Jimas, Tommy Robinson, on (Cancelled???) Holocaust Memorial Day Event in Huffington Post.
Jimas and the EDL on Steps of Ipswich Town Hall.
The Huffington Post reports (yesterday),
Tommy Robinson, the ex-EDL leader was to be a key speaker at a Holocaust Memorial Day event at a college, until panicked trustees ordered local organisers to withdraw the invitation, The Huffington Post UK can reveal.
The event was organised by the Suffolk New College & University Campus Suffolk chaplaincy at the college in Ipswich next Monday, in conjunction with controversial Muslim charity JIMAS.
The event has now been pulled, according to Tell MAMA’s Fiyaz Mughal, who is one of the Holocaust Memorial Day trustees.
“We told the organisers that because of some of Tommy Robinson’s past actions, and many of his comments since he left the EDL which indicate he still holds questionable views, that we could not support an event with him,” Mughal told HuffPost UK.
“We said that if the event went ahead, it would not be with Holocaust Memorial Day approval. We were very concerned that we might be seen to be giving it approval.
“The organisers felt very strongly that Robinson should be there to speak but took the decision to cancel after out call. It’s dead in the water now.”
Unite Against Fascism said they had also lobbied the college to ban Robinson. “This is not a gathering to pay respect to the millions of Jews murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust instead it will be used to by Robinson and Jode to attack Islam,” a spokesman said.
“UAF has written to the college urging them to cancel the meeting and instead put on a more suitable event to mark the Holocaust.”
He said that the UAF had planned a picket of the event if it had gone ahead.
JIMAS, a Suffolk-based organisation, has previously marched with the English Defence League to pay tribute to murdered soldier Drummer Lee Rigby.
Several other prominent ex-extremists were set to be taking part in the event, including Pat Magee, who was given multiple life sentences for the IRA Brighton Bombing), and Nick Jode, another ex-EDL member.
The even was to be opened by Professor Dave Muller, principal of Suffolk New College.
Suffolk New College told HuffPost UK that they were not directly involved with the organisation of the event and did not take the decision to cancel. Neither Suffolk New College & University Campus Suffolk chaplaincy and JIMAS could be reached at their respective numbers.
On the Huffington Post site there is this public comment,
SUPER USER·745 Fans·Co-Director, Association of British MuslimsActually JIMAS is a Muslim organisation – and I and many others were invited and were looking forward to listening Tommys points of view in person and questioning him (and letting him question us). Its sad that its been cancelled
We however, until shown evidence to the contrary, believe that the event is still going ahead at another venue.
This is what Jimas say,
Date: Monday 27th January 2014
Venue: In Ipswich (To Be Confirmed)
Time: 5.30 p.m. – 6.15 p.m. Registration & Buffet
6.15 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. Actual programme
Please confirm your attendance with any guests by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is what a supporter of the Christian (Evangelical ‘Gospel’ Christian group to be exact) Ipswich Heart says,
I have no personal problem against Tommy Robinson, and I look forward to seeing him in a different setting where he is not in the spotlight. So I am attending with respect and have no problem with him, Mr Frank Bright is the focus and he has no problem with him.