Will the UK finally ban Hizb ut-Tahrir???
Just what will it take for the UK to do something???
Ministers are facing renewed calls to ban an extremist Islamic group after its leaders asked Muslims to fight Israel and overthrow moderate Arab regimes.
Tony Blair promised to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir after the July 7 bombings four years ago, but the Government has never carried through the threat.
The group, which is banned in Germany and several Middle Eastern countries, opposes democracy and seeks to unite all Muslims in a single global Islamic state.
Officially Hizb ut-Tahrir denounces violence, but a video of a rally in London earlier this year has emerged showing its chief UK media adviser Dr Imran Waheed claiming that ‘fighting in the way of Allah’ is the only solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
He told the crowd: ‘There will be no peace and no negotiations with the illegitimate entity of Israel which has usurped the Muslim lands.
‘There is only one solution to the occupation of Muslim lands, one solution to the cries of the widows and the orphans, one solution to avenge the deaths of the elderly and the children. Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you! Al-Jihad!'
Dr Waheed also listed Muslim states whose leaders were ‘traitors’ and should be overthrown – including Dubai, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Iran – and called on their armed forces to join Hizb ut-Tahrir’s cause.
Conservative MP Patrick Mercer said: ‘I challenge the Home Secretary to do something decisive about this organisation, and close it down.’
Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, of the Centre for Social Cohesion, said: ‘It is misleading to define Hizb ut-Tahrir as non-violent.