Hizb ut-Tahrir Designated as Terrorist Group by Britain for ‘Antisemitic’ Activities

On Monday, the UK interior minister, James Cleverly, announced the government’s decision to designate the global Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir as a proscribed terrorist organization, pending approval from parliament. If parliament agrees, the proscription will officially take effect on January 19, according to the statement from the Home Office.

This move places Hizb ut-Tahrir in the same category as notorious terrorist groups like al-Qaeda or ISIS. The decision is based on the group’s promotion of terrorism and its identified antisemitic stance. The Home Office specifically pointed to Hizb ut-Tahrir’s active advocacy for terrorism, including its endorsement and celebration of the October 7 attacks carried out by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas against Israel, as mentioned in Cleverly’s statement.

Cleverly emphasized that the group’s endorsement of the attacks, coupled with labeling Hamas as heroes on their website, amounts to promoting and supporting terrorism! He further highlighted the organization’s history of lauding and commemorating assaults against Jewish individuals.

In taking action to proscribe Hizb ut-Tahrir as a terrorist organization, Cleverly condemned the encouragement and promotion of Hamas’ unlawful attacks, along with the group’s antisemitic ideology, deeming them appalling. Membership and solicitation of support for the organization will now constitute a criminal offense.

What is Decided for the Supporters?

The proscription of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain means that it will be deemed a criminal offense to be a member of or promote the group, organize its meetings, or publicly display its logo. Violating these regulations could lead to a potential jail sentence of up to 14 years.

Notably, former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron both attempted to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir, as reported by the Telegraph. The group advocates for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate governed by religious law.

Founded in 1953 and based in Lebanon, Hizb ut-Tahrir operates in 32 countries, including Britain and other Western nations. The Home Office notes its overarching objective of establishing a caliphate governed by Islamic law. Several countries, including Germany, Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan, as well as various Central Asian and Arab nations, have already banned the group.

How Jewish Community Reacted to the Decision?

The Board of Deputies, representing the UK’s Jewish community, released a statement expressing their support for the Home Secretary’s decision to proscribe Hizb-ut-Tahrir as a terrorist organization. They commend the move, citing the group’s longstanding history of antisemitism and recent endorsement of the October 7th attacks, referring to Hamas as ‘heroes.’ The Board believes that the Jewish community in the country will be safer with this proscription and urges all parties to back it during the parliamentary debate this week.

Similarly, the National Jewish Assembly welcomed the decision, stating on X, “We applaud this action by the @ukhomeoffice.

The Union of Jewish Students, acknowledging the persistent challenges posed by Hizb ut-Tahrir on university campuses, expressed their approval of the Home Office’s decision.

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