Pro Hamas Marches could lead to further radicalisation in the UK
Will the pro-Hamas Marches in London lead to Further Radicalization of the UK Muslim population?
The recent Pro Hamas marches in London, that took place, between October and December 2023, saw significant involvement from groups and individuals with alleged links to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. These marches were pro-Palestinian demonstrations supposedly responding to the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, the truth is these marches were to a great extent anti-Israel and by default anti-Jewish.
The bodies of the victims of the genocidal Hamas terror attack, on Oct 7th, were still warm when Islamists in the UK took to the streets to celebrate the massacre and call for the destruction of the Jewish State.
We only have to look at the groups that organised and promoted the marches. Four of the six groups involved had alleged links to Hamas.
What evidence is there for these claims?
Key figures involved in these marches have been noted for their alleged connections to Hamas. Hamas was proscribed as a terrorist organization in its entirety in November 2021 under the Terrorism Act in the UK. Supporting a terror group in the UK carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.
Who are the alleged Hamas apologists?
It is alleged that Ismael Patel, leader of Friends of al-Aqsa, has been a supporter of Hamas and has previously visited Hamas’ leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza. Patel, at a rally in 2009, expressed explicit support for Hamas, Patel was filmed at the rally in 2009 saying: “Hamas is no terrorist organisation. The reason they hate Hamas is because they refuse to be subjugated, to be occupied by the Israeli state, and we salute Hamas for standing up to Israel.” It is also alleged by the Jewish Chronicle that Patel had also stated that “We are all Hamas” and in 2021 praised the killer of tour guide Eli Kay in Jerusalem as a “martyr” on X.
According to the Israeli Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center. Ismail Patel took part in the Mavi Marmara flotilla in May 2010 and in the Miles of Smiles 3 convoy in June 2011, whose leaders met with Ismail Haniya, head of the de facto Hamas administration.
The marches have drawn criticism and concerns from various quarters. Lord Pickles and Lord Carlile KC, the former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, have expressed concerns over the nature of these demonstrations. The marches were described as glorifying racial hatred and promoting extremist narratives. There have been calls for the authorities to take a stronger stance against criminal extremism and the use of demonstrations to promote hate speech and violence. The government’s Commissioner for Countering Extremism, Robin Simcox, and Professor Anthony Glees, a security and intelligence expert, have echoed concerns about the spread of antisemitic and extremist narratives in the UK.
Patel in 2023
The protests have been marked by mixed sentiments. While some demonstrators have expressed support for Hamas and the “Palestinian resistance”, others have called for a ceasefire and expressed concerns about the impact of the conflict on civilians. The mixed thinking and pure ignorance of many in the protests show there is a real danger of radicalisation of Muslims and non-Muslim young people attending the marches. The sheer numbers taking to the streets have shocked the British public but also highlighted the failings of integration and multiculturalism.
A counter-terrorism expert told this publication that he was very concerned that the marches are being used to radicalize and recruit future Jihadists. He also said the scale of the problem would make it impossible for UK Counter Terrorist Units to monitor the suspects as the number of people being radicalised is unprecedented.
With Patel’s group calling for more protests starting on 13th January, we will no doubt once again see the Islamic supremacist supporters of Hamas and the useful idiots of the far left joining arms to recruit more young people to take part in the Nihilistic Jihad against Israel and her friends in the west. We can be sure of one thing 2024 will be a bumpy ride.
- The Jewish Chronicle provided information about the involvement of individuals with links to Hamas in the London pro-Palestinian marches, including Ismael Patel’s past statements and actions in support of Hamas.
- Sky News reported on the mood and activities of the pro-Palestinian marches in London, including the presence of families and the nature of the demonstrations.
- The Jewish Chronicle also discussed concerns raised by Lord Carlile and other experts about the promotion of extremist narratives and the spread of antisemitism in Britain, particularly in the context of support for Hamas.
- The Times of Israel covered the scale of the protests in London and the general demands of the demonstrators, as well as the broader context of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
- The Independent provided a report on the pro-Palestinian marches in London, mentioning the global impact of the Israel-Hamas war.
- Sky News additionally covered a march against antisemitism in London, providing perspectives from participants and discussing the atmosphere and messages at the event.