Time for Britain to Get Tough on the Muslim Brotherhood

(Sunday Times-UK) Ed Husain - The nation of Churchill cannot stand idly by while those influenced by the fascism of the last century, namely the Muslim Brotherhood and its ideological activists and allies, use London as a political capital. Founded in Egypt in 1928, the Brotherhood seeks to rule with hardline sharia as law, and views ordinary Muslims that do not share this vision as its opponents. The Muslim Brotherhood and its allies are ideologically committed to the destruction of the state of Israel. This matters to all of us, because what starts with the Jews never ends with them. The time has come to tackle the Brotherhood and shut down its financial, media, charitable and political arms in Britain. The government recently banned Hizb ut-Tahrir for advancing the same ideology as the Brotherhood after Oct. 7. The Brotherhood is banned in Mecca, but thrives in London. Hamas is the Palestinian arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. They unashamedly killed Jews and have vowed to act again. The Brotherhood in Britain, operating under different "community representative" organizations, has been radicalizing young Muslims against Jews. Islamist mosques and publishing houses have been disseminating calls for the destruction of Israel. After Oct. 7, this is not an abstract issue. Islamists are not democrats. Gaza, Iran, Algeria, Egypt and Pakistan show us that Islamists when in power use opportunities granted to them by the ballot box to enforce anti-democratic measures. Free societies can self-destruct unless they are vigilant. We must not tolerate intolerance and terror. The future of our country depends on it. The writer is a professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington.

2024-03-11 00:00:00

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