The division between “moderates” and “radicals” is a matter of imposed terminology and wishful thinking on the part of Western non-Muslim analysts. In Islamic communities there exists no such distinction, such that even the head of a Muslim TV channel in the UK — a man whom authorities undoubtedly assume is a stalwart “moderate” — can end up being involved in jihad activity.
“U.K. Islamic TV head held on terror claims,” from UPI, January 26 (thanks to Block Ness):
PRETORIA, South Africa, Jan. 26 (UPI) — The head of Britain’s popular Muslim television station was arrested in South Africa and faces deportation to Tunisia on terrorism claims, officials said.
Mohamed Ali Harrath, the force behind Britain’s Islam Channel, was arrested Sunday in what some said was a security clampdown in South Africa in the months leading up to the 2010 World Cup soccer championship, The Times of London reported Tuesday.
The Times reported more than a year ago that Harrath, who advised Scotland Yard on Islamic extremism, was wanted by Interpol because of alleged terrorist activities in his homeland of Tunisia. The broadcaster was convicted in absentia of criminal and terrorism-related offenses in Tunisia and sentenced to 56 years in prison….
The Islam Channel accused Tunisia Monday of using Interpol to harass Harrath, who has been on an Interpol Red Notice — the highest watch level — since 1992 at Tunisia’s request. He was allowed into Britain in 1995 and accepted as a refugee….