44 During a february 2006 meeting at Imperial College london, ridley described Israel as "that disgusting little watchdog of America that is festering in the middle east" and said that Respect "is a zionist -free party. If there was any zionism in the respect Party they would be hunted down and kicked out. We have no time for zionists while both the conservatives and Liberal Democrats were "riddled with zionists." 45 She described the British politician david Miliband, then foreign secretary (and Jewish on her blog in 2008 as being "a gutless little weasel who lost more than. 46 At the "Muslimer i dialog" conference in Copenhagen in September 2005, ridley was asked by danish terror expert Lars Erslev andersen if she saw it as a problem that militant Islamists distribute recruiting videos of Iraqi insurgents killing hostages. She replied that Muslims used the videos at home as an alternative form of news to what she perceived as the propaganda of Western media. At the same meeting, she compared British Prime minister Tony Blair with Pol Pot. 47 48 you She returned to copenhagen in may 2006 to take part in an Islam Channel conference on Islamophobia and was given a standing ovation after urging Muslims not to "kneel before their enemies" or "kiss the hand that slaps them." 49 peech at IslamExpo. 5 51 The idea that Islam oppresses women is the biggest obstacle to women accepting Islam, she argued.
Labour reported the matter to the police and the returning officer. Respect put the incident down to "dirty tricks the leaflet was without the legally required notice identifying the source. 42 In the final result, ridley came fourth with 1,778 votes or just over 8 of the total votes cast. 43 views and opinions edit ridley has given vocal resume support for Muslim causes involving Palestine, iraq, Afghanistan, kashmir, Chechnya, xinjiang and Uzbekistan at anti-war demonstrations. She has been highly critical of Britain's foreign policy. In complaining of patriotic sentiments voiced by British Muslim pop star Sami yusuf, and the enthusiasm for him shown by his Muslim fans, she has said: How can anyone be proud to be British? Britain is the third most hated country in the world. The Union Jack is drenched in the blood of our brothers and sisters across Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine. Our history is steeped in the blood of colonialism, rooted in slavery, brutality, torture, and oppression.
During their brief stay ridley interviewed Prime minister Ismael Haniyeh for Press. 38 In early 2009, ridley helped organise and took part in the viva palestina convoy of around 100 vehicles bearing aid across North Africa to gaza via the rafah border., in the wake of Press tv's coverage of the 2009 Iranian presidential election and the. 40 Election candidate (200412) edit ridley in 2009 Ridley was first on the respect list for the 2004 European Elections for the north East England region, but was not elected; the party placed last with.1 of the vote. 41 She stood for Respect in the leicester south by-election in 2004, where she came fourth with.7 of the vote. When she stood there again in the 2005 general election, although she still placed fourth, her share of the vote fell.4. In the local government elections in 2006, she stood unsuccessfully for a seat on Westminster City council. rotherham by-election, held on 29 november, ridley was the respect Party candidate. Respect yourself, a leaflet distributed during the campaign which accused the labour Party of racism, was attributed by labour to respect.
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28 In December 2003, she released a novel, ticket to paradise, based on the backdrop of 9/11. 19 She began presenting The Agenda with yvonne ridley, the Islam Channel 's politics and current affairs programme, in October 2005. In 2007, the Islam Channel was fined 30,000 by Ofcom after a series of breaches relating to her show and another show. 29 She resigned in April 2007, complaining that she had effectively been dismissed after relations between her and the channel's ceo, mohamed Ali harrath broke down. She brought another case of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination. In April 2008, ridley again won her case and was awarded 26,000 damages against the Islam Channel.
30 Ridley is a freelance journalist and presenter, and for several years regularly worked for Press tv, the Iranian English-language 24-hour news channel. She hosted a weekly current affairs and politics show called starters The Agenda, 31 last broadcast on 32 She also wrote a column for the now-closed daily muslims, an online newspaper for North American Muslims. It was in this paper that an obituary calling Chechen militant Islamist Shamil Basayev a shaheed, a muslim honorific for "martyr was published., in an assignment for Press tv, she and the film-maker david Miller shot a documentary on the guantanamo bay detention camp where. 34 Their film guantanamo: Inside the wire was nominated in the 2009 Roma fiction Fest in Italy, 35 and in the 2010 Aljazeera International Documentary film Festival in Qatar. 36 Another film made in 2009 was also nominated in the 2010 Aljazeera festival; In search of Prisoner 650, directed by hassan Ghani, claimed that Aafia siddiqui was held prisoner in secret by the. 37 Ridley joined the Free gaza movement in Cyprus in August 2008, as it headed for gaza to challenge the Israeli-Egyptian blockade. She arrived without incident in gaza on 23 August.
19 A later book entitled Torture: does It Work was published by military Press Studies in 2016. 20 Ridley was a patron of the uk-based pressure groups Cageprisoners until December 2014, the european President of the International Muslim Women's Union, and the vice President of the european Muslim league based in Milan and Geneva. 21 She is a member of the Stop the war coalition, for which she has spoken at its rallies, 22 and was a member of the respect Party, for which she stood in parliamentary elections before resigning both leadership and from the party in early. Writing, speaking and advocacy edit In December 2001, ridley's memoir In the hands of the taliban was published which includes an account of the 10 days she was held captive. 18 In it, she expressed worries that officers from Mossad, the Israeli secret service, or from other intelligence agencies, were plotting to have her killed in an effort to boost public support for the war in Afghanistan having been shown incriminating documents by a journalist. 23 She left her job with Express Newspapers, and announced she would return to Afghanistan to work on a sequel to her book.
24 The sequel did not materialise although she produced a programmed for bbc radio four called The return after she did return in 2002 and then the following year as part of a travel feature for The Observer with her daughter daisy. 25 Ridley was employed in 2003 by the qatar -based media organisation Al jazeera, where, as a senior editor, she helped launch their English-language website. In november of that year she was dismissed because Al jazeera found her "overly-vocal and argumentative style" was incompatible with the stations programme. 26 Her termination of her employment was also attributed to her campaigning for journalists' rights on the Al jazeera English channel and website. 27 She brought a case for unfair dismissal against the organisation, winning that case and the subsequent appeals which took four years. She was awarded 100,000 Qatari riyals, which equated to around 14,000.
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At least three of Muhmand's relatives were also arrested for aiding Ridley after the taliban developed the film in her camera. All were subsequently released without charge or harm. 13 14 Conversion movie to Islam edit during her captivity she was asked by one of her captors to convert to Islam; she refused, but gave her word she would read the quran after her release. Once freed, she kept this promise and read the quran looking for an explanation of the treatment of women by the taliban, but came to the conclusion there was none. Instead she decided it was "a magna carta for women saying, "the quran makes it clear that women are equal in spirituality, worth and education. What everyone forgets is that Islam is perfect; people are not." 15 16 She converted to Islam in the middle of 2003, claiming that her new faith has helped put behind her broken marriages and embrace "the biggest and the best family in the world.". 2 She has authored and contributed towards a number of books called In The hands of the taliban 18 and Ticket to paradise.
8 The publisher of Express Newspapers, richard Desmond, sent a team a negotiators to talk directly with Taliban officials at the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad, note pakistan. It soon became clear the regime wanted neither money nor aid but proof that Ridley was a bonafide journalist. The British high commissioner to pakistan, hilary synnott, met the taliban ambassador in Islamabad, mullah Abdul Salam zaeef, and asked for her release. 9 Following her release on 8 October, ridley was escorted to the border, where she was handed over to the pakistani authorities. 10 It had been feared that this would be jeopardised by the bombing of Afghan targets as part of the war in Afghanistan that had commenced the previous day. 11 Ridley revealed that she had kept a concealed diary inside a box for a toothpaste tube and in the inside of a soap wrapper. She had been on hunger strike throughout her captivity and described her experience as terrifying but she was not physically hurt. It transpired that during the interrogations to establish her identity she had insulted her captors. 6 12 After her release, her guides Jan Ali and Nagibullah Muhmand, as well as his five-year-old daughter Basmena, were held in prison in Kabul.
to Afghanistan after 9/11. 4 In one interview she mentions having "a reputation as the ' patsy Stone of Fleet Street that she was happy to have left behind with her conversion to Islam. 2 Her passion for left-wing, anti-imperialist causes predates her conversion; 2 5 she joined the labour Party as a teenager before resigning over the decision to invade Iraq in March 2003. 2 Capture by the taliban edit yvonne ridley was captured by the taliban in Afghanistan on 28 September 2001, and held for 11 days, while working for the sunday express. 6 In the days before the beginning of the us-led invasion of Afghanistan, after being refused an entrance visa, she decided to follow the example of bbc reporter John Simpson, who had crossed the border anonymously in a burqa. 7 She entered on 26 September, and spent two days undercover in Afghanistan. It was on her return, travelling with her guides, that she was uncovered when the donkey she was on bolted and her camera was seen by a taliban soldier. 6 She was accused of being a spy, which carried a death sentence, and at the very least faced jail for illegally entering Afghanistan.
Rachel cooke, and in 2008 was voted the "most recognisable woman in the Islamic world" by Islam Online. 2, contents, biography edit, ridley was born in the working class mining town. Stanley, county durham, the youngest of writing three girls, 1 and began her career at the local. Stanley news, 1 which was part of the durham Advertiser Series. From there she moved. Newcastle upon Tyne 2 and worked for The sunday sun and the newcastle journal for Thomson Regional Newspapers as well as The northern Echo which was part of the westminster Press group. London College of Printing. As a journalist, she was employed.
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Yvonne ridley (born ) is a british journalist who was a chair of the national council of the now-defunct. She was captured movie by the. Taliban in 2001, and after 11 days in captivity in Afghanistan she converted. Islam after having promised her captors that she would study Islam if they agreed to release her. She is a vocal supporter of the palestinian cause, which she took up as a schoolgirl. She is an avid critic of zionism and of, western media portrayals and foreign policy in the. War on Terror, and has undertaken speaking tours throughout the. Muslim world as well as America, europe and Australia. 2, she has been called "something close to a celebrity in the Islamic world" by the journalist.