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Are UK Muslim organizations breaking extremism laws

UK Muslim organizations may face extremism rule consequences

A recent official declaration of extremism in the UK might lead to the exclusion of three Muslim groups with a “violent or intolerant” stance from receiving support and funding from the British government.

The unveiling of this new definition came in response to a surge in antisemitic hate crimes following the Hamas attack in Israel on October 7th, according to a report by Reuters. Anti-Jewish attacks escalated by 147% in 2023, reaching alarming levels.

Michael Gove, the communities minister overseeing the department responsible for the extremism definition, stated that these measures aim to prevent any inadvertent support or platform for those aiming to undermine democracy and violate the fundamental rights of others. This marks the beginning of a series of initiatives to combat extremism and safeguard democracy.

The new definition characterizes extremism as the advocacy of an ideology rooted in violence, hatred, or intolerance, with the intent to nullify or erode the fundamental rights and freedoms of others. It also includes efforts to destabilize the UK’s system of liberal parliamentary democracy and democratic rights, along with activities that foster an environment conducive to achieving these objectives.

Gove specifically identified three Muslim organizations that could potentially breach this new regulation, as reported by The Times. The Muslim Association of Britain, affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Islamic group Cage were singled out for their Islamist orientation and perspectives.

Entities falling within the boundaries of this new definition will be ineligible for public funding and will be prohibited from engaging with UK government officials, as such interactions could end up legitimizing them.

In a statement to the Commons, Gove emphasized the scrutiny that organizations like the Muslim Association of Britain, Cage, and others will undergo to determine their compliance with the extremism definition. Action will be taken accordingly to address any concerns related to their Islamist stance and viewpoints.

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