Britain has taken steps to outlaw Hizb ut-Tahrir, citing its alleged anti-Semitic stance and advocating for its classification as a “terrorist” entity. The Home Office disclosed that Parliament is set to deliberate this week on a proposal criminalising membership in the group under terrorism laws within the United Kingdom.
Home Secretary James Cleverly asserted that Hizb ut-Tahrir is an anti-Semitic organisation that actively endorses terrorism, including expressing admiration for the October 7 attacks. The group’s celebration of the Hamas assaults on southern Israel, along with characterising Hamas members as heroes on its website, is deemed by Cleverly as promoting and encouraging terrorism. The organisation has a history of applauding attacks on Jewish individuals, he added.
If Parliament approves the designation, the ban will come into effect on Friday, placing Hizb ut-Tahrir on par with other recognised groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS. The prohibition would also criminalise support for the group, carrying a potential punishment of up to 14 years in prison and asset seizures. The Home Office emphasised that the decision is based on evidence and intelligence regarding the perceived threat posed by Hizb ut-Tahrir. Labour Party Home Secretary Yvette Cooper welcomed the move, asserting that those inciting violence and glorifying terrorism have no place in Britain and must face the full force of the law.