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Fri, 13 Aug 2010 11:31:32 GMT
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The East London Mosque has been included in the Quilliam Foundation list of organisations accused of sharing the same ideology as extremists.
Britain's peaceful Muslim groups, politicians, a television channel and a Scotland Yard unit have been accused of sharing the same ideology as terrorists in a secret list prepared for a top British security official.

The British newspaper, The Guardian, said in a report that the list has been provided by the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think tank which has received about £1 million in government funding.

The document, entitled "Preventing terrorism; where next for Britain?", has listed the Muslim Council of Britain, the main umbrella group in Britain for Islamic organizations as an alleged extremism sympathizer. It also claims that a Scotland Yard counter-terrorism squad called the Muslim Contact Unit is dominated by extremist ideology.

Other groups cited in the document include the Muslim Safety Forum, which works with the police to improve community relations, the Islamic Human Rights Commission, and even the Islam Channel, which provides television programs for Muslims on satellite.

The briefing document says: "The ideology of non-violent Islamists is broadly the same as that of violent Islamists; they disagree only on tactics.

"These are a selection of the various groups and institutions active in the UK which are broadly sympathetic to Islamism. Whilst only a small proportion will agree with al-Qaida's tactics, many will agree with their overall goal of creating a single 'Islamic state' which would bring together all Muslims around the world under a single government and then impose on them a single interpretation of sharia as state law."

Also listed in the document are the Muslim Association of Britain, the Federation of Student Islamic Societies, the Cordoba Foundation, and Muslim Welfare House, based in north London, which was instrumental in forcing the extremist cleric Abu Hamza out of the Finsbury Park mosque where he preached.

The Finsbury Park mosque, now under new management, is also declared extremist, as are Birmingham Central mosque and the East London mosque.

Politicians described as "Islamist backed" include Salma Yaqoob, who stood for the Respect party in Birmingham, and the former MP George Galloway.

The Quilliam Foundation has delivered the list to Gharles Farr, the director general of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT), a directorate of the Home Office. Farr is a former senior intelligence officer.

Quilliam was co-founded by Ed Husain and Maajid Nawaz, former activists in the radical Islamist party Hizb ut-Tahrir. Critics of the foundation accused it of McCarthyite smear tactics and branded its claims ridiculous. The foundation declined repeated requests for comment.

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