Thursday, February 08, 2007

Britain: A radical Islamic preacher has been arrested for allegedly encouraging terrorism

Matthew Moore:

Abu Izzadeen was born in London with a Jamaican background. He converted to Islam when he was 17

Abu Izzadeen barracked the Home Secretary in a five minute outburst in September last year, as Mr Reid urged Muslim parents to stand up to extremists.

Dressed in a long white robe and turban, he shouted at Mr Reid: "How dare you come to a Muslim area when you have arrested so many Muslims in this area?

"I am furious. I am absolutely furious — John Reid should not come to a Muslim area. John Reid, Tony Blair and George Bush's crusade can all go to Hell."

The police were criticised at the time for not prosecuting Izzadeen, 31, who had previously praised the July 7 bombers.

It is understood that today's arrest relates to a speech he gave before his clash with Mr Reid, in the West Midlands area last year.

Izzadeen, a convert previously known as Trevor Brooks, was a leading figure in al-Muhajiroun (the Exiles), a banned extremist organisation which was wound up in 2004 by its founder, Omar Bakri Mohammed, who is in exile in Lebanon. Izzadeen later set up a splinter group, al-Ghurabaa (the Strangers), which is also banned.

After the July 7 attacks, he said the bombers were ''completely praiseworthy". He said the 52 victims were infidels and refused to condemn their killers.

On the eve of the anniversary of the attacks, Mr Izzadeen was filmed preaching to a group of Muslims in Birmingham mocking and laughing at the victims of Sept 11 and warning that further terrorist attacks in Britain were ''very likely".

Al-Ghurabaa also organised the flag-burning protests outside the Danish embassy in London after cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed appeared in newspapers.

Born in Hackney, east London, Mr Izzadeen, a fluent Arabic speaker, has a Jamaican background and converted to Islam when he was 17.

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At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Enlil said...

That photo is hilarious.

At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A prmitive man-beast masquerading as a holy man.


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