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London Times Probes Grenfell Tower “Jewish Sacrifice” Conspiracy Theorist

From the London Times:

A leading proponent of the conspiracy theory that the 9/11 terror attack was faked by Jews has gained a prominent role as a Grenfell Tower volunteer.

Tahra Ahmed has claimed that the tower victims were “burnt alive in a Jewish sacrifice”.

Attending a town hall protest two days after the fire, she told reporters there that the fire was a “holocaust”. She has previously described Hitler’s massacre of Jews as the “holohoax”.

Ms Ahmed, 47, was an activist at the protest about the fire and has been running a volunteer network to help those affected by the tragedy.

The article goes on to note other examples of Ahmed’s anti-Semitism, such as her view expressed on Facebook that “Hitler and the Germans were the victims of the Jewish conspiracy to destroy Germany”.

Unfortunately, the piece does not properly describe the extent of her “network”. The article is one of several by Dominic Kennedy published in the paper today that contrasts the support group Grenfell United with other groups, the latter depicted as unreasonable militants out to “hijack” and “exploit” the issue through exaggerated claims and rhetoric. Among those mentioned is Ishmahil Blagrove of Justice4Grenfell, a long-time activist who we are told somewhat cryptically “has published work by an anti-Obama conspiracy theorist”. The Russian news channel RT also gets a mention, for attempting to “foment ‘class war’ in Britain” by misreporting on Grenfell (it’s not clear why “class war” is in quote marks – an anomaly that RT has seized on in its response).

Ahmed previously featured in reporting in June, when she was quoted as part of a protest at Kensington Town Hall:

Tahra Ahmed, who was involved in organising the protest, branded the tower fire a ‘holocaust’. The former Metropolitan Police worker admitted she was ‘hoping the protest doesn’t get worse’ after repeatedly being forced to intervene to stop violence against police throughout the evening.

However, there isn’t much else online about her Grenfell activism, and so it may be that she is something of an outlier and that her “network” is small. Presumably she is not part of Justice4Grenfell, or else Kennedy would have mentioned it. I previously blogged on Grenfell Tower conspiricism here.

Ahmed is, though, of interest as someone with long-standing links on the “conspiricist left”. In 2014 she appeared on The Richie Allen Show, a conspiracy podcast (see here) produced in association with David Icke, to talk about a project called “the re-set” (the lower-case is deliberate). Her associate in this project is Ray Savage, a former police officer and conspiracy theorist who later participated in at least one anti-“Satanic Ritual Abuse” protest outside a church in Hampstead. The “re-set” supposedly refers to a constitutional “re-set” provision within Britain’s laws – a pseudo-legal concept akin to “Freeman of the Land” and “Sovereign Citizen” fantasies. The website can be seen here, although an archived version is a bit more informative.

The year before that, Ahmed organized a “Truth Movement” conference in London called “Seek Speak Spread Truth”, with “Gilad Atzmon, Ken O’Keefe, Alan Hart, Les Visible, Kevin Schot, Nahida Exiled, David Messenger, and Gill Kaffash”. The event caught the notice of the Community Security Trust.

A bit of Googling also reveals an association with Tony Farrell, a 9/11 and 7/7 Truther who claims to have had a career in the police, and with a woman who refers to herself as “Charles Seven” – this latter person describes 7/7 as

a media mafia ritualistc satanic witch hunt vendetta to psychologically torture, terrify and paralyse me into not bringing my evidence to court exposing conspiracy to defraud and murder by way of widespread racketeering of trillions using stolen intellectual property and other highly sinister activities from 2003 onwards.

These links are revealed in emails by Ahmed published by Mark Windows, an actor and director who was a presenter at the The People’s Voice, a media project of David Icke and Sean Adl-Tabatabai (previously blogged here). Windows alleges that his scepticism of “Seven’s” claims led to him being defamed on a now-defunct conspiracy website called called Syncrenicity, run by a certain Tony Kilvert and owned by one Keir Argent. Windows claims that “Seven” arrived at The People’s Voice in the company of Ahmed and Savage to make their case to Icke.