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Dine@Mine gets great take-up

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 27 July 2012, 12:33


Over 50 people have already applied to be part of the Dine@Mine initiative we are supporting as part of the Ramadan Festival. Dine@Mine offers non-Muslims the chance to have a meal at the home of a Muslim family.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know members of your community, learn about other cultures whilst sharing a yummy meal together,” says Julie Siddiqi, the organiser of the Ramadan Festival.

If you would like to break the fast at the home of a Muslim family or if indeed you are Muslim and would like to host a meal then please sign up here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/dine-at-mine

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Plan B apologies for Skrewdriver t-shirt

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 22 July 2012, 20:26


This has just been posted up on the NME website:

Plan B has responded to criticism for a photograph which shows him wearing what appears to be a Skrewdriver t-shirt.

"The most recent issue of Shortlist shows the rapper sporting a top with the band's name written on it. This prompted some commentators to question his motive.

The New Statesman asked why the rapper had worn the t-shirt and quoted journalist Brian Whelan, who wrote on his blog: " It is very unusual that Plan B would knowingly wear this t-shirt and that Shortlist would stick it on the front of their publication. Make no mistake about it Skrewdriver were a nasty bunch, [founding member] Ian Stuart became a martyr for the far-right when he died in a car crash almost 20 years ago."

The rapper has now released a statement, which has been posted on The Quietus, explaining that the garment was not an official Skrewdriver t-shirt. He also apologised for not knowing who the band were, or what they represented.

He said: "I was ignorant to the existence of the band Skrewdriver. I don't listen to music like that so I wouldn't know the names of bands that make that music. I was wearing a t-shirt I created using a photograph from the photographer Gavin Watson's book Skins.

I asked him if I could print shots from his book on to t-shirts. I made a number of these t-shirts. Gavin's photos are relevant to me because they represent the demonised youth of the past. Just like my generation of young people aredemonised in the media to all be hoodie wearing thugs and chavs so were the skinheads in the 80's."

Speaking about the person on the t-shirt, who some thought to be former Screwdriver associate Nicky Crane, Plan B explained: "Most of the t-shirts I had made were of his brother. The boy on the image is Neville Watson. Neville is Gavin Watson's brother. The graffiti behind him is graffiti. Neither Gavin or Neville put it there; it was already there when Gavin took the photo. Gavin did not know I had printed that image on a t-shirt and I was not aware of the significance of it."

He concluded: "The minute I found out what the words on the t-shirt meant I was angry with myself for not questioning them. The t-shirt is not official nor is it on sale anywhere. It was of my own doing and therefore it is my mistake, but that is all it is."

http://www.nme.com/news/plan-b/65078?

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Is Plan B wearing a nazi t-shirt?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 22 July 2012, 13:14


Singer songwriter Plan B (real name Benjamin Paul Balance-Drew) has been photographed for the cover of ShortList magazine wearing a t-shirt depicting a skinhead with the word 'Skrewdriver' written above.

Skrewdriver was unquestionably the most famous nazi skinhead band in the world and led by lead singer Ian Stuart Donaldson was central to the formation of Blood and Honour, the white power music network which continues to this day.

In the interview Plan B praises the film Made In Britain, a 1990s drama starring Tim Roth as an angry racist skinhead.

Maybe Plan B is wearing the t-shirt to cause a bit of controversy? Perhaps he doesn’t realise the significance of the t-shirt? Maybe everyone has got it wrong and it is a totally different Skrewdriver (I certainly don't recognise the design as a B&H Skrewdriver t-shirt).

I think Plan B thinks it is a bit of controversial art, which if it does then it is not appreciated. We should not make light or seek publicity promoting a racist skinhead band who continue to inspire violent thugs today. It would be even more insulting given how he has made his name drawing on black music.

An explanation appears necessary.

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The Ramadan Festival

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 21 July 2012, 07:52


I was delighted to attend the launch event of the Ramadan Festival on Wednesday night along with a few of my colleagues. This is a very important month for all Muslims, a time when they fast during daylight hours but it is also a time of giving and sharing.

The Ramadan Festival 2012 is the first such festival in the UK but it takes its lead from a similar initiative which has been happening in the Netherlands for a few years. Its aim is to promote and co-ordinate events within the Muslim community and to build links with wider society.

"This will be an opportunity for us all to come together, Muslims and people from all faiths or no faith," says Julie Siddiqi, the Festival organiser.

"Ramadan is a time of giving, of charity, of sharing, of remembering those in need and reaching out. These are all qualities embodied by the Olympics too and we are excited to be able to combine those at the same time this year. All eyes will be on the UK and especially on London. For most people this will be a once in a lifetime chance to experience the Olympic Games in their own country. And it gives all of us the chance to showcase the fantastic diversity that we celebrate and hold so dearly in Great Britain."

The launch event was held at the Harfield Masala, a fantastic curry house down the Mile End Road in East London.

In between some great food there were a few speeches, including two from women co-ordinating a couple of projects that HOPE not hate will be activiely promoting over the coming week. The first is Dine@Mine, which sees Muslim households host a meal for non-Muslims. The second are a number of soup kitchens around London, which is being co-ordinated with a number of churches.

In addition, there will numerous other events going on across Britain, including the opening up of Mosques to the wider communities and large-scale food festivals.

We will advertise as many of these events as we can and I would urge everyone to get involved or promote through their own networks.

The Ramadan Festival website is: http://www.ramadanfestival.org

 Posted: 21 Jul 2012 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Reg E Cathey says hello

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 18 July 2012, 15:22


Our roving "ligger" Matthew Collins recently caught up with Reg E Cathey, star of stage and screen most notably the Wire and most recently Paul Heaton's excellent production of the 8th.

Reg is a huge fan of HOPE not hate and left us this little message

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The Curry King who just loves Britain

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 18 July 2012, 12:37


Jokingly nicknamed the “Curry King”, Lord Gulam Noon has been one of the most important influencers of the development of British food in the last 20 years. He is the man who popularised Indian ready meals in our supermarkets and also the man who created Chicken Tikka Masala, now Britain’s favourite restaurant dish.

I've just posted an interview with Lord Noon on the Britain Tastes Great website. You can read it here:

http://britaintastesgreat.co.uk/news/the-curry-king-who-just-loves-britain/

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Take the Taste of Home challenge

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 17 July 2012, 12:21


What is British food? Is it fish and chips, Coronation chicken or roast beef and Yorkshire pudding? Is it Lancashire hotpot or fried rice or apple pie and custard?

What we eat depends a lot on which part of the country our family comes from – and also where our parents and grandparents came from. So it also says a lot about who we are as a nation – in some ways we really are what we eat.

British cuisine says everything about the diverse nation we are. Like our nation, our food is a hybrid of colours and flavours from around the world. It has been shaped by over two thousand years of invasions, exploration, empire, immigration and globalisation.

Our new Britain Tastes Great campaign, launched in the eight-page HOPE not hate supplement in today’s Daily Mirror, is an attempt to remind people that our society has been transformed by immigration and the movement of people. Too often we dwell on the negatives; too often people say a multiracial and multicultural society cannot work. We say that it can and it is and our food demonstrates this clearly.

Tell us your Taste of Home and what the dish means to you. Visit www.britaintastesgreat.co.uk

We’ll be putting your favourite dishes together to prove what a multicultural and diverse society we are. By submitting your Taste of Home you will also automatically enter a draw with the chance to win a week’s holiday in a French country house during in 2013.

We’ve created a new website so tell us your Taste of Home, find some recipes and learn a bit more about British food and through it prove that Britain is a better society for all its diversity.

www.britaintastesgreat.co.uk

Thanks

Nick

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We are in the Mirror

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 17 July 2012, 08:05


Today's Daily Mirror contains an eight-page HOPE not hate special. With just over a week to go until the start of the Olympics, the greatest sporting event in the world, HOPE not hate and the Daily Mirror have teamed up to launch a campaign to celebrate modern Britain.

This is not about waving the flag or celebrating our institutions but it is about celebrating the modern diverse society and the people who live within it.

Our supplement contains articles from Olympians, entertainers and chefs. It contains recipes from many of our patrons and supporters who have given us their 'taste of home'. It features the stories of some of our community champions.

Buy the Daily Mirror today and let's celebrate modern Britain!

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Just six hours to go

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 16 July 2012, 17:54


Just over £1,400 has been given to our Appeal today. That leaves us needing £2,670 for us to reach our target of £10,000. And we have just six hours to raise it.

We are about to launch an anti-racist campaign in conjunction with the Daily Mirror to celebrate modern Britain. There will be a fantastic interactive website and the campaign will be launched with an eight-page supplement in the Mirror. There will even be a special HOPE not hate poster for Mirror readers.

To help us pay for this we launched an appeal on Friday to raise £10,000. Since then we have received £7,330 but we still need another £2,670.

If you would like to help us get an anti-racist campaign into the hands of millions of people you can donate here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/in-the-mirror

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Community champion - An inspiring story

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 16 July 2012, 12:21


A couple of weeks ago we launched a search for the unsung heroes of our communities; those people who through their jobs or in their spare time bring people together.

We have received hundreds of nominations, including the inspiring case below. Nominations close on Friday 26 July.

If you have someone to name as a Community Champion, you can do so here: http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/s/community-champion

Gary and Jennifer Grant, Shamirah Grant Arts Foundation (Leeds)

Most parents who have lost a child in a road tragedy would find it hard to find anything positive in their grief.

But for Gary and Jennifer Grant – whose nine-year-old daughter Shamirah was knocked down and killed by an uninsured learner driver last year – out of despair has come hope.

Within days of the tragedy, the couple has arranged a children’s community day to mark her memory, and have since gone on to set up the Shamirah Grant Arts Foundation as a living testament to their daughter, which grants bursaries towards arts and dance degree courses.

Ruth Bundey, who nominated the couple for an award, says: “They have organised and taken part in numerous fundraising activities, adopting the symbol of the Butterfly to epitomise the transformation of tragedy into something beautiful and life changing. The two of them are truly inspirational.”

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Over half way there

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 15 July 2012, 19:34


Two donations of £1,000 each has helped us push our fundraising appeal to £5,653.27. On Friday lunchtime we launched an appeal to raise £10,000 by the end of Monday to help pay for a positive anti-racist campaign we are launching this week with the Daily Mirror.

The Daily Mirror is read by over two million people a day and so this gives us an excellent platform through which to spread our message.

With the eyes of the world turning to London, we want to use this opportunity to celebrate modern multicultural Britain. You can contribute here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/in-the-mirror

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EDP leader fails in libel claim

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 15 July 2012, 11:21


The leader of the English Democrats, Robin Tilbrook, has failed in his attempt to sue Stuart Parr, author of the Bloggers4UKIP, after he wrote a blog claiming that two former BNP members who had joined the party were: "English Democrats: Not left, not right, just racist."

A judge threw out the case after deciding that the words of which he complained could not be held to refer to him.

For the full story, read here: http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=49654&c=1

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Tolpuddle

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 14 July 2012, 11:48


Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary

Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary

Come visit the Hope not Hate stall at Tolpuddle

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Out and about across the country

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 14 July 2012, 09:25


The HOPE not hate team is out and about across the country today. I've been in Leeds, where I addressed a Unison Equality seminar. We have a team down at Tolpuddle, another up in Durham at the Miners Gala and photographers out in Bristol.

In addition to that we are still pushing our appeal to raise £10,000 to help us pay for our campaign we are launching with the Daily Mirror next week.

We have now raised £3,295.

You can help us deliver this positive anti-racist campaign to millions of people?http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/in-the-mirror

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Dine@Mine

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 14 July 2012, 07:46


As part of our Britain Tastes Great campaign, to be launched next week, HOPE not hate is supporting the Dine@Mine initiative being launched by the organisers of the Ramadan Festival.

The Dine@Mine initiative seeks to pair up Muslim families with families of other backgrounds to celebrate the breaking of the fast together.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know members of your community, learn about other cultures and challange steroetypes whilst sharing a yummy meal together," says Julie Siddiqi, the organiser of the Ramadan Festival.

More details about Dine@Mine will be announced next week

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A Quarter of the way there

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 13 July 2012, 19:14


At lunchtime we launched an appeal for £10,000 to help us pay for a campaign we are launching with the Daily Mirror next week to celebrate modern Britain.

I'm delighted to say that we have already raised £2,500.

As the eyes of the world look towards London we are keen to use the Olympics as an opportunity to celebrate the multicultural nation Britain is.

Next week we are teaming up with the Daily Mirror to launch a new campaign to do just that. There will be a fantastic interactive website and an eight page supplement in the Mirror, which will enable us to get our positive anti-racist message out to millions of people.

We need to raise £10,000 by Monday to make this happen.

Can you help us deliver this positive anti-racist campaign to millions of people?http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/in-the-mirror

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Off to a flyer

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 13 July 2012, 12:18


An hour ago I sent out an email to our supporters asking for help to raise £10,000 by Monday night to help us get an eight-page positive anti-racist supplement in the Daily Mirror.

I'm delighted to say that after just one hour we have already received £1,202. That means we are 1/8 of the way there.

As the eyes of the world look towards London we are keen to use the Olympics as an opportunity to celebrate the multicultural nation Britain is.

Next week we are teaming up with the Daily Mirror to launch a new campaign to do just that. There will be a fantastic interactive website and an eight page supplement in the Mirror, which will enable us to get our positive anti-racist message out to millions of people.

We need to raise £10,000 by Monday to make this happen.

Can you help us deliver this positive anti-racist campaign to millions of people?http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/in-the-mirror

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Letís put it in the Mirror

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 13 July 2012, 11:26


In just 14 days’ time the greatest sporting event in the world begins in London. The Government see it as an opportunity to showcase Britain to the outside world but here at HOPE not hate we would like to use the Olympics to celebrate the country we are.

Next week HOPE not hate and the Daily Mirror is launching a campaign to celebrate modern Britain – our Britain. We will be highlighting the positive impact of immigration on Britain, recognising those in local communities who do brilliant work bringing people together and ultimately show that we have more in common than we have differences.

We live in a world where news is generally bad and fear dominates. This is especially true with media coverage of immigrants, minority communities and Muslims.

But we have a chance to do something very different.

We have a chance to spread our anti-racist message to millions of people through an eight-page supplement and a fantastic interactive website. Please help us raise the £10,000 we need to make this happen.

Can you help us deliver this positive anti-racist campaign to millions of people? http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/in-the-mirror

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Joining up with ASLEF

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 12 July 2012, 11:24


I had a really great meeting yesterday with Mick Whelan, the General Secretary of ASLEF, and Lee James, the union's Equality Officer. We discussed how HOPE not hate and ASLEF can campaign together and strengthen the relationship between the two organisations.

We agreed a programme of action which will focus on engaging with ASLEF members and then encouraging them to get involved in our wider campaigns.


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Standing up to anti-Muslim hatred

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 10 July 2012, 14:11


Mehdi Hasan wrote a really good piece on Sunday about how it was important that the few high profile Muslims in public life are not silenced through anti-Muslim abuse and scaremongering.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jul/08/muslims-public-life-abuse?CMP=twt_gu

Sure enough his article was met with a barrage of racist and anti-Muslim abuse.

I would urge everyone to read it as he makes some really interesting observations. I would also urge everyone who is appalled by the abuse he (and many others before him) received to speak out in his defence.

It is easy to become accustomed to abuse; I know from my own personal experience. The HOPE not hate team read so much hatred that it is sometimes easy to become immune to it and simply laugh it off. But sometimes the abuse is depressingly personal and the threats are seemingly quite real.

But it is important that we don't become to accustomised to such abuse and we should make sure that we speak up to defend Muslims in public office even if we do not always agree with some of their views. I have a lot of sympathy, for example, for Sayeeda Warsi. I might not agree with all her views but the anti-Muslim abuse she receives, including from within her own party, is truly disgusting.

Likewise, not everyone has to agree with everything Mehdi writes to be appalled at the abuse he has to endure.

Mehdi ends his article: "To say that I find the relentlessly hostile coverage of Islam, coupled with the personal abuse that I receive online, depressing is an understatement. There have been times – for instance, when I found my wife curled up on our couch, in tears, after having discovered some of the more monstrous and threatening comments on my New Statesman blog – when I've wondered whether it's all worth it. Perhaps, a voice at the back of my head suggests, I should throw in the towel and go find a less threatening, more civilised line of work. But that's what the trolls want. To silence Muslims; to deny a voice to a voiceless community. I shouldn't have to put up with this abuse. But I will. I have no plans to let the Islamophobes win. So, dare I ask: who's with me?"

I certainly am.

(in the next issue of HOPE not hate, out tomorrow, we produce an infographic with the Tell MAMA findings about the state of anti-Muslim hatred in this country)


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'Men planned to attack EDL demo'

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 10 July 2012, 12:56


Three men appeared in court today accused of plotting to attack members of the English Defence League. Jewel Uddin, 26, Omar Mohammed Khan, 27, and Mohammed Hasseen, 23, all from Sparkhill, Birmingham, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

The court heard that guns, knives, machetes and a home-made explosive device were found in a car after what police claim was a routine traffic stop in South Yorkshire. The houses of the arrested men were then raided by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.

Three of the men were charged under the Terrorism Act 2006, accused of preparing for an act or acts of terrorism with the intention of committing such acts.

Four other men detained in connection to the investigation remain in custody.

It is alleged that the men were on their way to an EDL demonstration in Dewsbury.

In November 2010 the head of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit claimed that EDL activities were fuelling an extremist response from within the Muslim community.

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Muslim women under increasing harassment

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 9 July 2012, 16:26


Depressing picture emerges of Muslim women under increasing harassment from white EDL supporters

By Fiyaz Mughal OBE

So what do Muslim women, white men between 20 and 50, EDL sympathisers, and the desire to wear a head covering and face veil have in common?

Sounds a bizarre set of circumstances but there is a strand that links them together. Anti-Muslim prejudice has been something that Muslim communities have talked about even before 9/11 and 7/7. Yet tangible data and support for victims has been lacking. Apart from a handful of organisations that have undertaken work at a policy level (and very occasionally at the grassroots) there has been little produced in this area. When some Muslims talked about Islamophobia or anti-Muslim prejudice, the response was that they ‘had a chip on their shoulder,’ ‘were promoting a 'liberal conspiracy’ or worse still, ‘were trying to gain sympathy to Islamicise Europe,’ the latter not being far off the bizarre fantasies of many an EDL supporter.

Since February 2012, the TELL MAMA project has supported victims of anti-Muslim prejudice in England and mapped, measured and analysed hotspots where such incidents have been taking place. After just four months the results are shocking and sadly confirm what many people (or many Muslims at least) thought.

The main victims are Muslim women and of those, the most likely to be subjected to anti-Muslim incidents and attacks are those wearing the hijab – the religiously based head covering (even more so if they also wear the niqab, the full face veil).The main perpetrators of the attacks have been white males between the ages of 20-50 – who it seems had no problem in verbally abusing Muslim women going about their daily business and even on two occasions urinating on a Muslim female in broad daylight on the street and rubbing faeces into her hijab in a separate incident.

One of the most startling findings is that 1 in 3 of the reported cases involved a perpetrator with a link to the far-right English Defence League (EDL) or the British National Party (BNP). This involved the perpetrator having made supportive statements on EDL Facebook pages, through Twitter or through support for the EDL/BNP in what they wore or shouted during an attack. Add to that one case of an EDL sympathiser willing to shoot Baroness Warsi between the eyes, and the catalogue of far-right and EDL agitation is not only worrying, it is depressingly sad.

What is also worrying is the lack of action from Twitter and Facebook in ensuring that such poison and hate is not promoted. Take the case of a female EDL sympathiser who openly threatened to ‘Clean up Britain’ (great), by ‘Bombing a Mosque’ (deeply depressing). She obviously sniggered and two others EDL sympathisers gave her the thumbs up. Unfortunately for them, we have their Facebook page on a screenshot.

We should not fool ourselves, as people who believe in liberty, that peddlars of hate (of any background) will stop their activities. They will not: they will simply use other means to get their messages across. Until then, those who have suffered any form of hate crime should report it in to the police or to third-party reporting agencies. If you have suffered anti-Muslim prejudice, the please 'TELL MAMA'.

Fiyaz Mughal OBE is director of Faith Matters, an interfaith and anti-extremist organisation which runs the TELL MAMA anti-Muslim violence helpline. www.faith-matters.org @FaithMattersUK

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Proud to be British? Survey results

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 4 July 2012, 14:01


Three weeks ago, just after the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, HOPE not hate asked its supporters what the Jubilee meant to them. We asked whether they felt the celebrations had made them more proud to be British and for their views more generally on Britishness and identity.

We had an amazing response with over 2,900 people filling out our survey.

Here are the results: http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/british/

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EDL seek anti-Muslim alliance with Sikh extremists

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 4 July 2012, 08:52


300 members of the Sikh community from all over the UK gathered at Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Luton

300 members of the Sikh community from all over the UK gathered at Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Luton

Last weekend the Mail on Sunday wrote a story about growing links between the English Defence League (EDL) and a few people from the Sikh community. The article reported on the attendance of the EDL leadership at a Sikh protest in Luton against perceived police inaction over a sexual assault on a young Sikh woman by a Muslim man and a meeting a few days later which discussed a joint campaign against Muslim grooming.

It is important to put this into context. Yes, the EDL were invited down to the protest by some Sikhs but as soon as their presence was known the leaders of the Sikh community immediately asked them to leave.

The wider Sikh community has been very forthright in its condemnation of the EDL and groups like The Turban Campaign have done some terrific work in warning about the dangers of association with the far right.

However, it would be foolhardy to believe that some people in the Sikh and Hindu community do not share some similar views on Muslims with the EDL. Some of this is historical, dating back to Mughal empire in the 1600s when Sikhs were forced to convert to Islam, but some of this is with more recent tensions between the Sikh and Muslim communities in West London, Slough and the West Midlands.

Following Guramit Singh's highly inflammatory anti-Islam speech at an EDL demonstration in Peterborough, in late 2010, Muslim extremists - linked to Al-Muhajiroun - began distributing leaflets in Luton calling for the conversion of Sikh girls.

Mainstream Sikh leaders have taken a great lead in calling for their community to shun the EDL but we must always remain vigilant because there are some who will seek to forge an alliance based on their own warped rivalries and prejudices.

Sunny Hundal has written a really interesting piece for The Guardian on all this.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/jul/03/edl-sikh-men-women

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The Iranian regime is at it again

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 3 July 2012, 08:56


It seems that the Iranian regime simply can't get enough of antisemitism. After years of promoting Holocaust Denial, including hosting the most significant Holocaust Denial worldwide gathering in many years, the Iranians have come up with a new sinister twist of antisemitism. Namely that Jews are responsible for the spread of drugs around the world.

This claim was made by Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi, during a speech at an international anti-drug conference hosted by the United Nations last week.

The “Zionists” are in firm control of the illegal drug trade, Mr. Rahimi said, asking foreign dignitaries to research his claims. “Zionists” being Iran's definition of Jews who support Israel.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will pay for anybody who can research and find one single Zionist who is an addict,” he said. “They do not exist. This is the proof of their involvement in drugs trade.”

He then went on to say how gynaecologists killed black babies on the orders of the Zionists and claimed that the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 was started by Jews, adding that mysteriously, no Jews died in that uprising.

All pretty disgusting stuff.

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