Members of the Muslim police officers’ association promoted the views of Islamist extremists and antisemites, William Shawcross’ report on the Government’s anti-terrorism Prevent strategy reveals.
Rizwan Mustafa, founding chair of the West Midlands branch of the National Association of Muslim Police (NAMP), shared content which called for the destruction of Israel and described Jews as “filth”, the report discloses.
Among the material was a video that “contains the following call: ‘Where is the Caliph of the Muslims? Don’t you care that the Jews are defiling the place of the prophet’s nocturnal journey with their filth? The Jews are the most hostile people towards the believers’.”
He also “shared conspiracy theories” about the origins of al-Qaeda and Islamic State, the report claims.
Mr Shawcross writes: “I was disturbed to learn that this individual has worked with Government departments on counter terrorism and security policy.
“In 2020, he authored a paper for NAMP advising Counter Terrorism Policing drop the terms ‘Islamism’ and ‘jihadism’, which was later discussed at a meeting attended by senior policing figures.”
Also among the findings is how NAMP’s London branch praised the chair of trustees of Finsbury Park Mosque, who has previously supported the founder and leaders of Hamas.
The report points out that until recently, “a named member of Hamas’s politburo [was] serving as a trustee” of the mosque, “although the mosque deny having known of this connection”.
NAMP’s London branch – which helped introduce the hijab for policewomen – has claimed it is a “partner” of advocacy group MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development), whose founder made “several disturbing claims, including that of an alleged 300-year-old Israeli lobby in Parliament”, the report adds.
In quotes from 2014, cited in the report, he said: “The Israeli lobby wasn’t just beaten, they were battered, absolutely battered. It shows you, when we’re organised we can achieve results.”
The report claims that the National Association of Muslim Police (NAMP), set up in 2007 to tackle alleged Islamophobia in the police service, “afforded credibility to actors of extremist concern”.