Speculations about radicalisation after Gaza convoy raid

Peter Neumann, director of the Center for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College, London University, said the Gaza convoy incident could prove to be a “tipping point” similar to the publication of U.S. abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, credited by analysts with deepening Arab and Muslim opposition to Western intervention in Iraq. “I’d expect a significant impact from this on radicalisation,” he told Reuters.

In Britain, Muslim activists reported fury at the incident. “My streets are in danger, and I say ‘streets’ meaning not just Bradford but the whole UK. This makes trouble for us peacemakers,” said Owais Rajput, a researcher at Bradford University in West Yorkshire, the home area of three of the four men who killed 52 people in the London attacks of 2005.

Abu Muaz of Call2Islam, a radical British-based Muslim group that seeks uncompromising opposition to Israel, said in the past two days there had been “a lot of anger among the youth.” “They ask what’s the point of just demonstrating? In the mosques, the imams don’t have a solution.”

Hizb ut-Tahrir barred from London University debate

The University of London has cancelled the appearance of a speaker from an Islamic group that opposes democracy and integration into British society.

A representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir was due to appear at Queen Mary college in east London to debate shari’a law in the modern world. But the group was told it could not take part after students campaigned about its “blatantly aggressive” views. The university’s union said the debate organizers acted to avoid controversy.

Hizb ut-Tahrir has previously said “those who believe in democracy are Kafir” [unbelievers] and said it was “dangerous” for Muslims to integrate into British society. A leaflet displayed on its website once urged Muslims to “kill [Jews] wherever you find them”. Hizb ut-Tahrir’s UK spokesmen deny links to terrorism and say the group, which is a legal organisation in the UK, opposes violence.