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Hope not Hate (identified on official materials, but pretty much nowhere else, as HOPE not hate) is a British anti-fascist campaign emphasizing the racism espoused by said fascists. It was originally started by the anti-fascist magazine Searchlight and is now chiefly supported by various British labor unions.[1][2][3] It is fronted by Nick Lowles.

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Activities

The campaign's activities include bus tours[4] and a petition to BNP leader Nick Griffin.[5] Its website runs two blogs — one by Nick Lowles, the other by "the Insider" — that provide regular news on far-right movements.[6][7]

Criticism

HnH has been accused by some critics of ignoring Islamic extremism. [8] For example, the site's section on hate groups includes the BNP, the English Defence League, and the rather obscure New Right, but no mention of any of al-Muhajiroun's various permutations.[9] However, they do not omit Islamic extremism entirely; the campaign's site has targeted Muslim fundamentalist Haitham al-Haddad[10] and denounced honour killings[11] while the Hope not Hate magazine has run a report on al-Muhajiroun.[12]

Though HnH, being an anti-fascist campaign, understandably focuses primarily on the hate espoused by fascists while letting other hate off comparatively easy, at least (unlike Unite Against Fascism)[13][14] Hope not Hate does not appear to be actively aligning itself with Islamists.

The campaign's opposition to al-Haddad, incidentally, has resulted in its condemnation by Muslim nut Laura Stuart and the ranting saxophonist Gilad Atzmon (the latter branding it "a Zionist outlet").[15]

Counter-Jihad report

In April 2012, tying in with the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, HnH released its official shit-list a report on what it termed the "Counter-Jihad movement". The report describes the Counter-Jihad movement as "the new face of the far right in Europe and North America", with an ideology defined by the treatment of all Muslims as extremists and the belief that, due to immigration and multiculturalism, the West is in danger of being taken over by Islam. The report lists hundreds of individuals and organisations involved in the alleged movement; according to HnH, each of them is partially responsible for Breivik's killing spree, according perhaps to guilt by association.[16]

The list is broken up by country; amongst the names included are the American Family Association; Pamela Geller and her Atlas Shrugs blog; WorldNetDaily;[17] the BNP; Combined Ex Forces; Stephen Lennon and his English Defence League; English Shieldwall; and Alan Lake.[18]

The report has been criticised. Blogger "Happy Propagandist" dismissed it as "complete nonsense," in particular objecting to the inclusions of Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre (charities for British Christians) and the Barnabus Fund (a charity for minority Christians in majority Muslim countries; later removed from HnH's list). "Unfortunately, this report seems more like a knee-jerk list conflating hooligan groups, anti-Islamists, conservatives, and those who are simply opposed to immigration or are concerned about the persecution of non-Muslims", concludes the post.[19] It should be noted that, in fact, critics of Islam who are generally classed as left-of-centre (such as Richard Dawkins, Taslima Nasrin or One Law for All) are absent from the list.

Writing for FrontPage Magazine, Bruce Bawer condemned HnH for using Breivik's atrocity as an excuse to demonise criticism of Islam,[20] as did a press release from the International Civil Liberties Alliance[21] (one of the organisations named in the report[22]).

External links

Footnotes

  1. http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/about-us/
  2. http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/tufs/
  3. http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/index.php/content/bnp-wins-seats/
  4. http://www.trinitymirror.com/2009/05/third-successive-year-for-mirrors-hope-not-hate-tour.html
  5. http://web.archive.org/web/20091117174111/http://notinmyname.tv/
  6. http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/blog/nick
  7. http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/blog/insider
  8. http://blazingcatfur.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/ezra-levant-just-like-anders-breivik.html
  9. http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/hate-groups/
  10. http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/blog/article/1579/uninvited
  11. http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/blog/article/1502/the-shame-of-honour-attacks
  12. http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/blog/article/1659/appreciate-the-grievance-deal-with-the-extrem
  13. http://www.workersliberty.org/story/2012/02/25/report-unite-against-fascism-conference-2012
  14. http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/uaf-letter/
  15. http://www.deliberation.info/hope-not-hate-reveals-islamophobia/
  16. http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/counter-jihad/
  17. http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/counter-jihad/country/USA
  18. http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/counter-jihad/country/UK
  19. http://happypropagandist.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/hope-not-hate-releases-counter-jihad.html
  20. http://frontpagemag.com/2012/04/20/the-scandalous-lies-of-hope-not-hate/
  21. http://www.libertiesalliance.org/2012/04/16/michael-gove-celsius-77-and-the-mainstreaming-of-the-counter-jihad/
  22. http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/counter-jihad/organisations/
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