Extremism

Madonna sued by National Front's Marine Le Pen

By Jennifer Lipman, July 16, 2012

The Queen of Pop is facing legal action from France's far right leader over a controversial stunt in her current world tour.

Madonna has staged a scene in her current MDNA show in which a photograph of Marine Le Pen, the National Front leader, is shown with a swastika superimposed over it/

Others who come in for the same treatment include the pope, Sarah Palin and Hitler.

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Hungarian far right leader challenged to Jewish debate

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 5, 2012

Several days after his colleague admitted having Jewish heritage, the leader of Hungarian's far right nationalist party, Jobbik, has challenged a Jewish community leader to a public debate.

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Arsenal ban Islamist preacher from Emirates Stadium

By Jessica Elgot, July 5, 2012

Arsenal Football Club banned an Islamist preacher from a conference held at the Emirates Stadium last weekend, after complaints from season ticket holders.

Fans of the club contacted officials expressing concerns about preacher Abdur Raheem Green, due to attend Human Relief Foundation’s “The Illustrious Goldmine” conference.

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From Islamist radical to fighter for change

By Maajid Nawaz, June 29, 2012

I became an Islamist without ever having read the Koran, as I admitted to Newsweek's Christopher Dickey in an interview last year. People may not know but Islamists often come from educated, liberal backgrounds, in fact many of them are irreligious. Disillusionment with what they see around them, coupled with a powerful ideological narrative, leads to their political conversion.

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Ex-radical speaks with suicide bomb victim's father

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2012

A former Islamist radical who now works to challenge extremism has spoken of meeting the father of a teenage suicide-bomb victim in Israel.

The first time Maajid Nawaz, the co-founder of the Qulliam think tank and the author of a new memoir about his time in Hizb ut-Tahrir, went to Jerusalem, he spoke only to other Islamists.

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Church bans extreme speakers after campaign

By Jessica Elgot, June 28, 2012

A Manchester church banned three speakers from an event hosted at its premises by a Palestinian organisation last weekend after complaints from Jewish campaigners.

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Alleged Yad Vashem vandals to appear in court

By Jennifer Lipman, June 26, 2012

Three suspects are to appear in court in Israel today in connection with the vandalism of the country's national Holocaust memorial museum.

The alleged perpetrators, all from Israel's strictly Orthodox community, are understood to have admitted to being behind the damage.

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Lord Ahmed cancels far-right meeting

By Jessica Elgot, June 14, 2012

The controversial peer Lord Ahmed has cancelled plans to host members of an extreme right-wing group at the House of Lords this week.

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Britain’s fascists in a right state

By Gerry Gable, June 14, 2012

Andrew Brons, the BNP MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber, has heavily criticised his party leader, calling him dictatorial. At a meeting of party "dissidents" last month, he said voters would be entitled to ask whether, if Nick Griffin were elected, he would run the country like he runs his party.

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Israeli journalist beaten by blackshirts in Athens

By Gil Shefler, June 14, 2012

When I made plans to go to Greece to investigate the rise of Golden Dawn, a neo-Nazi party that won almost seven per cent of the vote in the recent elections, I knew I was putting myself in some danger. After all, I intended to visit its headquarters and interview its members, who have been linked to a spate of attacks on foreigners.

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