Original guest post
By Jai Singh
“STUDENT RIGHTS” AND THE NEOCONSERVATIVE “HENRY JACKSON SOCIETY”
Firstly, readers are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the information in the excellent new Huffington Post article exposing the fact that the “Student Rights” organisation in the United Kingdom is actually a “front group” for Douglas Murray’s Henry Jackson Society think-tank. The fake “Student Rights” group was responsible for publishing a methodologically-flawed report that triggered the current “gender segregation on university campuses” manufactured controversy targeting Muslims in the UK.
A detailed Ceasefire Magazine article from November 2013 is also very informative, as it includes some expanded background information confirming “Student Right’s” links to the HJS and the highly questionable activities of some of the individuals involved, including the organisation’s director Raheem Kassam. (Also see Guardian/Liberal Conspiracy political journalist Sunny Hundal’s article from June 2012, focusing on Kassam).
1. The UK’s Channel 4 News confirmed that “Student Rights” is essentially a ‘front group’ for the Henry Jackson Society;
2. The “Student Rights” organisation does not actually include any students;
3. “Student Rights” are on record as promoting material written by the American anti-Muslim propagandist Pamela Geller, whom the British Government’s Home Office has subsequently banned from entering the UK;
4. Student unions at multiple colleges at the University of London have formally condemned “Student Rights” and accused the organisation of engaging in counter-productive activities marginalising Muslim students;
5. Until the issue was forced into the open by students and subsequently Channel 4 News, “Student Rights” had not publicly disclosed the fact that the organisation is actually a Henry Jackson Society project;
6. In its online articles along with its emails to British universities obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, “Student Rights” falsely described itself as “independent”, despite the fact that the organisation’s researcher Rupert Sutton has subsequently admitted that it is indeed a “HJS project”.
7. “Student Rights” Director Raheem Kassam is on record as publicly admitting that the organisation was actually founded in response to the increase in pro-Palestinian activism by students on British campuses after Israel’s “Operation Cast Lead” attack against Gaza;
8. Raheem Kassam is also “Campaigns Director” at the Henry Jackson Society;
9. Further details of Raheem Kassam’s professional background are available here. His numerous activities have included his role as Executive Editor of the neocon Commentator website until July 2013. According to the Daily Telegraph, Kassam was also one of the organisers of a British version of the Tea Party, launched in 2010.
10. In an article for Standpoint magazine in September 2010, Raheem Kassam wrote glowingly about an article which Quilliam co-founder Maajid Nawaz had written for the Wall Street Journal. Although Kassam disagreed with Nawaz’s conclusion, he also stated:
“I say this with as much respect as possible for a man whose organisation I have worked with closely over the past twelve months.”
11. Raheem Kassam is on record as falsely claiming that there was anti-Semitic taunting at a meeting organised by the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine, held at a major college in London; the BBC subsequently had to extensively modify their own story on the meeting, which they had originally based on Kassam’s claims;
13. “Student Rights” have repeatedly produced highly flawed anti-Muslim “reports”; this has resulted in multiple mainstream British news outlets such as the BBC and The Times subsequently having to extensively correct their own news stories, as they were originally based on these “reports”;
14. “Student Rights” are on record as objecting to student unions banning the racist white supremacist, Far-Right “British National Party” (BNP) from speaking on campuses, despite the fact that “Student Rights” have themselves advocated the banning of extremist Muslim speakers from campuses;
15. Multiple British universities have had to cancel student events due to credible threats of violence and fears for students’ safety, after material from “Student Rights” resulted in members of the British Far-Right (including the EDL) arriving on university campuses.
QUILLIAM AND THE HENRY JACKSON SOCIETY
Here’s where things become even more interesting: It turns out that Quilliam’s leadership are currently directly involved with the Henry Jackson Society. The Advisory Board for the “Student Rights” organisation includes Quilliam’s Head of Research, Ghaffar Hussain. On the “About Us” page of their website, Ghaffar Hussain is actually named right at the top of the list. Scroll down to the “Advisory Board” section here.
Apparently Ghaffar Hussain replaced the British MP (and Deputy Leader of the House of Commons) Tom Brake, after the latter resigned earlier this year when he found out about the disturbing views of a number of the HJS’s senior executives, including Douglas Murray. As you can see from the aforementioned list, the Advisory Board also includes HJS Executive Director Alan Mendoza along with Daniel Johnson, Editor of Standpoint (one of several magazines where Douglas Murray regularly writes articles, including rambling anti-Islam diatribes).
Furthermore, it turns out that Ghaffar Hussain himself is actually an Associate Fellow of the Henry Jackson Society. The HJS’s website currently declares Hussain to be part of the organisation’s “Professional Staff”; it includes a detailed profile of Hussain’s background and work, and claims that “he also works as Head of Outreach and Training at the counter-extremism think-tank, the Quilliam Foundation in a freelance capacity”.
The implications of this should be self-evident, considering:
1. The fact that “Henry Jackson Society” Campaigns Director/“Student Rights” Director Raheem Kassam is on record as claiming in September 2010 that he had been working closely with Quilliam for “the past twelve months”, as highlighted in #10 of the section immediately above;
2. Quilliam’s current high-profile involvement with English Defence League ex-leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka ”Tommy Robinson”); Quilliam co-founder Maajid Nawaz has been particularly high-profile in this matter;
3. Douglas Murray’s increasingly public support of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon;
4. Both Douglas Murray and Stephen Yaxley-Lennon’s extensive history of heavy involvement with banned-from-the-UK anti-Muslim propagandist Robert Spencer, the main writer of the JihadWatch website and one of the main leaders of the anti-Muslim SION/SIOA/AFDI organisations;
5. The fact that Robert Spencer is also:
(a) an individual with precisely zero academic, professional or linguistic qualifications on the subject of Islam;
(b) an individual whose own alma mater, the University of North Carolina, have publicly condemned his writings;
(c) formally allied to racist white supremacists and European neo-Nazis, and has even organised joint public demonstrations with then;
(d) on record as demonising the entire Muslim population and demonising the religion of Islam as a whole;
(e) on record as repeatedly making false statements about Islam and Muslims, and repeatedly trying to hide the evidence when his actions were exposed;
(f) on record as making false statements about historical Popes and major Jewish figures, and then trying to hide the evidence when his actions were exposed;
(g) one of the most heavily cited sources in the mass-murdering terrorist Anders Breivik’s manifesto;
(h) an ordained Catholic deacon who has publicly admitted that his anti-Islam propaganda campaign is heavily motivated by his [unilateral] agenda for the dominance of the Catholic Church, despite the fact that his actions are in violation of both official Vatican policy and the extensive interfaith bridge-building efforts of the global leaders of his own Catholic sect;
(i) closely linked to influential American Catholic religious leaders affiliated with “Dominionism”, an extreme interpretation of fundamentalist Christianity deriving from “Christian Reconstructionism”, which involves the belief that rule by non-Christians anywhere in the world is sacrilege, explicitly approves of the historical slavery of African-Americans, and openly advocates the replacement of American law with Old Testament injunctions including the death penalty for apostasy and homosexuality; furthermore, according to Dominionism, its adherents have a God-given mandate to infiltrate the highest echelons of power and subsequently impose their beliefs on the entire world;
(j) closely linked to multiple figures who are extremely anti-Semitic as well as anti-Muslim;
(k) on record as denying the Srebrenica genocide, explicitly describing it as “the-genocide-that-never-was” and proposing “the possibility that Muslims could have carried out any deceptive atrocity-manufacturing in the Balkans”;
(l) on record as repeatedly promoting the work & writings of Serge Trifkovic, former spokesman for the Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic; Karadzic is currently charged with genocide during the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Bosnia. Spencer and Trifkovic have even held joint interviews and collaborated on an anti-Islam documentary film. Trifkovic openly supports and defends Ratko Mladic, whom the United Nations Tribunal has indicted on 16 counts of genocide and war crimes. Furthermore, Trifkovic has also appeared as a defence witness during the trials of several Serbian war criminals subsequently convicted of multiple crimes against humanity, including genocide, exterminations, persecution and deportations;
(m) on record as joining a genocidal white nationalist Facebook group called the “Campaign for the Reconquest of Anatolia”, whose mission statement openly advocates the ethnic cleansing, mass sterilisation and euthanasia of Turkey’s entire Muslim population, targeting “up to 150 million people”;
(n) on record as making extremely disparaging statements about the prestigious West Point military institution and has described Far-Right terrorists in the US as “ordinary Americans who believe in individual rights”.
[Note: Extensive further information regarding these facts along with a range of other matters involving Robert Spencer and his inner circle is available in this recent article.]
6. The fact that Douglas Murray is on record as publicly praising Robert Spencer, stating in 2009 “I happen to know Robert Spencer; I respect him; he is a very brilliant scholar and writer”;
7. The fact that Douglas Murray promptly wrote an article in June 2013 defending Robert Spencer and objecting to his recent banning from the UK; Murray referred to alleged “double-standards over hate speech”, despite the fact that he had certainly not objected to the Home Secretary previously banning an extremist Muslim individual;
8. The nature of Douglas Murray’s own views and motivations;
9. Huffington Post UK Political Director Mehdi Hasan and Sunny Hundal’s recent heated Twitter argument with Quilliam co-founder Maajid Nawaz regarding Stephen Yaxley-Lennon’s ongoing support of Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller;
10. Quilliam’s recent enthusiastic promotion of a friendly interview which Ghaffar Hussain had given to the virulently anti-Muslim ”Clarion Project” organisation; the Center for American Progress identified Clarion as a core member of the international multimilliondollar anti-Muslim propaganda network;
11. The fact that the Clarion Project are on record as (a) publishing online articles promoting the Henry Jackson Society, and (b) participating in anti-Muslim conferences alongside the Henry Jackson Society’s Douglas Murray and Alan Mendoza;
12. The fact that (a) Frank Gaffney’s “Center for Security Policy” are on record as repeatedly publishing online articles promoting the Henry Jackson Society, eg. see here and here, (b) the CSP includes individuals who are also members of the Clarion Project, and (c) Gaffney himself participated in the anti-Muslim conference mentioned in #9, alongside Douglas Murray and Alan Mendoza. The Center for Security Policy is an extreme right-wing organisation actively trying to infiltrate & influence US domestic, foreign and (particularly) military policy; the CSP’s financiers include a number of the largest weapons manufacturers in the world. The organisation is the main source of the ridiculous conspiracy theories about “Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the Obama Administration”. The CSP’s General Counsel is David Yerushalmi, who is also Robert Spencer & Pamela Geller’s lawyer; Yerushalmi has been directly involved in supporting the SION/SIOA/AFDI leadership. Yerushalmi himself heads an organisation whose mission statement explicitly declares that its [currently unidentified] members are “dedicated to the rejection of democracy” in the United States.
13. The fact that Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has been making very different statements about his real views and agenda when recently speaking to international outlets (especially a Far-Right source), compared to the dishonest narrative he has recently been presenting to the British news media & public. Yaxley-Lennon has even admitted the real reasons for his involvement with Quilliam; full details in this article. In summary:
(a) There really has been zero change in Stephen Yaxley-Lennon’s extremist views, as Yaxley-Lennon himself has repeatedly stated;
(b) Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has repeatedly refused to renounce his support for Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, two foreign extremists whom the British Government’s Home Office has banned from entering the UK;
(c) Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has now claimed that he and Quilliam are “using each other”;
(d) For his part, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has claimed that he is personally using Quilliam in order to gain credibility and deflect accusations of anti-Muslim hatred. Furthermore, he has claimed that this is part of a wider strategy to enable him to acquire much larger funding for his new anti-Muslim organisation and thereby take his bigoted political agenda mainstream via his “new platform”;
(e) Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has also claimed that Quilliam are actively (and knowingly) assisting his campaign to take his agenda mainstream;
(f) As quoted in the original article, a number of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon’s previous statements confirm that he is actually racially-motivated and is clearly using the terms “Muslim/Islamic” as codewords for “South Asian”. This is further reinforced by the lengthy quoted statement originally posted by the EDL leadership on their official Facebook page and subsequently highlighted by the British Government’s Home Affairs Select Committee.
(g) Stephen Yaxley-Lennon was introduced as the “surprise guest” at an anti-Muslim conference in London in November 2013, during a discussion promoting the conspiratorial anti-Muslim film “Silent Conquest”; the propagandists involved in the film include Frank Gaffney, whose Center for Security Policy have heavily promoted the film. The main panel at the conference included Douglas Murray. Furthermore, it seems the Clarion Project are involved too. Full details via Richard Bartholomew here.
QUILLIAM’S GHAFFAR HUSSAIN, STEPHEN YAXLEY-LENNON/“TOMMY ROBINSON”, THE GUARDIAN AND DR MATTHEW GOODWIN
Stephen Yaxley-Lennon/“Tommy Robinson” publicly resigned from the EDL and simultaneously announced his involvement with Quilliam at the start of October 2013. The information highlighted in #13 immediately above became publicly available in November 2013. However, a few weeks earlier, according to the Guardian:
On its website, Quilliam says it is funded by both private and public funds, adding: “Our ideas, projects, and output are all made possible by the support of private individual donations, private philanthropic foundations and trust grants, as well as public sector grants. All funding is accounted for responsibly, and we are externally audited annually. Specific details of Quilliam’s finances are published in our annual report.”
However, journalists who asked for a copy of the annual report this week were told by a press officer: “There is only one print copy and that that has gone missing.”
The reaction of figures from Quilliam to those who raised questions about the [Tommy] Robinson link-up was also a sharp one. The foundation’s head of outreach, Ghaffar Hussain, criticised “the usual coterie of trendy wine bar types” who had voiced sceptism about Robinson’s departure from the EDL.
Hussain also took on the Nottingham University far-right expert Dr Matthew Goodwin, after he described Robinson’s EDL resignation as “disingenuous nonsense” and suggested that the episode owed more to the quest for publicity than a genuine conversion, adding that “both the EDL and Quilliam have had their own difficulties in recent months”.
Hussain tweeted to Goodwin that standards at Nottingham were “clearly slipping”, adding: “I suppose your research grants will be harder now.”
Quilliam did not respond to a series of queries from the Guardian.
DOUGLAS MURRAY AND THE HENRY JACKSON SOCIETY
For Quilliam’s benefit and for the public record, it is worth re-iterating the following key facts:
1. According to BBC anchor Nicky Campbell during a “BBC 5Live” radio debate about the EDL on 9 October 2013 (see here), Stephen Yaxley-Lennon had told him that he was “a great admirer of Douglas Murray”; according to Campbell, Yaxley-Lennon subsequently claimed that their views were exactly the same. Murray also participated in the radio debate on 5Live, and subsequently wrote a fawning article supporting the “like-minded” Yaxley-Lennon. As extensively documented here, Murray is directly linked to Robert Spencer and has been heavily involved with the Robert Spencer-David Horowitz cabal for a number of years; Murray is also on record as enthusiastically praising Spencer.
2. From Douglas Murray’s Wikipedia profile:
Douglas Kear Murray (born 16 July 1979) is a British neoconservative writer and commentator. He was the director of the Centre for Social Cohesion from 2007 until 2011, and is currently an associate director of the Henry Jackson Society.
Kingston University’s Dr Marko Hoare, formerly a senior member of the Henry Jackson Society, writes on his own website:
The HJS is a UK think-tank frequently described as ‘neoconservative’. It includes among its Trustees Michael Gove, the current Secretary of State for Education, and it is alleged to have influenced the foreign policy of David Cameron and William Hague. It currently serves as a secretariat, at the House of Commons, to the All-Party Parliamentary Groups for Transatlantic and International Security and for Homeland Security.
From a Guardian article written during the launch of the Henry Jackson Society in 2005:
Richard Perle, one of the Pentagon advisers credited with persuading George Bush of the case for invading Iraq, worked for [Henry] Jackson and is one of the Society’s patrons. The list of patrons reads like a roll call of hawks: William Kristol of the rightwing Weekly Standard, the former Nato commander General Jack Sheehan and the ex-CIA director James Woolsey, among others. The supporters include a smattering of spooks, diplomats, Times journalists and grandees whom recent events have treated badly: David Trimble, Colonel Tim Collins, Irwin Stelzer (another Cameron fan) and the former head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove.
When it was first created in 2005, the London-based Henry Jackson Society (HJS) appeared to offer a base for those on the centre-left and right who believed in a variant of “muscular liberalism”. Much like the senator after whom it was named, the HJS sought to fuse a concern for social justice at home with a hardline approach to totalitarianism and autocracy abroad.
As a result the organisation attracted broad parliamentary support, including 11 Labour MPs, who continue to sit on the organisation’s advisory council to this day.
In February, Labour’s shadow secretary for defence, Jim Murphy, even gave a speech on policy at an event organised by the HJS.
According to those who’ve worked behind the scenes at the HJS, however, in recent years the organisation has degenerated into something that is anything but liberal.
…..The spirit of intolerance at the HJS appears also to extend to those who have taken issue with Murray’s rhetoric.
Marko Attila Hoare, a former senior member of the Henry Jackson Society who left the organisation in 2012, told me that his opposition to Murray’s anti-Muslim and anti-immigration views saw him driven out of the organisation.
“It rapidly became clear that Murray had not tamed his politics, and that actually they were becoming the politics of the whole organisation,” Hoare told me.
Murray’s boss, HJS executive director Alan Mendoza, has form too. In March of this year he claimed that the increasing European Muslim population was to blame for Europe’s “anti-Israel feelings”, adding that the voices of Muslims “are heard well above the average Europeans”.
Eleven Labour MPs are still associated with this organisation. How, one wonders, do the views of the Henry Jackson Society sit with one-nation Labour?
I wrote to all 11 Labour MPs with my concerns about the Henry Jackson Society but none were available for comment.
3. Tom Brake, a senior British MP who is also Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, has recently resigned from the Henry Jackson Society after questions were raised about disturbing comments from a number of the controversial think-tank’s senior executives, including Douglas Murray.
4. Douglas Murray is the author of “Neoconservatism: Why We Need It – A Talk to the Manhattan Institute”. Full text available here.
5. Douglas Murray is also on the international advisory board of NGO Monitor, a Jerusalem-based organisation which prominent Jewish figures and organisations such as a member of the International Council of the New Israel Fund and former Deputy Attorney General of Israel, a former New Israel Fund president, the New Israel Fund itself, a Managing Editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and a senior reporter for the Jerusalem Post, have all accused of promoting false information.. NGO Monitor has also been forcefully criticised by prominent figures and organisations including Human Rights Watch, journalists at The Jerusalem Post, and a former professor of Politics and Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Brandeis University. Furthermore, in January 2010, thirteen Israeli human rights organizations released a common statement which described NGO Monitor as “extremist” and accused the organisation as engaging in an “unbridled and incendiary attack” against human rights groups.
6. A rare example of Douglas Murray’s “moderate” mask dropping in front of the mainstream British media was one particularly notable incident on the BBC’s Question Time on 5 May 2011. Murray was subsequently confronted and demolished by the veteran British politician (and former special forces soldier) Paddy Ashdown. Full video footage here.
7. Douglas Murray has publicly made extremely defamatory statements about the British anti-racism organisation Hope Not Hate. Murray specifically blamed HnH for the attempted shooting of the EDL-and-Anders Breivik-linked Danish anti-Muslim propagandist Lars Hedegaard. Murray also made some further dubious statements about the Far-Right and Breivik. Full details here. (Note: HnH of course subsequently played a key role in facilitating Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller’s banning from the UK).
8. Douglas Murray has subsequently published a follow-up article in support of Lars Hedegaard and his organisation. Extensive details here, including information on Hedegaard’s own actions & extremely anti-Muslim statements.
9. Douglas Murray definitely has direct links to Robert Spencer, going back a number of years. Initial details in this excellent article by Richard Bartholomew.
10. Douglas Murray has repeatedly appeared as a guest on Frank Gaffney’s radio show, including this interview in 2011 when Murray defended Lars Hedegaard.
11. Video footage of Douglas Murray and Robert Spencer giving anti-Muslim speeches at a joint conference. According to the explanatory information attached to the video, the conference was hosted by a member of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. David Horowitz is Robert Spencer’s “boss”.
12. Douglas Murray has repeatedly participated in anti-Muslim conferences organised by the David Horowitz Freedom Center in the US, alongside Robert Spencer and Frank Gaffney. For example, see here and here. American readers in particular will recognise the senior Republican politicians and other public figures also present at these annual events (also see here and here).
13. An article was published on Robert Spencer’s “JihadWatch” website proving that Spencer’s direct links to Douglas Murray go back to 2006 at the very least (includes photographic evidence).
14. The following articles from 2010 and 2011 briefly mention Douglas Murray’s links to Robert Spencer, although it’s unclear if the Guardian authors were aware of the full scale of Murray’s direct involvement with the Spencer cabal: See here, here and here.
15. It also turns out that (a) Douglas Murray has appeared on a high-profile “Intelligence Squared” debate alongside Ayaan Hirsi Ali, where both presented anti-Muslim propaganda [see the information at the end of the "Views on Islamic fundamentalism" section on this webpage], and (b) Murray has published an article defending Hirsi Ali. Note that Hirsi Ali (whose background story has been exposed as falsified) is now on record as giving a speech in Germany in which she publicly sympathised with Anders Breivik and blamed so-called “advocates of silence” for Breivik’s mass-murdering terrorist attack. As that Loonwatch article detailing the incident also highlights, this is just the tip of the iceberg, considering an earlier interview in which Hirsi Ali revealed the full scale of her shocking beliefs — which are far more extreme than is generally known.
16. Dr Marko Hoare, a former founding member of Douglas Murray’s Henry Jackson Society, has published a considerable amount of “inside information” on the HJS leadership, including matters pertaining to Murray himself. Marko Hoare has resigned from the HJS, basically due to his disgust at (a) the organisation’s shift to the extreme Right, (b) the organisation’s hiring of Douglas Murray, (c) Murray’s extreme anti-Muslim views and his close alliance with Robert Spencer [including Spencer’s denial of the Srebrenica genocide], and (d) what appears to be the organisation’s systematic “conspiracy of silence” regarding Anders Breivik.
Marko Hoare has written very detailed articles on these issues:
—- Article focusing on Douglas Murray. It includes lengthy quotes providing a range of examples of Murray’s anti-Muslim propaganda.
—- Article detailing the aforementioned “inside information” on the Henry Jackson Society leadership, including details on Marko Hoare’s clashes with Douglas Murray, the issues involving Anders Breivik, and full details of Marko Hoare’s reasons for subsequently resigning.
I will also provide some extracts from the first article, specifically quotes of Douglas Murray’s statements that Marko Hoare has highlighted (the original article includes embedded URL links to the primary sources of information, including embedded video footage where applicable). Readers will notice that a lot of Murray’s rhetoric about Muslims sounds disturbingly familiar:
Douglas Murray: “In the middle of the last century, there was an almost negligible Muslim presence in Europe [sic !] At the turn of the twenty-first, in Western Europe alone, there were 15-17 million Muslims – that’s a very fast migration, ladies and gentlemen; one of the fastest in human history, and no society would find it easy to deal with that kind of migration. As it happens, European societies, Western European societies, have, I think, dealt with this, much better than some would. Certainly, Muslims coming to live in Britain and in Western Europe enjoy more rights and better rights, among them freedom of worship, than they do in any Islamic country on the Earth here today. We do have a problem; we have a problem when the failures of Islam throughout the world; the failures of all Islamic societies come here into Britain. Their intolerance of freedom of conscience; their intolerance of apostates; their intolerance of freedom of expression and freedom of speech; their intolerance of minorities, other religious minorities, sexual minorities; their intolerance of gays; their dislike and distrust of half of the population – women; and many, many other things. And they call, what is more, for a parallel legal system within Britain and European societies. This is monstrous; no other group behaves like this – asks for parallel laws. This is a fundamental problem, and it’s one we’re going to have to deal with. It’s a problem between a society – Western Europe – that believes that laws are based on reason, and Islam that believes that they are based on revelation. Between these two ideas, I’m not sure there is very much compromise for Europe. It is not Europe that has let down its Muslims, but the Muslims of Europe that have let down Europe. … It is not Europe that has failed its Muslims; it is Islam that has failed Europe. I’d argue, Islam has failed its Muslims”.
Douglas Murray: “It is late in the day, but Europe still has time to turn around the demographic time-bomb which will soon see a number of our largest cities fall to Muslim majorities. It has to. All immigration into Europe from Muslim countries must stop. In the case of a further genocide such as that in the Balkans, sanctuary would be given on a strictly temporary basis. This should also be enacted retrospectively. Those who are currently in Europe having fled tyrannies should be persuaded back to the countries which they fled from once the tyrannies that were the cause of their flight have been removed.”
[Jai’s note: Regular readers will notice that Murray’s speech immediately above, along with a speech by Murray in 2006 quoted immediately below, sound strikingly similar to the following statements by the currently-unidentified anti-Muslim propagandist who has used the online alias “Hugh Fitzgerald” and is named as Vice-President of Robert Spencer’s “JihadWatch” website. Details on “Hugh Fitzgerald” here; the information in the subsequent comments thread is also important. Anders Breivik cited “Hugh Fitzgerald” more than a dozen times in his manifesto.
“Hugh Fitzgerald” in 2005: “A complete ban on Muslim migration to the Western world (which needs to be undertaken in any case), and limits put on any contact between Muslims living in the West, who may already have obtained citizenship and -- unless they are native-born converts – their countries of origin.….No, there is another way, or many other ways. And the first way is to put a complete stop to Muslim immigration, and to find creative ways to deport all Muslim non-citizens. These two measures would be accompanied by the creation of an environment where the practice of Islam is made not easy but difficult.….An end to all outward and visible signs of rhetorical "respect" for Islam…..Stop all attempts at verbal escamotage, where the listener is left, puzzled, dissatisfied with the deliberate vagueness…..Clean out the taxpayer-funded government radio and televisions stations of those who have so misled us about Islam over the past 20-30 years. Begin, possibly, by firing John Simpson, the deeply, even conspiratorially, anti-Israel and islamophilic head of the BBC World Affairs broadcasting…..What will it take for the long-suffering British license-payers to demand a change in the BBC coverage and, even before that, in the personnel in charge of reporting on the Middle East and Islam?”]
Douglas Murray in 2006: ”Conditions for Muslims in Europe must be made harder across the board: Europe must look like a less attractive proposition. We in Europe owe – after all – no special dues to Islam. We owe them no religious holidays, special rights or privileges. From long before we were first attacked it should have been made plain that people who come into Europe are here under our rules and not theirs. There is not an inch of ground to give on this one. Where a mosque has become a centre of hate it should be closed and pulled down. If that means that some Muslims don’t have a mosque to go to, then they’ll just have to realise that they aren’t owed one. Grievances become ever-more pronounced the more they are flattered and the more they are paid attention to. So don’t flatter them.”
[Jai’s note 1: On 28 July 2013, Murray appeared on the BBC’s Sunday Morning Live debate programme, opposite Huffington Post UK Political Director Mehdi Hasan, debating the subject “Are Muslims being demonised ?”. Full video footage here. During the discussion, Fiyaz Mughal, director of the “Faith Matters” think-tank and the “TellMAMA” project, quoted some of Murray’s speech above and also mentioned that Murray had advocated that mosques should be “demolished in some circumstances” in the same speech. As can be seen at 10m 50s – 11m 00s, Murray subsequently accused Fiyaz Mughal of misquoting him, claiming that he had merely advocated that mosques should be “shut down” in some circumstances, not “demolished”. However, as can be seen in the original text of Murray’s speech above, he had indeed advocated that mosques should be “pulled down”. There are only two plausible explanations: (a) Murray does not accurately remember his own statements in that speech, despite the fact that video footage and full transcripts are widely available online, or (b) Murray was deliberately lying during his “rebuttal” to Fiyaz Mughal on Sunday Morning Live. Readers are also strongly advised to observe Murray’s reaction and comments when Mehdi Hasan mentioned Anders Breivik (see 6m 15s – 6m 35s).
Jai’s note 2: In October 2011, Murray wrote an article for the ConservativeHome website in which he claimed to have disowned this speech a long time ago. However, as documented by Paul Goodman, the timeframe does not even remotely match the actual sequence of events involving Murray’s own public statements and actions.
Paul Goodman writes: “Murray claims to have realised that the speech was poorly expressed "some years ago". But as I pointed out earlier, he defended it in print only last October: "I refused to change my opinions", he wrote. Furthermore, he cited the support of others for them. "What I advocated had been argued by members of the conservative party of Holland and was, and is, being argued by mainstream politicians across Europe". Readers will scour the piece in vain for the slightest hint that the views of the speech are "not opinions I hold", or for the faintest indication that he considered his words "poorly expressed". In short, Murray praised a speech twelve months ago that he now claims to have disowned for years.
Furthermore, I can find no previous record of him renouncing his Amsterdam speech - the course that I recommended to him when we met before the election. It is thus reasonable to ask whether he would have done so had I not raised the matter recently. Readers must decide for themselves whether first surreptitiously to remove a speech from a website, then laud it in print without direct quotation, and finally disown it under pressure - while claiming to have done so long ago - is decent or not. I believe it is part of a pattern of disingenuousness.”].
Douglas Murray: ”If there were one thing I would wish Muslims in Europe could learn today, as fast as possible, it would be this: you have no right, in this society, not to be offended. You have no right to say that because you don’t like something, you would use violence or you would like something to be stopped or censored…”
[Jai’s note: Murray has also spoken at conferences dedicated to attacking Muslims for employing libel “lawfare” to silence criticism of Islam (video footage here and here. However, as documented here, ironically Murray himself has an extensive history of accusing his critics of “libel” and threatening to sue them; Murray’s targets so far have included the Huffington Post, Marko Hoare, and Guardian political journalist Sunny Hundal].
[Marko Hoare writes]:Murray has denounced the idea of the ‘Ground Zero mosque’ as a ’sick joke’. He has written passionately in defence of Geert Wilders, a Dutch far-right populist politician who believes that the Koran should be banned. He has described Islam as a ‘very backward ideology’, and complains that ‘Britain has already gone too far in accommodating Islamic ideology into our culture’. He has accused the Pope of having been ‘forced to pacify the Islamic beast’, and spoken of ‘the laughable, ahistorical and uniquely retrospective form of religious imperialism that Islam is’. In March of this year – immediately prior to the merger of the CSC with the HJS – Murray travelled to Athens to argue, alongside Melanie Phillips, against the opening of a mosque in that city, on the grounds that such a mosque could become a centre for Islamic extremism, and that ’Islam when it is in a minority, is extremely good at talking about tolerance. In a minority, Islam loves to talk about the tolerance that people must show towards minorities [but] whenever Islam is in a majority, minority rights are nowhere to be seen. It’s a one-directional talk of minority rights… You better hope, ladies and gentlemen, that your mosque here is a first internationally, and that nobody with any unpleasant statements, any unpleasant ideas could possibly come to it’, before issuing further lurid warnings of the Islamic danger to his Greek audience, including a reference to the Islamism of the current Turkish prime minister. Murray said these things in Greece, a country where the Orthodox Christian nationalist right is extremely powerful, aggressive, intolerant and Islamophobic, while the Muslim Turkish minority is denied basic democratic rights.
[Jai’s note: Readers will notice that Murray bizarrely referred to Islam (a religious belief system) as though it were a conscious, sentient entity. The nature of those statements suggests that Murray was actually referring to Muslims. Murray has a history of making similar statements, eg. “Islam is not violent per se, though they’re quite good at it when they’re in charge”. Murray’s own statements also contradict the following assertion he made in 2007 (in which Murray also refuses to describe Islam as a religion): “Islam is not a race, it’s an ideology. It’s not bad to dislike someone for their ideology. That is not racism.” Murray made that assertion after a Jewish community leader commented that British Jews should be aware of the existence of Islamophobia as well as anti-Semitism.]
17. In May 2013, the Guardian published a revealing article by James Bloodworth, highlighting some new incriminating facts about Douglas Murray, the Henry Jackson Society and the Labour party. The HJS leadership are proven to be racially-motivated (eg. note Murray’s claims about white Britons “abolishing themselves” etc):
[James Bloodworth writes]: In March, Murray wrote an article following the release of the results of the 2011 census in which he bemoaned the fact that in “23 of London’s 33 boroughs ‘white Britons’ are now in a minority”. It wasn’t so much integration that Murray wanted to talk about, however, but skin colour:
“We long ago reached the point where the only thing white Britons can do is to remain silent about the change in their country. Ignored for a generation, they are expected to get on, silently but happily, with abolishing themselves, accepting the knocks and respecting the loss of their country. ‘Get over it. It’s nothing new. You’re terrible. You’re nothing’.”
[Jai’s note: Murray subsequently wrote an article making a series of demonstrably false allegations against Marko Hoare, including (a) the specific reasons for Dr Hoare’s objections to Murray’s statements quoted above, (b) grossly exaggerating the frequency of Dr Hoare’s tweets and blogs referring to Murray, (c) falsely claiming that Dr Hoare “frequently abuses” Murray, (d) grossly downplaying and distorting the nature and extent of Dr Hoare’s previous involvement with the Henry Jackson Society, and (e) falsely claiming that “It is no-one’s fault if they have not heard of Hoare. His opinions are largely self-published”, despite the fact that Dr Hoare is actually an academic at Kingston University who is well-known as a historian of the former Yugoslavia and whose work has been published by Oxford University Press.]
18. Marko Hoare has claimed that “Alan Mendoza and Douglas Murray, respectively Executive Director and Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society, have been attempting systematically to falsify the history of the organisation they run”. Dr Hoare provides evidence supporting his claim, including screenshots of documents detailing the organisation’s founding (along with further information), here and here. Furthermore, Dr Hoare states in the second article: “Despite his spurious claim to have a ‘well-established track record of support for the Bosnian Muslim population’, Mendoza was removed a year ago from the International Expert Team of the Institute for the Research of Genocide Canada, which fights genocide denial over Bosnia, Srebrenica and the Holocaust. The IRGC’s director, Professor Emir Ramic, and its Governing Board were rather quicker than I was myself in correctly understanding him and taking appropriate action.”
19. Soon after the murder of Lee Rigby in London in May 2013, Douglas Murray published an e-book sarcastically titled “Islamophilia”. The book is published on Melanie Phillips’ new e-book company, which is also geared towards targeting audiences in the US.
20. Douglas Murray has promoted his e-book “Islamophilia” on the extremely anti-Muslim ”Sun News Network” Canadian news channel. Video footage here. The channel has previously given a platform to Robert Spencer and other members of his inner circle, including Pamela Geller, David Yerushalmi, David Horowitz, and EDL leader Stephen Yaxley.
21. Douglas Murray has publicly claimed that the prominent British atheist scientist Richard Dawkins criticises Christianity and Judaism but “avoids” Islam. As extensively documented here, in reality Dawkins has a lengthy history of writing extremely anti-Muslim/anti-Islam propaganda, and he has even been exposed as citing & promoting material from hate websites run by none other than Robert Spencer’s extremist inner circle, specifically the genocidal individual currently using the online alias “Ali Sina”. Furthermore, it turns out that Murray and Dawkins know each other; for example, they recently took part in a public debate at Cambridge, albeit ostensibly on opposing sides (details here and here.). On his own Youtube channel, Murray has also repeatedly promoted videos of televised BBC debates where Murray and Dawkins have appeared together (eg. see here and here). Dawkins himself recently approvingly re-tweeted a Spectator article Murray wrote after Spencer and Geller’s banning from the UK, claiming “Douglas Murray exposes “A gross double standard over hate speech”; UK Government’s gross favouritism of Islam again”.
22. The Times and Jewish Chronicle columnist David Aaronovitch wrote an excellent article about Douglas Murray on 7 July 2013. The article is worth reading in full, but some key extracts are as follows:
“Two weeks ago in the JC the writer Douglas Murray described the idea of Islamophobia as “a crock”. Douglas and I have shared a few platforms over the years…..So it is with disappointment and trepidation that I take issue with him here. He is, I think, completely wrong. And here’s why…..[…]…..
Some of this is, whatever Douglas says, very familiar. Before the race theories of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, antisemitism (or Jew hatred) was not racial. The problem wasn’t with the Jews themselves but with what they obstinately believed. If they abandoned Judaism they could become good people. So it is quite possible to posit an Islamophobia which corresponds to pre-racial antisemitism. The fact that, in this society, most Muslims are brown, can give this hatred a racial dimension…..
As to “they bring it on themselves”, well maybe some few do. But the people who then do the supplying of “it”: the attacking and scaring and intimidation of ordinary Muslims for being Muslims – the EDL foot-soldiers and the BNP and the rhetorical fringes of UKIP – well, we’ve seen them before. We see them now. We understand their atavistic urge. Whatever we call it, we who think about it know what it is.”
23. Extensive further information about Douglas Murray is available via SoupyOne, Powerbase, iEngage, Al Jazeera , Paul Goodman in ConservativeHome, and Cristina Odone in the Telegraph and Free Faith. Readers are advised to familiarise themselves with the material in all of these articles.
24. It is presently unclear if Quilliam’s leadership are aware of the full scale of the Henry Jackson Society leadership’s views, actions and affiliations.
Dr Matthew Goodwin’s Twitter address is @GoodwinMJ. “Huffington Post UK” Political Director Mehdi Hasan’s Twitter address is @mehdirhasan. “Guardian”/“Liberal Conspiracy” political journalist Sunny Hundal’s Twitter address is @sunny_hundal.
The Twitter addresses of Channel 4 News anchors Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Jon Snow and Paul Mason are @krishgm, @jonsnowC4, and @paulmasonnews respectively. BBC anchor Nicky Campbell’s Twitter address is @NickyAACampbell.