Denmark/UK: Call for Jihad against Israel supporters

Denmark/UK: Call for Jihad against Israel supporters

This declaration was signed in Istanbul by high ranking members of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat-e-Islami.  I could not find this declaration, or its signatories, online.  It would be interesting to see who else signed it.


One of the UK's most influential Islamic leaders, who has helped counter extremism in the country's mosques, is accused of advocating attacks on the Royal Navy if it tries to stop arms for Hamas being smuggled into Gaza.

Dr Daud Abdullah, deputy director-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, is facing calls for his resignation, after it emerged that he is one of 90 Muslim leaders from around the world who have signed a public declaration in support of Hamas and military action.

Abdullah, who led the MCB's boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day, was a member of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, the body endorsed by the government that trains imams and was set up to curtail the activities of extremist clerics. In January, he briefed the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, and communities secretary Hazel Blears on the situation in Gaza and its likely impact on social cohesion in the UK.

But, according to the Istanbul declaration, there is an obligation for "the Islamic Nation to regard the sending of foreign warships into Muslim waters, claiming to control the borders and prevent the smuggling of arms to Gaza, as a declaration of war, a new occupation, sinful aggression, and a clear violation of the sovereignty of the Nation". It continues: "This must be rejected and fought by all means and ways."


Abdullah's name appears as a signatory to a declaration in Istanbul last month that describes Israel's recent military campaign as "the manifest victory which Allah has granted us in the land of Gaza". It opposes the "so-called Arab peace initiative" and the Palestinian Authority and issues a series of obligations to the "Islamic Nation", calling on it to "carry on with the jihad and resistance against the occupier until the liberation of all Palestine".

Obligation six declares that Muslims must seek to open the crossings in Palestine so that "money, clothing, food, medicine, weapons and other essentials" can enter Gaza and Palestinians "are able to live and perform the jihad in the way of Allah Almighty".

It warns: "The closure of the crossings, or the prevention of the entry of weapons through them, should be regarded as high treason in the Islamic Nation, and clear support for the Zionist enemy."

The most contentious obligation instructs Muslims to attack foreign navies. In January, Gordon Brown offered Royal Navy resources to help monitor events in Gaza and to stop weapons being smuggled into the territory.


Two other prominent British Muslims ' names also appear as signatories to the declaration: Mohammed Sawalha, an organiser of Islam Expo, the huge annual gathering of Muslims in east London, added his name to the list; and Sheikh Rashid al-Ghannoushi of the Tunisian an-Nahdhah party, who resides in the UK, also signed.



Three Muslim Danes also signed the declaration, including Khalil Assi, of the Islamic Faith-Society in Copenhagen and formerly head of the organization and Abu Bashar, imam of the mosque in Ørbækvej in Odense.

American terror researcher Lorenzo Vidino says that the declaration is really a declaration of war against all countries which support Israel.

Khalil Assi says that by "all means and ways" he meant legal ways - writing letters, demonstations and contact politicians.  He is not responsible for what they do in Gaza.

Søren Pind, foreign affarirs spokesperson for the Liberal Party is upset that Danish Muslims signed the declaration.

"It can rouse to attack against Danes and Danish interest.  I don't understand how one can come with statements that can harm the country where one lives," he told Politiken.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt of the Social Democrats says that "the whole declration is warlike, extremist and contains a possible call for terrorism."

Sources: Guardian (English), Politiken (Danish), h/t Polemiken

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