Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

SUICIDE BOMB BACKER RUNS KEN CAMPAIGN; Support: Azzam Tamimi, Left, a Leader of the Group Muslims 4 Ken, Shares a Platform with Controversial Cleric Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, Who Was Welcomed to City Hall by the Mayor

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

SUICIDE BOMB BACKER RUNS KEN CAMPAIGN; Support: Azzam Tamimi, Left, a Leader of the Group Muslims 4 Ken, Shares a Platform with Controversial Cleric Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, Who Was Welcomed to City Hall by the Mayor

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Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS

AN advocate of suicide bombing is among leaders of a group trying tomobilise Muslim voters to back Ken Livingstone, the Standard reveals today.

For the past year, the group has been working on a strategy to win an estimated200,000 Muslim votes in an effort to re-elect the Mayor.

It includes a campaign of vilification aimed at his Conservative rival, BorisJohnson. It is being waged by Muslims 4 Ken, led by 39-year-old lecturer AnasAltikriti and Palestinian-born Azzam Tamimi, a supporter of Hamas, the militantgroup dedicated to the creation of an Islamic state of Palestine.

While Mr Altikriti says he abhors violence and favours dialogue to further theMuslim cause, Mr Tamimi has praised suicide bombers and said he would volunteerfor a suicide mission in Palestine. "For us Muslims martyrdom is not the end ofthings, but the beginning of the most wonderful of things," he has said. "If Ican go to Palestine and sacrifice myself I would do it. Why not?" Muslims 4 Kenmoves into overdrive this week after months of lobbying for Mr Livingstoneamong Muslim community leaders, in mosques and among political organisations. …

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