Author Archives: David Toube

New Zealand Massacre: White Nationalist Iconography and Ideology

The manifesto and the gun decorations displayed by Brenton Tarrant, the man arrested for the horrifying massacre of scores of worshippers at two New Zealand mosques, are steeped in the iconography of the neo Nazi far Right. This is a deliberate choice: the purpose of the attack is to spread these ideas. Many readers will

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What to do about Shamima Begum

A shorter version of this article originally appeared in the Mail on Sunday. Aimen Dean is, arguably, the greatest British hero since World War II. Originally from Saudi Arabia, he went to fight jihad in Bosnia at the tender age of fifteen. Within a few years, he had become a fully-fledged member of Al Qaeda,

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The Salman Rushdie Fatwa: My Radicalisation

Thirty years ago, I was a young law student at Southampton University. I was in my second year of study and was beginning to be ‘radicalised’, as it were. University was my first experience of politics. Student politics is an odd beast. Most people – normal people, that is – don’t really spend their time

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It is not just Brexit that feeds the UK’s far right

This article originally appeared on CNN The deep social and political divisions exposed by the UK’s Brexit vote present both an opportunity for the British far right — as well as being a challenge to it. Indeed, only this week, Neil Basu the head of London’s Metropolitan Police’s counterterrorism operations, said that Brexit had the “potential

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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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