For the second time, Prime Minister, David Cameron, has tarnished the image of British Muslims abroad after previously using a speech on radicalisation and “Islamist extremism” in Munich in February 2011.(http://archive.muslimnews.co.uk/archives/paper.php?issue=262&article=5091)
During a visit to China Wednesday, Cameron used the occasion to unveil yet further repressive measure against the British Muslim community, warning that people and groups were spreading a “poisonous narrative that can do so much damage to our country and poison and radicalise young minds.”
“There are just too many people who have been radicalised in Islamic centres, who have been in contact with extremist preachers, who have accessed radicalising information on the internet and haven’t been sufficiently challenged. I want to make sure in our country that we do this effectively.”
The new proposals come from the report of his Task Force on Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism, set up in the wake of the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich and attempts to give an official definition of the misguided term “Islamist extremism”, claiming it is a distinct ideology not to be confused with traditional religious practice.
“By using words and phrases such as ‘Islamist extremism’, the Prime Minister is yet again sending a wrong public message that the problem is to do with Islam and therefore demonises all Muslims,” Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi warned, adding that such use of phrases will increase Islamophobic attacks against Muslims, Islamic centres and mosques.
The report insists that the Government will “fight terrorism of every kind, whether based on Islamist, extreme right-wing or any other extremist ideology” yet solely focuses on new measures directed at Muslims, madrasahs and mosques.
It refers to the brutal killing of Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham at the height of terrorist attacks against mosques but fails to mention any specific proposals to counter such terrorism by fascist and white supremacist groups.