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UK Muslim Vigilante Group Formed to Protect Muslims

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A new organization says it has been set up to stop “'violent hooligans willing to inflict large-scale carnage on innocent Muslims.”  They have also set up an emergency hotline for Muslims to call them instead of the police so incidents can be “dealt with in a swift and Islamic manner.”

Perhaps the name of the organization, the Islamic Emergency Defense gives a clue as to what that manner will be. The organization’s initials, IED, also stands for Improvised Explosive Devices, bombs that are commonly used to kill or maim soldiers abroad. Critics charge that the name was chosen intentionally to ridicule British soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"This is mocking servicemen killed by IEDs. It shows their warped state of mind," former Scotland Yard terrorism expert John O'Connor said.

Extremist preacher Anjem Choudary, who is backing the group and has an advisory role within it, is urging his followers to sign up as recruits to the group, which vows to create a network of "task forces" to redress wrongs and mete out instant justice. Choudary, recently said that British soldier Lee Rigby “will burn in hellfire” after he was hacked to death by Muslim radicals on a Woolwich street a month ago.

The new group claims to be a response to the reported growth of hate crimes and Islamophobia in the UK. However, as reported by the Clarion Project, a Muslim watchdog group reporting the number of these attacks whose figures have been widely quoted was recently caught lying and grossly inflating the numbers.

Choudary has used Twitter to urge people to join and use the group and announced the "Good news with the launch," saying that it had risen to the challenge. "People can look at it as a vigilante group but to protect and defend yourself is not illegal," he added.

IED's website says, "Our aim is to build a national network of Muslim volunteers who are ready and able to protect and defend any Muslim from verbal and physical abuse.  Muslims should not be afraid to protect themselves or their brothers and sisters from acts of violence or hooliganism, because it is totally rational, sensible and above all, Islamic."

Labor MP Rushanara Ali said, "When groups encourage people to take the law into their own hands it needs to be stopped." The Home Office has said the group is under review.

As for Islamophobia, former International Institute of Islamic Thought (a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front group) member Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, revealed how the concept was invented: "This loathsome term is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliché conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics."

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org