Anti-Islamic activists get key roles in the "family-friendly" Brexit march - The Guardian

A "proudly anti-Islam" Australian activist and a YouTuber who sent a rape tweet to a Labor MP have received prominent roles at a "family-friendly" Brexit gathering in London on Sunday, the Guardian has learned.

Avi Yemini, who described Islam as a "barbaric ideology"Who had conquered England and described Muslim countries as"Islamic holes sh **", He flew from Australia to cover the event on social media by invitation of Tommy Robinson, the activist who is organizing the event together with the leader of Ukip, Gerard Batten.

The participation of Yemini was funded through online donations in collaboration with the far-right Canadian website, Rebel Media, which had previously hired Robinson.

Ukip has insisted that the event will be a favorable event for families against what is called "the great betrayal of Brexit" pursued by Theresa May's government. But the Guardian has learned that one of the main confirmed speakers is a man who accused the opponents of "behaving like a bunch of [N-word]"And he sent a tweet of rape to Labor MP Jess Phillips.

Carl Benjamin, 39, who uses the alias Sargon of Akkad, is a political commentator who has earned more than 860,000 subscribers on YouTube by making videos that criticize feminism, Islam and political correctness. He joined Ukip in June as part of the party's attempt to attract expert internet supporters.

The leading roles of both men in the rally will alarm those inside Ukip who have shown growing unease about the party's relationship with Robinson and his associates.

Nigel Farage left Ukip this week after 25 years, blaming his anti-Muslim "fixation", while former Vice President Suzanne Evans, former leader Paul Nuttall, and members of Parliament Patrick O & # 39; Flynn , Bill Etheridge and William Dartmouth also left the group after Batten & # 39; s decision to appoint Robinson as a consultant.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, raised funds for this Sunday's "Brexit Betrayal" event by directly sending supporters via e-mail, requesting donations for the cost of £ 8,000 in stages and audio equipment.

Several members of the restricted circle of Batten are closely involved in organizing the rally, which should start outside the Dorchester hotel and finish off Downing Street. Robinson tweeted a photo of a planning meeting last week that showed Ukip's leader along with his personal assistant, Liz Phillips, his lawyer Lawrence Webb and the party's head of communications, Kris Hicks.



A meeting of the organizers of the "Brexit Betrayal" rally in late November. Photograph: pantry

An executive from the Middle East Forum, an influential US thinktank who helped fund Robinson's protests and legal protests, was also present at the meeting and was closely involved in preparations for the rally, the Guardian explained.

It is expected that Lisa Barbounis, the executive liaison officer of the president of the MEF, Daniel Pipes, will participate in the event. He previously spoke of crowds outside Old Bailey after Robinson's last appearance in court.

Barbounis addresses the crowds in London at the start of this year

A spokesman for Ukip confirmed the involvement of Barbounis in the meeting and said he was "registering the meeting to report to them [the Middle East Forum]". He said that the MEF was "very interested in the topic treated by Tommy Robinson and at Brexit and the country's future prospects".

However, Pipes denied that the forum was "somewhat connected" to the Brexit rally. Barbounis was in London "on his own initiative and participated in the planning meeting on a personal basis," he said.

A former member of Ukip described the rally as "crazy" and said that 200 members left the party on Friday night to protest his association with Robinson. "If everything goes wrong, and I think he will, then Gerard should walk or be pushed," the insider said.

Benjamin gained notoriety in 2016 when he was accused of instigating a misogynist trolling campaign against Phillips, Birmingham Labor Member Yardley. "I would not even rape you," he tweeted on Phillips, reportedly causing hundreds of threatening tweets against her, including rape and death threats from her followers. Since then it has been banned by Twitter.

In a live stream recorded in February, Benjamin seemed to lose his temper in the comments. "You're acting like a bunch of [N-word], just for what you know. You act like a white [N-word]"He said," Benjamin insisted that his comments had been taken out of context.

Yemini, who calls himself "proudly anti-Islam", has earned over 100,000 followers on Facebook after releasing burnt-out videos before being banned by the social network earlier this week.

The Israeli-born activist claims to be a sniper in the Israeli defense forces and serving in the Gaza Strip. It is awaiting the forthcoming elections to the far right of the Australia Liberty Party, which has recognized the donation to Robinson in the past.

His arrival in Britain was welcomed by Daniel Thomas, who was imprisoned for two years in 2016 for attempted kidnapping and is organizing the event with Robinson and Ukip. He posted a photo of Yemini on social media with the message: "My favorite Nazi Jew Avi has arrived #SundayFunDay #TheGreatBetrayal".

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