Note to the British government: banning Robert Spencer and me won't help fight this scourge.
On Twitter, British Pro-Jihad Islamist Anjem Choudary - Whose Network Is Regarded As 'Single Biggest Gateway To Terrorism' For European Fighters In Syria - Incites To Violence And Jihad, Calls For Conquest Of West; In Tweet, He Defends Opinion Expressed By Accused Islamist During His Trial That U.S. Is 'A Theoretic & Practical Battlefield'
By: Steven Stalinsky and R. Sosnow, MEMRI
The December 2013 "Tackling Extremism In The UK" report by the Prime Minister's Task Force on Tackling Radicalism And Extremism states that authorities "have removed over 18,000 items of online terrorist propaganda and intervened more often than ever before to limit the opportunities for hate preachers to spread their messages" and adds, "Extremist propaganda is too widely available, particularly online, and has a direct impact on radicalising individuals."
However, Choudary is still actively tweeting. While his group Muslims Against Crusades has been banned for over two years (see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 4278, UK Home Office Bans 'Terror Organization' Muslims Against Crusades; Group Spokesman Anjem Choudary Still Communicating Via Twitter, YouTube, November 11, 2011) and while its Twitter account was shut down at that time,Choudary himself continues to tweet prolifically, embracing this modern Western tool with impunity while denouncing the West.This is despite the fact that the U.K. government and security officials are discussing bans against him.
According to Choudary's Twitter account, he is "a Muslim who believes that Islam is something we must believe in (Tawheed), live by (Shari'ah) and struggle and sacrifice for (by way of Daw'ah and Jihad)."
In addition to tweeting his views to his followers, Choudary uses Twitter for disseminating and linking to his videos on YouTube, for announcing collaboration with other jihadi groups, and for calling on his followers in the U.K. and U.S. to kill opponents of radical Islam.
The November 2011 MEMRI report focused on his tweets, which included calls for a return to the Caliphate; for shari'a law to replace the U.S. Constitution; for Islam to conquer the White House and U.K.; for Islam to take over the world; and for Allah to destroy the enemies of Islam. He also tweeted praise for the late sheikhs Anwar Al-Awlaki and Osama bin Laden, and much more.
In one notable tweet, dated November 4, 2011, Choudary warns those who "support" Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical political weekly – which published an attack on radical Islam, with Islam's Prophet Muhammad as "guest editor" and as a result had its offices firebombed and its website cyber-attacked – to "take lessons from Theo Van Gogh." Van Gogh, the Dutch film director, was assassinated by jihadi Mohammed Bouyeri in November 2004 as a result of his film Submission, which criticized the treatment of women in Islam. (see Appendix I to review these tweets).
The following report highlights Choudary's tweets from the past year. They include calls for jihad; calls for shari'a law to replace democracy, including stoning to deathand cutting off criminals' hands; for the conquest of the West; for non-Muslims to pay the jizya tax to Muslim rulers; support for terrorist attacks inside the U.S. and U.K.; he expresses his delight in manifestations of Allah's wrath against the West, such as "tornados, floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes," and calls for Western leaders, including President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron, to convert to Islam.
Choudary Tweets About Followers Who Attacked Non-Muslims; Says Jihadis Consider U.K. "Theoretic & Practical Battlefield"
According to a December 9, 2013 report, Islamic converts Jordan Horner, 19, and Ricardo MacFarlane, 26, admitted to being part of a "Muslim Patrol," a group of vigilantes opposing Western culture on the streets of London's East End, and were sent to prison for harassing, threatening, and assaulting a number of people. Choudary said that the men regularly attended his lectures, that "they didn’t do anything wrong" and that what they did was "commendable." He added, "I don’t condemn them at all. They are upstanding, upright members of the Muslim community. Their character is immaculate, they are fantastic individuals."
Following the incident, he tweeted, referring to one of the defendants: "Mujahid adopts the Islamic opinion that there is no covenant of security in the UK [i.e. between the mujahideen and the U.K.] & hence considers it [i.e. the U.K.] a theoretic & practical battlefield"; "From Mujahid's own words its clear that UK foreign policy is what motivated him to do what he did & the view of Al-Qaeda on the covenant etc"; and "Mujahid in court yesterday said: 1. He was never a member of Al-Muhajiroun 2. He disagrees with me on the covenant of Security in the UK [i.e. between Islam and the U.K.]." He also tweeted a link to the report on the trial, which quoted him.
Source: @anjemchoudary, December 9, 2013.
Choudary Tweets About Woolwich Beheading
On May 22, 2013, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale attacked and beheaded Private Lee Rigby on a street in Woolwich, U.K; the attack was caught on video. Media reports revealed that one of the perpetrators, Michael Adebolajo, was a student of Choudary's.
From 2007 BBC footage of Michael Adebolajo at a Choudary rally (source: Youtube.com/watch?v=in7rhfHcEsA)
This was not the first time that one of Choudary's followers has been linked to terrorism cases in the U.K. Others include Richard Dart, converted to Islam by Choudary and now serving a six-year prison sentence for plotting terror attacks and attempting to attend training camps in Pakistan; Abdul Muhid, who was convicted of soliciting murder during Danish Embassy anti-cartoon protests, and was later convicted of fundraising for terrorism; and Abu Izzadeen, aka Trevor Brooks, who recently completed a prison term for inciting terrorism in his sermons at London's Regents Park mosque.
The following are tweets by Choudary about the Woolwich attack:
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, September 27, 2013: No doubt the case of Lee Rigby will be used by the British Gov't to sing the praises of the armed forces but what exactly to they fight for?
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, September 27, 2013: If murder is the unlawful killing of innocent men women & children why are Cameron and Obama not in court for the mass slaughter of Muslims
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, September 27, 2013: The not guilty plea for the death of Lee Rigby surprised many but what is the definition of murder & does it apply to Muslims killed abroad?
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, May 31, 2013: WOOLWICH TRUTHS There is absolutely no chance of a fair trial in the UK, where the police judges & juries are already biased against Muslims
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, May 31, 2013: WOOLWICH TRUTHS The motive behind the killing of Lee Rigby is clearly British Foreign policy, why does Cameron refuse to take responsibility
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, May 31, 2013: WOOLWICH TRUTHS Making laws up to cover British regime crimes, inc. by MI5 is not a new phenomenon like the latest 'Justice & Security Bill'
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, May 31, 2013: WOOLWICH TRUTHS No one's ever killed anyone whilst a member of Al-Muhajiroun, however millions have been killed under the orders of Cameron!
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, May 31, 2013: WOOLWICH TRUTHS seems rather than MI5 investigating my links with the woolwich killers, MI5s own links with Mujaahid need to be investigated
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, May 31, 2013: WOOLWICH TRUTHS MI5 have been complicit in torture, remember Baha Musa, Shaker etc & rendition, subject to the culture of suppression by MI5
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, May 31, 2013: WOOLWICH TRUTHS The only one inciting Britons to kill innocent people is David Cameron inciting British Soldiers to go & kill in Afghanistan
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, May 31, 2013: WOOLWICH TRUTHS Theresa May & some media want to stop 'hatred' but daily anti-Islam/Shariah hatred comes from the UK regime & it's own media
Choudary Tweets About His Convicted Terrorist Followers
Dart and Choudary. Image source: BBC.com, March 15, 2013.
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, March 15, 2013: Richard Dart is the victim of a racist anti-Islam British regime who treats Muslims as second class citizens: guilty until not really Muslim!
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, April 25, 2013: RICHARD DART: He committed no sin & harmed nobody. As for Jihad training in Islam it's actually obliged upon all men when they become mature
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, April 25, 2013: RICHARD DART: His guilty plea is a result of losing his competence after spending almost a year in prison. Muslims are presumed guilty today
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, April 24, 2013: The sentencing for brother Salahuddin (Richard dart will be today or tomorrow, Make dua for him. This is about him: youtube.com/watch?v=LorhdN…
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, April 25, 2013: RICHARD DART Muslims in the UK live under an apartheid system, they're treated as 2nd class citizens & are unjustly treated by authorities
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, April 25, 2013: RICHARD DART: Remember Forest Gate, Manchester Stadium, ricin etc. all made out to be 'foiled plots' but turned out to be absolute nonsense!
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, April 25, 2013: RICHARD DART: He & the others are being done for 'though crimes'. Convicted murderers/rapists serve less time then they probably have to
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, April 26, 2013: I shall be appearing on ITV "Day Break" LIVE this morning at 8am speaking about our brother Salahuddin (aka. Richard Dart please make dua'
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, April 25, 2013: Muslims Demand the Full Implementation of the Shari'ah in the Maldives, Allahu Akbar may Allah (SWT) hasten in amen m.youtube.com/#/watch?v-wiBg…
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, April 25, 2013: RICHARD DART: Inspire magazine in the hands of a Sun reporter is 'research' but in the hands of a Muslim is material useful for a terrorist!
Abu Izzadeen, aka Trevor Brooks
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, October 6, 2013: Abu Izzadeen & I used the detention to explain to the police at Gatwick airport on Thursday how islam is superior & will never be surpassed
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, September 26, 2013: Lectures that Abu Izzadeen and I will be delivering in Indonesia in the coming days Insha'Allah 'Sharia 4 the world' al-mustaqbal.net/2013/09/multaq…
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, March 17, 2013: Al-hamdulillah Brother Abu Izzadeen (aka Omar Brooks) is on Twitter: @Abuizzadeen may Allah (SWT) make it a cause of goodness for him amen!
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, November 23, 2013: A good explanation from Abu Izzadeen as to why Muslims cannot attend the 'Global Peace and Unity' #GPU event today youtube.com/watch?=o5VL_u…
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, November 16, 2011: Abu Izzadeen & I will be debating Robert Spencer on his own channel abnsat.com tonight insha'allah 12:00 midnight to1:30 am UK time
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, November 3, 2011: Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah) Abu Izzadeen was released from police custody last night and is as strong as ever, may Allah protect him.
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, November 3, 2011: Simon byrne of the met wants to legalise and regulate brothels. Evidence of rotten Britain if it were needed. Why non eradicate it instead?
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, November 2, 2011: BREAKING NEWS: Abu Izzadeen aka Omar Brooks has just been arrested by the police & is in custody. Speculation that it could be about poppies
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, October 1, 2011: Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, Sheikh Yassir Al-Sirri, Abu Izzadeen Sayful Islam and I will be among many Muslims addressing the masses today!
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, September 29, 2011: Speakers include Abu Izzadeen Sayful Islam & me. Organized by Muslims Against Crusades (MAC) We must stop the police terrorizing of muslims
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, September 27, 2011: Speakers: Sh. Omar Bakri LIVE from Lebanon, Abu Izzadeen, Sh. Yassir Al-Sirri, Sayful Islam & me calling for capital punishment for B. Assad
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, August 12, 2011: CONFERENCE "JIHAD FOR SYRIA" @ Regents Park Mosque NW8 7RG TODAY 12th Aug. 5:30 – 8pm with addresses by Sheikh Omar Bakri, Abu Izzadeen & me
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, August 11, 2011: CONFERENCE "JIHAD FOR SYRIA" @ Regents Park Mosque NW8 7RG TODAY 12th Aug. 5:30 – 8pm with addresses by Sheikh Omar Bakri, Abu Izzadeen & me
Choudary Tweets In Support Of Terrorist Attacks In The U.S. And For Spread Of Islam In The U.S.
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, October 30, 2013: A Muslim could never say that they do not want the Shar'iah (Islam) to be implemented in all areas of the world (including the US & UK etc)
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, September 23, 2013: In this time of uprisings in Africa, Asia & the Middle East, the puppets of the Americans are worried their days are coming to an abrupt end
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, September 16, 2013: Disgruntled employee or disgruntled citizens fed up of man made law? Under Shari'ah all citizens in American would have security #Washington
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, August 29, 2013: Despite all the plotting & planning by Criminals Obama Cameron & co, Allah will humiliate them & their plans in this life & in the hereafter
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, June 9, 2013: The Sahabi Omar (ra) buried his daughter alive before he discovered Islam. Afterwards he conquered the Roman/Persian empires (US/USSR today)
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, May 21, 2013: Operation Oklahoma should be a lesson for Americans. That is the response from Allah to the supplication of Muslims being oppressed by them
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, April 18, 2013: Boston… Texas… Is there a pattern developing. Who could be behind the devastation that Allah (SWT) has destined for America to witness!?
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, April 16, 2013: The biggest terrorists in the world are the Americans themselves & their allies. The bombings in Boston are therefore no surprise for anyone
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, April 16, 2013: In Boston MA between 1989 & 2008 there were 1,465 homicides. The 20 Yr Homicide Report by Police District, Arrest Information & Court Info.
- Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, April 16, 2013: The Americans kill themselves at a greater rate than they are being killed by those they are fighting around the world! "God bless America"?