An extremist Islamist group, which remains legal despite Government promises to ban it, has urged Muslim students at British universities to fight Allied troops in Iraq.
Hizb ut Tahrir, which wants to overthrow democracy and establish a worldwide Islamic theocracy, distributed leaflets to young Muslims inciting them to resist the occupation of Islamic lands, according to a TV documentary by a former group member.
One leaflet read: "Your forefathers destroyed the first crusader campaigns. Should you not proceed like them and destroy the new crusaders? Let the armies move to help the Muslims in Iraq, for they seek your help." Another leaflet, handed out last August, pours scorn on the UN and tells followers to embark on a Jihad, or "holy war".
Former Hizb ut Tahrir member Shiraz Maher presents his account of the group's activities in an edition of Panorama on BBC1 tomorrow night. The Panorama documentary contains the first testimony indicating it has advocated the use of force. The group has been accused of fuelling terrorism in the past, but has always denied involvement in any form of violent activity.
Omar Shariff, the first UK suicide bomber, who blew himself up in a Tel Aviv bar in 2003, is alleged to have been radicalised by Hizb ut Tahrir.
The organisation denies this and says no relationship has ever been established by the police or the security services.
David Davis, the Shadow Home Secretary, said: "Hizb ut Tahrir is part of a global organisation whose affiliates, members and supporters are anti-semitic, anti-democracy and support violence. Due to its clear links to terrorism, the Government pledg-ed to ban it two years ago but has failed to take action."
Panorama has also uncovered a speech made in August last year by Ata Abu-Rishta, the global leader of Hizb ut Tahrir, when he called for the "destruction" of Hindus living in Kashmir, Russians in Chechnya and Jews in Israel.
"The Caliphate (global Islamic government) will liberate the countries and the people from the influence of the Kafer (non-believer) and its allies and the tyranny of its men and followers," he said.
A spokesman for Hizb ut Tahrir said the programme was "based on no more than hearsay and innuendo" and said it was not anti-semitic. He said: "Hizb ut Tahrir remains firmly committed in undertaking its political struggle against the tyrants of the Muslim world in order to establish the Caliphate in the Muslim world and end the brutal era of colonialism."
Panorama is on BBC1 tomorrow at 8.30. When it finishes turn immediately to BBC2 for the documentary “Inside a Sharia Court”. I think certain elements inside the BBC have realised 2 things, first that they ought to be on the winning side in this struggle and Islam will not ultimately win. Second, that Channel 4 is outstripping them and that is not to be countenanced.
Whether these BBC employees will be able to turn round the anti-Israel feeling that permeates all news reporting, and the general moral turpitude of so much TV output (BBC Radio is thankfully of a higher quality) remains to be seen.