Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Muslim Extremist Group to Hold Conference in the U.S.

Hizb ut-Tahrir America (HTA), a radical anti-Semitic group seeking to restore the Caliphate across the Middle East and eventually worldwide, is holding its first conference in the U.S. The conference is titled "Khilafah Conference 2009: Fall of Capitalism and Rise of Islam" and will take place in Oak Lawn, IL on July 19. Other Khilafah conferences are being held around the world, including in Australia and Britain.

Hizb ut-Tahrir (Arabic for "Party of Liberation") was established in 1953 in Jerusalem. The group is currently active in more than 45 different countries throughout the world. Although Hizb ut-Tahrir is not as active in the U.S. as it is overseas, there is information indicating that it has had a small presence here in the U.S. for more than 20 years. In recent years, the group has reportedly become more active on online chat forums and blogs.

The group is banned in several Arab and Central Asian countries, as well as Germany and Russia, although it still operates to some degree in those countries. The group's support in the UK is the strongest among non-Muslim countries, especially on university campuses. In the wake of the London bombings in 2005, the British goverment sought to ban the group after allegations it was linked to the bombing, but no official action has been taken yet.

In addition to its opposition to democracy, Hizb ut-Tahrir claims that Islam is in conflict with the existence of the state of Israel.

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Anonymous said...

UPDATE: 7/8/09-CONFIRMED TODAY: Hizb ut Tahrir, is HOLDING the Khilafah Conference "Fall of Capitalism & Rise of Islam" ON JULY 19, 2009 IN THE BALLROOM OF THE HILTON HOTEL, OAK LAWN, IN THE CHICAGO AREA. Hizb ut-Tahrir reserved the banquet space at the hotel under its own name and apparently did not find it necessary to use a cover name.

Khilafah Conference website confirming this event: