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Mend statement on report by Henry Jackson Society

Mend statement on report by Henry Jackson Society

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Wednesday November 01 2017

Mend response to Henry Jackson Society Report; “Mend ‘Islamists masquerading as Civil Libertarians’

The Henry Jackson Society have published the aforementioned report. Whilst the document is long, it is thin on detail.  It attempts to paint a picture of an extremist organisation due to our stance on opposing aspects of the Governments Counter-Terrorism legislation, opposition to policies pursued by the State of Israel and the promotion of “conspiratorial narratives” about Islamophobia.

Quite simply the report equates political dissent with extremism. This is ironic given that the motto for Henry Jackson Society is “Democracy. Freedom. Human Rights.”

The timing of its publication on the eve of the launch of Islamophobia Awareness Month and our event in Parliament on 1st November 2017 is not coincidental.

Our Parliamentary event shows that we operate in the mainstream of British society and our work has recently been praised by senior figures in all three main UK political parties, including the Labour Party and Liberal Democrat Party leaders.

The Henry Jackson Society report clearly has its own partisan agenda and is aimed at discrediting Mend with a view to trying to discourage politicians, journalists, unions, civil liberty organisations and others to work with us. Our increasing participation and acceptance is an irritant to the Henry Jackson Society and it appears that they believe only certain organisations can be allowed to express political views on behalf of Muslims. It is completely predictable therefore that Inspire and Tell Mama are reported on favourably.

Readers of the report will note that many of its claims are based on innuendo and false assertions. We will be producing a counter-document responding to each and every allegation. We unequivocally reject any allegations of anti-semitism, homophobia, or extremism.

We will also be exposing this report as an example of Professional Islamophobia and demonstrate the partisan motivations behind the author, the Henry Jackson Society, and the neocon movement being mobilised against us.

We will study each statement carefully and not hesitate to take legal action where defamatory comments have been made.

Mend Board

1st November 2017

  • CMFG

    Although is it rather quite a dry, lengthy academic report it looked pretty comprehensive and well researched to me. Each main point has substantiation and sometimes multiple references. It looks like you have been forensically exposed to me.

  • CMFG

    3 days now, so where the Mend Board’s `counter-document responding to each and every allegation` and of course the consequent legal action in response to any defamatory comments. Looking forward to your rigourous expose’ of the Henry Jackson Society’s report.

  • Aziz Ahmad Rasul

    CMFG, give them time to produce the report. I’m sure it will have taken the HJS time to right there report. MEND should produce the report when it suits them just as HJS did just before the MEND meeting.

  • Political dissent is extremeism when it includes cutting off heads. All Jihad is incompatible with Western Civilization, as is the Quran.

  • Steed

    “it is thin on detail”

    It contains over 800 references. Why don’t you try to refute even one of the allegations it makes?


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