Saturday, 13 March 2010

Nothing to see at City University....

except Justice Week 2010.

CityISOC is hosting it's annual Justice Week - and no doubt once you read the list of speakers you will all wish you could participate. The events are being promoted on the group's website, as well as a certain well-known Islamic chat forum. Since they do refer to this week as one of 'justice,' it must be safe to assume that the speakers they have booked represent CityISOC's idea of justice.

On Wednesday night the group is hosting a seminar titled "War on Error, Know Your Rights;" the keynote speaker at this event is Asim Qureshi. Qureshi is currently of Caged Prisoners, has occasionally written for The Guardian, and seems to take the view that in many cases, terrorism is a resistance movement. In an academic paper he wrote:

The British government or any other regime cannot, if it claims to support the international rule of law, label insurgencies in Sudan, Iraq, Palestine, Chechnya and others as being ones associated with terrorism. Rather the government should give its full support to those who wish to make the world aware of the injustice that is taking place against these people both financially and politically

Last year, CityISOC advertised Anwar Al-Awlaki as one of the main speakers during Justice Week. (Al-Awlaki would have appeared via video, but was scrapped after various complaints and also CityISOC attempted to scrub refernece to him from their site - despite having previously posted some of his videos). Not surprisingly once word of this got out some concerned citizens contacted the unvierstiry. Stand Point Magazine wrote about the connection between Al-Awlaki and Qureshi:
Indeed, in 2003 Awlaki was busy touring the UK and spoke at the East London Mosque at an event hosted by the now defunct group ‘Stop Police Terror'. He focused on anti-terror arrests in the UK, urging Muslims not report fellow Muslims, under any circumstances:
A Muslim is a brother of a Muslim, he does not oppress him, he does not betray him and he does not hand him over...You don't hand over a Muslim to the enemies...
Stop Police Terror' later became ‘Stop Political Terror' (now also defunct). It will come as no surprise to those who follow this issue that Asim Qureshi was involved with the latter of those two groups. To make matters worse ‘Stop Political Terror' listed Anwar al-Awlaki as one of their supporters.

Qureshi also appeared at this Hizb ut Tahrir rally where he said it was "incumbent upon all of us to support the jihad."

Qureshi is the man CityISOC chose to speak about 'justice.'

Later in the week, CityISOC will be hosting Abu Hasnayn Murtaza Khan. Murtaza Khan was also scheduled to appear at last year's Justice Week along with Anwar Al-Awlaki. In a laetter to City University, the Centre for Social Cohesion shone the light on some of Murtaza Khan's statements about Christians and Jews:
Murtaza Khan (aka Abu Hasnayn Murtaza Khan) is a teacher at Al Noor primary school in London. Channel 4's Undercover Mosque features Khan as saying:

"Those whom the wrath of God is upon is the Jew, is the Christian."

"We've become Jews in our clothing, Jews in our eating, Jews in everything that we do. And the other half is Christian in everything that they do. Muslims are following one of these accursed nations. And people are still not waking up to understand the fact that these people are enemies towards us."

Calls Jews and Christian's filthy:
"We should have a sense of shame. For how long have we seen that our mothers, our sisters and our daughters have to go and uncover themselves in front of these filthy non-Muslim doctors?

CityISOC also says they will be fundraising throughotu the week (SMW will leave it up to you to guess where that money might be going), and conducting a letter writing campaign. How many of those letters might start with "Dearest Dr. Aaifa Siddiqui...."?

The group will also have a 'justice' booth set up in one of the university's buildings throughout the week.

But there is nothing to see at City University. Come on, it's not like anyone has ever been radicalized at a London university.