Islamist Group Hizb ut-Tahrir to be Banned in Britain under Terror Laws, Home Secretary Announces


An Islamist extremist group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, will be officially banned in Britain, according to an announcement by Home Secretary James Cleverly. The group, which aims to unite Muslims under a caliphate, has caused alarm with its recent protests in London, where a man was seen shouting "jihad jihad." Hizb ut-Tahrir's leader in Britain, Abdul Wahid, even celebrated Hamas' attack on Israel as a "welcome punch on the nose."

Proscribing Hizb ut-Tahrir under Terrorism Act

Proscribing Hizb ut-Tahrir under the 2000 Terrorism Act means that belonging to the organization or expressing support for it will be considered an offense. Those caught supporting a proscribed group could face up to 14 years in prison in the most serious cases. Home Secretary James Cleverly described Hizb ut-Tahrir as an antisemitic organization that actively promotes and encourages terrorism. He believes that proscribing the group will have consequences for its members and curb its ability to operate.

Hizb ut-Tahrir Among 79 Terrorist Organizations Proscribed in the UK

Currently, there are 79 terrorist organizations proscribed in the UK, including Hamas since 2021. Following the Hizb ut-Tahrir demonstration in London last October, which caused public outcry, Met Police cops launched an investigation. A man was seen chanting "jihad, jihad" during the protest. While the word has multiple meanings, the public commonly associates it with terrorism. The identified man was spoken to by officers to discourage similar chanting in the future.

In response to Hamas' attack on Israel, Hizb ut-Tahrir's leader, Abdul Wahid, addressed a rally outside the Egyptian and Turkish embassies, stating that victory is coming and everyone has to choose a side.

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