About Edmund Standing

Edmund Standing holds a BA in Theology & Religious Studies and an MA in Critical & Cultural Theory. He blogs at I Kid You Not and Harry's Place and is a regular contributor to Butterflies & Wheels.

On the British National Party’s “Pro-Israel” Turn

By February 24, 2009

In January of this year, BNP leader Nick Griffin was interviewed by the Tel Aviv daily Ma’ariv and declared that he now has ‘no time for anti-Semites’. A few days later, he penned an article for the BNP website in … Read More

Wahhabism at Regent’s Park

By February 19, 2009

London Central Mosque at Regent’s Park has been the focus of controversy on a number of occasions, most notably when it was featured in two television documentaries exposing Islamic extremism in Britain: ‘Undercover Mosque’ (2007) and ‘Undercover Mosque: The Return’ … Read More

It’s Time to Shut Down Al-Muhajiroun

By February 5, 2009

The ‘Islamic Thinkers Society’ is the American branch of Al-Muhajiroun, the charming Islamist group proscribed in Britain but still operating as ‘Islam For The UK‘ and the ‘London School of Shariah‘. They’re big fans of Anjem Choudary’s mentor Omar Bakri … Read More

Torture and Executions in Gaza

By January 20, 2009

Israeli troops are withdrawing from Gaza, yet we are seeing Palestinian schools and hospitals being used as centres for ‘brutal torture’, Palestinians kidnapped at funerals, Palestinians shot in the legs and their hands broken, Palestinians summarily executed on trumped up … Read More

‘Israel is an Impossibility. It is an Offense Against God.’

By January 5, 2009

In a blog post at The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg recalls a meeting he had with Nizar Rayyan, a Hamas leader recently killed during Operation Cast Lead. I saw him last in Gaza two years ago, at a mosque in the … Read More

Hamas, Israel and a Perverse Inversion of Reality

By December 28, 2008

Compare two announcements following Israel’s defensive actions against Hamas in Gaza, as reported by the BBC. Here’s Hamas: [T]he exiled leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, called for a new intifada, or uprising, against Israel, in response to the attacks. The … Read More

Why Muntadhar al-Zaidi is No ‘Hero’

By December 23, 2008

Many people were recently amused by the shoe throwing antics of journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi. According to his brother, al-Zaidi’s actions were ’spontaneous’ and meant to ‘humiliate the tyrant’ George Bush. The New York Times reports that al-Zaidi has become a … Read More