UK Conference Keynote Speaker Defines Islam

“Martyrs are those who stand up in defiance of George Bush and Tony Blair. You stand up to them and you say desist. Stop this injustice. Stop this oppression. We are Muslims in Europe, not European Muslims. Being fair and just means finding the middle path. The middle path is not rubbing shoulders with Tony Blair and George Bush. They say we are in difficult times. I tell you, we are in the best of times. We must just have confidence in ourselves. Just stand up and defend what is right.” -Dr Azzam Al-Tamimi, Director of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought, London, UK

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Suicide-bomber hopeful Dr Azzam Al-Tamimi

21 August 2006: The fifth annual ExpoIslamia convention was held yesterday at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, UK. The organizers of this year’s theme, “A Call to Humanity” described the principle aim of this event “to present Islam to Muslims and non Muslims in its most clearest and original form.” Secondly, the event will clarify the role and responsibility of Muslims living as minorities in the West… according to the website devoted to the event. Mission accomplished on both counts. A keynote speaker of this event, Dr Azzam Al-Tamimi, Director of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought in London, a supporter of the terrorist group HAMAS, and who stated that he would act as a suicide bomber “if the opportunity arose” told an audience of young British Muslims yesterday that they should “make sacrifices to defend their religion and Islamic nations.”

“Fighting those who invade … is a just cause,” he told a group of about 8,000 young British Muslims in attendance at the conference. Atated Al-Tamimi, “We are not terrorists. We are defenders of the truth and we have to offer sacrifices.” In a fiery speech, he stressed:

“The greatest act of martyrdom is standing up for what is true and just. Martyrs are those who stand up and stand up in defiance of George Bush and Tony Blair. You stand up to them and you say desist. Stop this injustice. Stop this oppression. We are Muslims in Europe, not European Muslims. Being fair and just means finding the middle path. The middle path is not rubbing shoulders with Tony Blair and George Bush. They say we are in difficult times. I tell you, we are in the best of times. We must just have confidence in ourselves. Just stand up and defend what is right.”

The crowd of young Muslim men erupted with cheering and applause when he said that Israel had been defeated by Hezbollah, and added that “Hamas is making sacrifices for you. We tell this government Hamas is not a terrorist group. It is elected by the people of Palestine. We are not terrorists. We are defenders of the truth. Fighting those who invade Muslims is a just cause. The government is trying to turn the war on terror into the war on Islam.”

The day-long convention featured a number of high profile Muslim speakers, including the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari and former Sunday Express journalist, Yvonne Ridley, a Muslim convert who recently upset Jewish groups with her comments on Israel.