LONDON (Jul. 20)
Thousands of supporters of an extremist Muslim group that has openly called for the killing of Jews are planning to hold an international conference here next month.
The Aug. 7 event, for which some 12,000 tickets have been distributed, has sparked protests from members of Parliament and expressions of concern from the Jewish community.
Members of Britain’s Muslim community of 1.5 million, the vast majority of whom oppose radical fundamentalism, have also expressed concern.
The meeting, billed as the largest of its type outside the Muslim world, has been organized by an Islamic fundamentalist group calling itself Hizb ut-Tahrir. The group, which has been banned in most pro-Western Arab countries, attacks Western values and stridently opposes Jews and Israel.
There is speculation that some of the costs of the rally will be picked up by Iran.
One of the group’s leaflets, advertising a previous meeting in London, said: “The hour of the resurrection will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them.”