LONDON - A scheduled visit by two US anti-Islam bloggers has been widely slammed by the government and anti-extremism groups in the United Kingdom who warn of the bloggers' hate-mongering visit to bring troubles to their country.
I am alarmed that the EDL is planning this type of march in Woolwich, home affairs committee chairman Keith Vaz told the BBC on Friday, June 21.
It is clear that the location, motivation and attendees at this march will incite hatred.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, two high-profile bloggers who founded the 'Stop The Islamization of America' campaign, were invited to speak at the march by the EDL.
Targeting them for years, Geller led many campaigns against Muslims, especially the opposition to plans to build an Islamic center close to the 9/11 site in New York.
Geller also runs Stop Islamization of America, a group referred to as an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Law Poverty Center.
The pair are infamously known for their anti-Islam subway posters in New York which read, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."
The anti-Islam bloggers plan to join Danish activist Anders Gravers, of Stop Islamisation of Europe, and EDL leaders Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll.
The march, planned by EDL to mark Armed Forces Day on June 29, will end in Woolwich, south east London, where a British soldier was murdered.
British Muslims have been in the eye of storm since the machete killing of an army soldier by two converts of immigrant origin in Woolwich, near London, last month.
According to Tell Mama project, which monitors anti-Muslim attacks in Britain, 212 anti-Muslim incidents have been reported after the Woolwich attack.
The figure included 11 attacks on mosques, in a series manifestation of anti-Muslim sentiments.
On Saturday, three Muslim worshippers were stabbed after the night prayers in Birmingham.
A fire also gutted the Darul Uloom Islamic school in Foxbury Avenue in south-east London last week, a blaze described by the police as suspicious.
It came after a suspected arson attack on an Islamic centre in north London Initials of the far-right English Defence League (EDL) was found scrawled on the side of that building.
Ban Hate Preachers
Voicing fears over the visit by the two "incendiary" right-wing American speakers, Vaz urged Home Secretary Theresa May to ban bloggers from entering UK.
"Adding incendiary speakers such as Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer just fuels the fire, Vaz said.
"Before we have to pay the costs for the extra policing required for this demonstration, the Home Secretary should consider using her discretion to ban these two speakers from entering the country.
"A ban should be enforced properly and physically stop people entering our borders."
Anti-fascist campaign Hope Not Hate also started a petition calling on Home Secretary to deny Geller and Spencer a visa on the grounds that "their very presence in the UK will give encouragement to racists and extremists".
A spokesman for Hope Not Hate told the BBC News website the group was also unhappy about Gravers' planned presence at the EDL event, but said he could not be denied entry to the UK because he was an EU citizen.
"We don't need people coming to this country to cause trouble," he added.
The EDL, a far-right group that emerged in 2009, has held numerous protests against what it calls Islamic extremism in Britain.
Far-right groups like the EDL and the British National Party (BNP) are playing the card of immigration to stoke sentiment against Muslims and immigrants.
In November 2010, British police warned that the anti-Muslim demonstration by the EDL fuel extremism and harm social cohesion in Britain, which is home to nearly 2.7 million Muslims.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net