Extremist Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahir on UK recruitment drive

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The Islamist extremist group founded in the 1980s is trying to revive itself in the wake of the unrest in Gaza as it launches a recruitment drive at protests in the UK, experts warn.

  • Hizb ut-Tahrir – meaning Liberation Party – has recently recruited
  • Members in UK have been accused of making extremist speeches
  • Former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron considered banning the group
  • The group held meetings in several areas with large Muslim communities

A controversial Islamist group accused of extremism is trying to “rekindle itself” in the wake of recent clashes in the Middle East.

Experts say Hizb ut-Tahrir – meaning ‘Party of Liberation’ and first popping up in Britain in the 1980s – has launched a recruitment drive at protests and demonstrations in the UK.

Hizb ut-Tahrir has been banned in more than 40 countries and both Tony Blair and David Cameron have considered banning the group during their premierships, but were reportedly advised by police chiefs that it could become more radical if forced underground.

Hizb ut-Tahrir – meaning ‘Party of Liberation’ – is currently recruiting new members according to experts from extremist organizations

Recently the group held a demonstration near the East London Mosque in Whitechapel

Recently the group held a demonstration near the East London Mosque in Whitechapel

The organization has largely disappeared from view in recent years, but has started to mobilize again since the renewed violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict last month, targeting Gaza.

Senior members in the UK have made recent fiery speeches that experts say are anti-Semitic and could even break the law. Some, calling on supporters in Muslim countries to launch counter-attacks against Israel and remove the “Zionist entity,” were filmed and posted on social media.

In one, released last month, a man interviewed at a Hizb ut-Tahrir event in Bolton says: ‘The solution is very simple, jihad fi sabillillah [jihad in the cause of God].

‘We have armies, we have tanks, we have soldiers, what are they waiting for? If this goes to the Muslim armies, what are you waiting for? Jihad is the responsibility of you, eradicate the Zionist entity.’

The group also held a rally in a park near the East London Mosque in Whitechapel, where speakers urged Muslim armies to attack Israel.

Similar meetings were held in Ilford and Walthamstow, two areas of East London with large Muslim communities, and in Birmingham.

Scotland Yard said last night: “We are aware of a number of videos posted on social media showing speeches about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Officers are watching these videos to determine if further investigation is needed.”

Hizb ut-Tahrir has not responded to a request for comment, but has previously maintained that it is a non-violent organization.

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