Globalized Islamic Brotherhood 3.0: Leicester is ground zero | Sergio Restelli


Mohammed Hijab is not an unknown name in the UK, especially in Middle Eastern circles monitoring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2021, The Jewish Chronicle reported on the BBC interview of this British Youtuber for the highly controversial BBC documentary on anti-Semitism in the UK. In May, Hijab left with a group of supporters to counter a pro-Israel rally, saying, “We stand with the brothers and sisters of Palestine. We will get our revenge in this life and in the hereafter!…..We love death!….Allahu akbar! Takbeer!”

It now appears that Hijab has started to move away from its Middle Eastern focus geography, Palestine, and was involved in inciting Hindu-Muslim disputes in Leicester last weekend at the end of an Indo-Pakistani cricket match.

In a previous post on ToI blogs that I wrote in April 2021, I warned against the globalization of Jihad. Jihad, which was now online and linked by synchronized public relations and perception management techniques from the United States to India. Jihad, where lessons learned by Hamas in Israel were used by Islamic extremists in India. It now seems unfortunately that I was right.

For 75 years, Hindus and Muslims, Indians and Pakistanis have lived and coexisted peacefully in the UK. Both communities have success stories of post-partition migrants, but there is a historic community of United Indians (migrants before partition in 1947), Hindus and Muslims who have become a fabric of British society. Suddenly, after a cricket match, everything seems to have changed. The Anglo-Egyptian hijab, which has little to do with India and Pakistan, seems to be at the center of all the action.

Hijab, who until now has mainly focused on protesting against Israel, spreading anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, was also seen with a megaphone in Leicester calling out Hindus as weak, cowardly and inciting Muslim youth groups .

Leicester Muslims themselves can be heard asking for Hijab to “lower the mic” and “stop exciting” the crowds. Hijab formally has a radically different version. A press release on its website states:

“Given my influence in the community, I had two key objectives in visiting Leicester. The first was to ensure that no member of the Muslim community broke the law or showed signs of extremist behavior. The second was to remind the community that the law permits the use of reasonable force to defend themselves and vulnerable people. Innocent women were attacked. My actions and words were recorded and they were said and done in front of the police. My public work is very clear. I do not condone or advocate any violence and disharmony between members or groups of the British public. I will continue to work to ensure harmony and well-being for all, including Hindu and Muslim communities.

This directly contradicts videos which show the Muslim community in Leicester asking him not to escalate the situation.

Hijab often shares the limelight and has collaborated with other Islamic social media extremists such as Majid Freedmen and Ali Dawah, who have also added India and Hindus to their focus, which until recently was limited to Palestine and at pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli rallies. With over half a million subscribers on YouTube, Hijab has a huge following in the UK and around the world.

This incident is the seed of a global spread of attacks that is slowly creating a unified Islamic front online and offline, uniting Islamic extremist militants who previously focused on their geographies, with a global cause of Jihad. The significant addition to this now is the Hindu community which had been largely ignored in the past by Islamic radicals abroad. While the protests against Kashmir were limited to activities and rallies against the Indian government, this is the first time that violence has been directed against the Hindu community, specifically making India and Hindus interchangeable in the propaganda released. by these activists. Militants who now interfere in South Asian communities under the sole pretext of being “Muslim” leaders.

The shift in focus of such activists as Mohammed Hijab, who have now created a common front for the global Islamic cause, is a symptom of a coordinated Islamic fundamentalist campaign targeting whatever they believe is not suitable for their brand of islam. It is a precursor to the radicalization of European youth and creates the basis for the violence and terrorism of a new race and a new generation. Israel and India, Jews and Hindus are all equal enemies. Europe must take note of this rising tide of local Islamic ‘radicals’ and ‘intellectuals’, as this tide will eventually spread globally, creating a tsunami of violence and discord.

Sergio Restelli is an Italian political adviser, author and geopolitical expert. He served in the Craxi government in the 1990s as special assistant to Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister Martelli and worked closely with anti-Mafia magistrates Falcone and Borsellino. Over the past decades, he has been involved in peacebuilding and diplomacy efforts in the Middle East and North Africa. He has written for Geopolitica and several Italian online and print media. In 2020, his first fiction “Napoli sta bene” is published.


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