LONDON – An Islamic preacher from Nigeria who refers to Jews as “the lowest
creatures on earth” who “only understand the language of killing” is set to
speak at a London conference on Wednesday organized by an anti-Israel campaign
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The preacher, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, is head of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and will be a guest of the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), organisers of London Al-Quds Day, an annual demonstration held at the end of Ramadan in support of the resistance movements against Israel.
The IHRC says that the one-day “Spirit of
Islamist Activism” event, held at the Islamic Centre of England in northwest
London, will discuss “the major challenges to the revitalization of faith and
practice in the modern world with internationally renowned scholars and
In a speech during Operation Cast Lead last year, the IMN
website reports Zakzaky saying that “today is another day of expressing our
solidarity with Palestinians who are being killed in Gaza by the outcast
Israel’s “aim,” according to the Islamist leader, is not only Gaza
“but the whole region, as Jordan, Syria, Egypt will not be spared when they
finish with Gaza and that will be the end of their agent, Mubarak of Egypt, if
Zakzaky, who has served several jail sentences during
successive Nigerian regimes, also accused Israel of using chemical weapons in
Gaza which caused a victim to develop leukemia. Meanwhile, he berated his own
country for maintaining ties with Israel, which he calls “the children of
monkeys of pigs.”
In an interview with the Middle East Strategic
Information last year, former Iranian diplomat Adel Assadinia said that the IMN
received funding from Iran and is modelled after Hezbollah.
movement’s website also reports on an event it hosted with Islamic scholar
Sheikh Yusuf Ali, who said that the “utmost aim” of Jews is to “own the whole
world and bring it under their control” and “enslave everyone.”
gives a vote of thanks to Ali on the website, adding that “the Jewish plot
against Islam is manifested in Iraq as they sent Bush to capture Iraq for
Among those scheduled to speak at the conference are Ahmet Faruk
Unsal, a trustee of the Turkish IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, and Sayyed
Saeed Reza Ameli from Teheran University.
The IHRC is a Hezbollah and
Islamic Republic supporting organization. At an anti-Israel rally in Hyde Park
during the Second Lebanon War, its chair Massoud Shadjareh wore a Hezbollah flag
as did research director Reza Kazim, who was seen chanting phrases like “We are
all Hezbollah” and “Bomb, bomb Tel Aviv.” At a pro- Israel rally in London’s
Trafalgar Square in 2008, Kazim was ejected by the police for filming within the
roped off area.
The organization also works closely with the
ultra-religious Neturei Karta sect by holding its placards during Shabbat
protests, to bypass the issue of carrying on that day.
In 2007 the IHRC
took the British Government to the High Court for “allowing US arms flights to
Israel to to use UK airports.”
The group accused the Civil Aviation
Authority, Foreign Office and then Secretary of State for Defense Des Browne of
“crimes against the Geneva Convention.” Their case was thrown out by the
The Home Office told The Jerusalem Post this week that the
government will be taking a tougher stance than the previous one with regard to
extremist preachers entering the UK.
Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham on Tuesday, Home Secretary Theresa May said the government will confront extremism “by challenging its bigoted ideology head-on.”
“Foreign hate preachers will no longer be welcome here. Those who step outside the law to incite hatred and violence will be prosecuted and punished. And we will stand up to anybody who incites hatred and violence, who supports attacks on British troops, or who supports attacks on civilians anywhere in the world,” May said.