Far-right extremism is a “worrying phenomenon” which poses a “real” threat to UK security, Home Office minister James Brokenshire has claimed.
In a speech, Mr Brokenshire said one in 10 cases referred to a government radicalisation reduction scheme now concerned the far right.
He condemned groups such as the English Defence League (EDL) for “inflaming tensions” with ethnic minorities.
Downing Street has added far-right extremism to its anti-terror strategy.
Speaking to experts at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence in London, the minister for security said that, while not as well structured as Islamic terror groups such as Al Qaeda, the terror threat posed was valid.
Mr Brokenshire said: “The far-right threat is not as widespread or systematic… and operationally there are vast differences.
“But… at its core the far-right appeals to people who share many of the same vulnerabilities as those exploited by Al Qaeda-inspired extremism. It feeds off the same sense of alienation and questions around identity.
“It has the same ambition to reshape the world in an impossible way. The threat is real, and our response must be effective.”
He added that in 2011, some 17 people were in British prisons for terror offences associated with the far-right movement.
The study found the image of young unemployed people alienated by tough economic times and turning to the anti-Muslim and anti-immigration group was a myth.
In fact half of sympathizers are in full time work, almost one in five is university educated and more than two thirds own their own home.
The report, by the think tank Chatham House, warns ministers and those combating extremism need to reassess who they target.
Its author, Dr Matthew Goodwin, also warns that the EDL is part of a new breed of far right extremism that is more “confrontational and unpredictable” and more likely to support violence on the streets.
He describes the new groups as “counter-Jihad” and said supporters believe violence between white Britons and Muslims was not only justified but imminent.
More than 1,666 people were polled for the study, of which 298 identified themselves as EDL supporters.
The report, The Roots of Extremism, found 53 per cent of sympathisers were in professional, management or non-manual jobs and another quarter were in skilled work.
Only three per cent were unemployed and 60 per cent were aged over 45.
Groups like the EDL also shun images such as “racial supremacism” and actively sought to recruit people from Jewish, Sikh, Pakistani, Christian and gay communities, the report said.
Dr Goodwin said: “Some of the best known stereotypes about counter-Jihad supporters are wrong.
“Policy approaches that frame the counter-Jihad challenge as being primarily a phenomenon among deprived working class communities should be reassessed.”
ve used. We have only included entries under the keywords “Islam, Kurdish, Turkish, Muslim, Iranian, Iraqi, Somali, Pakistani, Arabic, Mohammed, Ali and Hussein.”
Terje Emberland, a senior scientist at the Norwegian Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities, told Norwegian press that a list of this sort had only been published once before in Norwegian history when an anti-Semite compiled a list of Jewish businesses in the 1930s. Emberland stated that “In this way, the NDL clearly exposes its character, and aligns with the fascist and racist tradition to which it belongs.”
Khamshajiny Gunaratnam, Deputy of Ungdom mot rasisme (Youth against Racism Organization), rewsponded to the list by saying: “I also thank NDL! They give me a good idea of the strength of the Muslims for the Norwegian society. Those people organize themselves, start businesses and participate in society. Oh, what a delight!”
Inspired by the EDL’s foundation in 2009, the NDL was eastblished around the end of 2010 and the start of 2011. Despite leadership conflicts between factions in early 2011, the group was eventually led by Lena Andreassen for approximately a month before being discharged after an unsuccessful April 9, 2011 demonstration.
After the July 22, 2011 attacks in Norway, it was disclosed that attacker Anders Behring Breivik had been a prior NDL member under the pseudonym “Sigurd Jorsalfar,” a name derived from medieval Norwegian crusader-king Sigurd the Crusader.
Breivik’s December 6, 2009 forum post on the Norwegian website Document.no is also the first documented proposal regarding the establishment of a Norwgian organization along the lines of the EDL.
Norwegian media disclosed that a late August investigation of 2011 local electoral lists exposed that eight Norwegian politicians from five parties had membership to the NDL internet forum.
A secretly recorded informal conversation revealed that two mayoral candidates from the right-wing Democrats party had discussed killings during gathering arranged by the Stop the Islamisation of Norway group in February 2011 in Oslo.
Håvar Krane, mayoral candidate in Kristiansund, expressed his desire of “putting a Glock in the neckhole” of Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and “blocking all the exits with Molotov cocktails” during the government cabinet’s Christmas dinner to Kaspar Birkeland, mayoral candidate in Ålesund. Krane had been an NDL leader during a transitional period for three weeks.
There are a couple of reasons to explain this resurgence in so-called Rock Against Communism (RAC) gigs. First, the EDL and their various splinter groups have returned to the fascist marches of a much simpler, much more racist time. This has reinvigorated many of the original boneheads and inspired a younger generation to shave their heads and spout misguided political rhetoric that they don’t really understand. Secondly, the collapse of the organized far right over the last two years has seen fringe neo-Nazi groups grow to double-digit membership for the first time in over a decade, helped by an influx of Eastern European skinheads.
Militant antifascists stopped paying so much attention to the white-power skinhead scene in the mid 90s, instead choosing to focus on the BNP, whose move toward becoming a respectable political party after they parted ways with Blood & Honour was seen as a more significant threat than a bunch of thugs shouting about rights for whites in a country that awards its best rights to whites.
I’m sure this must be incorrect. EVEYONE knows Nazi’s were all Liberal Homosexuals!!1111! /////
In which Coughlan616 destroys Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s “Conspiracy of Silence.”
Additional information available at the Youtube page: Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Conspiracy of Silence.
A new report by the British National Party may recycle Fascist language and conspiracies, but the main item of interest is a new argument in the European far-right: Who’s the enemy, Jews or Muslims?
The battle for leadership of Britain’s far-right took a bizarre twist this month when the British National Party, long the most prominent racist group in British politics, issued a detailed report accusing their main rivals, the English Defense League, of being the ‘useful idiots’ of ‘neo-cons’ and ‘ultra-Zionists.’
The report authored by Nick Griffin, the leader of the BNP and member of the European Parliament, reflects the growing split in the far-right in Europe. A new generation of nationalists is trying to shed its neo-Nazi image. They are not anti-Semitic, they claim – and are focusing their campaigning against Muslim communities instead.
The report titled ‘Exposing EDL,’ which has been published on the BNP website along with a 48-minute video of Griffin presenting its findings, has caused a stir within the far-right. It accuses the English Defense League and its leaders of being in the pay of ‘ultra-Zionists”.
The report also claims that the EDL is being financed by Jewish millionaires, including right-wing supporters such as Irving Moskowitz but also liberal-left funders like financier George Soros.
Ironically, much of the ‘facts’ and the language in the detailed report seem to have been lifted from similar texts on radical left-wing publications and pro-Palestinian websites. That also applies to the rehashed accusation that U.S. corporate giant Halliburton has a global strategy to promote war for its own financial gain – this time by financing the EDL’s campaign against Muslim influence in Britain.
Griffin’s report is another addition to the ever-expanding conspiracy theory library on the warmongering cabal of Jews, neo-cons, homosexuals and international corporations. It would not normally warrant serious reading, but it intrigues due to the light it sheds on the metamorphosis in the European racist right. It shows how the far-right is arguing within itself whether the enemies are the Jews or the Muslims.
On Facebook, on-line vigilante thug Charlie Flowers discusses an e-book he’s self-published:
…the book portrays everyone who’s pissed me off in the last two years as dirty paedophile child molesters. Oh dear, Darcy Jones and Rosie Geefe and all your blogger friends, didn’t see that coming did you? You will now forever come up on Google searches as nonces. Oh deary me!
“Darcy Jones” and “Rosie Geefe” are both involved with on-line anti-EDL monitoring on Facebook and Twitter (Darcy also has a blog).
However, “everyone who’s pissed me off” also includes the blogger Tim Ireland and me. Tim was subjected to an anonymous paedo-smear attack on Wikipedia back in April; we don’t yet know for sure who did it, but Flowers sent an abusive message to this blog twenty minutes later. Last week, Flowers posted an on-line gun massacre fantasy in which Tim and I appear with our names changed; Flowers describes Tim being shot to death, and supposedly finding child pornography on my phone. Flowers’ hostility dates back to 2009, when he was involved in harassment against former associates of Dominic Wightman who had come to realise that Wightman was dishonest; Flowers turned on Tim and me after Wightman’s attempts to mislead us about one of these associates backfired.
It should be blindingly obvious from the above that Flowers is a sick and vicious individual, more than willing to trivialise the foulest of crimes if it means he can encourage others to harm those whom he dislikes.
However, Flowers is not just some random troll - he presents himself as an activist against Islamic extremism, and he has built up relationships with various individuals involved with high-profile moderate Muslim groups. Shortly after announcing his paedo-smear plan on his Facebook “Cheerleaders Against Everything” page, he followed up with a more generalised threat:
Radical English Defence League Emerges in U.S.
May 11, 2012
USADL’s National Director is Bill Turner, who is known for his anti-government and conspiratorial writings, which have been published on a number of right-wing websites and disseminated through his Twitter handle, ‘JihadiHunter.’ — Access ADL
The English Defence League (EDL), a UK-based right-wing, anti-Islamic and self-described ‘Counter Jihad movement,’ has launched a chapter in the United States.
Bill Turner, aka Jihadhunter
The newly created United States of America Defence League (USADL) claims to be ‘a human rights organization that was founded in the defense of our nation and to stand in unison with the EDL and other such organizations, to halt the spread of Sharia law.’
The organization, which officially launched its website on May 7, 2012, states that a central tenet of its mission is public education and the need to ensure that the public is provided with a ‘more realistic and less sanitized view of Islam…’ While its mission statement warns against assuming that all Muslims are guilty of committing acts of terrorism, it goes on to say that ‘the Islamic book of worship calls for all Muslims to participate in Jihad, in one form or another.’