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Governments and media – the useful idiots for Hamas


AFTER Hamas’s terror spree inside Israel on October 7, Western cities have had several months of Islamic extremists and their leftist fellow travellers brazenly parading through the streets calling for the destruction of the world’s only Jewish state. As Mark Steyn so accurately points out, those pro-Jihad marches are indicative of the effect of mass immigration from the Islamic world and the social pathologies associated with it that will have an ever-growing impact on the demographics, culture and politics of Western countries.

In alliance with the Islamists on those anti-Israel demos are certain far-left groups such as the Socialist Workers Party who are not so much apologists or sympathisers for Islamists but full-throated supporters of Jihadi terror, as we can see from their own publication. 

Suella Braverman was right. These are hate marches. 

Sure, there are probably plenty of useful idiots in attendance who aren’t ardent Hamas supporters or sympathisers, but the fact is there are legions who are. If you march alongside supporters and sympathisers of Hamas, you are on a hate march whatever your own motivations may be. 

We are now at a crossroads in the West in which Islamism and the Neo Marxist ‘progressivism’ that facilitates it needs to be rooted out of society. A failure to do so and Western liberal democracy and the cultures that underpin it could well be finished, as both these ideologies are committed to destroying the West as we know and cherish it. Tragically, in Britain in particular, there’s no hint of that fightback. Some of you may be rolling your eyes and think that those threats are wildly exaggerated. I hope that you’re right and I’m wrong, but as Mark Steyn chillingly remarked, ‘permanence is the delusion of every age’. 

The relative stability of liberal democracy with its concomitant individual freedoms and material abundance is no more the natural order of things than any other way of structuring and ordering society throughout history. To preserve liberal democracy you have to defend it and remain vigilant to what threatens it. 

Ironically, those individual freedoms and the material abundance such freedoms have produced have made many Western citizens complacent. This complacency is coupled with a dominant ‘progressive’ value system that permeates education, media and entertainment industry which has made Western citizens disdainful of the achievements of Western culture despite it having made them the most free and materially abundant people in all of human history. This anti-Western, self-hating aspect of ‘progressivism’ is then easily exploited by Islamists to further their wicked agenda. 

We also have a mainstream media that due to its own ‘progressive’ biases will never facilitate an open and honest debate about how Western governments are aiding and abetting Islamist groups such as Hamas in their wider global agenda. An example is the fact that the Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Hamas is the Palestinian branch, utilise excessively liberal immigration policies in the West to spread the influence of Islamism within western countries with the long-term aspiration of establishing a global caliphate. All of this was detailed in a 2021 report commissioned by the European Conservative and Reformist group in the EU Parliament which was ignored by the mainstream media. 

The report highlighted how the Muslim Brotherhood operates within Europe more as an ideology that permeates many mainstream Islamic organisations rather than as a unified political organisation. According to the report, the recently deceased senior Muslim Brotherhood theologian Yusuf Al Qaradawi was an advocate for jihadi terrorism against Israel as a means to replace it with an Islamic state. However, in Europe and the wider West, Al Qaradawi advocated a policy of gradualism where Islamists who have emigrated to the West adopt the Neo-Marxist tactic of taking a long march through the institutions. 

A case in point is the deputy secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Mohammed Kozbar. The MCB is a Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated organisation which has been boycotted by every UK government since 2009. None of that was a bar for Kozbar gaining himself a position on a hate crime scrutiny panel for the Crown Prosecution Service and neither was his praising of Hamas Founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in 2015 on a visit to his grave. One can’t help but wonder if the CPS would ask the head of the Yorkshire Ripper Appreciation Society for advice on how to end violence against women. 

In Scotland, First Minister Humza Yousaf has facilitated meetings between the Scottish government and Islamists, including a member of Hamas, and has held roles in two Islamist organisations with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. While Yousaf has condemned Islamist terror and has vowed to not let his faith interfere with his politics, his past associations with Islamist groups raise serious concerns about his trustworthiness or at the very least his judgement.

Since the start of the Israel-Hamas war Yousaf, who has family ties in Gaza, has called for the UK and other western government to take in as many Gazans as can get themselves out of the region. In that a majority of Palestinians admit in polls to supporting Hamas’s attacks on Jewish civilians, you don’t have to be an ardent ‘Islamophobe’ to conclude that the presence of a large Gazan refugee population in the West would significantly increase our jihadi threat. 

Being a cynic or just a keen observer of how Western governments repeatedly betray their own citizens, I predict that the West and particularly the UK and Ireland will receive an influx of Hamas members and their supporters over the next few years. Maybe for the likes of Humza Yousaf and Sadiq Khan the importation of even more Islamists is part and parcel of living in a multicultural society but for many, including well integrated ethnic minority citizens, it’s a vision of a terrifying dystopia. In an increasing number of European countries, opposition to mass immigration from the Muslim world is a rising concern, even more so after recent Islamist shows of strength on European streets. If European leaders continue to ignore large swathes of the public by facilitating mass Islamist immigration, then they should expect to see plenty more politicians like Geert Wilders coming to prominence over the coming years. 

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Andrew Devine
Andrew Devine
Andrew Devine is an Orwell Prize winning writer & blogger

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