British media is reporting that the newly elected Haringey borough councilor Ibrahim Ali has been suspended by the UK Labour party over his past involvement in CAGE, a British Muslim advocacy group. According to an article by the BBC:
May 24, 2022 The Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) said Ibrahim Ali’s suspension by Haringey Council is linked to his previous work with campaign group Cage. It describes itself as an “advocacy organisation working to empower communities impacted by the war on terror”. London Labour told LDRS it does not comment on individual cases. Mr Ali was elected to represent the Bruce Castle ward in Tottenham at the local election on 5 May. The LDRS said Mr Ali, also known as Ibrahim Mohamoud, was formerly a spokesperson for Cage.
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According to the article, in 2015, Ali appeared to defend CAGE director Asim Qureshi’s description of Islamic State militant Mohammed Emwazi as a “beautiful young man.” Emwazi is believed to have beheaded a number of hostages between 2014 and 2015 while he was a member of an Islamic State terrorist cell.
CAGE was founded in 2003 by British-Pakistani activist Moazzam Begg as an advocacy body and platform for Muslims affected by the US War on Terror. Its leaders are known to have ties to the British GMB network. CAGE has a history of campaigning against global anti-terrorism efforts and measures against Islamist radicalization, claiming these measures unfairly targeted Muslim communities and undermined the rule of law. According to British media, during a 2006 protest, CAGE Research Director Asim Qureshi advocated supporting violent Jihad overseas in conflict zones involving Muslims.
In April 2022, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported CAGE had published a report alleging systematic state-sponsored persecution of Muslims in France, demanding the French government reverse its dissolution of Islamist organizations and remove the executive power to dissolve such organizations altogether. In June 2022, the GIOR reported that a French governmental anti-radicalization committee had posted a Twitter thread calling out the Islamist leadership and activities of CAGE.
Ibrahim Ali, previously an election agent for Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy, also served as Vice-President for Student Affairs at the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS). FOSIS is a national umbrella organization representing Islamic societies at universities throughout the UK, and that has historically had numerous ties to the Muslim Brotherhood network in the UK.