“Tower Hamlets is no place for Hate” declares the front page of this weeks “East End Life”, the council produced local paper, praising The Troxy venue for signing up to their “No Place For Hate Campaign“. This is a remarkable piece of well timed propaganda considering the venue is hosting the UK Islamic Conference on June 20th, giving a platform to controversial speakers who condone anti-semitism, homophobia, military camps etc – divisive and hate filled sentiments that are not welcomed in the East End.
The venue has a past in hosting Hizb ut-Tahrir conferences in 2008 and 2009 and has also been the subject of a local community campaign by Tenant’s and Resident’s Association against the disturbing anti-social elements the venue attracts. Once again Tower Hamlets will be disturbed as The Troxy hosts extreme speakers attracting the English Defence League’s counter-demonstration who have been itching for a reason to come here, instead of canceling this event which has been the wish of concerned local’s phoning in to complain, the venue instead has been announced as a pioneer in opposing hate crime by committing to the Council scheme!! It all whiffs of corruption, dodgy deals and dirty money with council members who have now legitimised the speakers on June 20th.
These speakers include people like Bilal Philips, a man who believes aids is “God’s divine retribution for the gays” and that homosexuals should be put to death.
These divisive views are not welcome in Tower Hamlets which over the past few years has seen a rise in homophobic attacks. Other speakers include:
Aba Usamah – “ If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should be murdered, that’s my freedom of speech, isn’t it?”
Suhaib Hassan – “If once – just once – an adulterer is stoned, no one would commit this crime.” “Even though cutting off the hands and feet, or flogging the drunkard and fornicator, seem to be very abhorrent, once they are implemented, they become a deterrent for the whole society. This is why in Saudi Arabia, for example, where these measures are implemented, the crime rate is very, very, low”
Yusuf Estes on wife beating – “Sheik Yusuf Estes… moved to the subject of disobedient wives, First, “tell them.” Second, “leave the bed.” Finally: “Roll up a newspaper and give her a crack. Or take a yardstick, something like this, and you can hit.”
Haitham Al Haddad – a supporter of the niqab/burkha “Do Muslim men force their women to adorn the Niqab? I would advise the women in my family to adhere to Islamic dress code because it is a call for righteousness.”
Hussain Yee – a fan of wife beating “A Muslim man doesn’t have a right to beat his wife in anger or in order to injure. But you can do it if you do it in love, out of consideration,” and a virulent anti-Semite who thinks ‘the Jews’ did 9/11 and alleges of ‘the Jews’ – “If they want to kill, they kill, because they believe that they are the chosen people. They are children of God. The blood that flows in the body of the Jew is the blood of God. It is holy. And the blood that is not Jewish, they are all like animals, you can kill them and they don’t feel that it is a sin.”
Murtaza Khan “The fornicating woman and the fornicating man, flog them 100 times. The sharia says flog them 100 times and to send them out of the land for one year…Why is the punishment for a married individual more harsher than for a young man, or a man who has not been married before, etcetera, or a woman. It’s because the married man has that form of release. And the woman as well. So the punishment for them becomes stoning to death.”
These are just some of the quotes from / about the speakers we found by just googling their names, why not try it out yourself and be in disgust that The Troxy venue can host these speakers under the Council’s protective cover of being committed to the “No Place For Hate Campaign” – astonishing!! Why has the Council not put pressure on The Venue to cancel this event?
Predictably the English Defence League are planning a counter-demonstration, using the conference as reason to stir up trouble in our local neighbourhood and also threatening to come to the East London Mosque on whitechapel high street. Our position is outlined in the blog below with regards to the EDL’s approach in these matters as a vehicle for divisive and racist sentiments. It is because of this threat that locals, tenants & residents associations, unions, community activists and anti-fascists have come together to organise a defence of their area and say “NO” to the unwelcomed EDL.
Much like the speakers at the Troxy, it is obvious the EDL do not come from this area and will instead be bused in, with little understanding of the area’s make up, community spirit and multi-ethnic history. We do not want either group coming here preaching hatred and violence and dividing further an already divided working class about to face brutal cuts in all parts of our lives.