Author Archives: David Toube

The Depressing Saga of the Holocaust Exhibition in Golders Green

The story of those non-Jews – including Muslims – who put their lives on the line during the Holocaust to save their Jewish friends and neighbours is one of the few luminous points in one of the darkest periods of human history. Ironically, although not unexpectedly, an attempt to retell that story has handed an

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Jews, the British Labour Party, and How We Fell Out

This is the text of a speech that I delivered to the Society of Czech Jewish Academics I would like to start with an observation that would not, now, shock anybody at all in the United Kingdom, but which genuinely surprised British Jews who were active in Left wing politics. Whereas in most of Western Europe,

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Why the APPG’s Definition of Islamophobia is not up to scratch

The APPG on British Muslims has produced its report, Islamophobia Defined. It is not, in essence, an Islamist definition. Although it was compiled with the support of an academic, Dr Antonio Perra, formerly of MEND, who has accused Quilliam of having borrowed “elements of both Far-Right and Liberal Islamophobia”, there is little of that sort

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Preventing Islamist Extremism in Liberal Democracies

I attended the Home Affairs conference in Prague last week, where I spoke on a panel on the subject of preventing Islamist extremism in liberal democracies. This is broadly what I had to say. Here are five points which give you a flavour of the lessons that we have learnt in combating extremism and political

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Debate: This House WOULD Tolerate Religious Fundamentalism

On Friday, I had the pleasure of opposing the motion, “This house would not tolerate religious fundamentalism” at Exeter University Debating Society. My team mate was Simon Perfect of Theos. We were opposed by Chris Street of the Atheist Society and Helen Nicholls of the National Secular Society. Helen and I essentially agreed with each

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Iain Duncan Smith speaks out against MEND

Yesterday, we discussed the decision of two Lewisham MPs –  Janet Daby (who withdrew at the last minute) and Vicky Foxcroft – to share a platform with the notorious extremist preacher, Shakeel Begg. I noted that it would be possible for the MPs to withdraw from the event, but observed that it is rare that

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Reciprocal Radicalisation: Shakeel Begg, Labour, and the Democratic Football Lads Alliance

UPDATE: 7 November 2018: Janet Daby MP pulled out of the event This is not an article about Imam Shakeel Begg. Everything that there is to know about Begg is now a matter of public record. Rather, its purpose is to discuss the process by which extremism enters the political mainstream, and the consequences of

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Next in Q – Episode 4: Aimen Dean – A British Spy out of Al Qaeda

Tune in to the new Quilliam International podcast with your host David Toube in conversation with Aimen Dean. “So… there was a choice between either the British, the Americans or the French. As far as the Americans were concerned… my defection took place around December 1998, and in August 1998, I was just lucky to

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After the Pittsburgh Attack

News of the Pittsburgh Massacre began to filter through at lunch time: first as garbled WhatsApp and Facebook messages, then as a news alert from the BBC News app, and finally in the form of a constantly updated, rolling news page on the websites of every newspaper. What shocked me most was how little shock

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Next in Q – Episode 3: Aimen Dean – A British Spy in Al Qaeda

Tune in to the new Quilliam International podcast with your host David Toube in conversation with Aimen Dean. “Eight years undercover do really take their toll on you. I became diabetic during that time. The stress of a double life is too much. You are constantly on the move, monitoring cells, infiltrating organisations that want

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