Faisal Gazi, the Brussels Journal and Lord Ahmed’s 10,000 men

Faisal Gazi's conception of Europe

An article from Mr Gazi’s time at Pickled Politics which reveals his extremism, complete lack of journalistic ethics and hatred for even moderate, mainstream Muslims

The context is the visit of Geert Wilders to the UK to screen his film Fitna. :
Two responses to Geert Wilders.

Mr Gazi contrasts the response of the Quillam Foundation which is that Wilders should be allowed in and debated, with that of Lord Nazir Ahmed, which Gazi claims is as follows:

And this is Lord Nazir Ahmed’s response when he was invited to a private meeting with the Dutch MP in a conference room in the House of Lords.

Barely had the invitation been sent to all the members of the House when Lord Ahmed raised hell. He threatened to mobilize 10,000 Muslims to prevent Mr. Wilders from entering the House and threatened to take the colleague who was organizing the event to court. The result is that the event, which should have taken place next Thursday was cancelled.

Now what is the source for this astonishing claim? None other than “The Brussels Journal” an extremist anti-Muslim website which promotes the modern day protocols, Eurabia.

This point is raised by a poster, blah:

“By the way Sid your link to what Lord Nazir was originally doing comes from the far right Brussel Journal

The link next to the article is “defeating eurabia”
Would you accept someone linking to the protocols and the elders of zion?

You really must find some better reading material Sid.
No wonder you use terms like “taqiyya” which Islamophobes have memorised and repeatlike sheep”

blah — on 11th February, 2009 at 11:42 pm

This is the opening line of the article Sid linked to

“The House of Lords is a venerable British institution, but what does one get if one accepts Muslims in? This:”

Facsinating. Sid considers an article suggesting Muslims be barred from the H of L worthy of our consideration.

Other posters then support this:

Refresh — on 12th February, 2009 at 1:18 am

Sid, your link to the Pakistan Daily Times does not work. Blah does make a valid point, why the Brussels Journal?

Even HP doesn’t cover it quite like you do.

Ashik — on 12th February, 2009 at 7:47 am

Just when we thought Sid couldn’t sink any lower….

I think rather than quantity, Sid should work on the quality of his articles on PP.

A coherant argument on behalf of Mr. Wilders can be made on the grounds of freedom of movement within the EU. I was not aware the UK govt had powers to ban EU citizens from the UK.

damon — on 12th February, 2009 at 10:31 am

I heard Lord Ahmed being interviewed on the radio this morning, and he says that the comments attributed to him (about threatening to mobilize 10,000 Muslims to prevent Mr. Wilders from entering the House) were false, and that he had initiated legal action against the source of those alleged comments.

Gazi’s response

Faisal Gazi is congenitally unable to admit to making a mistake, so attempts to cover his tracks by claiming the story about 10,000 men was also reported in the Pakistan Daily Times

However the link he provides doesn’t work. His use of a Pakistani paper is also ironic given his continual attacks on that country.

When he is called up on this…

Refresh — on 12th February, 2009 at 11:49 am

As for the debate, I don’t think anyone should be overly worried by it.

But I’ll be damned if I am going to join a debate framed by the far-right.

He response thusly :

Sid — on 12th February, 2009 at 11:53 am

This is the link to the Pakistan Daily Times story which covered this.

It’s also covered in the Sun. Since you believe Lord Ahmed has been misrepresented, you really should present your proof to them ASAP and get them to remove the story.

But the masses refuse to submit!

blah — on 12th February, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Sid youve been exposed but just keep digging


This is the link to the Pakistan Daily Times story which covered this.”

The link says nothing about mobilizing 10,000 Muslims something you have based yor entire post on based on what was written in a far right anti-Muslim rag the Brussels Journal

“It’s also covered in the Sun.”

The Sun? Are you for real?

BTW your link is to a noticeboard full of people calling for the expulsion of Muslims
Nice sid

douglas clark — on 12th February, 2009 at 12:23 pm


You quoted in your opinion piece this from the Brussels Journal:

Barely had the invitation been sent to all the members of the House when Lord Ahmed raised hell. He threatened to mobilize 10,000 Muslims to prevent Mr. Wilders from entering the House and threatened to take the colleague who was organizing the event to court. The result is that the event, which should have taken place next Thursday was cancelled.

which would be a pretty inflammatory thing to have said. Others here have said that the Brussels Journal may has it’s own agenda. I don’t know.

However this is hardly supporting evidence:

The Pakistani Times:

UK parliament calls off screening controversial film

LONDON: The UK’s parliament has cancelled the screening of a controversial film, titled ‘Fitna’, by right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders following vociferous protest by the Muslim community.

The screening was to take place on January 29 at the House of Lords. The decision to cancel the showing was taken on Friday when Lord Nazir Ahmed held a meeting with the government chief whip of the House of Lords and leader of the House, together with representatives from the Muslim Council of Britain, the British Muslim Forum and other representatives from the British Muslim community.

The film has created a huge controversy around the world, especially in Europe. The decision by the Amsterdam Appeals Court, the second-highest legal authority in the country, overturns an earlier ruling by the Dutch Prosecution Service – which last June dismissed hundreds of complaints against Wilders on the grounds that his utterances had been made ‘in the context of public debate’. But on Thursday, the appeals court argued that the criminal prosecution did not conflict with Wilders’ right to freedom of expression, and said it based its decision on the standards set by the European Court of Human Rights. The Far-right Dutch politician will now be put on trial for his public statements against Islam.

All that says was that there was a meeting. It doesn’t even mention a ‘mobilisation’.

The Sun link is a joke, yes?

Ahmed says no threat was made. Perhaps the other party to the meeting could clarify?

Sun Worshipping

How does Mr Gazi respond? By doing the decent, honest thing and admitted he was wrong? Does he hell:

“I had no idea that the Brussels Journal had its own agenda either. Does that mean the Lord Ahmed story of “10,000 Muslims” is fabrication?”

He then says

“The Sun is actually the newspaper that most Muslims in this country actually read.”

As blah replies:

“and most important the issue is
3) The fact you consider the Sun a credible news source”

Now cornered and utterly discredited Gazi resorts to his usual victimology tactic of bringing up the 1971 war
alibi (don’t leave home without it)

I think that accusation can be levelled at the MCB in regard to their silence on the issue of Bangladeshi Muslims who were slaughtered with sanction from the Jamaat-e-Islam,
rather than me. But what do you care?

But sadly the people ain’t buying it:

Ashik — on 12th February, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Sid, why is it that you support the entry of this rightwing bigot in order to ‘challenge’ his views when you want the Delwar Hussain Syedi banned outright from the UK. Why not allow Mr. Syedi entry and ‘challenge’ his views. Quite hypocritical of you.

I say let both odious characters rot outside these sceptered Isles.

Andrew — on 13th February, 2009 at 1:45 am

I find it hard to take seriously any article that links to a hard-right nationalist blog like the Brussels Journal!

And of course of late Faisal Gazi, who previously used the Sun as source material has, with incredible hypocrisy, been jumping on the Murdoch bashing bandwagon:
Goodbye to stormy weather

or this article about the Sun’s sister paper the News of the World which moralizes:

After years of publishing arguably the worst examples of bigot-journalism, we have put the popcorn on and we’re enjoying watching the downfall of this toxic tabloid.

Of course Mr Gazi’s other paper of choice, the Brussels Journal has recently also been in the news following the Breivik massacre:

Brussels Journal

On 27 July 2011 Belgian media reported that the Belgian security agencies will ask the federal prosecutor to open a case file investigating relations between The Brussels Journal and Anders Behring Breivik, the alleged perpetrator of the 2011 Norway attacks. The security agencies would want clarity about a number of articles that have been published on the web site, and that are part of 2083: A European Declaration of Independence, Breivik’s manifesto.[27]

Ultimately, what is astonishing about all of this, is that anyone takes Faisal Gazi seriously as a journalist!

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6 Responses to Faisal Gazi, the Brussels Journal and Lord Ahmed’s 10,000 men

  1. qidniz says:

    Truly brilliant post!


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