel and sponsored by Emirates Airlines, Western Union (hmm??) and the Metropolitan Police.

It was advertised as a diverse event to which non-Muslims were invited and the impression one got from the website was of a celebration of Middle Eastern culture, food, music and children's activities in a London milieu. I thought it would be a relaxing and beneficial experience on a cold Sunday.

To my utter dismay -- and I should have written this report two days ago but my physical and emotional shock have rendered me nearly inert -- it degenerated into an hour-after-hour call to Jihad by a succession of ranting and shouting rabble-rousers.

The eminent barrister Michael Mansfield QC, wearing black and white keffiyah scarf, shouted into the mike about the heinous crimes of the Western coalition countries. The crowd chanted and thundered its appreciation.

The terrifying demagogue George Galloway ascended the podium and exhorted the crowd to stand up for the redemption of the oppressed Muslim world or else the nation had better get ready for 'rioting in every street in Britain..'

The 'slaughter in Palestine and Iraq' being only part of the equation, Chechnya, Bosnia and Kashmir were also mentioned all afternoon by virtually every speaker including a very cross, chador-clad Yvonne Ridley, who at any moment I expected to self-immolate, such was her fury at the Zionists, the Americans and her fellow Britons. To my utter disbelief, she condemned the British police force, one of the aforementioned event sponsors, as some form of fascist brigade in 'jackboot Britain.'

To all of these exhortations came cries of 'Alllahu Akhbar' from the enormous, simmering crowd of what looked to me like the angriest gathering of young men and women with whom I have ever been seated in my lifetime. It must be noted here that I found it heartbreaking that the many young and benign-looking attendees were being subjected to a brainwashing that would contribute to a lifetime of hatred of Jews, of their own nation, Great Britain and of Americans.

It must also be noted for non-British and non-Commonwealth readers that legendary cricketer Imran Khan's arrival from Pakistan to give a speech would be the equivalent of a sporting megastar doing similar in an American arena. The crowd of some 20,000 adoring, mostly young British Muslims went mad with joy when he ascended the stage and took to the dais. What followed was a stream of invective about his own leader, Parvez Musharraf, Egypt?s leader Hosni Mubarak, and of course the 'axis of evil' Bush, Blair and allies. (In May, when the controversy arose about American soldiers allegedly flushing a Koran down a lavatory, Khan?s power over world Islam was such that he gave one short speech and it was reported that riots ensued across the globe, including the shameful flag-burnings in London's Grosvenor Square. )

Khan actually said we should feel the degradation of modern Muslims in the context of Hitler and the Germans after Versailles. He used this example to accentuate the reason for 'Muslim rage' -- there was poor Germany belittled and humiliated, like the Muslim world today. He recounted being confronted by a fellow Pakistani after 9/11 who asked, 'Do you not feel ashamed?' and he told the adoring crowd he did not see what there was to be ashamed of, and anyway, 9/11 was an excuse for the criminal Washington neocons to start a New Crusade against Islam.

To illustrate the level of extremism to which this event had degenerated, one of the organisers actually took the mike and said the event team wished to distance themselves from Khan's 9/11 views.

Various 'artists' whom I had thought would offer a variety of musical numbers gave loud, piercing renditions of what seemed the same chant about Allah. OK, that is fine, but where were the Muslim Placido Domingos, Joan Sutherlands, Isaac Sterns and George Balanchines? Why were there no Muslim educators present at this 'cultural festival' asking this vast multitude of young people to sign up for music, theatre and art programmes?

An elderly sheikh in Pakistan, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, was beamed in live to tell this excited crowd that he could hardly bring himself to articulate the word 'Israel' as this is not a country that even exists. (How would British Muslims like it if a rabbi got up and said partition had produced a country called Pakistan, a word he could barely utter because it is not a real country?)

The sheikh's English was barely comprehensible but he appeared to imply that Jews from 'eighty nations' (doh??) were brought to Palestine to drive the Arabs away and to commit murder, torture, imprisonment and theft of land and homes over fifty-odd years. The young and impressionable crowd seemed ready for a collective Jihad at this point.

What was interesting was the repeated theme by a string of sheikhs from across the globe that the leaders of Arab nations were a weak, spineless bunch of puppets of the Americans who did not have the guts to stand up to Israel and the United States. This theme caused tremendous excitement in the crowd, as if a global Intifadah might just start in this London arena.

After the event I went to get some fresh air upstairs and as I looked out at a quaint old mill on the Quay a young English Muslim in a long robe and head covering asked me about this place where we stood, Canary Wharf. I told him it had been decimated and nearly obliterated by the Luftwaffe in the Blitz and that the conflagration could be seen as far away as Hertfordshire. I pointed out the lone mill and said it had miraculously survived the relentless wartime bombing raids. He looked at me and said, 'Who did you say did the bombing?' I replied, 'The Luftwaffe.' He said 'Who are they?' I said, 'The Germans. The Nazis.' He said 'Really? Well, I?ve learned something today.'

Like the Muslim cab driver who last week asked me what St Paul's Cathedral was, this young Englishman had no sense of British history or identity.

Shame on the Muslim Community of Great Britain for organising an event that can serve only to further agitate an already-radicalised segment of the British population.

The anger, aggression and totally obsessive nature of the day left me feeling shocked and personally assaulted. How far would a white Christian group get holding such a rally? Cries of racial incitement would ring far and wide and the police would be summoned.

When the Muslim community of Great Britain, with its multitude of organisations, mosques and even its own Parliament, can organise an enlightened and civilised event that makes Jews, Christians , Hindus and all nationalities -- including Israelis and Americans -- feel welcome, then Britain will have achieved a true multiculturalism.

Until then, I am not ashamed to say I am scared out of my wits and would suggest said Americans, Jews, Israelis and Hindus get out of here as soon as possible. British Christians? They have expended boundless energy on condemnations of Israel and the USA but the anger I saw on Sunday will one day decimate them.

In this same week, Polly Toynbee has written a scathing piece about the repulsive nature of Christian imagery in 'The Chronicles of Narnia.' She condemns religion in general but has particularly venomous feelings about traditional Christianity. Dare I say it was this faith that sustained Britain in its Churchillian 'darkest hours?' Wake up, dear, tolerant Britons, and stop expending energy on hatred of America, Zionists and your own Church and recognise the destructive turmoil within your shores before it is too late.
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To read what 15,000 Jewish youth do when they convene, go to:

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/13511935.htm
















     

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