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ISIS: The British Women Supporters Unveiled

ISIS (Daesh) must be eliminated. This is our task. This is the task of the working class and its socialist movement

Address by Dashty Jamal, of the Worker Communist Party of Kurdistan to the AGM of the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty. November the 22nd.

Published by the, highly recommended,  libertarian Marxist site La Battaile Socialiste.

Dear Comrades,

I am glad to be here with you on behalf of Worker-communist Party of Kurdistan and Worker-communist Party of Iraq- Abroad Organisation I express our gratitude at being invited to your conference. We hope that this conference steps forward towards radical changes for workers. The AWL and our party have always had joint points in our struggle for gaining a better life for working people regardless of where they come from. The cooperation between us has ever helped us be keen to fight for our goals. At the same time we adopted necessary constructive criticism about any political stance we thought we needed to change for the benefit of our class struggle.

Today you are holding your conference at a chaotic time when working people are put under the military boots of the world bourgeoisie. Just look at what happens from the very heart of Europe to the Middle East and North Africa. There are many who think that we are experiencing a third world war. The warmongering policies of the American, European and Russian bourgeois governments directly led to military and political intervention in counties in the Middle East and North Africa. This policy has caused carnage; death of hundreds of thousands; havoc; displacement and devastating any trace of modern and urban society in those countries.

The world bourgeoisie supported the reactionary states of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, and Qatar, it has helped many Islamic groups under the name of “moderate Islamists” rise in America and Europe. These groups get massive financial supports either from the reactionary Islamic countries or American and European countries. These governments build mosques and other religious foundations under the name of multiculturalism and “respecting tolerance”? The paradox is clearly visible when we see that some of these foundations recruit for IS and other terrorist groups or nurture many suicide bombers in Europe itself. As we see this also revives racism in European countries in a very extreme level.

All this is the outcome of the aims of the world bourgeoisie and the imperialistic blocs, the USA and its allies in Europe and Russia and its allies. Their race is all about having control over the world, and divides the world between themselves. They compete on having their hegemony over other countries and expand their capital markets. They don’t care about the death of hundreds of thousands and destroying many parts of the world. It is not important for them to plunge the whole world in blood. As Marx put it this system is a like a vampire which sucks the life out of the working class.. But we have to do something. They must be stopped. They don’t fight IS; this vicious Islamic force is a project and they use it as a justification to achieve their goal. IS must be eliminated. This is our task. This is the task of the working class and its socialist movement.

We need a socialist platform to end the chaotic humanity lives in. We have to have a clear stance against imperialistic policy of the bourgeoisie and their state allies in the world and in the area. It is our duty to defend freedom, safety and stability of these societies. The working class and deprived mass must restore the political will to decide about their future and the political system, which can guarantee a dignified life. The freedom-loving people and the civilised humanity have the intention to put an end to this savage stage we are in. But the communists and the socialists must be in fore front of this struggle.

As far as Britain is concerned, we are overtly witnessing two different poles in our society. The Conservatives, who merged themselves into the imperialist pole and are a part of what happens in the Middle East, want to drive the British society into more dismal conditions. See how they cut the budget; follow austerity policies; cut social and housing benefits; increase tuition fees and so on. They are definitely supporting political Islam in Britain. We should undoubtedly stand against the Conservatives’ policy.

This is a chance to turn to the other pole, the working class, the left, and the socialists in Britain. Let me honestly say something about Labour Party. The election of Jeremy Corbyn is a turning point for the party and the whole society. His policy, for instance against cutting budget, refusing nuclear weapons, suggesting national education service, better health service, and so on, is good for the society. We have to support these and any other suggestions, which can lead to the betterment of people’s life. But we still need to ask ourselves: is the Labour Party socialist? Does it work for abolishing wage labour and thus gaining full equality between all humans? We are now talking about reformism and socialism. Is what is going on inthe Labour Party enough? To have a better life conditions is good, but it doesn’t necessarily lead to essential changes if we don’t have a strategy to do that. Reform can pave the way to socialism, but itself is not socialism. This is the boundary between us, as socialists, and the reformists. We need a worker revolution to end all what we have seen and experienced, a revolution leading to socialism.

We need now, more than ever, to polarise British society into capitalism and socialism. We need more than what is suggested till now. A socialist platform needs to be put before society: higher wages; lower work hours; better housing, free education and health services; stopping imperialist agenda; stopping support to the reactionary governments in the Middle East…. can be among many other demands. If we don’t have such a party that carries out such a strategic agenda, we might try to make the Labour Party a tribune for an independent socialist platform and strengthening a political and theoretical struggle to prevent that Labour Party goes towards right wing moreover.

We hope that your conference would insist on such a socialist strategy and platform. Good luck!

Long live socialism.

Comrade Jamal has also written this in June 2015 (Workers’ Liberty)

Where did ISIS come from?

His conclusions are important.

Some points worth fighting for

1. Mass resistance against ISIS, follow the example of Kobani people.

2. Establishing a secular and progressive government to guarantee the influence of the mass of people.

3. Changing the laws, all over the world, in favour of freedom and prosperity for all the humanity (wherever they are)

4. The universal support for freedom, secularism and mass resistance in the Middle East.

5. Immediately help all who have been displaced disregard from their religion or race. Any country which supported ISIS and especially Turkey must not only be condemned; but also  be interrogated.

6. To ask the France and European countries to grant asylum to Yazidis, Christians and every one forced to flee from ISIS.

7. Any activities and demonstrations by ISIS supporters must be opposed by the trade unions, community groups and political organisations. What they do does not constitute freedom of political thought; they advocate hatred and killing.

Tolerating these groups may give justification to other racist groups to flourish and spread hostility towards people from Muslim backgrounds.

8. As a part of maximum combat against ISIS, and its ideology, any financial support to the Islamic organisations and centers who work under the name of Islamic community must be cut. Their activities must be put under control. The religious schools must be shut down and mosques must not be allowed to be used as centres for nurturing terrorists.

After last night’s Channel Four, ISIS: The British Women Supporters Unveiled  point 7 has particular resonance.

Tomorrow night, Channel 4 will broadcast an undercover investigation which has uncovered some of the key British women who are supporting Isis – right here in the UK. Led by young British Muslim reporters, the production team managed, over 12-months, to infiltrate an inner circle of British women glorifying jihadis and promoting extreme Isis ideology both online and directly to women and young impressionable girls – often in the presence of very young children.

Captured before the deadly attacks in Paris, the undercover footage shows female Islamic State sympathisers in Britain who, in weekly two-hour lectures in London, are: using racially abusive language to describe Jews and Israelis, telling young Muslim women Britain is waging a war against them and urging them to abandon democracy and travel to Syria to join ISIS.

One of the women the programme identifies is the former leader of the female wing of the banned terror group once known as al Muhajiroun whilst another is known to have resided with an extremist preacher, also a former member of Al Muhajiroun.

The three women, identify themselves as Umm Saalihah, Umm L and Umm Usmaan on Twitter. Two operate in positions of authority within their circles and lecture women in secretive study sessions.

They are first identified in the investigation after promoting pro-Isis ideology on social media platforms. After extensive direct messaging on Twitter and making key contacts at a demonstration outside Regents Park Mosque, the undercover reporter is able to meet them face-to-face at an Islamic roadshow on Lewisham High Street, London. Gaining their trust, she is able to join them at their closely-guarded women-only study sessions which are strictly by invitation only.

The investigation was brought to a close four weeks before the attacks on Paris when the women – who were all established close contacts – became suspicious of the undercover reporter. The leader of the study circles Umm L challenged the reporter, preventing her from leaving unless they can look through her possessions. Eventually the reporter was able to leave but was banned from future contact and attending future sessions.

You can Watch the Documentary Here.

This is also extremely important: Les attentats du 13 novembre à Paris : la terreur de l’Etat islamique, l’état d’urgence en France, nos responsabilités 22 novembre 2015, par ROUSSET Pierre, SABADO François – the authors of some of the best writing and thinking in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper-Cacher massacres.  The present analysis is simply brilliant., working with the premises of solidarity with the victims and “ Quel que soit le rôle de l’impérialisme, l’Etat islamique est responsable de ses actes”.

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  1. Will be writing against Bombing Syria.

    But for the moment the serious case in favour of bombing is being made by “whirlwind” Stop the War Coalition, “victims of Western-backed wars and the reaction against them”, SWP, “AllAboutOil” Nouveau parti anticapitaliste, and this type, apparently a larf-a-minute comedian, Frankie Boyle.

    Frankie Boyle on the fallout from Paris: ‘This is the worst time for society to go on psychopathic autopilot’

    “t’s not an insult to the dead to wonder why France, a $2tn economy, couldn’t make a better offer to its disenfranchised youth than a bunch of sick bullies grooming them on the internet. It’s not apologism to try to understand why something happened. ”

    “Neil asked us to consider who will be remembered in 1,000 years, and the answer of course is Thkkkkkkkzzzzxrrkksd, the insane Cockroach Emperor, who revolutionised the mining of our bones for fuel. But let’s go with his conceit. A thousand years is a long time; the first book published in French wasn’t until 1476. Goodness knows what an Islamic caliphate would have been doing 1,000 years ago? They built the House of Wisdom in Baghdad, one of the first universities in the world; they asked scholars of all faiths to translate every text ever written into Arabic; they demanded the first qualifications for doctors, founded the first psychiatric hospitals and invented ophthalmology. They developed algebra (algorithms are named after their Arab father) and a programmable machine … a computer. They introduced Aristotle to Europe, Al-Jahiz began theories of natural selection, they discovered the Andromeda galaxy, classified the spinal nerves and created hydropower using pumps and gears. ”

    “. And we won’t remember any of this once the new series of Britain’s Got Talent starts.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/23/frankie-boyle-fallout-paris-psychopathic-autopilot?CMP=fb_gu

    What a larf!

    I’m still chuckling.

    Andrew Coates

    November 24, 2015 at 5:05 pm

  2. What is a “serious” newspaper like the Guardian doing publishing the inane, sub-Chomskyan witterings of this unfunny buffoon? But of course the Graun has form: until his recent elevation to grater things, the Graun regularly published the sub-Chomskyian witterings of one Seamus Milne.

    Jim Denham

    November 25, 2015 at 3:39 pm

  3. Frankie Boyle – the “dark heart” off of “Mock the Weak”?

    He wasn’t very funny on that either

    Boleyn Ali

    November 25, 2015 at 4:18 pm

  4. And Boyle couldn’t even get his shtick about the glories of ancient Islamic civilisation right.

    “the first book published in French wasn’t until 1476. Goodness knows what an Islamic caliphate would have been doing 1,000 years ago? They built the House of Wisdom in Baghdad, one of the first universities in the world; they asked scholars of all faiths to translate every text ever written into Arabic; they demanded the first qualifications for doctors, founded the first psychiatric hospitals and invented ophthalmology. They developed algebra (algorithms are named after their Arab father) and a programmable machine … a computer. They introduced Aristotle to Europe, Al-Jahiz began theories of natural selection, they discovered the Andromeda galaxy, classified the spinal nerves and created hydropower using pumps and gears. ”

    A pedant writes.

    Boyle states and makes much of the claim that the first book published in French was in 1476 (that is printed, obviously even Boyle must – at least I hope – be aware that books were written in French before that).

    The first book printed in Arabic characters was produced Europe in 1514, and the very first book in Arabic published in a Muslim country was in 1610 – in a Christian Monastery in what is now Lebanon. Only Christians and other non-Muslims produced books in the Ottoman Empire because of a religious prejudice against printing – in favour of calligraphy.

    No book was officially printed by Muslims until 1726 (at Istanbul).

    Now, let’s go into the idea that they “translated every book every written into Arabic”…

    Or perhaps not, because the whole paragraph is cack.

    https://fr.wikipedia.org/…/D%C3%A9buts_de_l..

    Andrew Coates

    November 25, 2015 at 4:54 pm

  5. “As a part of maximum combat against ISIS, and its ideology, any financial support to the Islamic organisations and centers who work under the name of Islamic community must be cut. Their activities must be put under control. The religious schools must be shut down and mosques must not be allowed to be used as centres for nurturing terrorists.” – Dashty Jamal

    I’m afraid there’s as much chance of Simon Danczuk joining Momentum as any of the far Left, soft Left or even Right-wing Labour going along with any of Dashty’s programme.

    Reports from the Oldham by election indicate that the votes of the white working class are heading from Labour to Ukip while the votes of people of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin (predominately Muslim and 25% of the total) are staying with Labour. If the Kippers do well, or even win, then the simmering civil war in Labour with burst open.

    While the war within Labour rages, the last thing any faction will want is to pick a fight with the voters who are sticking with them. In other words, no falling out with “community leaders”. Apart from that, the Left outside of Labour will scream “Islamophobia” at any attempt to associate Islam with ISIS.

    Also, remember Birmingham earlier this year when Tom Watson and Liam Byrne were willing to speak to a segregated audience in the pursuit of votes.

    Nope, I’m afraid all factions of the left (with very few exceptions) are willing to grasp this particular thorny issue and deal with it. They are unable and, more to the point, unwilling to fight on two fronts.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34919236

    John R

    November 26, 2015 at 2:11 pm

  6. “Some points worth fighting for

    1. Mass resistance against ISIS, follow the example of Kobani people.”

    ‘The example of the Kobani people’ was to fight on the ground with air support from the US. The Kurds have fought tremendously, but their larger successes against ISIS have almost invariably been in co-operation with allied air support – which the Kurds themselves have asked for more of. This is something that too many people have not honestly acknowledged.

    There is a case to be made against western countries carrying out airstrikes, but to argue for that AND to express support for a Kurdish victory is meaningless. If it had not been for (very belated) US bombing of thousands of ISIS fighters at Kobani, then the place would have been overrun. The Kurds wold not have been able to push back the ISIS front towards Raqqa. Tal Abyad would not have been taken back. Sinjar would not have been taken back. All the significant gains by the YPG and Peshmerga have been enabled by western air power.

    When you write your piece against ‘bombing Syria’, Andrew, at least pause to reflect on those facts. I wish that Western countries were in no way involved in bombing, let alone the UK extending bombing (officially) into Syria. It is a dangerous and horrifying matter. But it’s also the case that, without taking anything away from their heroism and effectiveness, the Kurds would not be in the position of growing success where they are now WITHOUT western bombing. They would all be in exile, in slavery or dead. And no amount of uplifting communiques like the above would have saved them.

    Lamia

    November 27, 2015 at 2:35 am

  7. I have added some sentences to make the latter point on the Kurds clear….

    Thanks for pointing this out Lamina.

    Andrew Coates

    November 27, 2015 at 7:02 pm


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