The Position Of The International Civil Liberties Alliance With Regard To The Recent Counterjihad Controversy
The publication of an apparent attack on the EDL that did not go into the nuanced arguments that were put forward subsequently made many people understandably angry and disappointed. People were concerned that one of the most successful Counterjihad organisations in the world, the English Defence League, was being publically and unjustifiably attacked. An open letter was put together that has been posted on various sites, including this one, expressing people’s anger about this treatment of an organisation that had gone out of its way to encourage participation from all sections of British society irrespective of social status, gender, sexuality, or ethnic origin. To publically make allegations implying that such an organisation has serious problems with Nazi infiltration could be seen, and was seen by many, as extremely unfriendly, and even a provocative act. This is the context surrounding the publication of the open letter that has excited a great deal of discussion in certain quarters. We thought that perhaps a private approach to the Leadership of the EDL would have been more appropriate before such serious charges were levelled so publically.
Henrik Clausen, of EuropeNews, has written an article about the recent controversy and he talks about his own disappointment with regard to the charges that had been publically levelled against the EDL. The article reflects our own view and sets the context that led us to publish the open letter. The article is well worth reading and can be found HERE.
Jihad Watch has implied that sites such as this one who expressed their concern and distress were said to “carry water for anti-Semitism”. How such concerns could be twisted and portrayed in this way remains a mystery. The International Civil Liberties Alliance has for many years been a stalwart supporter of the state of Israel and strong opponent of anti-Semitism. To be portrayed in a way that implies support for the very people we have been opposing in recent years is very hurtful and it is unwarranted.
However, we do not want to engage in further arguments about this matter or about the mischievous charges that have been levelled against us. A perceived injustice had been done and a response has been made. It serves no purpose to continue with pointless arguments that with further damage the Counterjihad movement and give comfort to those who wish to promote sharia. We therefore appeal for calm with regard to this issue and hope that allegations of the kind just discussed can, in the future, follow more appropriate channels before people bring them into the public arena which leads to misunderstandings and damages the important work of us all.