Why isn’t Hizb ut-Tahrir banned in Australia? Or in the US, UK, or Canada for that matter? Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation) is banned in virtually all Arab nations in the Middle East, such as Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt. It is banned in Tunisia and Libya, and also Turkey. It is regarded as such a threat that it is even banned in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, cauldrons of extremism themselves. It is banned in all the former Soviet states in Central Asia, and since 2003 it has been banned in Russia. It is also banned in Germany and the Netherlands for its virulent anti-Semitism and its desire to use force for political ends.
Islam-Watch – Hizb ut-Tahrir has numerous front groups, which dissolve and rename themselves. It has numerous websites, where extremist documents appear, only to be removed when attention is drawn to them. In recent years, Hizb members have presented themselves publicly as articulate and even moderate. In Britain, where the group has a strong base, its spokespeople dress smartly in suits and ties. It produces a glossy journal, called New Civilization, which also appears online. Though this discusses the Caliphate, it downplays the group’s support for revolution and violence.
Publicly, HT claims to be against terrorism and violence. In practice, HT has been increasingly involved with incidents of terrorism in the former Soviet nations. Lebanese members of the group have been implicated in failed bomb attacks upon two trains in Germanylast year. HT openly seeks the destruction of democracies and the establishment of an Islamic super-state. It also publicly supports terrorism against Israel.