Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain received similar requests for comments from two Sunday newspaper journalists. As the subjects were very similar, and the coincidental timing suggests the requests were inspired by the same shady Whitehall sources and “extremism experts” we answer all of their queries with the following:
- All of Hizb ut-Tahrir’s statements and actions in relation to occupied Palestine should be seen in the context that we are fundamentally opposed to the Zionist ideology and its occupation of Palestine; that we distinguish between Jewish people as a faith and an ethnicity, and the Zionist military occupation that calls itself a ‘Jewish state’ while its origins are in fact colonial and many of the ardent Zionists are not themselves Jewish. In Britain, we use the term Zionist entity as we do not recognise the name that it gives itself. In Arab and Muslim majority countries the party and most other people, including the mainstream media, refer to the occupation of Palestine as the Jewish entity or the Jewish state. No one has ever misunderstood either term to refer to the Jewish people per-se, despite the dishonest claims of the apologists for the military occupation of Palestine. Hizb ut-Tahrir would like to see the chaos and bloodshed caused by this occupation replaced with an Islamic system, which ruled peacefully for centuries – protecting the lives, wealth and worship of Muslims, Jews and Christians alike.
- We are all too aware that insincere people will take selective comments or statements out of their context – or even the statements/placards of those who attend demonstrations – to twist them to fit their own narrative and agenda, despite the real meaning being something entirely different. This is ever more apparent as we see concerns about antisemitism being hijacked by some to silence criticism of the aggressor in this conflict, or the rhetoric of ‘extremism’ invoked attempting to silence calls for an alternative to the colonial system that exists in the Muslim world today.
- We were asked “We note that Hizb placards stating “Muslim armies liberate al-Aqsa” used at the protest in Luton last Saturday had Hizb ut-Tahrir’s name covered over with black tape. Could you please let me know if there was a reason you did not want it to be known that Hizb ut-Tahrir had produced those placards?”
- The demonstration in Luton was a community initiative and not a Hizb ut-Tahrir rally, unlike the simultaneous demonstrations in London and Birmingham on 16th May. The chairmen of the executive committee of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain was invited to speak, along with speakers from other organisations, so the party’s presence was open. However, it would be inappropriate to have the party’s name on banners at an event that was not its own.
- We were also asked, “We note that David Cameron and Tony Blair attempted to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir because of its extremist views and the Community Security Trust says that the global leadership of Hizb ut-Tahrir voices anti-Jewish hatred regarding Israel, which we are now seeing on Britain’s streets, along with violent rhetoric by Hizb ut-Tahrir leaders and activists.”
- Secular politicians hide behind labels like “extremism” to hide their own very extreme and supremacist views. They commonly accuse Muslims of having extreme views, because it does not agree with their secular belief, that they want to impose upon the world, by force if necessary. The British government and many mainstream media organisations are riddled with extremists and promote very extreme secular and violent views, particularly those of the Henry Jackson Society. As an example, an extremist view was quoted and attributed to the Community Security Trust, which equates antisemitism and criticism of the illegal occupation in Palestine, by the entity that calls itself Israel and claims to be a Jewish State. Any organisation that defends the bombardment of men, women and children in their homes or the storming of places of worship, can easily be described as extreme and in support of criminality and actual violence.
- We were asked about Hizb ut-Tahrir’s stance on the role of the military in ending the occupation of Palestine and defending the Palestinian people and their land. The party’s view has remained unchanged since its inception. We say that the military occupation of Palestine and the murder and oppression of the Palestinian people cannot end by the actions of individuals and groups, rather it is the surrounding countries that have the responsibility to defend the land and its people against the aggression. We expose the insincere political leadership in these countries, which serve Western secular governments. They are happy to use their military might to wage wars to serve their colonial masters but do not even contemplate the role that their military could play in defending the people and land of Palestine. Such hypocrisy must be exposed until the people establish a Khilafah (Caliphate) on the way of Prophethood in the region which will not be afraid to use all of its resources to end the occupation and bring real and lasting peace once more.
- It was stated “I understand that Hizb ut-Tahrir is considered within Whitehall as a group that promotes fear, division and alienation from democracy and rule of law, and helps to create an environment that leads to criminality including terror.”
- We do not expect that statement to be truthful, as the British government knows well that Hizb ut-Tahrir does not promote fear, criminality or terrorism. No honest person has ever said this nor does any evidence exist to support this baseless allegation that has been debunked many times before. It is lazy journalism to repeat it and desperation on the part of an unnamed Whitehall source to state it.
- Hizb ut-Tahrir does not encourage violence against civilians and is not responsible for any violence in the world today, whereas Britain and other secular governments are actually responsible for much of the world’s misery and violence, just as they perpetrate wars and support brutal dictators. Yet the so-called “extremism experts” allege that the Islamic opinions propagated by Hizb ut-Tahrir and accepted by Muslims the world over lead to criminality and violence. Their baseless theory is patently false and is disproven by the reality that we see every day. The real story is that secular government agents are peddling lies against Islam and Muslims to further their colonial aims, hoping to prevent scrutiny of their own brutal foreign policy and unjust support for the illegal and unpopular military occupation of Palestine.
Finally, we were asked about specific statements of individuals that apparently appeared on social media. Only the Press Releases, publications and statements of Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesmen and women and media representatives represent the official views of the party.