‘Our community’s naïve support for people and organizations such as these helps them to mask underlying messages of violence and terrorism.’
Catford and Bromley United Synagogue, a London Orthodox synagogue affiliated with the United Synagogue movement, hosted a Muslim cleric who has called for a jihad against Jews in the Land of Israel.
Shakeel Begg is head of Lewisham Islamic Centre and preaches to thousands of followers. In 2013 he sought to sue the BBC for defamation in a High Court case that concluded in October of last year, after Sunday Politics presenter Andrew Neill called him “an extremist preacher… with extremist positions”, reported Jewish News Online.
Begg unsuccessfully denied the presenter’s remarks in the trial. The judge found that Begg “promoted and encouraged religious violence,” after scrutinizing Begg’s speeches from 2006-11.
The court noted Begg’s predeliction for quoting Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Baz, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia from 1993 until he died in 1999, a leader within Salafi-Wahabi Islam.