British prime minister David Cameron will announce new measures to tackle Islamic extremism which may criminalise commonly held opinions.
In a speech that he will deliver to Muslim men and women in the Midlands, the Prime Minister will announce that counter-extremist operations will extend from those who break the law to those who “walk up to the border of illegality” and express disapproved of opinions. The Independent on Sunday reports on a preview of the speech’s contents obtained by the newspaper. A Downing Street source said:
“There are people in the Muslim community who walk up to the border of illegality with the aim of radicalising others – they are the equivalent of David Irving denying the Holocaust.
“There are Muslims who say they are not advocating violence,” said the source, but who still deny the Holocaust, question Israel’s right to exist, and whether men and women and Jews and Muslims should mix”.