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|Posted: Wed May 04, 2016 12:27 pm Post subject: Zac Goldsmith's 7/7 lies major plank of London mayor bid
|Main problem here being an organised opposition should IMMEDIATELY weigh in with evidence Israeli military, Reed Elsevier and former SBS soldier Martin Mcdaid who remain prime suspects...
Tories step up attempts to link Sadiq Khan to extremists
Khan’s side has dismissed as ‘desperate dog-whistling’ the allegations of links to terrorists and hate preachers during London mayoral campaign
Conservative election strategists appear increasingly sure that attempting to link Sadiq Khan to radical Muslims will win Zac Goldsmith votes in the London mayoral election on 5 May.
Minutes after David Cameron joined the attack on Wednesday by claiming Khan was close to a south London cleric, Suliman Gani, who “supports IS [Islamic State]”, Team Zac circulated a dossier alleging Khan’s links with convicted terrorists, homophobes, antisemites and hate preachers. Khan’s side dismissed it as “desperate dog-whistling”.
Gani grew up in South Africa and studied Islam in Pakistan and Egypt. Until 2013, he was imam of Tooting Islamic Centre in Khan’s constituency. He opposes homosexuality and believes women should be subservient to men.
The Tories say Khan and Gani shared platforms at least nine times and that Gani appeared at an event in Bedford last November, on the night of the Paris terror attacks, where speakers called on British Muslims to struggle for an Islamic state.
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On Wednesday, Gani called Cameron’s comments “defamation at the highest level” and Downing Street faced pressure to justify the prime minister’s claim that Gani had said he supported the terror group Islamic State rather than the formation of Islamic states, such as Saudi Arabia. A Downing Street spokesman said: “There is evidence of this individual making this remark,” but could not provide it.
Khan’s side points out that Goldsmith himself invited Gani – who the Tory candidate now describes as “one of the most repellent men in the country” – to a campaign event at the Tooting Islamic Centre. Jane Ellison, the Conservative MP for Battersea, shared platforms with Gani five times, Khan says.
Khan first shared a platform with Gani in August 2004 at an event organised by Stop Political Terror, a now defunct extremist group that once had Anwar al-Awlaki – the US-Yemeni preacher considered by the US to be a senior al-Qaida figure – to speak at an event at the East London mosque in 2003. At that point, Khan was running to become an MP.
“Sadiq engaged with [Gani] as a local MP would engage with any religious figure,” said Khan’s campaign spokesman. “They had a big falling out over Gani’s attitude to same-sex marriage. Sadiq was involved in having Gani removed from the local mosque because of his clearly radical views.”
Goldsmith has claimed that Khan spoke in 2003 alongside Yasser al-Siri, who had been sentenced to death in Egypt over a political assassination, and Sajeel Abu Ibrahim, a member of the now proscribed extremist organisation al-Muhajiroun who trained the 7/7 bomber Mohammad Sidique Khan.
Siri was indicted in the US for assisting Omar Abdel Rahman, who was behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing but was not extradited. In September 2002, he was at Abu Hamza’s Finsbury Park mosque celebrating the first anniversary of 9/11.
Khan’s spokesman said he had never shared a platform with Siri but spoke in a separate session during a two-day conference about Guantánamo Bay and that, at the time, he was a partner in the human rights law firm Christian Khan and chaired Liberty, the human rights campaign group.
Goldsmith pointed out that Khan’s clients included the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan. Khan represented him in attempts to have a ban on him entering the UK overturned. Khan believes it is ludicrous to cite this as evidence of him “providing cover” to extremists. In criminal courts, defence barristers are never accused of giving cover to their clients, his aides point out.
Goldsmith said Khan “chose to defend” Zacarias Moussaoui, one of the terrorists involved in the 9/11 attacks. Khan said he never represented him and his firm had consulted on his defence.
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Goldsmith said last week that it was “just weird” that in 2004 Khan spoke up for Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian Islamic scholar associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Khan at the time was chairman of the legal affairs committee of the Muslim Council of Britain. David Winnick, a member of the home affairs select committee, asked him then why Britain would want someone like Qaradawi, who had said: “Oh God, deal with your enemies, the enemies of Islam. Oh God, deal with the usurpers and oppressors and tyrannical Jews. Oh God, deal with the plotters and rancorous crusaders.”
Khan replied: “I cannot comment on the specific quote you have given but there is a consensus among Islamic scholars that Mr al-Qaradawi is not the extremist that he is painted as being by selective quotations from his remarks.”
Qaradawi has previously cited Islamic texts calling for the killing of Jews , and has endorsed suicide bombings,
according to the US-based Investigative Project on Terrorism .
Khan’s spokesman said in response: “He was not speaking as Sadiq Khan , he was acting as a lawyer for MCB reflecting his clients’ views in a quasi-legal setting.”
Finally, Goldsmith has accused Khan of attending a rally in 2006 in Trafalgar Square against the publication of cartoons of the prophet Mohammad, where Dr Azzam Tamimi, a radical cleric, threatened “fire throughout the world” if cartoonists did not stop. Khan said later: “Speakers can get carried away but they are just flowery words.”
Goldsmith’s team cite Tamimi as saying that after Israel is destroyed and replaced with an Islamic state, Jews should “sail on the sea in ships back to where they came or drown in it”.
“That is obviously an extremist statement,” Khan spokesman said. “Sadiq wouldn’t have been aware of who Tamimi was at the time.”
He said the rally was actually an anti-extremism protest to counter a demonstration being staged at the same time by Anjem Choudray, a spokesman for the banned organisation Islam4UK.
This article was amended on 22 April 2016. An earlier version referred to Qur’anic texts where Islamic texts was meant.
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|Posted: Wed May 04, 2016 1:49 pm Post subject:
|The Mail illustrated Zac Goldsmith's piece against voting for Sadiq Khan with an image of 7/7
Posted 3 days ago by Josh Barrie in news
http://indy100.independent.co.uk/article/the-mail-illustrated-zac-gold smiths-piece-against-voting-for-sadiq-khan-with-an-image-of-77--Wket8x CRkMZ
Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith's campaign has been noticeable for its "dog-whistling" insinuations about race, and trying to link Labour opponent Sadiq Khan to extremists. Tory columnist Peter Oborne has written about how he could never vote for Goldsmith now because of his campaign's:
...Constant barrage of propaganda portraying Khan as the pawn of sinister Islamist forces.
The Mail on Sunday has given Goldsmith a platform to air his views. London will vote for its mayor on May 5th - Goldsmith is currently 20 points behind Khan, and time is ticking to win over support.
Zac lays into his Labour opponent in the piece headlined:
On Thursday, are we really going to hand the world's greatest city to a Labour party that thinks terrorists is its friends?
Indeed, Goldsmith's campaign has been hard-hitting in that sense. He's talked about Khan's religion of Islam, more than once, and has come dangerously close to calling him 'radicalised' and 'extremist'.
In the Mail on Sunday story Goldsmith insinuates, strongly, again, that Khan has links to extremism (which have been debunked several times).
The number one job of any mayor of London is to keep our city safe.
Yet if Labour wins on Thursday, we will have handed control of the Met, and with it control over national counter-terrorism policy, to a party whose candidate and current leadership have, whether intentionally or not, repeatedly legitimised those with extremist views.
He writes that "London stands on the brink of catastrophe", before warning that "aggressive socialism" would creep into Britain "through the back door" were Khan to take office.
The headline image to accompany the piece has also raised eyebrows.
What's a little perturbing is the fact that, for whatever reason, the Mail on Sunday paired the editorial with a picture of the London bombings on 7/7.
There, sandwiched between Goldsmith's words, is a crumpled bus and debris.
Goldsmith does write about terrorism in his piece. Here are a few points he makes about other Labour members:
Corbyn has described Hamas and Hezbollah as ‘friends’
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is a self-proclaimed IRA sympathiser
Khan was recently forced to suspend his aide, Shueb Salar, after The Mail on Sunday revealed that for years he had been making offensive remarks about rape and murder
His latest piece has divided opinion. A lot of people are hung up on the image.
More than anything, we're quite upset by Goldsmith's apparent lack of grammatical knowledge. Note that the headline reads 'terrorists is', when it should say 'are' as per the noun-verb agreement.
Please also see exhibit B, a recent tweet of Goldsmith's, in which he writes 'there's' when he should've said 'there are'. We've checked - he had enough characters to do the latter.
The Mail on Sunday has been contacted for comment.
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