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London, Asharq Al-Awsat- Islamists in Britain will resume their activities and hold a conference on jihad (holy war) in Palestine to be held in London next month.

According to Anjam Choudry, of the “Followers of the People of the Sunna and the Jamaa” and the former secretary general of al Muhajiroun, an extremist organization which disbanded itself in October 2004, the conference will take place on 19 February in London. The location will be announced closer to the date as was the case with past meetings by al Muhajiroun and al Ghurabba.

The two extremist Islamist groups were founded by the Syrian-born cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed who left London after the 7 July bombings and now resides in Lebanon.

“We have leant from previous mistakes and the financial losses we incurred, Choudry said in a letter seen by Asharq al Awsat.

The conference will include in-depth discussions of the new British anti-terror laws that will come into effect in April and examine the effect of this legislation on the continued detention of Islamists, including Abu Qatada, the Palestinian-Jordanian spiritual leader of al Qaeda in Europe. Re-arrested in August, Omar Mahmud Othman has yet to be stand trial. He is accused, with nine other foreign UK residents, of posing a threat to national security.

A demonstration in front of the Israeli embassy will follow on 24 February.

Choudry and three other companions were forcibly returned to Britain by the Lebanese authorities in November when they arrived in Beirut to visit Omar Bakri Mohammed, despite holding valid visas.

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