Glen Jenvey: “Don’t Call Me Omar” – Explains that Conversion to Radical Islam was Bogus

August:

Glen Jenvey Conversion

October: 

Glen Jenvey Post Muslim

Back in January, it was shown that freelance “terror expert” Glen Jenvey had been making bogus postings to Muslim web forums which he would then use as evidence of Muslim extremism to generate stories in tabloid newspapers. The initial evidence was discovered by Tim Ireland, and confirmed by an audio recording in which Jenvey admitted to using a particular on-line alias. That audio recording was passed to Tim and me by Dominic Wightman for his own purposes; he told us that it had been made by Charlie Flowers, of a music group known as the Fighting Cocks (I’ve blogged on both these characters here and here).

Tim’s discovery led to reports in the Guardian and Private Eye (in the latter case without acknowledging Tim’s work), and in May doubts about Jenvey were mentioned in passing in a Daily Mail article about anti-Muslim protests in Luton. Jenvey was greatly offended and upset by this Mail piece – he made a video threatening to kill himself outside the newspaper’s offices, and shortly afterwards he announced his conversion to Islam and a new association with the Islamic extremists around Anjem Choudary. His new Islamic identity was remarkably crude, and he railed bitterly against Jews and Israelis. He explained that he had created a story about British Jews being targeted by Muslim extremists in revenge for military action in Gaza (the story which brought him to Tim’s attention) because he wanted British Jews to share the fear felt by Palestinians; this was a somewhat problematic explanation, as this was several months before his conversion to Islam and he was on record as being very pro-Israeli.

And now – not entirely unexpectedly – he’s switched back again. In a video which he posted to Liveleak and then pulled (but which can still be seen in Google cache), he explains that the whole business was an exercise  in infiltration, as a result of which he now knows more about Muslim extremists in Wiltshire and Hampshire, the area of the UK in which he lives (although he also met lots of moderates). He also claims he had to undertake this subterfuge because the security services are “clueless” and “institutionally racist”. He kisses a crucifix, mentions the fact that he is gay, and tells us that during his undercover period he would read the Koran while drinking beer and speak to Omar Bakri on the phone while eating a bacon sandwich and drinking wine.  He also says he has been working for “an MP and a diplomat” – presumably a reference to Patrick Mercer MP, who has lately been keen to distance himself from his past association with Jenvey. We’re promised more information when he has written his book.

This is not the first time Jenvey has done this: a few years ago he ran a pro-Jihadi website to generate interest from Islamic extremists, which he then replaced with the message that “Jehad is crap” followed by an attack on the national identity of Palestinians.

UPDATE: Now on YouTube:

Elie Wiesel Links with Pastor Who Promotes NWO Conspiracy Theories and Predicts “Part-Jewish” Anti-Christ

Talk to Action draws attention to the following event:

CUFI Wiesel

Pastor John Hagee’s endorsement of John McCain in 2008 was famously repudiated by the presidential candidate after Talk to Action‘s Bruce Wilson uncovered a sermon in which Hagee described Hitler as a “hunter” sent by God to persuade Jews that they needed to establish the State of Israel. It also came to light that Hagee considers that both Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler were effective tools of Satan because of their supposed Jewish heritage (a long-debunked legend in Hitler’s case), and that he considers bankers such as the Rothschilds to be part of a New World Order conspiracy. Against this, Hagee maintains that he highly supportive of Jews and respectful of Judaism, but as I argued at the time:

it’s clear that Hagee’s philo-Semitism collapses in on itself: Hagee sees Jews not as real three-dimensional people, but simply as instruments in a divine drama. Those Jews who act according to God’s script receive Hagee’s regard and support, but the logic of his theology means that the Jew who strays from the path – such as Marx, the Rothschilds, and, erm, Hitler – potentially becomes a uniquely effective tool of Satan. Thus, like the late Jerry Falwell, Hagee teaches that the anti-Christ will be at least “partly” Jewish.

Hagee co-opts old anti-Jewish conspiracy theories while expressing support for Jews. But this just means that the essential anti-Jewish element of these theories is currently (more or less) dormant – and Hagee’s “paranoid style” is inseparable from an irrational hatred of minority groups. The possibility remains that Hagee’s conspiracy teachings may one day help to create an anti-Jewish climate, just as their originators intended.

However, while the McCain endorsement fiasco damaged both men, Hagee was given a vote of confidence by prominent conservatives shortly afterwards. Getting Elie Wiesel on board is probably his best PR move yet.

This video has more background:

There’s also this unofficial video inspired by a Hagee sermon and put together by a fan: