UK to ban Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir for antisemitism, promoting terror, celebrating Oct. 7 attacks

Supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir march in London in 2007. (Leon Neal/AFP)
Supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir march in London in 2007. (Leon Neal/AFP)

Britain’s interior minister James Cleverly says he had begun the process of banning the Sunni Islamist political organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, saying it is antisemitic and promoted terrorism.

The group is already banned in Bangladesh, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan and several Central Asian and Arab countries.

“Hizb ut-Tahrir is an antisemitic organization that actively promotes and encourages terrorism, including praising and celebrating the appalling 7 October attacks (on Israel),” Cleverly says.

If a draft order laid before parliament by Cleverly is agreed on by MPs, the ban will come into force on January 19, making it an offense to support the group punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

It can also lead to an assets seizure.

“Hizb ut-Tahrir’s praise of the 7 October attacks and associated incidents, as well as describing Hamas as ‘heroes’ on their central website constitutes promoting and encouraging terrorism,” a government statement said.

“Hizb ut-Tahrir has a history of praising and celebrating attacks against Israel and attacks against Jews more widely. The UK stands strongly against anti-Semitism and will not tolerate the promotion of terrorism in any form,” it added.

Hizb ut-Tahrir’s long-term goal is to establish a caliphate ruled under Islamic law.

Founded in 1953, it is headquartered in Lebanon and operates in at least 32 countries including the UK, United States, Canada and Australia, according to UK’s Home Office.

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