Britain's NHS: Not So Healthy

Gatestone Institute 7 December 2012
By Samuel Westrop

Britain's nationalized health service has been funding a

television station whose presenters preach hatred against Jews, women and the West. There will always be groups out there trying to destroy us, but does that mean we should be financially supporting their work?

Ramadan TV, a platform for Islamist hate-preachers, refers to NHS North East London & The City as one of its sponsors[1]. In response to a Freedom of Information request, it has emerged that the NHS funded the television channel to the tune of £3,200[2].

Contrary to the claims of the station, the NHS is quick to claim that it does "not sponsor Ramadan TV, but we work with them during this time to produce programmes with a health promotion message in an effective way to our target group"[3].

A very reasonable argument against government grants is based on public bodies' habit of funding extremist organizations that encourage bigotry and provide a platform for pro-terror views. The latest culprit is a local trust of Britain's National Health Service [NHS], which this year sponsored a television channel with a penchant for hate preachers. The NHS has also previously accepted the services of Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin -- a leading British Islamist wanted for acts of genocide in his native Bangladesh -- as its "spiritual care" advisor. The consistent failure of public bodies to understand what taxpayers' money actually subsidizes is a source of great concern to the general public, moderate Muslims, and all activists working hard to fight political and religious extremism.

Ramadan TV promotes and provides a platform to the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA), a extreme pro-terror organization, the staff of which includes Islamist hate preachers such as Abdurraheem Green, Hamza Tzortzis and Yusuf Chambers[4]. The inclusion of these spiritual role models on the channel is widely advertised. Adnan Rashid, a senior researcher and lecturer from the IERA regularly publicizes that fact that Tzortzis and Green are speaking on Ramadan TV. Further, the IERA had previously set up on Facebook dedicated "event" webpages which have announced each time such speakers were to appear on the channel[5].

The IERA's collusion with Ramadan TV is not a new development. It is certainly a alliance that the NHS should have found disturbing. An unlisted video link (meaning only those with the URL can watch the video) shows extremist preacher Abdurraheem Green speaking on Ramadan TV in 2011[6]. Green, a founding member and the current Chairman of the IERA[7] has a history of hate preaching. In the past, he has described non-Muslims as "evil people," and non-Muslim Australian schools as "sewers": (continue reading...)