British blogger being sued for hurting Hamas-UK's feelings

It’s bad enough that Hamas openly has a branch in the UK. It’s worse that Hamas-UK is having a rally in central London. But I think we all have to agree with the political editor of the New Statesman, Martin Bright, when he says that when Hamas is allowed to sue a blogger for basically hurting the clerical fascists’ tender feelings, this is “a step too far”.

[However, it is amusing to see that Hamas are such whiny pussies]

From We’re Being Sued By Hamas UK by David T.:

Last Friday, in the wake of a closely argued debate about whether Mohammed Sawalha, the President of the British Muslim Initiative, had used the phrase “Evil Jew” or “Jewish Lobby” in a speech, Harry’s Place received a letter. The letter is from Dean and Dean, a firm of solicitors who are acting for Mr Sawalha. Mr Sawalha has demanded that we take down certain articles from Harry’s Place, and publish an apology “in the attached wording”.

The solicitors have failed to attach the apology that Mr Sawalha insists we publish. That omission matters little, as we have no intention of apologising to him at all, nor of taking down any article.

We have responded to Mr Sawalha’s solicitors, through Mishcon de Reya, who are acting for us.

Mr Sawalha claims that we have “chosen a malevolent interpretation of a meaningless word”. In fact, we did no more than translate a phrase which appeared in an Al Jazeera report of Mr Sawalha’s speech. When Al Jazeera changed that phrase from “Evil Jew” to “Jewish Lobby”, we reported that fact, along with the statement that it had been a typographical error.

Mr Sawalha says that the attribution of the phrase “Evil Jew” to him implies that he is “anti-semitic and hateful”. Notably, he does not take issue with our reporting of the revelation, made in a Panorama documentary in 2006, that he is a senior activist in the clerical fascist terrorist organisation, Hamas. The BBC report disclosed that Mr Sawalha “master minded much of Hamas’ political and military strategy” and in London “is alleged to have directed funds, both for Hamas’ armed wing, and for spreading its missionary dawah”….

..Mr Sawalha has been the prime mover in a number of Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood associated projects. He is President of the British Muslim Initiative. He is the past President of the Muslim Association of Britain. He was the founder of IslamExpo, and is registered as the holder of the IslamExpo domain name. He is also a trustee of the Finsbury Park Mosque.

The British Muslim Initiative has co-organised with Liberty, Britain’s most prominent civil liberties campaigning group, a National Rally to Defend Freedom of Religion, Conscience and Thought. Speakers included Ken Livingstone, the Tory Party Vice Chair, Sayeeda Warsi, and the shadow Tory Attorney General, Dominic Grieve MP, and Andrew Stunell MP, the Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Community and Local Government.

All these people spoke on the platform of a group founded by a man who has been identified as a senior Hamas activist…

The British courts have been notoriously sympathetic to whiny Islamists in the past – libel tourism is an industry there. The British government also has a history of accomodating the most extreme Muslim groups.

David T. says:

…To make the same mistake again, by treating with Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood linked groups, would be a disaster for this country, and also for the vast majority of British Muslims who are not terrorists, and who are likely to be the primary victims of the Islamists in this country, as they are abroad. We all deserve better.

If Mr Sawalha persists in attempting to silence us with this desperate legal suit, we will need your help.

We won’t be able to stand up to them alone.

Visit him at Harry’s Place to give your support.


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2 Responses to British blogger being sued for hurting Hamas-UK's feelings

  1. Dave J says:

    “The British courts have been notoriously sympathetic to whiny Islamists…”

    The English courts specifically. For some reason libel tourism doesn’t bloom north of the border under Scots law. But this suit is the opportune moment for someone to finally push Parliament to change the law of defamation to follow the rest of the common-law world, making falsehood an element of the torts of libel and slander rather than truth an affirmative defense.

  2. mary says:

    This whole fracas started over an Islamist ‘outreach’ effort called IslamExpo, which was making trying to put a pleasing coat of paint on turds like Tariq Ramadan and Mr Sawalha. After news of this lawsuit got out, some higher level media types have promised not to appear at IslamExpo.

    I hope this will drum up some more support for David T. It sounds like this may be a big case, and he’s going to need it.

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