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“Enough” Members Reject the Use of Violence?

Enough! is an organisation which is promoting a petition, on which signatories

register our support for the ENOUGH! coalition and its campaign for a just peace for all people in Israel and Palestine. We call on the British government to stand up for international law and human rights in pursuit of peace based on justice, equality and freedom for Israelis and Palestinians alike.

There’s not much detail on what that actually means, in substance. As the organisation matures, it will be interesting to see precisely what Enough! believes “justice, equality and freedom for Israelis and Palestinians alike” means in practice.

Members of Enough! – who are listed here – have to sign up to a variety of “commitments”. The commitment which has caught my eye is the following one:

ENOUGH! members reject the use of violence in their single or joint actions and uphold the principle of non-violent campaigning.

Members include the Muslim Association of Britain, which is the same organisation as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Indeed, its public face was, until recently, Dr Azzam “Kaboom” Tamimi, who is the Hamas Special Envoy.

Other Islamist groups which are members of Enough! include MPACuk and Friends of Al Aqsa.

A reader points out that, by affiliating to Enough!, these organisations now should be regarded as having rejected “the use of violence in their single or joint actions and uphold the principle of non-violent campaigning”.

It is not entirely clear to me what that statement means. Let us hope that this commitment is not simply an empty statement, but that it means that they oppose all forms of violence in pursuit of political ends.

Would somebody like to check with the Muslim Association of Britain/Muslim Brotherhood, MPACuk and the Friend of Al Aqsa that they reject and oppose political violence aimed at Israelis by Hamas and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, and in particular, the war crime that suicide bombings and cross border missile attacks aimed at civilians constitutes?

If they do not share that commitment, then perhaps Enough! would like to consider whether they should remain members.

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