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The Muhammad Cartoon Exhibition

HOPE not hate issued a special report in late July outlining a plan by a group of British ‘counter-jihadists’ (anti-Muslim activists) to host a ‘Muhammad cartoon’ exhibition in central London on 18 September with the deliberate intention of inciting a violent reaction from British Muslims.

Anne Marie Waters speaking at the All Football Fans/Firms Against Islamisation demo in June 2015

Anne Marie Waters speaking at the All Football Fans/Firms Against Islamisation demo in June 2015

The event was to be attended by infamous far right Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

The counter-jihadists view using Muhammad cartoons as a way of illustrating what they believe is the incompatibility between Islam and the West.

Our report revealed that some in the counter-jihad movement believe that civil war between Muslim and non-Muslim communities is not only inevitable but desirable.

The, now cancelled, exhibition’s organiser is Anne Marie Waters, a former lawyer who was a candidate for UKIP in the recent general election. She currently runs Sharia Watch UK.

Only three weeks before Waters announced the cartoon exhibition was to take place, she was involved in long discussions with Stephen Lennon (the founder and former leader of the English Defence League), as well as Alan Ayling (one of Britain’s leading counter-jihadists, who helped found the EDL) and Jim Dowson, founder of the far-right/mosque invading party, Britain First.

The quartet openly discussed using the cartoons (which cause offence to many Muslims) to incite a violent backlash, which they hoped would spark a wider conflict between communities and, ultimately, civil war.

Our report also revealed that Lennon, who was pushing the cartoon exhibition on social media, was planning to become joint leader of Sharia Watch after his license period for his mortgage fraud ended in late-July.

Read the report here


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