Updated: 2.18.09 moved former items #6 & 8 to another post; see: Please don’t hate us: UK ad campaign to target extremism
Updated: 2.17.09 added story number 8; see below
Updated: 1.23.09 added story number 7; see below
Updated: 1.22.09 added story number 6; see below
Paving the ground for another false-flag operation?
compiled by Cem Ertür
9 January, 2009
1) British Muslim leaders: ‘We are witnessing a time of great danger’
2) MI5 chief: al-Qaida threat diminished, but not yet over
3) Extremism fear after Smith fears Gaza attack fallout
4) Police warn British Jews of revenge attacks
5) Report: Al-Qaida No. 2 blames Obama for Gaza fight
6) Al-Qaeda leader calls for attacks on Britain in retaliation for Israel’s Gaza offensive
British Muslim leaders: ‘We are witnessing a time of great danger’
Leading Muslim counter-extremism advisers urge Gordon Brown to hold Israel accountable for its attacks on Gaza
Guardian, 8 January 2009
More than a dozen of the government’s leading Muslim counter-extremism advisers have signed a joint letter to Gordon Brown to warn that Israeli actions in Gaza are damaging the British government’s efforts to tackle religious extremism at home. The 14 signatories – which include several prominent moderate Muslim community leaders – say that while the British government should not alter its foreign policy in order to placate Islamist extremists, it should also avoid taking actions which will play into the hands of radicals.
MI5 chief: al-Qaida threat diminished, but not yet over
by Richard Norton-Taylor, Guardian, 7 January 2008 [The head of MI5] Jonathan Evans warns … that al-Qaida leaders still intend to mount an attack, and that there are individuals in Britain able to do so. In the first newspaper interview by a serving MI5 director general, Evans warns that: • Israeli attacks on Gaza give extremists in Britain more ideological ammunition.
Extremism fear after Smith fears Gaza attack fallout
by Delphine Strauss, Financial Times, 8 January 2009
Israel’s attacks on Gaza will fuel extremism and make it harder to stop people turning to terrorism, Jacqui Smith, home secretary, said during a trip to Turkey. She argued at an Istanbul university this week that women could play a crucial role in fighting terrorism by countering extremist ideas.
Police warn British Jews of revenge attacks
by Adam Fresco and Sean O’Neill, Times, 8 January 2009
Prominent British Jews have been advised to review their security arrangements after several were identified on Islamist websites as “financial supporters of Israel”.
As the Gaza death toll rises, police are increasingly concerned about the possibility of “reprisal” attacks on Jewish people and buildings. One post on an Islamic discussion forum, referring to an anti-Israel demonstration this weekend, said: “We need to take some weapons with us, preferably sub-machineguns.”
Scotland Yard’s protection command has been in contact with Jewish community groups to consult on security arrangements. A senior police source said: “The situation in Gaza has heightened concern for the whole Jewish community – not just high-profile people, but everyone.”
Report: Al-Qaida No. 2 blames Obama for Gaza fight
Guardian, 7 January 2009
In the comments, which were posted on a militant Web site and obtained by the SITE Monitoring Service, al-Zawahiri described Israel’s actions in Gaza as a “crusade against Islam and Muslims” and called it “Obama’s gift to Israel” before he takes office later this month.
“This is Obama whom the American machine of lies tried to portray as the rescuer who will change the policy of America,” al-Zawahiri said, according to SITE. “He kills your brothers and sisters in Gaza mercilessly and without affection.”
excerpt from: Al-Qaeda leader calls for attacks on Britain in retaliation for Israel’s Gaza offensive
Daily Telegraph, 22 January 2009
A prominent leader of al-Qaeda has called for attacks in Western countries, particularly Britain, in retaliation for Israel’s offensive in Gaza, arguing that London was behind the creation of the Jewish state.