By MO BHANA
It has been revealed, the security services are helping police in far-right hotspots where extremist groups are planning atrocities
About 40 neo-Nazis are being investigated by police amid fears that they are plotting terrorist attacks against Muslims in Yorkshire.
The neo-Nazis being investigated are “proactively plotting” by familiarising themselves with Islamic institutions and community representatives.
This compared with those who carry out hate crimes against Muslims simply in response to Islamist terrorist attacks.
In the modern parlance, this is part of the phenomenon known as the “alt-right” whilst pseudo sympathetic commentators refer to this so-called phenomenon as “a backlash to PC culture” whilst many of us say it how it is: neofascism.
It has been strange to see the disturbing internet subculture I’ve followed for so long enter the mainstream. The executive chairman of one of its most popular media outlets, Breitbart, has been appointed Donald Trump’s chief of strategy, and their UK bureau chief was among the first Brits to have a meeting with the president-elect.
Addressing the rise of the alt-right and Donald Trump, author and columnist, Maajid Nawaaz, explains the parallels between the movement and that of Daesh, who prey on vulnerable young Muslims.
“They feed into each other and so there is a danger and if there is a danger that young under thirties, young white men are being influenced by white nationalists online and in these chat forums. Just like ISIS recruits and influences people on these chat forums.”
“If there is this danger then we have to understand it in similar terms and we have to respond to it in similar terms. That means looking at the ideology that is promoted.”
“That means understanding the identity crisis that leads to radicalisation. That means looking at the charismatic recruiters such as Richard Spencer, who by the way by all accounts is an incredibly smooth operator, looking at those charismatic recruiters and finally looking at any sense of grievance whether real or perceived that these young white working-class men may have.
“Sense of grievance identity crisis charismatic recruiters and ideological indoctrination, those four factors that cause radicalisation applies whether to Islamist extremism or as in this case to the radicalisation of young white men who are advocating as Richard Spencer is doing so for ethnic redistribution. Whatever the heck that means.”
The white supremacist who killed Cox in Birstall, West Yorkshire, in June last year was not known to police. He was jailed for life.
Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin says standing up against hate is paramount in this day and age. She commended her two members of staff, Fazila Aswat and Sandra, who stood up to Mair whilst he attacked Jo Cox.
“Fazila and Sandra were absolutely heroic, they stood up to him (Mair) at what was a very difficult time.
“Jo’s family have responded by leading the way in being very dignified and justice has been served.
“We should all follow Jo’s vision and remember her work as opposed to how she died.”
The investigation of far-right extremists was stepped up by police after a terrorist attack in June near the Finsbury Park mosque in north London, in which one Muslim man died and 11 were injured.
Home Office figures show 48 people were arrested for domestic terrorism, which covers far-right extremism, in the year to March. This is a fivefold increase on the 10 arrested for the same offences in the previous 12 months.
The North East Counter Terrorism Unit, which covers Yorkshire and is understood to be receiving tactical support from MI5, said: “Over the past year or so, there have been indications the threat from extreme right-wing [individuals] could be increasing . . . UK counterterrorism policing is alive to this.”
National Action, a neo-Nazi group which celebrated Cox’s murder, was proscribed as a terrorist group by the Home Office in December. It is not believed that any of its members are being investigated.
In certain regions, such as the Midlands, Yorkshire and south Wales, neo-Nazis account for a quarter of cases handled by Prevent, which aims to stop people being drawn into terrorism.