Melanie Phillips's blog 1 November 2011
By Melanie Phillips
Earlier this year in the east London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Newham, posters suddenly sprouted in the streets declaring: You are entering a Sharia controlled zone. Islamic rules enforced.
Underneath were images indicating that smoking, alcohol and music were banned. Also this year posters declaring Tower Hamlets a gay-free zone were put up across the borough. Police and local councillors declared that they would take all such posters down.
Now, however, it seems that the threatening implications of self-declared Muslim areas are spreading into the heart of our democracy.
Last Friday Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green, was forced to abandon his constituency surgery at the North Finchley mosque and hide in a locked part of the building when a group of activists from the Muslims against Crusades group forced their way in. The Daily Mail reported that Mr Freer, a gay man and a member of Conservative Friends of Israel, said he was called a Jewish homosexual pig.
In fact, Mr Freer said he only realised that the danger he was in possibly went beyond such abuse when was he made aware that ahead of this incident the group had posted up a reference to the attack last year on East Ham MP StephenTimms, who was stabbed by a Muslim woman while he too was holding a constituency surgery. This message warned
the attack on Mr Timms should serve as a "piercing reminder to politicians that "their presence is no longer welcome in any Muslim area.
The message also stated that
"as a member of the Conservative Party, Mr Freer "has the blood of thousands of Muslims on his hands.
Mr Freer, who also happens to be a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia (the ironies attending politically-correct ideology are rich indeed) was apparently targeted because he had demanded that Palestinian extremist Sheikh Raed Salah be banned from Britain earlier this year.
Understandably, Mr Freer now wants the Home Office to investigate Muslims against Crusades. But rather more pertinently, shouldnt some arrests have been made? For by any standards this was threatening behaviour which intimidated an MP into being unable to carry out his constituency duties.
Effectively, therefore, the North Finchley mosque became a no-go area for this MP. This surely represented not only a threat to Mr Freer as an individual but to parliamentary democracy itself. More chilling still, it would seem that for Muslims Against Crusades Finchley is now to be regarded as a Muslim area presumably on the grounds that any area with a sizeable Muslim population is to be thus regarded -- and its inhabitants subjected as a result to Islamist intimidation.
Finchley happens to be home to a significant Jewish community which will now feel particularly vulnerable. But in fact everyone now comes under potential threat including Muslims themselves -- as can be seen from what has taken place in east London.
For the posters there did not represent empty threats. The process of Islamisation through intimidation is well under way.
Earlier this year, four Tower Hamlets Muslims were jailed for at least 19 years for attacking a local white teacher who gave religious studies lessons to Muslim girls. An Asian woman not a practising Muslim -- who worked in a pharmacy was threatened with her life unless she wore a headscarf or veil. And as Andrew Gilligan has reported, many more such Islamist attacks are taking place which he claims the police are downplaying for fear of being accused of racism:
The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered more than a dozen other cases in Tower Hamlets where both Muslims and non-Muslims have been threatened or beaten for behaviour deemed to breach fundamentalist "Islamic norms.
One victim, Mohammed Monzur Rahman, said he was left partially blind and with a dislocated shoulder after being attacked by a mob in Cannon Street Road, Shadwell, for smoking during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan last year.
... Teachers in several local schools have told The Sunday Telegraph that they feel "under pressure from local Muslim extremists, who have mounted campaigns through both parents and pupils and, in one case, through another teacher - to enforce the compulsory wearing of the veil for Muslim girls.
... Tower Hamlets gay community has become a particular target of extremists. Homophobic crimes in the borough have risen by 80 per cent since 2007/8, and by 21 per cent over the last year, a period when there was a slight drop in London as a whole.
Such reports are to put it mildly -- deeply disturbing. Yet from the progressive chattering class and the politicians (embattled Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick being a notable exception with his stark warning that Islamists wanting to create an "Islamic social and political order in Britain have infiltrated the Labour party), the response has been...silence.
Thus -- unless the UK ruling class gets its act together pretty damn quick -- the Islamists will win.