Counter-Jihad report

International ‘Counter-Jihadist’ map: UK

4 Freedoms Community

(4F)

Founded 2009 by Alan Ayling (aka Alan Lake) (millionaire businessman and IT consultant; EDL’s principal strategist and funder) as an anti-Islamist blog and network. Lake issued a manifesto in September 2009 based on four fundamental freedoms that Western civilisation must defend: free speech, democracy, equality in law and cultural tolerance. 4F has links with the Casuals United, English Defence League (EDL), Scottish Defence League (SDL), Welsh Defence League (WDL), March for England (MfE), SIOE - England, United British Alliance (UBA), International Free Press Society (IFPS), American Congress for Truth (ACT), ACT! for America, Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI) and Stop Islamisation of America (SIOA).

Technical support for the 4F blog is provided by ‘Kinana Nadir’ (EDL activist).

Website: http://www.4freedoms.ning.com/

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British Freedom Party

(BFP)

Founded October 2010 as a breakaway from the British National Party (BNP). The BFP is a populist, nationalist, anti-immigration and anti-Islamist party. The BFP is run by a 12-strong Executive Council (EC). It claims 150 members organised in nearly 30 local groups.

One of the BFP’s main policies is opposition to the Islamisation of Britain and Europe.

Representatives of the BFP, including Paul Weston, informally met international counter-jihadist activists at the CounterJihad conference in London on 24-25 September 2011. The BFP announced on 19 November 2012 that it had agreed to enter into a political alliance with the English Defence League (EDL), enabling the latter to enter electoral politics for the first time.

Chairman: Paul Weston (former UK Independence Party parliamentary candidate at the 2010 general election), since 2011
Former Chairman: Peter Mullins
Vice Chairman:
Treasurer: Richard Bateman
Legal Officer: Lee John Barnes
Prominent activists: Simon Bennett, Christopher Knowles (aka Aeneas Lavinium and Aeneas Europa) (co-founder, English Defence League and European Co-ordinator, International Civil Liberties Alliance) and Ann Marchini (co-founder, English Defence League and former European Co-ordinator, International Civil Liberties Alliance)

Website: http://www.britishfreedom.org/

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British National Party

(BNP)

Founded 7 April 1982 by the merger of the New National Front (NNF) and members of other far right organisations. The BNP is a populist, nationalist, anti-immigration and anti-Islamist party. It is run by a 20-strong Advisory Council (AC). The BNP publishes the monthly The Voice of Freedom (February 2000-) newspaper. It claims over 4,000 members.

The BNP began a Campaign against Islam characterised as the ‘New Crusade for the survival of Western civilisation and an attempt to counter the Islamisatation of Britain’ in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and now anti-Muslim rhetoric is more common within its literature than its traditional and more general anti-immigrat stance.

Founder: John Tyndall (Chairman: National Front, 1972-1974 and 1975-1980 and BNP, 1982-1999)
Chairman: Nick Griffin, since 1999

Website: http://www.bnp.org.uk

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Casuals United

(CU)

Founded May or June 2009 as a national umbrella network of some 50 football hooligan gangs known as ‘Casuals’. CU is affiliated to the English Defence League (EDL) and recruits for the United Defence Leagues: EDL, Scottish Defence League (SDL) and Welsh Defence League (WDL). CU also supports March for England (MFE).

Founder Leader: Jeff Marsh (founder, Welsh Defence League; a convicted football hooligan who has been jailed three times for violent offences, including a two-year prison sentence in 1989 for stabbing two Manchester United fans; author: Soul Crew Seasiders: The Story of the Barry Seaside Crew, 2007; The Trouble with Taffies: Welsh Hooligan Gangs, 2008 (or 2009) and From Seasiders to Casuals United: The Rise of the Defence Leagues, 2010)

Prominent activist: Mickey Smith

Website: http://www.casualsunited.wordpress.com

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Combined Ex-Forces

(CXF)

Formed in 2011 as a network of former soldiers within the English Defence League, More hardline and confrontational, the CxF was expelled from the EDL last August after falling out with the leadership.

A relationship still continues with the EDL rank and file and the CxF have organised demonstrations alongside the EDL and more recently with the North West Infidels. They organised the protest outside Dewsbury Magistrates court against Azhar Ahmed, who had attacked British soldiers on the Internet. They have also held demonstrations outside Liverpool Crown Court over a court case against nine Asian men from Rochdale who are accused of grooming.

The CxF was created by Michael Rafferty but it has since split. Rafferty now leads the Southern-based The Combined Ex Services Intel & Security (CxS) but they are dismissed by the most EDL supporters as fantasists. The northern group, still going under the name CxF, is led by Paul James aka Paul Walsh.

Followers Approx 30 activists, 360+ Facebook supporters.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Combined-Ex-Forces-CXF/295929733803991

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England is Ours

(EIO)

Founded 2011. The Milton Keynes-based EIO is an English nationalist organisation, which is anti-immigration and anti-Islamist. In 2011 they offered the controversial US Pastor Terry Jones a chance to speak in this country following the EDL’s failed attempt at bringing him to this country but this came to nothing.

Secretary: Barry Taylor

Website: http://www.englandisours.com

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English Defence League

(EDL)

Founded 27 June 2009 originally as the English and Welsh Defence League (EWDL), a successor coalition to several pre-existing anti-Jihadist organisations, including United People of Luton (UPL) (founded March 2009 following a demonstration by al-Muhajiroun (AM) in Luton on 10 March 2009 at the homecoming parade of the Royal Anglican Regiment), the Birmingham-based British Citizens Against Muslim Extremists (founded in 2009) and a network of football hooligan gangs known as ‘firms’. The EWDL was renamed the English Defence League (EDL) in September 2009.
The English Defence League (EDL) is a racist organisation that engages in direct action demonstrations aimed at the Muslim community. What became as a campaign against Islamist extremism has now developed into a wider campaign against Islam. Anti-Islam and anti-cohesion outlook, it had over 90,000 Facebook supporters before Facebook took the site down in the wake of the Breivik killings. Its new site only has 40,000 supporters.
What began as a loose alliance of people around various social networking websites is increasingly turning into an organisation with a national, regional and local structure. The EDL is a non-party English ultra-nationalist, single-issue counter-jihadist street-protest social movement. It acts as a national umbrella for a range of other organisations and activists and co-ordinates a loose grassroots alliance of hardcore football hooligan ‘firms’, far right extremists and alienated and disaffected young white working-class youth, who are opposed to Islamist extremism and Sharia law in Britain. The EDL is organised in nearly 100 local and specialist EDL ‘Divisions’ across Britain a network of Regional Organisers (ROs).
Its modus operandi is:

  • Threats and intimidation of councils and public bodies undertaking their civic responsibilities to the wider community.
  • “Swarming” and the shutting down of shopping areas and shopping precincts at short notice by way of “Flash Demonstrations” to effect businesses and commercial interests of communities.
  • The promotion and encouragement of violence and disorder by recruited and organised football hooligan gangs to stretch police and community resources.
  • The forcing of their will, misunderstandings and prejudices upon the wider community.
  • To foster disharmony and exacerbate community tensions and hatreds to leave in their wake explosive tensions between other minority communities and interests.

The EDL has organised over eighty demonstrations in over fifty towns and cities since July 2009. The EDL has no formal membership or publication, but claims 40,000 supporters on its Facebook site. The EDL established a network of Regional Organisers (ROs) in July 2010. The EDL has a youth-wing, English Defence Youth (EDY), founded in 2009, which claims 300 members. The EDL has also launched Faith-based Defence Leagues under the Jewish, Hindu and Sikh banners.

EDL demonstrations have been attended by members and former members of the British National Party (BNP), the National Front (NF) and neo-Nazi organisations such as the British People’s Party (BPP), British Freedom Fighters (BFF), Racial Volunteer Force (RVF), Blood and Honour (B&H) and Combat 18 (C18).

The EDL announced at a meeting of Regional Organisers (ROs) and activists in the West Midlands on 19 November 2011 that it had agreed to enter into a political alliance with the British Freedom Party (BFP), to enable it to enter electoral politics for the first time, though many of its supporters have not been happy with this.

The EDL has developed an international strategy and networks. It has established links with like-minded counter-jihadist organisations in mainland Europe and North America including neo-conservative organisations and the anti-Islamist wing of the Tea Party movement in in the United States. Two EDL representatives attended the Counter-Jihad conference in Zurich on 12-13 June 2010. Eight EDL activists, including Kevin Carroll, attended the Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) rally in New York on 11 September 2010 against the proposed Park 51 Islamic community centre near ‘Ground Zero’. Other EDL activists attended a pro-Geert Wilders European Freedom Initiative (EFI) demonstration in Amsterdam on 30 October 2010. The EDL co-ordinated the re-launch of the European Defence League at a European CounterJihad rally in Århus, Denmark on 31 March 2012.

The EDL is run by a 15-strong inner Committee.

EDL co-founders include:

Co-founder and Leader: Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) (founder: UPL and EWDL; former BNP member, 2004-2005, who served 12 months’ imprisonment for actual bodily harm for assaulting an off-duty police officer during a domestic incident in 2004 and was convicted of assault in November 2011 for headbutting another EDL/Combat 18 activist at a rally), since 2009

Co-founder: Kevin Carroll (cousin of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon; former BNP member CHECK and who has attended the Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) inaugural annual 9/11 Freedom Rally in New York on 11 September 2010, the CounterJihad conference in London on 24 September 2011 and the European CounterJihad rally re-launch of the European Defence League in Århus on 31 March 2012, where he heralded the occasion by smashing the glass front door of the city library at 3.50pm when some counter-demonstrators were closing in 60 metres away) [was also Co-Leader of the EDL, 2010-?] CHECK

Co-founder: Alan Ayling (aka Alan Lake) (millionaire Christian evangelical businessman; IT consultant and former investment fund Director, Pacific Fund Investment Management, ? - 2011 and bank manager; EDL’s principal strategist and funder, 2009-? and founder, 4 Freedoms Community (www.4freedoms.ning.com) blog and who has been described as the mastermind behind the EDL)

Co-founder: Paul Ray (co-founder, EWDL; founder, EDL St. George’s STG Division, in 2009 and founder, Lionheart (www.lionheartuk.blogspot.com) blog, since 2007

Co-founder: Christopher Knowles (aka Aeneas Laviniumand Aeneas Europa) (activist, British Freedom Party; counter-jihadist blogger since 2006; European Co-ordinator, International Civil Liberties Alliance and former co-organiser, Vigilant Freedom Europa, UK branch of the Center for Vigilant Freedom, since renamed the ICLA)

Co-founder: Ann Marchini (activist, British Freedom Party and former European Co-ordinator, CVF/ICLA)

Co-founder: Jerry Watson

Prominent activists:

Leisha Brooks (former Leader, EDL Women’s division)
Trevor Kelway (Portsmouth-based, EDL Spokesperson)
Leon McCreery (EDL Head of Security/Deputy National Organiser)
Roberta Moore (Brazilian-born Jewish activist and founder Leader, EDL Jewish division, since May 2010). Fell out with EDL in summer 2011
Steve Simmons (aka Chris Redmond) (former Head of Media, EDL)
Alan Spence (North East Regional Organiser and former BNP member)
Guramit (Amit) Singh (British-born Sikh and EDL Community Relations Spokesperson)
Kinana Nadir (provider of technical support for the 4 Freedoms Community blog)

www.englishdefenceleague.org
EDL News: www.edlnews.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/english.defence.league.edl
EDL Extra: www.theenglishdefenceleagueextra.blogspot.com
EDL Forums: www.s1.zetaboards.com/edl_the_forum/index

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English Nationalist Alliance

(ENA)

Founded May 2010. The ENA is an English nationalist organisation. It campaigns for the establishment of an English Parliament. The ENA is run by a Committee. The ENA organised a Citizens Against Sharia Law march in central London on 31 July 2010, which was supported by several other English nationalist organisations including the English Defence League (EDL), English Shieldwall (ES) and March for England (MFE).

Leaders Bill Baker, Roger Firth
Followers Online 500

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/English-Nationalist-Alliance/170875669635671

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English Shieldwall

(ES)

Founded February 2010. The non-party ES is a shadowy ethnic English nationalist campaigning organisation. It campaigns for independence for England and the establishment of an English Parliament. ES is anti-immigration and anti-Islamist. It works closely with the Steadfast Trust (ST), an ethnic English charity. ES activists regularly attend English Defence League (EDL) demonstrations. It has a decentralised structure comprising several local Chapters across England. It publishes The English Shieldwall (Spring 2010-) quarterly newsletter.

Website: http://www.englishshieldwall.org

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Infidels

Founded on 2 April 2011 as a breakaway from the English Defence League (EDL). The Infidels are a non-party umbrella coalition of far right nationalists, patriots and Loyalists from across the UK represented in the following four organisations: North East Infidels (NEI), North West Infidels (NWI) and the Scottish Defence League (SDL). The Infidels of Ulster affiliated to the coalition in January 2012. street movement, anti-immigration, counter-jihadist, opposed to multiculturalism.

The Infidels rose from a fallout initially between John ‘Snowy’ Shaw and the EDL leadership over finances.Shaw was booted out of the EDL following the Bradford demonstration in August 2010 and the split deepened after a violent clash between the North East and Luton EDL at an EDL demonstration in Blackburn in April 2011.
The Infidels have become far more extreme than their EDL cousins, linking up with the National Front and other violent neo nazis such as Liam Pinkham and Kevin Watmough. Shaw has also pushed the Infidels down a pro Loyalist and anti Zionist route.

The main Infidel strongholds are in the North East and the North West of England.

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March for England

(MFE)

Founded 18 February 2007 originally as March for the Flag by two fans of Tottenham Hotspur FC. It was renamed March for England (MFE) in November 2007. The Portsmouth-based MFE is a non-party English nationalist campaigning organisation. It is anti-immigration and anti-Islamist. MFE has close links with the English Defence League (EDL) and its activists regularly attend EDL demonstrations across the country. It also advertises EDL events on its website. MFE is run by a 12-strong committee. It claims 50-100 activists.

Organiser/Leader: Dave Smeeton and Roger Firth

Website: http://www.marchforengland.weebly.com

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Scottish Defence League

(SDL)

Founded September 2009 as a sister organisation of the EDL, by amongst others, the hooligan Inter-City Firm (ICF) attached to Glasgow Rangers FC. The SDL joined the breakaway Infidels of Britain coalition on 2 April 2011. The SDL claims 30-50 activists.

Prominent activist: Sean Graham

Welsh Defence League (WDL) (aka Cymru Defence League)
Founded early in 2009 by Jeff Marsh (founder, Casuals United and a convicted football hooligan) as a precursor of the EDL. Held a few poorly attended demosntrations in Wales but now appears defunct.

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Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE) England

Founded November 2007 as the successor to No Sharia Here (NSH) (England), a non-party anti-Islamist organisation to oppose Sharia law and the Islamisation of England. SIOE - England is the English affiliate of the pan-European Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE) network. SIOE - England organised a demonstration in Harrow on 11 September 2009 against a proposed grand mosque.

Founder and Organiser: Stephen Paul Gash (co-founder, Stop Islamisation of Europe and former National Council member, English Democrats Party)
Prominent activist: Magnus Nielsen (UKIP activist and close friend of Alan Ayling)

Website: http://www.sioeengland.wordpress.com

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United British Alliance

(UBA)

Founded 2004? to oppose Islamist extremism. The UBA attracts support from various football hooligan ‘firms’.

Website: http://uba.awardspace.co.uk

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Alan Ayling (aka Alan Lake)

Millionaire Christian evangelical businessman and former city investment fund manager.

Co-founder, former principal strategist and funder, English Defence League (EDL), 2009-2011. The meeting that set up the EDL occurred at his central London flat. Had previously been involved in the Free Tibet Movement but became disillusioned with that and turned to Christianity. He attended the Kensington Temple, in Notting Hill, West London, a large Pentecostal Church, run by Reverend Colin Dye. It was here that he met African Christians whose stories persuaded him to focus on the threat of Islam.

He was initially involved with March for England but turned his attention to the United People of Luton in May 2009. Through an intermediary, contact was made with PoL and a meeting was arranged in Ayling’s flat in London at which the EDL was born.

He spoke admiringly of the EDL and his hopes for the group when he addressed a Swedish Democrat conference in Malmo in September 2009. He has admitted to a Norwegian newspaper that he helped organise six EDL demonstrations. Interviewed on Norwegian TV2 channel in April 2010 when he advocated executing people who believed in Sharia law.

Attended the counter-jihad conference in Copenhagen on 16-17 May 2009 where he met Peder Jensen Nøstveldt (aka Fjordman), the Norwegian counter-jihadist blogger.

In May 2010, Ayling posted on his 4 Freedoms website an article outlining his belief that "in 20 or 30 years the UK will start to fragment into Islamic enclaves". He went on: "It's time we decide... who we will force in the Islamic enclaves (and who we will execute if they sneak out.) By forcing these liberal twits into those enclaves, we will be sending them to their death at worst, and at best they and their families will be subjected to all the depredations, persecution and abuse that non-Muslims worldwide currently 'enjoy' in countries like Pakistan... It will be great to see them executed or tortured to death."

Following the Norwegian killings, Ayling said that “the chickens have coming home to roost.”

Ayling’s extreme views, and more specifically the media attention he received, proved to be an embarrassment to Stephen Lennon, who broke any public links. Ayling remains in contact with many EDL and former EDL activists but he no longer has the same influence on the leadership.

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Ann Marchini (aka Dominique Devaux aka Gaia)

One of Britain’s leading ‘counter-jihadists’ who was at the founding meeting of the EDL but is also a crucial link between more respectable counter-jihadist funders and politicians in North America and Europe.

  • Activist, British Freedom Party (BFP).
  • Co-founder and funder, English Defence League (EDL), in 2009.
  • Co-organiser, Vigilant Freedom Europa, UK branch of the Center for Vigilant Freedom (CVF), since renamed the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA), 2007-
  • Organised meeting between members of the English and Welsh Defence League (EWDL) and counter-jihadist activists in July 2009.
  • One of the core group involved in Alan Ayling’s 4 Freedoms Community (4F) website.
  • Attended UK and Scandinavia CounterJihad summit in Copenhagen on 14 April 2007.
  • Attended inaugural CounterJihadconference in Brussels on 18-19 October 2007.
  • Addressed conference in Bologna on 30 November 2007 representing Vigilant Freedom Europa/Center for Vigilant Freedom (CVF).
  • Attended pro Köln conference in Cologne on 20 September 2008 [CHECK it wasn’t 16 June 2007 pro Köln event]
  • Attended CounterJihad conference in Zurich on 12-13 June 2010.
  • Attended CounterJihad conference in London on 24 September 2011.
  • Attended meeting in the West Midlands on 19 November 2011 at which the English Defence League (EDL) and British Freedom Party (BFP) agreed to enter into a political alliance.
  • Organised link between Patrick Brinkmann and Bjorn Larsen, which resulted in the Geert Wilders rally in Berlin in 2010.

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Christopher Knowles (aka Aeneas Lavinium and Aeneas Europa)

An influential and important figure in the British and European ‘counter-Jihad’ movement. He was involved in the founding of the English Defence League and is involved in several international ‘counter-Jihad’ organisations.

  • Counter-jihadist blogger since 2006 and founder, Beer n Sandwiches (www.beernsandwiches.blogspot.com) in 2006.
  • Activist, British Freedom Party (BFP).
  • Co-founder, English Defence League (EDL), in 2009.
  • Director, Centre for Vigilant Freedom (CVF), since renamed the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA), since 2007.
  • Co-organiser, Vigilant Freedom Europa, Wakefield-registered UK branch of the CVF, since 2007.
  • Attended UK and Scandinavia CounterJihad summit in Copenhagen on 14 April 2007.
  • Attended inaugural CounterJihadconference in Brussels on 18-19 October 2007.
  • Addressed conference in Bologna on 30 November 2007 representing Vigilant Freedom Europa/Center for Vigilant Freedom (CVF).
  • Organiser, Vigilant Freedom Britannia Making Britain Safe for Apostasy conference in London on 11 October 2008.
  • Addressed rally in Berlin in support of Geert Wilders on 17 April 2010.
  • Addressed CounterJihad conference in Zurich on 12-13 June 2010.
  • Attended CounterJihad conference in London on 24 September 2011.

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Gerard Batten MEP

Co-founder, UK Independence Party (UKIP), in 1993 and UKIP MEP since 2004.

  • UKIP Spokesman on Immigration and Islamism, since 2010.
  • Activist, Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE), since 2007.
  • Member, The Freedom Association (TFA) and former Columnist, Freedom Today magazine, 2004-2009.
  • Launched A Proposed Charter of Muslim Understanding at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 13 December 2006 and at the House of Lords in London on 29 April 2007.
  • Addressed inaugural CounterJihad conference in Brussels on 18 October 2007. He was helped in producing this document by Sam Solomon.
  • Invited Geert Wilders to the European Parliament in December 2008 to screen his film Fitnato an invited audience of MEPs. The event was subsequently prevented from taking place by the Parliamentary authorities.
  • Met counter-jihadist activists from across the world attending the CounterJihad conference in London on 25 September 2011.
  • Author: Immigration: Action Overdue! (UKIP, March 2010).
Website: http://www.gerardbattenmep.co.uk

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Kevin Carroll

Cousin of EDL leader Stephen Lennon, Luton based Carroll is effectively deputy leader of the EDL.

Carroll, who describes himself as a carpenter, signed the nomination papers of a BNP candidate with a well documented Nazi past in 2007.

A regular speaker at EDL events, Carroll was at the heart of the creation of the EDL, following his arrest and subsequent public order conviction after he abused Islamist protestors demonstrating at the return to Luton of the Royal Anglian Regiment following their tour of Afghanistan.

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Magnus Nielsen

Member, UK Independence Party (UKIP) and former UKIP parliamentary candidate. Close to Alan Ayling.

  • Addressed Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE) demonstration outside Lambeth Palace, London on 11 September 2008.
  • Attended English Defence League (EDL) rally in London on 5 March 2010 in support of Geert Wilders (Leader, Dutch Party for Freedom).

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Paul Diamond

A close associate of UKIP MEP Gerard Batten, Diamond is a fundamentalist Christian who works as a barrister specialising in "religious liberty" though this would seem to extend to only Christians. Diamond is Standing Counsel to The Christian Legal Centre and Christian Concern. Through this he is linked to Andrea Williams and Sam Solomon.

  • Has acted as legal counsel to Gerard Batten, UK Independence Party (UKIP) MEP.
  • Addressed Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TFC) The Constitution or Sharia: Preserving Freedom conference in Nashville, Tennessee on 11 November 2011.
  • Addressed the Mass Resistance Banquet http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen/11c/MR_banquet/index.html

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Paul Ray

Paul Ray, also known as Paul Cinato, originates from Luton and is one of the original founding members of the EDL but has since fallen out with the current EDL leadership. Ray runs an anti-Islamic blog using the name “Lionheart”, founded 2007, which saw him arrested in 2008 over postings allegedly inciting racial hatred, however, no charges were brought against him.

He also runs Bradford Protest (www.bradfordprotest.blogspot.com) blog.

He is close friends with convicted terrorists “Mad” Nick Greger and Johnny Adair and was interviewed by Norwegian police over possible links to Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, after the mass killer identified himself as a ‘Templar of the Knights’, similar to the description Ray gave himself.

In reality Ray is little more than fantasist and publicity seeker who is now living in Malta.

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Paul Weston

Chairman, British Freedom Party (BFP), since 2011.

  • President, International Free Press Society (IFPS) - England.
  • Former UK Independence Party (UKIP) parliamentary candidate at the 2010 general election.
  • Regular contributor to the anti-Islamist Gates of Vienna blog, since 2007.
  • Supporter, Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE) and attended SIOE Free Speech demonstration in London on 26 October 2007.
  • Attended inaugural CounterJihadconference in Brussels on 18-19 October 2007.
  • Attended CounterJihad conference in Vienna on 10-11 May 2008.
  • Addressed European Freedom Initiative (EFI) rally in Amsterdam on 30 October 2010 in support of Geert Wilders (Leader, Dutch Party for Freedom).
  • Attended meeting at Canary Wharf, London in August 2009 with British and US counter-jihadist activists, including representatives of the English Defence League (EDL), arranged by the US-based Christian Action Network (CAN).
  • Addressed Bloc Identitaire (BI) International Congress on the Islamisation of Europe in Paris on 18 December 2010.
  • Attended Die Freiheit rally in Berlin on 3 September 2011.
  • Attended CounterJihad conference in London on 24 September 2011.
  • Addressed Jewish Defense League (JDL) of Canada meeting in Toronto on 20 February 2012 (www.jdl-canada.com/weston.pdf).
Website: http://www.paulweston101.blogspot.com

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Professor Roger Scruton

Philosopher, Broadcaster and Journalist.

  • Founder and Consulting Editor, The Salisbury Review (www.salisburyreview.co.uk) quarterly magazine, since 1982.
  • Advisory Board member, International Free Press Society (IFPS)

Author: The West and the Rest: Globalisation and the Terrorist Threat (2002)

England and the Need for Nations (Civitas, 2004 and 2nd edition, 2006)

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Ruby Akhtar

Involved in the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), which has held demonstrations address by Stephen Green of Christian Voice and Christian Concern. Akhtar attended the English Defence League demonstration in the company of Alan Ayling.

In an online survey to its followers, she suggested that 38 Degrees should support a e-petition to Downing Street “help the UN understand WHO the enemy actually is and ask their help in stopping the spread of Islamic murders worldwide.” This petition was being spread by Alan Ayling’s 4Freedom website.

Former Christian Party parliamentary candidate but has now joined UKIP.

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Sam Solomon

British-based exile and former Muslim scholar and Islamic jurist turned Christian convert. Solomon plays an important role in the UK and European ‘counter-Jihad’ movement, and has had links to both the English Defence League and more respectable figures like Geert Wilders.

  • Islamic Affairs Advisor.
  • Co-founder, Christian Concern (CC) and Christian Law Society.
  • Director, Fellowship of Faith for the Muslims (FFM) UK.
  • Advisory Board member, International Free Press Society (IFPS).
  • Addressed inaugural CounterJihadconference in Brussels on 18 October 2007.
  • Addressed Danish Free Press Society/Islam-Critical Network conference in Copenhagen on 26 September 2009.
  • Addressed Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TFC) meeting in Nashville, Tennessee on 12 May 2011.
  • Addressed Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TFC) The Constitution or Sharia: Preserving Freedom conference in Nashville, Tennessee in November 2011.

Author: A Proposed Charter of Muslim Understanding (PilcrowPress, 2006), which was launched at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 13 December 2006 and at the House of Lords in London on 29 April 2007.

Co-author:
The Mosque Exposed
Modern Day Trojan Horse: Al-Hijra: The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration, Accepting Freedom or Imposing Islam? (Pilcrow Press)
Al-Yahud: Eternal Islamic Emnity and the Jews (Pilcrow Press)
The Truth about ‘A Common Word’ (Pilcrow Press, 2008)

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Stephen Gash

Gash is the Cumbrian-based former UK spokesman for the Stop Islamisation of Europe network and is also a former member and candidate of the English Democrats, standing in the Sedgefield by-election which followed the resignation of Tony Blair as a Labour MP in 2007.

Gash organised and led a number of protests by the SIOE including one outside Harrow Central Mosque in 2009 which turned violent and saw a number of arrests including that of Stephen Gash, to prevent him from breaching the peace.

In 2010, Gash announced he was retiring from the post as UK spokesman of the SIOE campaign.

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Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson)

Stephen Lennon is the co-founder, spokesperson and leader of the English Defence League (EDL), the main anti-Islamist street protest movement in the world. He is viewed as an inspirational figure to both the militant and the political wings of the counter-Jihad movement and is considered by them to be a trailblazer. Images of EDL demonstrations have been used at Tea-Party fundraisers in the US.

  • Founded the EDL in 2009 after previously being involved United People of Luton.
  • Former member, British National Party (BNP), 2004-2005.
  • Served 12 months’ imprisonment for actual bodily harm for assaulting an off-duty police officer during a domestic incident in 2004. Convicted of assault in November 2011 for headbutting another EDL member at a rally.
  • Addressed Bloc Identitaire (BI) International Congress on the Islamisation of Europe in Paris on 18 December 2010.
  • Hosted international counter-jihadist activists in Luton on 23 September 2011.
  • Attended CounterJihad conference in London on 24 September 2011.
  • Addressed launch rally of the Europoean Defence League in Amsterdam on 30 October 2010.
  • Addressed European CounterJihad rally re-launch of the European Defence League in Åarhus, Denmarkl on 31 March 2012

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Steve Simmons (aka Chris Redmond)

Founder and Organiser, European Freedom Initiative (EFI), since 2010. Was previously Head of Media, English Defence League (EDL) but then fell out with the leadership. Is a key player in the European ‘counter-jihad’ scene and has recently re-established a relationship with the EDL leadership.

In his 50s, Simmons rarely goes on public demonstrations and prefers to operate behind the scenes.

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