On November 9, the UK Home Office banned the British Islamist organization Muslims Against Crusades (MAC). This means that membership, holding meetings, or wearing clothing or “articles” to show support for the organization are now criminal offenses punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
A week ago, MEMRI published an extensive report on the twitter activity of British jihadi Anjem Choudary, who is the group’s spiritual advisor and press spokesman as well as spokesman for the banned Islam4UK organization and co-founder of Al-Muhajiroun (see MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 755, “Deleting Online Jihad on Twitter: The Case of British Jihadi Anjem Choudary – Tweeting for the Caliphate and the Conquest of the White House”).
Choudary’s Twitter activity included a November 4 threat to those who “support” Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical political weekly that published an attack on radical Islam and as a result had its offices firebombed and its website cyber-attacked, saying it should “take lessons from Theo Van Gogh,” the Dutch film director assassinated by jihadi Mohammed Bouyeri in November 2004 for his film Submission which criticized the treatment of women in Islam.
It should be mentioned that even though MAC is now banned and declared a terror organization, Anjem Choudary is still communicating the group’s message via Twitter and YouTube.
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