Should Muslims be surprised at politically motivated bank closures?

We should not be surprised at the politically motivated bank closures of prominent Muslim figures and charities, writes blogger Abdullah Noorrudeen.

I recently wrote regarding the degradation of Britain towards a tyrannical regime, where the public services stretching from the hospitals to schools were now being employed for, in essence spying on the public.

The PREVENT strategy guidance and training has also been extended to Landlords and optometrists, just in case your friendly, bespectacled lodger who takes out the trash for you is a wannabe terrorist. Just to remind the readers the implication of PREVENT is far reaching. The strategy is one of the counter-terrorism strands of CONTEST 2 and has been primarily devised and encouraged by neocon sympathetic counter-extremism think-tanks, such as CENTRI, Quilliam Foundation and pronounced and supported by neocons like Theresa May and Michael Gove.

It involves invasive measures to disrupt the lives of people, young or old on the basis of a controversial definition of Islamism, which entails normative orthodox beliefs, and extremism, which catches those who slip through the net of the Islamism definition. Using a vague vulnerability framework criterion to determine the propensity of individuals towards extremism, people are picked out and referred to PREVENT police to be then analysed for signs of radicalisation. From here, individuals deemed unacceptable will be deprogrammed via the Channel programme.

As dystopian as this may sound, this is the reality of Britain today. In fact, it is far worse.

Bank closures

The toxic mix of the PREVENT strategy as well as key neocons in government positions has resulted in the discriminatory targeting of Muslim charities under the auspices of neocon William Shawcross’ Charity Commission, Michael Gove’s Department for Education, whose policy is now being implemented slavishly by Nicky Morgan in her cry to rescue terrorist toddlers, and neocon Chancellor George Osborne’s Treasury. If we recall, the Treasury was implicated in the closure of CAGE’s accounts, whilst Sayeeda Warsi exposed the fact that Osborne is also a Zionist, being described as a “good friend of the Israeli government”.

Anas Altikriti
Anas al Tikriti’s wife and children’s accounts were closed by HSBC.

The case of CAGE coupled with the latest spate of bank account closures of prominent Muslims makes for some troublesome deduction. Since the Charity Commission was unable to directly investigate CAGE, it circumvented CAGE and prodded at CAGE’s charitable donors, reminding them of their risk assessment.

The rhetoric with regards to HSBC’s closures is the same. In justifying their closures of renowned charity Ummah Welfare Trust (UWT), Finsbury Park Mosque, Anas al-Tikriti (Cordoba Foundation), and now pro Palestinian activist Azzam Tamimi, HSBC stated that their decision was not based on religion or race (despite all the victims being Muslim) but based upon “risk appetite”.

The hungry bank cannot digest Muslim money it seems; or rather its mouth is being controlled by Zionist neocons. The strand which flows through all of these organisations is their humanitarian support for Syria/Palestine and/or condemnation of the Israeli government’s excesses (in the case of CAGE). The underlying reason is the opposition to neocon domestic and foreign policies. Failing the propaganda war which has resulted in worldwide condemnation and utter silence from Zionist Michael Gove and others like the Islamophobe Douglas Murray, George Osborne and William Shawcross, the pressure to restrain humanity is being siphoned through government organs and the control they exert over banks. It is these same institutions, driven by the same policies which are turning a blind eye to British Jews committing war crimes in Palestine.

HSBC’s MI5 Head

There is an additional factor at play here too. On the board as a non-executive Director for HSBC is a former MI5 head Jonathan Evans, an “expert” on Al-Qaeda and has led counter-terrorist operations. His distinctly hawkish thinking is evident by a report which revealed his thoughts and positions on testing an individual’s leanings. The case of former Guantanamo Bay victim Benyamin Mohamed, where the Court of Appeal found MI5 and MI6 operatives colluding in extraordinary renditions and torture agitated Evans’ MI5.

Jonathan Evans
Jonathan Evans

Evans lobbied Whitehall to get the decision overturned and boasted that “if he could not get his way at the Supreme Court, he would persuade Mr Cameron to grant it through an Act of Parliament”. He wanted the damning evidence of torture to be heard in secret. He thus argued against government scrutiny of actions which were deemed illegal and encouraging government tyranny where damning evidence could be covered up on the mere declaration of it being considered “sensitive”.

It is little wonder then, that neocon think-tanks like the Henry Jackson Society (see here, here and here) and it’s Islamophobic hate preacher, Douglas Murray (see here and here) frequently quote him.

Has HSBC become an arm of the MI5? If public services have become a part of public surveillance, then there should be no surprises about private institutions following suit. It does however mark a disturbing trajectory that the only domain remaining is private companies. Will PREVENT-trained managers start to look out for “radical computer programmers”? This is only a matter of time.


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