UK media is reporting that in 2004, London mayoral candidate Saddiq Khan MP shared a platform with what are described as five Islamic extremists. According to the London Evening Standard report:
April 22, 2016 Sadiq Khan shared a platform with five Islamic extremists at a political meeting where women were told to use a separate entrance, the Evening Standard can reveal.
Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London took part with an activist who has threatened ‘fire throughout the world’, a supporter of terror group Hamas, a preacher who backs an Islamic state and a Muslim leader accused of advocating attacks on the Royal Navy if it stopped arms being smuggled into Gaza.
Invitations said ‘all welcome’ but made clear that women would be segregated at the door, stating: ‘Ladies’ entrance on Lessingham Avenue next to the snooker club.’
Also on the platform was a controversial Surrey vicar and conspiracy theorist who has claimed Israel could have been responsible for the terrorist attack on New York’s Twin Towers.
Mr Khan was billed on the list of speakers as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Tooting, despite his insistence that he attended ‘as a human rights lawyer’.
List of speakers: the invite makes clear women must use a different entrance, circled Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, then a backbench MP, was also on the list but his office said he ‘was not present at that meeting’.
The three-hour conference, headlined ‘Palestine — the suffering still goes on’, took place on September 19, 2004 at Tooting Islamic Centre.
t was organised by a pro-Palestinian group called Friends of Al-Aqsa, which made headlines this January when its bank account was closed without explanation by the Co-op Bank.”
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The report identifies the following speakers of interest along with Mr. Khan:
- Ibrahim Hewitt (Chairman of Interpal, designated by the US as a terrorist organization for funding Hamas)
- Daud Abdullah (former Deputy-Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) who signed the infamous “Third Jihadist Front” declaration)
- Azzam Tamimi (widely described as a Hamas “spokesman.”)
- Iqbal Sacranie (former Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and in 2008 was listed by the Union of Good (UOG) as a trustee.)
As far as the Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOAA), the Israeli Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) has published a profile on the group that begins:
August 31, 2011 Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA): a pro-Hamas British organization based in Leicester which advocates Israel’s elimination. The organization takes part in all aspects of the campaign to delegitimize Israel in Britain: boycotts of Israel, dissemination of anti-Israel propaganda, involvement in convoys and flotillas for the Gaza Strip, and anti-Israel demonstrations in London.
1. Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA) is an anti-Israeli NGO established in Britain in 1997. The organization is based in the city of Leicester (home to a large Muslim population) and has branches in London and other British cities. Self-described as anti-Zionist, the FOA qualifies Israel’s policy as “apartheid”, supports Hamas and the “resistance” (i.e., terrorism), and seeks to put an end to Israel’s existence as the state of the Jewish people under the title of “liberation of Palestine”. Similarly to other organizations taking part in the delegitimization effort, the FOA t attempts to conceal and play down its real objectives by fine-tuning its rhetoric for Western ears and using such terms as “peace in Palestine”, “respect for international law”, “respect for human rights”, and “implementation of UN resolutions”.
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The FOA frequently acts in coalitions with the UK. Muslim Brotherhood.
In January 2010, long before the matter was of any public interest, the GMBDW reported that Saddiq Khan was a featured speaker for a group associated with former London mayor Ken Livingstone known as Pro London (Progressive London). Conference speakers at that time included a mix of UK. politicians, far leftwing groups, and Muslim Brotherhood figures, among them:
- Sadiq Khan MP, Minister of State for Transport
- Kate Hudson – Chair, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
- Abdul Bari (Muslim Council of Britain)