The United Kingdom declares Hizb ut-Tahrir Al-Islami to be an anti-Semitic group. Consider making it illegal

The Interior Ministry said Parliament will this week discuss a proposal to make joining the group illegal under the country's anti-terrorism laws. If approved, the ban will take effect on Friday.

The group, which is based in Lebanon but operates in more than 30 countries, including the United States and Canada, has organized pro-Palestinian rallies in London in recent weeks. Police noted that one member was seen on video at a rally in October chanting “Jihad,” although officers who reviewed the evidence determined that no laws had been violated at the time.

Home Secretary James Cleverley said: “Hizb ut-Tahrir is an anti-Semitic organization that actively promotes and encourages terrorism, including praising and celebrating the disgusting October 7 attacks.”

Security Minister Tom Tugendhat said that the movement's celebrations of Hamas' attacks on Israel were a “disgrace.”

The Interior Ministry said the group “has a history of praising and celebrating attacks against Israel and Jews in general.”

If approved, the ban would make participating in or calling for support of the group a crime punishable by 14 years in prison.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is banned in several countries, including Germany, Egypt and Pakistan. Austria banned the group's symbols in 2021.

fountain: News agency

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