dekker87 Posted April 19, 2011 #1 Share Posted April 19, 2011 selected excerpts: We are fighting against Sharia law operating anywhere in the country and fighting against prejudice, against women, Jews, Hindus, anyone. It’s not Islam. We are fighting against Islamists. The English Defence League have been described as a group comprised of “Home-grown racists. A violent, racist organisation with links to the British National Party and other fascist groups” (Unite Against Fascism) and “A new kind of threat: a cultural movement that is unpredictable and violent” (Labour MP Jon Cruddas). Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Tudway, the man in charge of monitoring domestic extremism, says that “our biggest single area of business [is] the various groups which call themselves defence leagues”. David Cameron has simply said: “The EDL are terrible people… if we needed to ban them, we would ban them”. Roberta, with her long red-tinted hair, glasses and tiny, almost fragile frame, doesn’t look like she’s one of them. And neither do the other protesters holding her flag: Joe, an erudite, openly gay communist who talks to anyone who will listen about the betrayal of the working classes, and Lee, a seemingly bright 17-year-old student, whose mother is Iranian, and who one day wants to join the army as an officer. But they are. Between them they pull open the cloth and the ubiquitous St George’s cross shines back. One quarter is filled with a large, blue Star of David. The flag reads: EDL, Jewish Division. It claims to be a non-violent and non-racist organisation. The organisation is broken up into several divisions – including a Sikh Division, a Hindu Division, a Pakistani Christian Division, even a Gay Division – all united around the single issue of Islam, and stopping what they perceive as the spread of Sharia law in the UK. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.Roberta is the leader and beating heart of the EDL’s Jewish Division, feeding on the mistrust and fear amongst many British Jews towards Israel’s hostile Arab neighbours. Joe heads up the Gay Division. “I’m a socialist, a communist,” he explains, picking up his placard as the protest starts to slowly move towards the starting point of the march. On it is emblazoned the slogan “Islamists are Nazis.” Usually he would hold a pink triangle that states, correctly: “Hamas Hates Homos”. My link Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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