An Audience with Yvonne Ridley –Part 2
This is the second and final part of Lambeth Walk’s Investigation into the Islamic convert and “British” journalist, Yvonne Ridley.
Please read Part One first.
1st April, 2009
So, to continue from the last post, who is Yvonne Ridley,
the woman we saw recently leading the ‘Viva Palestina’ convoy to
At the lecture I described in the first part, she was introduced to us as an ordinary, liberated, British woman and mother who had simply found the truth of Islam, with no political or other agenda. I will now expose this for the outright lie it is.
Here’s the biography from her official website:
British-born, award-winning journalist Yvonne Ridley is well
known in the Muslim world for her outspoken views and defence of Islam. She
endeared herself to the Muslim community in
I found an interview she gave to the BBC shortly after her conversion was announced. It confirms a few of the points she told us in the lecture which I described in my first post, including here first thought about the Taliban soldier capturing her being ‘he’s gorgeous’.
More on the Taliban:
“I couldn’t support what they did or believed in, but they were demonized beyond recognition, because you can’t drop bombs on nice people.”
She says of reading the Koran and converting:
“I was absolutely blown away by what I was reading - not one dot or squiggle had been changed in 1,400 years.
“I have joined what I consider to be the biggest and best family in the world. When we stick together we are absolutely invincible.”
She also described the Koran as ‘a Magna Carta for women’, and stated Islamic abuses of women stem from local cultures rather than Islam, as Islam ‘makes it clear women are equal’.
One thing they miss, though - Ridley was ‘defending Muslims’ and radical Islamic causes long before she became a Muslim herself. Oh yes, indeed.
In fact, her first husband was a colonel in the Palestine Liberation Organisation, the PLO. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, to be specific.
You could not make this stuff up. What is this individual, Daoud Zaaroura, up to these days? You may well ask - he is the chief executive of the North of England Refugee Service.
“…Daoud Za’aroura is a Palestinian refugee, born in 1947 in
a little town near
He and Ridley met in
When they met, he was still an active officer in the PLO. I shan’t comment on the wisdom of letting such a man run a ‘refugee’ service - you, the reader can make up your own mind about whether this is sensible or desirable. But please bear in mind that ‘resistance movement’ is a coy euphemism for ‘terrorist organisation’ - and one of the most vicious and violent the world has ever known.
However, these are the sorts of circles in which she has moved since her younger days. On this basis, I find it very hard to believe that she only troubled herself to find out about Islam after her release from Taliban captivity.
Don’t most non-Muslim women who marry Muslim men have to convert? Wouldn’t her daughter have been born and raised a Muslim? Even if she didn’t convert, wouldn’t she have been at least a little curious? Why does it seem she took on his politics but not his religion?
For the record, I recognise the PFLP is technically a secular, Marxist branch of the Palestinian terror tree. But to be accepted under the PLO umbrella, there must have been some recognition of the majority agenda - Islamic supremacy and Arab nationalism.
There is a conspiracy theory which suggests Ridley’s capture was staged, part of a ploy to draw attention to various Islamic ‘resistance’ movements and rehabilitate the Taliban in the same vein as the PLO.
Frankly, I think the whole situation is bizarre enough, although I’m sure her ex-husband could have pulled some strings somewhere. Many believe that she would have been killed as a spy had it not been for her already impressive CV of militant Islamic connections.
After her release and conversion, Ridley’s life becomes a murky stew of warped views, questionable motives and shady connecti9ons. You have to ask whether Islam can change someone totally - or perhaps like attracts like?
Soon after her conversion, she started insisting that the
CIA and Mossad were conspiring to kill her in order to escalate the war in
Ridley supports the vast majority of the Muslims jailed for
terror offences in the
Among the websites he hosted and ran was ‘azzam.com’ a site
which raised funds for Mujahideen fighting British, American and coalition
A barrister friend assures me that Ahmad would not have been in jail for 5 years awaiting extradition unless the evidence was ‘overwhelming enough to convict him here’.
In fact, comparing democratic Western leaders and institutions to the bloody, murdering, terrorist ones she supports and apologises for is a bit of a forte of hers. I believe the psychological explanation for this phenomenon is ‘projection‘.
She wrote an article on her website saying she wouldn’t
blame Iraqi terrorists for cutting off George Bush’s head, or at least wanting
to; she compared Tony Blair to Pol Pot, and calls
“…that disgusting little watchdog of
Presumably, these would be the same ‘Zionists’ or, if we’re being honest, Jews who want to kill her because she’s just so important it would intensify a foreign war.
Despite claiming these organisations wished to kill her, she
was allowed into the
In an article about her conversion she taunted members of US
intelligience agencies as “incompetant spooks”and joked about “opening a
Madrassah for [al-Qaeda] recruits from my flat in
Ridley calls the PLO and the Taliban resistance to coalition forces in Afghanistan ‘humanitarian organisations’, and when asked about British Muslims found with footage of Western hostages being beheaded in Iraq, her response was thus (according to her own Wikipedia page):
At the “Muslimer i Dialog” conference in
As far as I can tell, the ‘Yvonne Ridley’ Wikipedia page many of these quotes come from is maintained by herself and her supporters - she is referred to as ’sister’ throughout.
Now, the following is very serious, and reveals much about her character and her interpretation of Islam. Here is a set of quotes from radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, taken from his wiki page - please read them carefully:
Abu Hamza claims that the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster was a sign from God:
“These missions would increase the number of satellites for
military purposes. It would increase the slavery of governance of other
“Killing of the kafir (non-believer) for any reason you can say it is OK, even if there is no reason for it.” He called on his followers to poison, ambush and kill non-believers and added: “You must have a stand with your heart, with your tongue, with your money, with your hand, with your sword, with your Kalashnikov. Don’t ask shall I do this, just do it.”
He suggested that people coined the term suicide attack to put others off it. “It is not called suicide - this is called shahada, martyring, because if the only way to hurt the enemies of Islam except by taking your life for that, then it is allowed,” adding: “The person who hinders Allah’s rule, this man must be eliminated”.
In January 2006 while on trial, he accused the Jewish people of being “blasphemous, treacherous and dirty” and explained that this was “why Hitler was sent into the world”.
He also called for “a world dominated by a caliph, sitting in the White House“. Whilst under cross-examination Hamza claimed the Jews control the Foreign Office, the media and the money supply in Britain and the USA.
OK. Nice chap, right? What does Yvonne think? He phoned her after news of her conversion broke:
He said, ‘Sister Yvonne, welcome to Islam, congratulations’.
“I explained I hadn’t yet taken my final vows and he said, ‘Don’t be pressured or pushed, the whole community is there for you if you need any help, just call one of the sisters.’
“I thought, I can’t believe it, this is the fire and
brimstone cleric from
“I was just about to hang up when he said, ‘But there is just one thing I want you to remember. Tomorrow, if you have an accident and die, you will go straight to hellfire’.
“I was so scared that I carried a copy of the vows in my purse until my final conversion last June.”
A sweet guy. Someone who believes Hitler was born to teach the Jews a lesson. You have to ask yourself at this point what sort of person would want to be associated with the religion of a man like him. What impressed Ridley most, however, was how generous he was in lending her Islamic texts.
Anyway, after her conversion Ridley became even more prominent in the Muslim world. She joined the Islam Channel, then al-Jazeera, then Press TV, all of them English-speaking Muslim backed channels with an agenda.
In fact, she was instrumental in setting up the English section of al-Jazeera and helping it spread, propagating the lie that Western media outlets were more biased than the Islamist shills she worked for.
On at least two of these channels she hosted programmes called ‘The Agenda with Yvonne Ridley’ - apparently without irony.
In 2005 she courted yet more controversy by backing the radical cleric Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his campaign of violence in Iraq and Jordan, describing the victims of the 9 November 2005 Amman bombings in Jordan, which saw 60 persons killed and 115 injured, as:
“Iraqi collaborators, Saudi, Indonesian and Chinese intelligence officers and the upper echelons of society.” The outpouring of public outrage manifested in spontaneous demonstration she described as staged and the work of “Jordanian troops out of uniform” and “government lackeys” together with “Christian and Muslim Bedouins” who had all been commandeered or paid to demonstrate by the Jordanian government and the CIA.”
Al-Zarqawi was denounced by his family after the bombings, a move that Ridley thought “cowardly.” She said of al-Zarqawi himself that she would “rather put up with a brother like Abu Musab al-Zarqawi any day than have a traitor or sell-out for a father, son or grandfather” – a reference to Jordanian royal family. .
In 2006 she was active in the propaganda campaign against
Yvonne Ridley Rants At The Al Quds Hate Rally 22/10/06
To screams of ‘Allahuakbar’ and ‘long live Hezbollah’, Ridley mounts the platform. She launches into a rant - the people in the embassy are ‘behind the wire’, under siege. Hezbollah ‘whupped the arse’ of the world’s fourth most powerful army. By that, I assume she’s referring to the 121 Israelis who died in the 2006 Lebanon War, 44 of them civilians.
She then informs us that ‘drinking Coca-Cola is the same as
drinking the blood of Palestinian children’ and ’shopping at Marks &
Spencer is the same as giving bullets to Israeli soldiers to shoot into the
backs of Palestinian schoolgirls’. She calls
After that, she blesses the ‘Palestinian resistance movement’ and the Second Intifada which was responsible for the deaths of 1,079 Israelis, 731 of them civilians.
But then, 2006 seems to be the year in which Yvonne sank further and further into extremism. In June 2006, this had occurred:
At a meeting of the Respect party on 6 June 2006, following a controversial police raid in Forest Gate, East London, on 2 June 2006, Ridley urged all Muslims in Britain to “boycott the police and refuse to co-operate with them in any way, shape or form until the boys are released,” including “asking the community copper for directions to passing the time of day with a beat officer.” Her comments were labelled as “sheer, undiluted madness” by Shadow Home Secretary David Davis.
Yeah, David Davis usually hits the nail on the head, I find. But when George Galloway thinks your beliefs are too extreme, well, maybe the message should be heeded.
After the Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev (accused of
As you can see, with Yvonne Ridley there is no attempt to claim the middle ground - she is an unashamed extremist.
Now, last but not least, we will look at her recent
activities in the ‘free
They completed this mission, and Ridley was given a genuine
Palestinian diplomatic passport by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who described
her as ‘an ambassador for
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