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Published on: January 22, 2013 09:01 AM
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London - Borough officials, community leaders and police condemned a group of self-proclaimed vigilantes who took it upon themselves to patrol the streets of London confronting people they deemed as indulging in “non-Muslim” behavior.

Earlier this month, a group who had claimed an area in East London was a “Muslim area” had told people that alcohol was banned, or that they were dressed inappropriately.

The group, who dubbed itself a “Muslim patrol,” filmed the incidents and posted the footage on YouTube.

In one video, which was first published last week by the UK news portal The Commentator, the group could be seen destroying advertisements for H&M lingerie on bus shelters in the Whitechapel area of London.

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“The Muslims have taken it upon themselves to command the good and forbid the evil and cover up these naked women,” one of the vigilantes says in the video.

Another video shows the group harassing members of the public for consuming alcohol. In one incident, a member of the public is told to dispose of a can of beer he is drinking.

The individual shown in the video is clearly shocked when he is told it is a Muslim area and that alcohol is “evil and banned” as they take his beverage away from him.

In yet another video, which begins with a logo stating that “Islam will dominate the world,” followed by a homophobic graphic, the group can be seen shouting at a man.

One member of the “patrol” shouts: “Hello mate, don’t you know this is a Muslim area?” He asks the man why he is dressed “like that” while another shouts “Homosexual! Homosexual.”

When the man, who appears clearly distressed in the video, asks why they are bothering him, the group hurls abuse at him.

“Because you’re walking through a Muslim area dressed like a fag. You need to get out of here.”

“You’re gay mate, get out of here you bloody fag. Don’t stay around here anymore.”

The self-styled group also stops people for dressing “inappropriately,” or for possessing alcohol near a mosque.

One young woman confronted by the group said she was appalled by their actions.

“This is Great Britain,” she said, to which the patrol can be heard saying, “We don’t care. It’s not so Great Britain, you understand? Vigilantes are implementing Islam.”

The London Metropolitan Police said that they are treating the incidents with “appropriate gravity,” adding that they are aware of the incidents and are increasing police patrols in the area.

“We are aware of incidents over the weekend of January 12-13, where members of the community had suffered harassment by as yet unidentified individuals stating the area was a ‘Muslim area’ and claiming to be a ‘Muslim patrol,’ a police spokesman said.

The police said it was engaging with a range of people in order to address the issue and find those responsible for the incidents.

“Patrols in the areas affected have also been increased in an effort to catch those carrying this out and to reassure the local community.

Officers have already been engaging with the communities of Tower Hamlets [Borough] including the businesses and mosques, and are working with local community leaders, influential people, local businesses and the local authority about what is being done, and can be done, to address concerns and identify those responsible,” the police said.

The police are urging anyone who has been a victim of the vigilantes, or anyone who knows the perpetrators, to come forward.

The Tower Hamlets Council told The Jerusalem Post they are “proactively working with partners in the community and police” to monitor for further incidents and take appropriate action.

“This is an isolated incident by a few individuals whose actions go entirely against the council’s and community’s ethos of One Tower Hamlets. We are proud of the community cohesion in our borough and know that the vast majority of residents believe that people from all backgrounds should be treated with dignity and respect,” a Tower Hamlets spokesman said on Monday.

Alan Green, chair of the Tower Hamlets Interfaith Forum said, “The behavior of the very few people who call themselves the ‘Muslim patrol’ does not represent the vast majority of Muslims living in Tower Hamlets.

These are troublemakers seeking to undermine the mutual respect which is at the heart of our diverse and vibrant borough and ensures that people of different faiths and view-points can live harmoniously together.”

A London Muslim Center spokesman said, “We wholly condemn their behavior.

They are not welcome in our community. We deplore the actions of a small minority who sow discord within our communities. It has no place in our faith, neither in its teachings nor practices.”

The Muslim Council of Britain, a Muslim community representative organization, told the Post that the group was an unrepresentative minority.

“We cannot comment on the veracity of this video, particularly as the website [The Commentator] you refer to revels in trading anti-Muslim stories. Nevertheless, if the contents of this is true, then we would urge the police to intervene; we do not condone such vigilantism.”


Content is provided courtesy of the Jerusalem Post


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 Jan 22, 2013 at 09:24 AM Butterfly Says:

It is not going to be isolated! They are doing it in France also and across Europe! Wake up people!!

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 09:41 AM Aussi-Joe Says:

Londonistan
The Largest Caliphate in the west

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 10:05 AM Liepa Says:

Good luck UK, the muslim caliphate takeover of London and the rest of the UK has officially begun.

The British muslim populations birth rate exceeds the British non-muslim population by far and in the not to distant future will surpass their non-muslim counterparts.

The question isn't whether there'll be a muslim majority in the UK, the question is when.

Unfortunately for the Brits, when that happens, they'll then realize, too late, what happens when the muslims takeover.

Singing 'G-d Save the Queen' will in fact become, 'G-d save the Sultan'

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 10:49 AM sambayon Says:

UK: This is the soup you cooked for yourself now eat it and don't complain

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM Anonymous Says:

I don't condom what they are doing by any means; however you are not suppose to drink on the street. I live in London and watch as mostly eastern europeans drink and defecate on the street any time of day. The pub near where I live has to go out each morning and scrub the wall near it from the stench.Why aren't the police doing their job?
In Stamford Hill area the Moslems and Jewish people have worked together to keep bad advertising off the bill boards in the area and have ask the bus companies not to use inappropriate advertising on buses throw the are.No violence just working together.

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 11:34 AM Booky Says:

Yup. It's scary the Muslims are taking over the world. We have to stop it right now before it's too late

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM Liepa Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

I don't condom what they are doing by any means; however you are not suppose to drink on the street. I live in London and watch as mostly eastern europeans drink and defecate on the street any time of day. The pub near where I live has to go out each morning and scrub the wall near it from the stench.Why aren't the police doing their job?
In Stamford Hill area the Moslems and Jewish people have worked together to keep bad advertising off the bill boards in the area and have ask the bus companies not to use inappropriate advertising on buses throw the are.No violence just working together.

You mean 'don't condone' the word you chose is off, by far, no offense!

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 01:18 PM Anonymous Says:

yup, Europe is in love with islam

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 02:08 PM ShmuelG Says:

I love it! The Left's most favorite politically correct constituencies - gays and muslims - clash with each other. This was never supposed to happen because in the liberal world view, "victims" are always in solidarity with each other against their oppressors (or normal, stable people, as we know them).

So whose side are they going to take? You would think gays' because they are the ones being harassed. But I am not so sure. The police said that they are treating the incidents with “appropriate gravity.” In translation from unmanly british English this means "We are going to try to stay out of this one if at all possible."

And then there is the obligatory platitude from some politically correct secular Jew “The behavior of the very few people [...] does not represent the vast majority of Muslims [...]" Blah, blah, blah...

Oh well, just watching those two protected constituencies clash is enough pleasure for this simple man. I love it!

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 02:17 PM Mayer Says:

Very scary.

Our haredim have been destroying "immodest" advertisements for many years in Yerushalayim. They have also been harassing members of minority alternate communities.

The London Muslims are simply emulating the Yerushalayim Haredim.

When is it all going to stop?

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 02:17 PM Liepa Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

yup, Europe is in love with islam

Up until their day of reckoning comes, which by the looks of it is too far off!

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 02:36 PM savtat Says:

Does anyone here see a similarity to having little girls spit on in Beit Shemesh? Extremism is extremism. Plain and simple. It's always ugly.

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 03:42 PM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #12  
savtat Says:

Does anyone here see a similarity to having little girls spit on in Beit Shemesh? Extremism is extremism. Plain and simple. It's always ugly.

Oh you anti-semite. How can you compare what I holy people do to defend Torah on the streets of Beit Shemesh? That girl had it coming to her. While those Muslim fanatics make it impossible for others to live with them. They try to control who people dress, drink and even think. Thank G-d this doesn't happen in our community, although I suggest your wife walk on the women's side of the street when we are able to stop those isealis from interfering with our holy work.

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 03:46 PM heeb Says:

Sounds like meah shearim

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 04:08 PM A Says:

I NEVER agree with ShmuelG but he is correct on this one point:

"The police said that they are treating the incidents with “appropriate gravity.” In translation from unmanly british English this means "We are going to try to stay out of this one if at all possible."

No city in the world has as many web cameras as London. If the police were truly motivated to find these muslim vigilantes they could and would.

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 07:37 PM ShmuelG Says:

Reply to #15  
A Says:

I NEVER agree with ShmuelG but he is correct on this one point:

"The police said that they are treating the incidents with “appropriate gravity.” In translation from unmanly british English this means "We are going to try to stay out of this one if at all possible."

No city in the world has as many web cameras as London. If the police were truly motivated to find these muslim vigilantes they could and would.

Be careful how you write. "I NEVER agree with [...] but this time he is right," especially with such emphatic NEVER, betrays that what you most likely mean is "I agree with [...] much more often than I would admit, but I don't mind to admit it this time." A?

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 09:15 PM Benny Says:

Now let the England give them the land, two state solution, and split London into 2,
Than we can do the same to France and Paris!!!
Great solution!

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 10:57 PM marcia Says:

There are so many posters thumbing their proverbial noses at London...America is right there with them! You may not see/hear/know what is happening around you when you live in (what you believe is) an orthodox area. Not for long. I know you think halal wagons are better than the "treif" you see elsewhere, you are sooo wrong! Fanatics love nothing more than to purchase an old shul just so they can turn it into a mosque! Objective self education on the subject is your best teacher!

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 11:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Gotta admit....I get some perverse pleasure in reading this.
I am looking forward to hearing that the same thing is happening in France.

Good luck with that sharia law Europe...just saying.

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 Jan 23, 2013 at 12:33 AM shmiell Says:

The police are afraid to touch the Moslems, just like in the Chevron Massacre, when they "stood by bravely" and watched. Just like Dinkins and the NYPD in Crown Heights. By the time they wake up and smell the coffee, the law of England and the entire EU will be Sharia, with America on the horizon.
This is NOT like in Beit Shemesh or any Chareid city, since the police have no problem beating the (blank) out of Chareidim. But Moslems? Tsk, Tsk, it's politically incorrect.
I think the best solution is to bring back the Chaptzems.

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