British Islamist leader: Grenfell Tower victims “were murdered” by British Zionists

July 09, 2017


[Note by Tom Gross]

Almost every day there are new reports about anti-Semitism from those close to the British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who many pundits now believe may be on course to become Britain’s next prime minister.

I don’t want to inundate readers with too many articles, so I am just attaching two pieces below, one from today’s Sunday Telegraph, the other from yesterday’s Daily Telegraph.



The Daily Telegraph piece concerns an Islamist preacher who compared Jews to ‘fleas,’ who is due to speak in a government building in central London this weekend.

Amazingly, the building in question – the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster – is run by the British government department responsible for tackling extremism and encouraging integration.

A plea to their own government by several Conservative MPs to stop the talk by Ebrahim Bham, who previously acted as an interpreter to one of the heads of the Taliban, from going ahead, under Britain’s hate crime laws, has gone unanswered.

Thousands of anti-Israel activists attended the first day of the event yesterday. Other speakers including radical Muslims, anti-Zionist Australian journalist John Pilger and Israel-hating former Israeli academic Professor Ilan Pappe.

Recordings of Bham’s can be found on the website of South Africa’s Council of Muslim Theologians, of which he is secretary general.

In one he says: “Goebbel [sic] was a very famous minister of the Nazis… One day he said that ‘People tell me that Jews are human beings. Yes, I know they are human beings. Just as fleas are also animals.’” (Goebbels went on to say that the fleas needed to be exterminated.)



The Sunday Telegraph piece today concerns a British Islamist leader, Nazim Ali, who claims the victims at Grenfell Tower (the west London high rise that burned down after a fridge caught fire last month) “were murdered” by British Zionists.

Of note:

Nazim Ali, like quite a number of senior Islamic extremists, and indeed several senior Nazis in Germany in the 1930s and 40s, is a doctor

Nazim Ali is also a “human rights activist”. As I have noted in past dispatches, the so-called “human rights industry” particularly in Western Europe and to some extent in the US, is riddled with racist and particularly anti-Semitic bigots.

Nazim Ali shared a platform with Jeremy Corbyn at the annual al-Quds Day march in London in 2012, a march inspired by the Islamic Republic of Iran with help from the Lebanese terrorist group Hizbullah.



Among the moderate Labour MPs now being targeted for de-selection by Corbyn’s extremist supporters is my friend Luciana Berger in Liverpool, a longtime subscriber to this email list, who has also been targeted with anti-Semitic abuse (below) from people who support Corbyn.

The driving-force in the hard-left take-over of Berger’s Liverpool Wavertree constituency party is a Trotskyist organization run by notorious anti-Zionist conspiracy theorist Gerry Downing.

One of the others targeting Berger is Roy Bentham, a writer for the Socialist Fight website, run by Downing, who has previously said that the Labour Party must address “the Jewish question” and suggested that the 9/11 hijackers “must never be condemned”.

About 2,000 new members of Corbyn’s far-left wing Momentum movement have joined the local Liverpool Wavertree Labour party since 2015.



This video is from Glastonbury, Britain’s last month’s major performing arts festival in the UK

You may also be interested in this short interview with me last month concerning Corbyn’s foreign policy views.



In other news from the UK:

Pro-Palestinian protest at Radiohead concert earns middle finger



In separate news, 53 degrees Celsius -- a record high temperature for Saudi Arabia -- has been recorded in the last two days.



Outrage as Islamist claims Grenfell Tower victims were ‘murdered by Zionists’ who fund Conservative Party
By Robert Mendick
Sunday Telegraph
July 9, 2017

An Islamist activist has claimed the Grenfell Tower victims “were murdered” by Zionists who fund the Conservative party in an astonishing outburst now being investigated by police.

Nazim Ali, a director of the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), is accused of exploiting the tragedy during an anti-Israel demonstration in the days after the fire.

The Metropolitan Police said it was now investigating allegations of anti-Semitic comments made during the protest.

Mr Ali, who is managing partner of a private health clinic in west London which charges patients up to £150 for a GP consultation, told the rally on June 18: “As we know in Grenfell, many innocents were murdered by Theresa May’s cronies, many of which are supporters of Zionist ideology.”

In video footage posted online, Mr Ali goes on: “Let us not forget that some of the biggest corporations who were supporting the Conservative Party are Zionists. They are responsible for the murder of the people in Grenfell, in those towers in Grenfell, the Zionist supporters of the Tory Party.”

In another heated outburst, he says: “It is the Zionists who give money to the Tory party, to kill people in high rise blocks.... Careful, careful, careful of those rabbis who belong to the Board of Deputies, who have got blood on their hands.”

The al-Quds Day march is held annually on the last Friday of Ramadan and was initiated by the Islamic Republic of Iran in support of the Palestinian cause and in opposition to Israel. It also supports the political wing of Hizbollah. The group’s military wing is banned in the UK as a terrorist organisation.

Ahead of the march the IHRC encouraged its supporters to “bring a Hezbollah flag to show support for the political wing of Hezbollah. This is because the political wing of Hizbullah is not a proscribed organisation.”

Mr Ali, who chairs the rally, is listed as a director of the IHRC, which co-organises the event in the UK. In 2012, Mr Ali introduced Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, as the keynote speaker at the protest march. Mr Corbyn did not attend this year’s event.

The IHRC describes itself as an independent, not for profit campaign and advocacy group which works with the United Nations and submits reports to Government

The Community Security Trust, which monitors anti-Semitism in the UK, said it was appalled by Mr Ali’s comments and had reported him to the police. It said it was “grotesque” for Mr Ali to link the Grenfell Tower disaster, in which more than 80 people perished, with his opposition to Zionism.

A CST spokesman said: “In any circumstance, these comments would have been utterly hateful, but to hang them on what happened at Grenfell Tower beggared belief. It was, of course, a pro-Hizbollah demonstration, but such hatred would have been staggering even in Beirut or Tehran, never mind the streets of London.”

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We received an allegation of anti-semitic comments and it is being investigated by detectives from Westminster CID. The inquiry continues.”

The IHRC failed to respond to request for comment from The Telegraph.

In response Mr Ali told The Sunday Telegraph “You have not presented what I said accurately in the wider context of what was said in the prelude to the minute’s silence for Grenfell. As presented it sounds somewhat inelegant… To say that some of Theresa May or the Tory party’s supporters are Zionists is hardly controversial.”



Exclusive: Islamist preacher who compared Jews to ‘fleas’ to speak at Palestine Expo event in government building
Ebrahim Bham once cited the Nazi minister Joseph Goebbels in a comparison of Jews to “fleas”
By Harry Yorke and Edward Malnick
Daily Telegraph
July 8, 2017

An Islamic hate preacher who once cited a Nazi comparison of Jews to “fleas” has been given a platform to speak at a conference to be held in a prominent Government building run by the department responsible for tackling extremism and encouraging integration.

Ebrahim Bham, a South African cleric who previously acted as an interpreter to the Taliban’s head legal advisor, will address the Palestine Expo at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre this weekend, despite Home Office officials warning Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, to cancel the event, the Telegraph can disclose.

Last night a group of Conservative MPs and ex-servicemen called on the Prime Minister to intervene in order to prevent government buildings being used by “groups which oppose our values and ideals.” Mr Bham is due to speak at the conference tomorrow [SUN] afternoon having already attended events at a number of London mosques this week as part of a UK tour.

The Palestine Expo has been organised by the Friends of Al-Aqsa, whose chairman, Ismail Patel, once publicly denied that Hamas was a terrorist organisation.

In a letter written to the group on June 14 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said Mr Javid was minded to cancel the event. It cited “concerns that your organisation and those connected with it have expressed public support for a proscribed organisation, namely Hamas, and that you have supported events at which Hamas and Hizballah – also proscribed – have been praised”.

Mr Patel subsequently threatened to take the department to court and DCLG allowed the event to continue, “following careful consideration”.

Recordings of Mr Bham’s sermons can be found on the website of South Africa’s Council of Muslim Theologians, of which he is secretary general.

In one he says: “Goebbel [sic] was a very famous minister of the Nazis, and he tried to justify the killing of the Jews. Now as far as we are concerned, we do not need to feel apologetic because it was not done by Muslims.

“The Muslims did not do it, but they had to suffer the consequences of the Holocaust. Because Europe, because of its guilt, had to shed its Jews. And they couldn’t put them in Europe, they put them in Palestine at the expense of the indigenous Palestinian Muslim people.”

Quoting Goebbels, he adds: “One day he said that ‘People tell me that Jews are human beings. Yes, I know they are human beings. Just as fleas are also animals. Just as fleas are also animals, they are also part of human beings like that.’

“Using that example, the psyche of the whole people [Jews] seems to be to mete out the very same treatment to others the way it was meted out toward them.”

In another lecture Mr Bham claims that “homosexuality is wrong, no matter how many people carry it out. Good and evil will never be equal, no matter how many people follow falsehood.”

Allowing this event to go ahead represents a blatant double standard from the government.

South African intelligence documents claim that in 1997 Mr Bham acted as an interpreter for Nizamudeen Shamzai, the then head legal counsel to the Taliban.

The decision to allow the event was strongly criticised by Christian Concern, a group which had a booking at the centre cancelled in 2012 during its campaign against the legalisation of gay marriage.

Andrea Williams, Christian Concern’s chief executive, said: “Allowing this event to go ahead represents a blatant double standard from the government, after it earlier banned our conference on marriage at short notice from taking place in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.”

Writing in today’s Daily Telegraph, a group including four Conservatives MPs, Col Tim Collins, the Iraq War commander, and the chairman of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism state: “Whilst the government is rightly strong in its rhetoric, it must back this up by denying extremists of all kinds the platforms they require to divide our communities.

“We call on the Prime Minister to take all necessary steps to prevent Palestine Expo from taking place in UK taxpayer-owned buildings, and prevent the future use of such buildings … by groups which oppose our values and ideals.”

Mr Patel said the charge of extremism was simply an attempt to prevent pro-Palestinian voices from being heard, and that “our speakers are from across communities”. When he denied that Hamas was a terrorist organisation he was referring to the “political entity” rather than the proscribed military wing, he added.

Mr Bham denied preaching hate and said he had never supported the Taliban nor agreed with categorisations of Jews as “sub-human”. His citing of Goebbels was to make the point that “given what the Jews had undergone … Israel should be more sensitive of the human rights of Palestinians and not regard them as sub human.”

A DCLG spokesman said the QEII centre operates “at arm’s length from government” and “does not represent, endorse or support the views of any organisations hiring its event spaces.”

Any events must be “in line with fundamental British values.”


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