There are those such as Herefordshire’s ‘useful idiot’ Diversity Officer, Neville Meredith, and others, who promote the insertion of Islam into towns and cities where it currently doesn’t exist to any great degree, who mistakenly believe that supporting Islam is helping the cause of diversity. Well I have news for you Mr Meredith and Police Superintendent Hills, it doesn’t. In fact, if you look at what has happened to Tower Hamlets in East London you can see how pandering to Islam has not only increased its influence within the local authority but has also killed the GENUINE diversity that existed before Islam arrived.
I am familiar to a large extent with Tower Hamlets as in the past I’ve worked and socialised there.
Being close to what were once the biggest docks in the world it is not surprising that the area became home to people from all over Britain and all over the world. It was, as a Jew once said: ‘a place where the world went by your window, a place where we were all different but we all accepted each other and did our best to integrate’. However, that desire to work hard, get on and integrate stopped with the arrival of Islam.
Tower Hamlets used to be a place where those people such as Lesbians and Gays for example could, even prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales in 1967, have pubs and clubs.
Tower Hamlets was also a place where those fleeing oppression, for example Russian Jews, could set up home, it was also a place where those from the Irish diaspora could find homes and work. French Protestants also settled there and built the areas world famous clothing trade. All these people, the Irish, the Jews, the gays, the French Protestants didn’t come here to ponce or take over the country, but only to work hard, bring their children up in safety and integrate with the wider population.
The pseudonymous author Esmerelda Weatherwax writing in the New English Review magazine in 2011 (link at bottom of this article) said that the reason she was supporting the English Defence League anti Islam demonstration in Tower Hamlets back then was because of the extremely negative influence of Islam on the borough.
“Why I am going to Tower Hamlets on Saturday.
I am of an old East End family. We define the East End as the three old boroughs of Bethnal Green, Stepney and Poplar which since 1965 make up the current London Borough of Tower Hamlets, plus that area of Shoreditch around Shoreditch Church which since 1965 is part of the London Borough of Hackney. Although my mother was born in Hoxton (which is adjacent to, but not part of, the East End) where my grandfather had a market stall, her parents were born in Bethnal Green as were all of my father’s family. My cousins and I have traced many lines of our families back to the 18thcentury. We span 4 centuries and 10 generations in the area, at least. Welcome to my ancestral homeland.
The East End encompassed London docks which meant that people have always arrived from all over the world and many settled nearby. Just in the relatively small circle of my own family history, through blood, marriage, kinship or family friendship I know of Irish, Welsh, Italian, Scottish, Jewish, Polish and Russian, French Huguenot, Indian, West Indian and Yorkshire. Every group that came to the East End brought their own customs. The Huguenot influence can be seen in our love of bright colours of clothing and the flowers of our little gardens, even if the only garden available was a yard or a veranda. The Jewish influence is famous and goes far beyond the food and the delicatessens (and bread). Limehouse was Chinatown for many years although it is now in Gerrard Street W1. They integrated while giving us the best of their culture. Until recent years.
Sylheti speaking seamen from the nation now called Bangladesh came through the docks even before the Second World War. During the war a mosque opened along Whitechapel Road for their use and that of other Muslims. From the late 1960s onwards more came and brought their families. But they didn’t integrate. The East London Mosque now covers the whole block between Plumbers Row and the Whitechapel Bell Foundry to the east, New Street to the west, Whitechapel Road to the north and Fieldgate Street to the south, other than the small and valiant Great Fieldgate Street Synagogue which the mosque covets but cannot have.
It isn’t the size of the Mosque complex (they are now building upwards, nine floors and counting) which is cause for concern, however, but the nature of their speakers and preachers, the malign influence of the Islamic Forum of Europe, the corruption of local politics and the imposition of Sharia law. The Telegraph Journalist Andrew Gilligan chronicles this regularly.
Having spent time myself in the area I also have seen the negative affects of Islamisation on Tower Hamlets. I’ve seen gay pubs close down because it is unsafe for their customers to have to travel into what is now cynically called, the Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets. I’ve seen extremist Islamic groups who promote hatred of anyone non muslim taking over the council, women being oppressed for not wearing Islamic face coverings, and the original hard working inhabitants displaced in favour of large welfare dependent Muslim families.
Those whose families endured the horrors of the London Blitz and who fought so hard to put out the flames caused by Nazi bombing, now feel they have to flee from an area where Islam now dominates This is partially because a persons access to council services is often felt to depend on whether or not you are Muslim.. Some people have also left or are considering leaving because of the fear of Islamic nonce gangs similar to what is being uncovered in the North of England and the Midlands. Knowing what you know now about what has been going on (and which has been covered up by police and social services) would you want to bring up YOUR daughter in an Islamic area? I know I certainly would not.
Miss Weatherwax details the horrific abuse meted out, by the followers of Islam, to Christians, Jews, Gays and women.
Churches have been vandalised, Church ministers have been physically attacked, an RE teacher was slashed with a knife by Muslims for teaching children about the existence of other religions, women have been bullied into wearing Islamic face and head coverings and even people attending an outdoor memorial service for the victims of the last V2 attack on London have been pelted with stones..
The situation in Tower Hamlets shows most starkly how Islam, although it demands (sometimes with menaces) tolerance from the rest of us, fails to show tolerance to anybody or anything else when it gains political influence in an area.
Miss Weatherwax continued in the NER article:
“In 2008 Canon Ainsworth of St Georges in the East Shadwell was beaten seriously enough to merit time in hospital after he asked some ‘Asian youth’ to behave.
The church had previously been targeted when a brick smashed a window during a service. Allan Ramanoop, a member of the parochial church council, said: “On one occasion, youths shouted: ‘This should not be a church, this should be a mosque, you should not be here. The youths are anti-Christian. It’s terrible what they have done to Canon Ainsworth’.
The boy convicted walked free; the prosecution decided that the attack was not racially or religiously motivated and decided that a beating which put a man in hospital for 12 days was mere ABH (assault occasioning actual bodily harm) instead of the more serious GBH (grievous bodily harm).
It appears that there is a two tier justice system in operation in the area with attacks on Muslims or Islamic property being dealt with much more harshly than attacks on Churches.
The NER article continues:
“The damage suffered by churches led the East London Advertiser to start a campaign to protect them saying, “Too often, religious leaders said last week, vandalism against churches was treated as just that, ‘vandalism’, but similar graffiti on mosque properties is treated as ‘faith hate crime’. There is a feeling among many that the authorities treat churches with less importance.” “
It is not only Christians and Jews who are the subject of attack, sometimes physical, by the followers of Islam in the area.
A Sikh Gurdwawa (Temple) was hit by an arson attack in 2009. The NER article said:”
The person or persons responsible for an attack on a Sikh temple in 2009 have never been apprehended and I cannot find any record of the exact content of the ‘racist graffiti’ that appeared on the temple in the weeks before the attack. Witnesses described a stranger they saw moments before the fire as being ‘black or mixed race’. Had he been white, or had the graffiti been attributable to an English group, I am sure we would have heard much more about it. There is no proof that it was an islamically motivated attack like those on the churches or against Jews but I suspect that is the case.
The Gurdwara Sikh Sangat in Bow was originally a Christian chapel which then became a Synagogue. Its use as a Sikh temple was the next task in its history of worshipping the Almighty.
The London Evening Standard reported thus:-
Witnesses today said a man had run into the temple during a women-only prayer session then escaped just before flames were first seen. Having spotted the intruder, the 10 women quickly discovered the fire, which had taken hold in one of the holiest parts of the temple. They tried to put it out but were beaten back by the flames.
Witnesses described the suspected arsonist as being black or mixed-race. Most of the temple’s roof collapsed and worshippers fear all but one of its eight holy books were destroyed.
Thankfully nobody was killed but their Holy and sacred Scripture is very important to Sikhs and its destruction was a heavy blow to the congregation.”
The area of the East End of London became known worldwide in the 1930’s because the locals of all faiths and none gathered together to fight back the racist Mosleyite fascists of the British Union of Fascists at the Battle of Cable Street. It grieves me greatly to see Cable Street which was once the site of a great victory against Nazi style fascism now under the control of Islamic fascists.
The great and terrible irony about what has happened to Tower Hamlets is that in an area that stood up to fascists it is now a de-facto offence to protest about the growth of Islamfascism.
Those who act as unthinking cheerleaders and quislings for Islam because they believe they are contributing to diversity should ask themselves do they really want to see Leominster, Ledbury, Ross, Hereford, and a whole host of other places in the UK look and feel like Tower Hamlets? I’ve got the sense to see that this is not something that we should want and the conscience to see that this has to be fought but have they?
Esmerelda Weatherwax’s article in New English Review on the Islamic invasion of Tower Hamlets