Britons threaten Muslim beheadings in footageBy Daniel Foggo
The Sunday Times
Sep. 04, 2006
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FAR-RIGHT extremists have adopted the tactics of Islamic jihadis by posting videos on the internet in which they threaten to behead British Muslims.
The films show balaclava-clad white British men brandishing guns, knives and clubs, calling on all Muslims to leave Britain or be killed. One appears to be a soldier who has served in the Gulf.
In one film, a man tells Muslims to "go home" or risk being burned alive. He threatens, "I'll cut your head off", and claims to have "comrades" across Britain who have "had enough".
The videos were made after the arrests three weeks ago of suspects connected to the alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jets. Their style mimics the "martyrdom videos" of Islamic radicals.
The release of the videos on YouTube, a US-based open-access website, coincides with reports of a rise in the number of attacks on mosques.
Massoud Shadjareh, chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, said the videoed threats were extremely worrying.
"There is no question there has been an increase in attacks on mosques and Muslims," he said at the weekend.
The videos, posted between August 11 and 19, depict three men, each wearing a black terrorist-style mask.
Would-be viewers of the clips, lasting two to three minutes, are told in a YouTube warning the videos "may contain content that is inappropriate for some users".
In one video, a man with a London accent says: "I wish to know what we are going to do to fight the so-called religion of peace known as Islam."
He lists incidents including the racially motivated murder of Ross Parker, a white teenager, on September 21, 2001. The alleged airline bomb plot is also mentioned, with the masked man claiming it has resulted in "no retaliation" against Muslims.
He says: "It may be because you fear prison. Well, wake up. I am calling on England, Ulster, Scotland and Wales to stand and defend the island that we love."
Another video, dated August 19, shows a balaclava-clad man with a Welsh accent telling Muslims to "go home" or be burned.
Brandishing a 30cm-long hunting knife with a serrated blade, he says: "We are going to rip the life out of you. I am going to tear your guts out. I'll cut your head off."
In a reference that may indicate a military background, he says the slaughter would remind him of being "back in the Gulf".