Well, things have taken an interesting turn here on the morning of the first day of our fundraising week. I just received an email (reproduced below) from Jonathan Owen, a staff reporter for The Independent in the UK. Apparently HOPE Not Hate has decided to take down Anne Marie Waters, and The Independent was their chosen channel for breaking their “exposé”.
Breitbart has already picked up the story.
Mr. Owen’s deadline for a response from me was 5pm UK time, which is noon our time. Instead of replying to his email, my chosen response is to simply republish everything he sent me, in its entirety.
The pdf file that accompanied Mr. Owen’s email is here. I took a brief look at it, and it seems to just recycle the same old nonsense about us, left over from the Breivik uproar, with additional recent material about Anne Marie Waters.
The full text of the email is below.
I’d be very grateful for any response you may wish to make regarding the serious allegations made below and in the attached report. My deadline is 5pm today please.
Thanks and best,
The Independent, i and the Independent on Sunday
0203 615 2079
Exposed: the Muhammad Cartoons plot
‘Muhammad cartoons’ plot to ignite serious civil unrest uncovered in new HOPE not hate report
Same Counter-Jihad ideology inspired Norwegian killer, Anders Breivik
Call for authorities to take action against hate blog supporting murder of Muslims
Monday 27 July 2015 — A group of British ‘counter-jihadists’ (anti-Muslim activists) is planning to use a central London ‘Muhammad cartoons’ exhibition on 18 September to spark a violent backlash from Muslims, HOPE not hate can exclusively reveal.
Under the guise of ‘freedom of speech’, these activists — Anne Marie Waters, a one-time UKIP candidate; Alan Ayling, a financier who helped found the English Defence League (EDL); and Stephen Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson, the founder of the EDL) — have discussed using controversial cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad to incite serious disorder between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.
HOPE not hate has had inside access to their plans, which is published today in a report The Muhammad Cartoons, written by HOPE not hate chief executive, Nick Lowles.
More disturbingly, the report reveals that some of these counter-jihadists believe that Muslims should be forcibly expelled from Europe, via civil war and genocide. One British ‘counter-jihadist’ has even written a fictional account of this civil war, which starts with the publication of Muhammad cartoons.
Our report reveals how former UKIP leader Lord Pearson is linked to these counter-jihadists. It also reveals that one of cartoon exhibition’s sponsors, satirical online magazine Vive Charlie, counts controversial Sun columnist Katie Hopkins as one of its regular contributors.
HOPE not hate is publishing this information today in The Muhammad Cartoons report and is calling on authorities to prevent these counter-jihadists from inciting hatred and violence.
We are also calling on the relevant authorities to investigate The Gates of Vienna blog, one of the world’s main counter-jihadist sites, which has acted as a facilitator of these counter-jihadist plots. On a UK-based server, this website carries material promoting civil war, bomb manuals, tactics for setting up paramilitary groups, and techniques to avoid police capture.
The Muhammad cartoons event will take place on 18 September.
It will be attended by the infamous far-right Dutch politician, Geert Wilders. Wilders took part in a previous exhibition of the same cartoons in Texas this May, which was attacked by two jihadist gunmen (both killed by police).
The London exhibition is part of a wider ‘counter- jihad’ strategy to push an anti-Muslim agenda, with similar events taking place or planned in several other European countries.
The counter-jihadists view the use of the Muhammad cartoons as a way to illustrate what they believe is the incompatibility between Islam and the West.
The research in The Muhammad Cartoons report has been gleaned from inside information and from the counter-jihadists’ own writings and words.
The lead exhibition organiser of the Muhammad cartoons exhibition is Anne Marie Waters, a trained lawyer who was a candidate for UKIP at the recent general election.
Only three weeks before Waters announced the cartoon exhibition was to take place, she was involved in long discussions with Stephen Lennon (aka ‘Tommy Robinson’, the founder and former leader of the English Defence League), and Alan Ayling (a financier who helped found the EDL).
They openly discussed using the cartoons — which cause offence to many Muslims — to incite a violent backlash, which they hoped would spark a wider conflict between communities and, ultimately, civil war.
One idea was to hold simultaneous demonstrations in areas of high Muslim density in towns and cities across the UK, waving placards containing images of Muhammad. They believed that police would be too stretched to cope and at least one of the demos would lead to a riot.
Waters is using an organisation she created, Sharia Watch, to front the exhibition. Lennon had agreed to become its joint leader at a relaunch event on 23 July 2015 [but backed out at the last moment].
The relaunch of Sharia Watch was going to be supported by former UKIP leader Lord Pearson, who previously invited Geert Wilders to show his anti-Muslim film, ‘Fitna’, in the Houses of Parliament in 2010.
On 13 July Stephen Lennon was returned to prison for breach of his license (for a conviction for mortgage fraud). HOPE not hate believes that this may have been a police operation to undermine the cartoon exhibition and prevent a possible Sharia Watch relaunch. He was released again on 24 July.
Nick Lowles, HOPE not hate chief executive, said:
“This HOPE not hate report exposes the true agendas of those behind plans to display cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad in London on 18 September.
“While the organisers claim they are doing so in the name of free speech, HOPE not hate can reveal that their agendas are more sinister.
“Some simply want to provoke a violent reaction from Muslims in order to present them in a negative and intolerant light. Others hope the cartoons will spark a series of tit-for-tat violence that will ultimately lead to civil war: a civil war that the militant counter-jihadists believe is not only inevitable but desirable too.
“This report is more than just an exposé of attempts to use the cartoons to incite a violent reaction. It is about a group of political extremists, as dangerous as the Islamists they claim to dislike, who are seeking to bring society to its knees and drive Muslims out of Europe through fear, violence and murder.
“The authorities cannot allow this event to go ahead. It has nothing to do with free speech but it is simply seeking to incite division, hatred and violence.
“We demand the authorities take action against the Gates of Vienna blog, because it carries articles that openly promote terrorism. If a Muslim had a similar website, which includes bomb manuals and details about assassinations and establishing paramilitary groups, then you can be sure action would be taken.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Muhammad Cartoons report is the culmination of a year-long HOPE not hate investigation into the ‘Counter-Jihad’ — or anti-Muslim — movement. It brings together information from sources inside this movement and from their own words and writings.
HOPE not hate has previously produced a book on the counter-jihad movement, called The Counter-Jihad Report, key elements of which you can view here:
The Counter-Jihad Movement
Britain’s counter-jihad movement believes that Islam is a supremacist and expansionist ideology which poses an existential threat to the West. Many counter-jihadists believe that there is no difference between moderate or hardline followers of Islam.
The hardline counter-jihadists — such as Alan Ayling, who helped found and finance the EDL — believe that the only answer is the mass deportation or removal of Muslims from Europe. Some even openly articulate that this will only happen through civil war and the ‘genocide’ of Muslims.
These hardline counter-jihadists openly discuss civil war scenarios on the internet. One British counter- jihadist has written a fictional account of how this civil war will happen and how — through the mass killings of Muslims — it will end. He has even suggested tactics for paramilitary operations and urban warfare.
This is the same ideology which inspired Norwegian far-right killer Anders Breivik, and it involves many of the names he quoted in his 1,500 page ‘Manifesto’, which he used to justify his killing of 77 people in 2011.
In a month when Prime Minister David Cameron called for action against non-violent Muslim extremists, HOPE not hate also believes the authorities need to do more against these counter- jihadists. That people can openly talk and plot a violent civil war — up to and including the murder of Muslims — and yet face no police action is highly disturbing.
It seems incomprehensible that these Islamophobes can operate behind UK websites which promote civil war, contain bomb manuals and suggest tactics for paramilitary operations and yet no action is taken.
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