Monday, November 8, 2010

Islamic death lists in Britain

An Islamic website which influenced a young Muslim to stab a British MP has posted dozens more MPs’ names on a death list with an exhortation to Muslims to follow her example. was named by Roshonara Choudhry in her police interviews as one of the sites which radicalized her. Choudhry was sentenced to life imprisonment for attempting to murder the former Labour minister Stephen Timms. The site praises her as a “mujaahidah,” or holy warrior, saying: “We ask Allah to keep her safe and secure, to hasten her release and to reward this heroine immensely.” It published a list of all the MPs who voted for the Iraq war together with an instruction to Muslims to try to kill them, saying: “We ask Allah for her action to inspire Muslims to raise the knife of Jihad against those who voted for the countless rapes, murders, pillages, and torture of Muslim civilians as a direct consequence of their vote.” It also appears to incite further attacks on Timms, publishing details of his constituency surgery times and venues, and even a link which shows readers where they can buy a £15 kitchen knife, similar to the one used by Choudhry, from Tesco Direct. The website adds: “If you want to track an MP, you can find out their personal website after typing their name in this website. In their personal website, you can usually find the time and location of their surgeries where you can encounter them in person.” The site then lists the 139 Conservative MPs that voted for the war and the 244 Labour MPs. It said that no Liberal Democrats voted for the war but added: “They have now formed a coalition government with the Conservatives.” Accompanying the statement is a prayer in Arabic to “destroy your enemy and the enemies of Islam” naming Timms and the judge in the Choudhry case, Jeremy Cooke. The website is hosted in the United States, where the White House has been urged by British ministers to take urgent action against similar sites. Choudhry stabbed Timms twice at one of his surgeries in Beckton, east London, saying she had done so to punish him for voting for the Iraq war.

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