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Zionist William Hague Says World Must ‘Do More’ For Syria After Talks With John Kerry



Zionist William Hague has warned that the international community must be “prepared to do more” to end the Syria crisis following talks in Washington with US secretary of state John Kerry.

The Foreign Secretary said the two nations remained committed to securing a diplomatic solution but suggested they must be ready to increase pressure on Bashar Assad’s regime.

Hague described the atrocities being meted out on civilians as the “most urgent crisis anywhere in the world”.

“We are both deeply concerned by what is happening to innocent people there,” he told reporters at a press conference.

“The regime appears to be preparing new assaults, endangering the lives and safety of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who are already in desperate need.

“And the scale of the regime’s oppression and the human suffering that it has caused beggars belief.

“The campaign of murder and tyranny that they have waged for more than 800 days now is not only a moral outrage, it’s a grave threat to the wider region, it’s a danger to our own national security.”

“We agreed today that we cannot turn away from Syria and its people,” he added.

Kerry said the United States was still committed to peace talks and would “do everything we can” to bring about a transitional government.

He said: “Nobody wins in Syria the way things are going.

“The people lose and Syria as a country loses and what we are pushing for is a political solution that ends the violence, saves Syria, stops the killing and the destruction of an entire nation and that’s what we are pushing for.

“So it’s not a question to me whether or not the opposition can, quote, win, it’s a question of whether or not we can get to this political solution.”

He added: “There’s a unanimity about the importance of trying to find a way to peace, not a way to war. The Assad regime is making that very difficult.”

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Erdogan hints IsraHell is ‘delighted’ by wave of unrest



ed note–it would make sense that Erdogan would say something like this in the interests of shoring up whatever political support he has while at the same time insinuating that the protesters are part of a Zionist conspiracy against Turkey, but there may be more truth to it than we might realize and his statements may indicate that he knows certain things which he is not revealing at this time.

Times of Israel

Turkey — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted Thursday that Israel was “delighted” with the protest against his leadership that have spread across the country over the past two weeks.

“Those against whom we said ‘one minute’ are now delighted,” Erdogan was quoted by Turkish daily Hurriyet as saying. Erdogan made waves in 2009 when he disrupted President Shimon Peres during an address at the Davos Economic Forum, shouting “one minute” at him.

Erdogan also ordered authorities to remove all “troublemakers” from Istanbul’s Taksim Square, rejecting the European Parliament’s resolution condemning the excessive use of force by Turkish riot police against demonstrators.

Ratcheting up his defiant tone, Erdogan appears determined to end two weeks of protests that have put an unflattering international spotlight on his Islamic-rooted government and its handling of the biggest street unrest of his 10-year tenure.

Erdogan’s comments came a day after his Justice and Development party proposed a referendum over a development plan at Taksim Square that has fanned the protests. Police have repeatedly fired water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters; five people have died and over 5,000 have been injured. The government says 600 police were injured as well.

“This square belongs to the people of Istanbul, the people of the whole country, and to all international visitors. So we cannot allow troublemakers to hang around freely in this square,” Erdogan told local party leaders. “We will clean the square.”

Erdogan also lashed out at the European Parliament over its non-binding motion for a resolution that expressed its concern over “the disproportionate and excessive use of force” by Turkish police.

The EU assembly said it “deplores the reactions of the Turkish Government and of Prime Minister Erdogan” — and accused him of adding to the polarization of the situation.

Just minutes before the legislature approved the motion in a show of hands, Erdogan thundered to raucous applause: “I won’t recognize the decision that the European Union Parliament is going to take about us … Who do you think you are by taking such a decision?”

The protests erupted May 31 after a violent police crackdown on a peaceful sit-in by activists objecting to a development project that would cut down the trees in Gezi Park, adjacent to Taksim Square, with a replica of Ottoman-era barracks.

The demonstrations then spread to dozens of cities, rallying tens of thousands of people each night, and broadened to a protest over Erdogan’s overall rule.

Protesters who have camped out in a peaceful sit-in in Gezi Park remained on site Thursday. Their continued presence by the hundreds has served as a base for large numbers of protesters who have congregated by the thousands on Taksim Square — usually in the evening, after work.

Also Thursday, 26-year-old Ethem Sarisuluk — who had been on life support for days — was pronounced dead, according to family lawyer Sema Aksoy. He was believed to have been hit in the head by a tear gas canister June 1 during protests in Ankara, though lawyers were going to sit in on the autopsy to verity the exact circumstances leading to his death.

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John Hagee confuses 9/11 with the shooting of Ronald Reagan


Pastor John Hagee is in the middle of delivering a four-part weekly sermon on “Sin, Sex, and Self Control.” Which, despite it’s exciting title, has not offered too many of the hilariously ignorant and bigoted sound bytes Hagee is known for.

This week’s sermon was on “God’s Message for Men,” during which Hagee spent most of his time explaining the ways in which men and women are different, which is due to different ways their brains function.

To try to prove his point, Hagee brought up the 9/11 attacks as an example of how men and women supposedly react differently to a crisis.

Saying that women responded by having sympathy for those trapped in the World Trade Center towers while men reacted by wanting to know who was in charge.

According to Hagee, after the 9/11 attacks, “Alexander Haig actually said ‘I’m in charge here.’ Not according to the Constitution, Alexander, but if you think so, okay.”

Which would have been quite a statement, given that the last time Alexander Haig had held any political office of any nature was in 1982. Haig’s assertion that he was in control had actually occurred after the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan.

So in his attempt to demonstrate how the male and female brains work differently, all Hagee wound up doing was proving that his own brain isn’t working.



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TUT Broadcast: Continued reading from USS LIBERTY

TUT Broadcast June 12, 2013

by crescentandcross

Continued reading from USS LIBERTY survivor Phil Tourney’s book ‘What I Saw That Day’


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Obama to decide whether U.S. will send Syrian rebels air power this week



Moved by the Assad regime’s rapid advance, the Obama administration could decide this week to approve lethal aid for the beleaguered Syrian rebels and will weigh the merits of a less likely move to send in U.S. airpower to enforce a no-fly zone over the civil war-wracked nation, officials said Sunday.

White House meetings are planned over the coming days, as Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government forces are apparently poised for an attack on the key city of Homs, which could cut off Syria’s armed opposition from the south of the country. As many as 5,000 Hezbollah fighters are now in Syria, officials believe, helping the regime press on with its campaign after capturing the town of Qusair near the Lebanese border last week.Opposition leaders have warned Washington that their rebellion could face devastating and irreversible losses without greater support, and the warnings are prompting the United States to consider drastic action.

Secretary of State John Kerry postponed a planned trip Monday to Israel and three other Mideast countries to participate in White House discussions, said officials who weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

While nothing has been concretely decided, U.S. officials said President Obama was leaning closer toward signing off on sending weapons to vetted, moderate rebel units. The U.S. has spoken of possibly arming the opposition in recent months but has been hesitant because it doesn’t want Al Qaeda-linked and other extremists fighting alongside the anti-Assad militias to end up with the weapons.

Obama already has ruled out any intervention that would require U.S. military boots on the ground. Other options such as deploying American air power to ground the regime’s jets, gunships and other aerial assets are now being more seriously debated, the officials said, while cautioning that a no-fly zone or any other action involving U.S. military deployments in Syria were far less likely right now.

The president also has declared chemical weapons use by the Assad regime a “red line” for more forceful U.S. action. American allies including France and Britain have say they’ve determined with near certitude that Syrian forces have used low levels of sarin in several attacks, but the administration is still studying the evidence. The U.S. officials said responses that will be mulled over in this week’s meetings concern the deteriorating situation on the ground in Syria, independent of final confirmation of possible chemical weapons use.

White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said Obama’s advisers were considering all options to hasten a transition in Syria.

“The United States will continue to look for ways to strengthen the capabilities of the Syrian opposition,” she said.

Any intervention could have wide-reaching ramifications for the United States and the region. It would bring the U.S. closer to a conflict that has killed almost 80,000 people since Assad cracked down on protesters inspired by the Arab Spring in March 2011 and sparked a war that has since been increasingly defined by sectarian clashes between the Sunni-led rebellion and Assad’s Alawite-dominated regime.

And it would essentially pit the United States alongside regional allies Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar in a proxy war against Iran, which is providing much of the materiel to the Syrian government’s counterinsurgency and, through Hezbollah, more and more of the manpower. 

Syria’s precarious position in the heart of the Middle East makes the conflict extremely unpredictable. Lebanon, across the western border, suffered its own brutal civil war in the 1970s and the 1980s and is already experiencing increased interethnic tensions. Iraq, to Syria’s east, is mired in worsening violence. And Israel to the southwest has seen shots fired across the contested Golan Heights and has been forced to strike what it claimed were advanced weapons convoys heading to Hezbollah, with whom it went to war with in 2006.

Iran could wreak havoc in the region through its support of Shiite militant groups, and U.S. officials fear Iran may seek to retaliate for any stepped-up American involvement by targeting Israel or U.S. interests in the region. It’s also unclear what American action would mean for relations with Russia, which has provided Assad with military and diplomatic support even as it claims that it working with the United States to try to organize a Syrian peace conference.

At the same time, it’s unclear how Washington could fundamentally change the trajectory of a conflict that has increasingly tilted toward Assad in recent months without providing weapons to the opposition forces or getting involved itself.

The administration has been studying for months how to rebalance Syria’s war so that moderate, pro-democracy rebels defeat the regime or make life so difficult for Assad and his supporters that the government decides it must join a peace process that entails a transition away from the Assad family’s four-decade dictatorship.

But Assad’s military successes appear to have rendered peace efforts largely meaningless in the short term. While Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov have been trying to rally support for the planned conference in Geneva — first envisioned for May and since postponed until July at the earliest — even America’s allies in the Syrian opposition leadership have questioned the wisdom of sitting down for talks while they are ceding territory all over the country to Assad’s forces.

Beyond weapons support for the rebels, administration officials harbor deep reservations about other options.

They note that a no-fly zone, championed by hawks in Congress such as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would require the U.S. to first neutralize Syrian air defense systems that have been reinforced with Russian technology and are far stronger than those that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi had before the U.S. and its Arab and European allies helped rebels overthrow him in 2011. And unlike with Libya, Washington has no clear international mandate for authorizing any strikes inside Syria, a point the Obama administration has harped on since late 2011 to explain its reticence about more forceful action.

Homs has one of the biggest Alawite communities in Syria and is widely seen as pro-Assad. The rebels control the city center, however, with regime forces besieging them on the outskirts.

Many towns north of Homs also are rebel-controlled, while to the south Hezbollah-backed government forces have been clearing rebels from villages and towns. Fierce fighting there over the past three weeks has killed dozens of rebels, troops and Hezbollah fighters and wounded hundreds.

Seizing control of Homs would clear a path for the regime from Damascus to the Mediterranean coast, and firm up its grip on much of the country.



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France pushes for talks on arming Zio-NATO Rats’s


The Syrian conflict is at a “turning point” with regime forces gaining ground, France said Tuesday, adding that it was time to review whether to arm the opposition.

But Russian President Vladimir Putin said President Bashar Assad could have averted the current bloodbath by implementing reforms.

Syrian army has pledged to focus its attention on the northern city of Aleppo after winning a strategic victory by retaking Qusair, a strategically important town on the border with Lebanon.

“There are lessons to be drawn from what happened in Qusair and what is happening in Aleppo,” said French Foreign Ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot.

“We are at a turning point in the Syrian war. What should we do under these conditions to reinforce the opposition armed forces? We have had these discussions with our partners, with the Americans, the Saudis, the Turks, many others …

“We cannot leave the opposition in the current state,” he said.

Lalliot said a French official will Saturday meet Zio-NATO Puppet Salim Idriss, the chief of staff of the Free Syrian Army’s Supreme Military Council.

The European Union, under pressure from Britain and France, last month failed to renew an arms embargo on Syria, leaving individual member states free from Aug. 1 to supply weapons to the opposition, if they so decided.

Lalliot said no decision to deliver arms had been taken but the issue would be discussed and reviewed in the wake of the fall of Qusair.

The U.S. and Russia are trying to organize a peace conference bringing together Syrian government and the Zio-NATO rats  in a bid to end the fighting that has claimed 94,000 lives since March 2011.

Amid wrangling between opposition leaders and a fierce debate over who should attend, the date for the talks initially slated for May has now slipped back to July at the earliest.

Lalliot said he did not believe it was a good time for the planned meeting given the weakening of the opposition’s position in the face of the regime’s military gains.

Iran’s deputy foreign minister said Tuesday that the Islamic Republic had received a verbal invitation to attend the Geneva 2 talks, without specifying who extended the invitation. “Ten days ago, we received a verbal invitation to take part in this conference,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian told reporters in Moscow.

“The conference will be successful if all the influential countries take part.”

In an interview Tuesday, Putin said he had always believed that Assad should have implemented political reforms that could have averted the current crisis.

But Putin also stressed that he remained firmly opposed to outside intervention and implied that Russia’s position on the crisis remained unchanged.

The Russian leader told a question-and-answer session held in the studio of RT television – Moscow’s state-run international channel – that Assad should have listened more closely to opposition demands when the conflict broke out in March 2011.

“I have said that it seemed like the country was ripe for changes and its leadership should have sensed this and begun implementing these changes,” Putin said. “This is apparent. Otherwise, everything that is happening – it would not have happened.”

Putin also denied that Russia was acting as a public defender of Assad by blocking three rounds of U.N. Security Council resolutions sanctioning him for violence that the U.N. says has now claimed at least 80,000 lives.

“We are not the lawyers of the current government or President Bashar Assad,” Putin said.

“We do not want to get involved in a conflict raging between different branches of Islam, between the Shiites and the Sunnis.”

Russia is concerned for the future of all ethnic and religious groups in Syria, Putin said, stressing that harmony must come from agreements among the factions.

“Not the other way around – kick everybody out and then plunge the whole country into chaos,” Putin added.

Russia also acknowledged last month that it had contracted to supply advanced S-300 air-defense missiles to Syria.

Putin said that discussions on arming the rebels were misguided because, he added, a large section of the rebels were openly allied with Al-Qaeda and presented an enormous danger themselves.

“Certain people watching from the side think that if this entire region is fashioned in a certain manner and branded a democracy, that then everything will be fine,” Putin said.

“This is not the case,” he stressed.

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Zio-NATO Puppet’s massacre 60 Shia Muslims in eastern Syria


Foreign-backed militants in Syria (file photo)

Foreign-backed militants in Syria (file photo)
As many as 60 Shia Muslim residents of a Syrian village in east of the country have been massacred by foreign-sponsored militants.

On Tuesday, the militants attacked the village of Hatlah in eastern Deir Ezzor province and took control of it and killed 60 Shia residents, AFP reported.

Nearly a dozen militants were also killed as a group of local residents took up arms to defend their village.

The insurgent attack and the subsequent violence forced the residents of the village to flee their homes.

The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed.

Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies, such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants.

In addition, several international human rights organizations say the militants operating in Syria have committed war crimes.

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Mossad Ordogan head held secret meeting in Turkey


Mossad chief Tamir Pardo (photo credit: Yehoshua Yosef/Flash90)


Times of Israel

Mossad chief Tamir Pardo met secretly with top Turkish intelligence officials to discuss Iran, Syria and the domestic protests in Turkey, the Turkish paper Hurriyet reported Wednesday.

According to the report, Pardo met Hakan Fidan, the undersecretary of Turkey’s intelligence agency, on Monday in Ankara. The two discussed the ongoing civil war in Syria and the Iranian presence in that country, which borders both Israel and Turkey, the report said.

Over 80,000 people have been killed in the ongoing fighting in Syria between President Bashar Assad’s forces and opposition fighters. Both Turkey and Israel have experienced spillovers from the civil war, as mortar shells and stray bullets crossed the border from Syria. Turkey has also taken in over 300,000 Syrian refugees.

Pardo was reportedly also updated about the Turkish protests, which are centered in Ankara’s Taksim Gezi Park, and the possible involvement of foreign countries in them. Sources told the newspaper that both Syrian and Iranian units were believed to be acting in Turkey against the government.

The protests, which were sparked during a rally against the planned demolition of a park in favor of a shopping center, have been ongoing for almost two weeks. Police stormed Taksim square, the protestors’ stronghold, early Wednesday morning as the government announced it was determined to disperse those gathered.

Four people have been killed, including a policeman, and about 5,000 have been treated for injuries or the effects of tear gas, according to the Turkish Human Rights Foundation.

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Days before vote, huge majority of Iranians favor Sharia law



Pew study signals strong support for religious influence in politics

Times of Israel
Iranians favor implementing Sharia law in Iran by a huge majority — 83 percent to just 15 opposed — according to a new survey of Iranians published Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

A majority of Iranian Muslims already believe that is the case in the country. Over one-third, 37%, believe Iran’s current system follows Sharia law “very closely,” while another 45% say it follows Muslim religious law “somewhat closely.” Among the 13% who believe Sharia law is largely not being implemented in Iran, a large majority, 78%, believe it should be.

The survey, published three days before Friday’s Iranian presidential election, found strong support for Islamic-inspired government in the country, despite the belief of many Westerners that the 2009 elections signaled a desire among Iranians to liberalize or overthrow the religious institutions that control the Iranian state.

The study was conducted from February 24 to May 3, through 1,522 face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample of Iranians.

In a country ruled by an unelected theologian who serves as “Supreme Leader,” fully 40% of Iranians say religious figures should have “a large influence” on political matters. Another one-quarter, or 26%, say they should have “some influence,” while just 30% say they should have “not too much” — or no influence at all.

Younger Iranians are somewhat less likely to favor a strong influence by religious leaders in politics. Among Iranians aged 18-34, just 35% are in favor, compared to 46% for those over 34.

It’s unclear what the figures may signify. With a huge gap between support for Sharia law and support for religious leaders’ influence in politics, and with 44% of Iranians saying that tensions between more and less devout Muslims are prevalent in their country, the apparent consensus on instituting Sharia law may hide a deeper divide over what religious law represents.

In addition, Iran’s government has led a dramatic crackdown on dissent in recent years in the wake of widespread rioting following the 2009 elections. The limits on political freedoms and free expression may have some influence on the polling data. As Pew noted in its statement Tuesday publicizing the study, “Unlike in most countries surveyed by Pew Research, due to political sensitivities it was not possible to ask Iranian citizens to directly rate the performance of their government or religious institutions.”

The study also found that a majority of Iranians feel safe from “extremist religious groups.” Asked how concerned they were, if at all, “about extremist religious groups in our country these days,” a plurality of 35% said they were “not too concerned.” Another 13% said they were not concerned at all, and 14% volunteered of their own accord the view that such groups did not exist in Iran. Only 28% said they were concerned, with just 9% saying they were very concerned.

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Fox News host Kilmeade to Leader Of Violent Anti-Muslim Hate Group EDL–”We Got Your Back”



Fox News host Brian Kilmeade told the leader of a violent nationalist hate group that targets British Muslims, “We got your back” and “it’s great what you’re doing.”

Kilmeade offered his endorsement to the English Defence League (EDL) and co-founder Tommy Robinson, who appeared as a guest on the June 10 edition of Kilmeade’s Fox News Radio program. Kilmeade’s support followed an interview in which Robinson railed against the immigration of Muslims into the United Kingdom, and warned of Muslims “forcefully putting us under Sharia” Law and planning a “silent takeover” to “implement Sharia” in his country and across the world.

Robinson (whose real name is Stephen Lennon) also said he didn’t regret his recent conviction for using a false identity document to enter the United States to attend an anti-Islam event with anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller. Robinson pleaded guilty and was jailed in January and released in February. Robinson’s offense was not his first brush with the law.

Fox News has previously reported on the violent and fringe nature of the EDL. On August 28, 2010, America’s News HQ anchor Gregg Jarrett noted there were “hundreds of extreme right-wing protesters rioting in northern England. Members of the so-called English Defence League tossing bottles and rocks at police in the city of Bradford. There’s the map. Police penned the group in, keeping them away from a separate rally headed by a leftist group. The English Defence League opposes what it calls the spread of Sharia Law and Islamic extremism in England. Police arrested five people, but there are no reports of any injuries.” 

Several other news outlets have similarly described the EDL as a violent and extreme anti-Muslim group:

The Associated Press described the EDL as “anti-immigrant” and “a right-wing nationalist group.” The AP also reported: “The English Defense League says it is a non-racist group set up to oppose the spread of militant Islam. But at previous demonstrations its members have clashed with police, chanted anti-Muslim slogans and made Nazi salutes.”

The Guardian reported that the EDL has “staged a number of violent protests in towns and cities across the country this year” and is “targeting some of the UK’s highest-profile Muslim communities.” The British paper reported that it “attended its demonstrations and witnessed racism, violence and virulent Islamophobia” and found “a number of known rightwing extremists who are taking an interest in the movement – from convicted football hooligans to members of violent rightwing splinter groups.”

The New York Times’ The Lede blog described the EDL as a “virulently anti-Islam group” and noted it “sent a delegation to New York to attend a rally on Sept. 11, 2010 against the building of an Islamic cultural center and mosque in Lower Manhattan.”

CNN has described the EDL as “a far right extremist group.”

NPR has called the EDL “a far right anti-Muslim fringe group.”

Despite the group’s extreme ideology and violent nature, Kilmeade gave Robinson an enthusiastic and unchallenged platform for nearly 15 minutes to rail against Muslims.

Among Robinson’s claims:

“Sit and work out the demographics. Look at how our country’s changed. I think, every ten years the Islamic community doubles … Where does it stop?”

“In the World War, we need America’s help. Now in this country, we need America’s support because we need to take our country back.”

“In thirty years’ time, they will be forcefully putting us under Sharia. There will be a violent struggle across this country, complete civil breakdown and disorder.”

“I don’t regret doing it at all.” — Robinson on entering the United States with improper documentation.

“That’s the tip of the iceberg. You see, the violent jihadists — now they are a real problem and they do [inaudible] what they’re doing. But this silent jihad that’s going on. This silent takeover and planning to take over and implement Sharia, they’re the ones I’m terrified of because they’re actually sitting around tables of government. They’re actually in positions of power. They’ve infiltrated major positions across the whole entire government. And I say don’t listen to what we’re saying. Listen to what they’re saying. They’re openly telling us they want to take over the country. They’re openly committing treason. They’re openly Islamifying areas, and it has to end, and that’s what we’re saying.

At the conclusion of the interview, Kilmeade told Robinson: “Well Tommy, we got your back, and we’ll definitely look to keep in touch and I really think it’s a very — it’s great what you’re doing.” After the interview, Kilmeade tweeted: “ [sic] check out Tommy Robinson and his mission to rid brit ian [sic] of muslim extremists @foxandfriends.” 

Media Matters has previously noted that Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor also gave Robinson a platform to push his views. Host Bill O’Reilly noted reports calling the EDL “fascist” and “racist,” and described the group’s views as militant, but didn’t cover the group’s history of violent actions.

The Guardian reported today that the BBC has been recently criticized for “giving an uncritical platform to” Robinson, “who was interviewed on the Radio 4 Today programme on Tuesday morning. … He admitted that the organisation has ‘completely questionable’ tactics and said ‘the non-Muslim working class don’t have a voice’ and warned ‘it’s not going to end pretty’.”

Kilmeade, who also co-hosts Fox & Friends, has a long history of pushing Islamophobia on Fox News. For instance, Kilmeade has (twice) claimed that “all terrorists are Muslims,” proposed bugging U.S. mosques, and said that Muslims “have to understand” they’re being profiled because of “the war that was declared on us.”

Listen to Kilmeade’s full interview with the EDL’s Tommy Robinson from the June 10 edition of Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends:

UPDATE: Huffington Post United Kingdom reported that Kilmeade’s pro-EDL remarks have caused “horror among anti-fascist activists”:

Hope Not Hate director Nick Lowles told HuffPost UK said the channel “obviously doesn’t know who the EDL leader is.

“If they did they would know his name was Stephen Lennon and he has several convictions for violence, including being imprisoned for attacking a police officer.

“I would like to think that if they knew about the EDL then they would know that its supporters have been involved in murders, arsons and violent assaults. However, Fox News has a track record of providing platforms for the so-called ‘Counter-Jihad’ movement and Islamophobes and so their understanding of the EDL leader is depressingly predictable.”

Faith Matters director Fiyaz Mughal, who co-ordinates the Islamophobia monitoring group Tell Mama, has appeared on news programmes with Robinson. He told HuffPost UK: “Tommy Robinson, seems to be an angry young man whose fixation on Islam and Muslims is not healthy for communities, nor for himself.

“Whilst pleasant and courteous, he nonetheless is part of the ratcheting up of tensions through his far right group.”

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