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Hizb ut-Tahrir Announces Third Khilafah Conference in Chicago

Update: After intense pres­sure from out­side groups, the Mead­ows Club, the venue of the Hizb ut-Tahrir Khi­lafah con­fer­ence, has announced that it will not pro­vide accom­mo­da­tions for the event. HT orga­niz­ers have announced that a new venue is being sought and its loca­tion will be announced as soon as possible.

An inter­na­tional Islamist orga­ni­za­tion bent on estab­lish­ing a world­wide Islamic theoc­racy plans to hold its third Khi­lafah (Caliphate) con­fer­ence later this month in a Chicago-suburb.

Hizb ut-Tahrir Amer­ica (HT), the U.S.-arm of the inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tion with a long record of hos­til­ity toward Israel and the Jews, plans to hold the con­fer­ence, dubbed “Rev­o­lu­tion: Lib­er­a­tion by Rev­e­la­tion – Mus­lims March­ing Toward Vic­tory,” in Rolling Mead­ows, Illinois.

This year’s con­fer­ence will once again be held against the back­drop of the rev­o­lu­tions engulf­ing the Mid­dle East, which the orga­ni­za­tion seeks to use to pro­mote its vision of estab­lish­ing an Islamic Caliphate.

HT’s sec­ond Khi­lafah con­fer­ence, which was held in June of last year, focused, in part, on the organization’s view that cap­i­tal­ist and nation­al­ist sys­tems of the West are “ene­mies to Islam.” It drew sig­nif­i­cantly fewer peo­ple than its first con­fer­ence in 2009, which attracted approx­i­mately 400 people.

HT has attempted to cap­i­tal­ize on the Arab rev­o­lu­tions in the Mid­dle East and North Africa by tap­ping into peo­ples’ frus­tra­tions over events tak­ing place in the restive region. Sev­eral months ago, for exam­ple, the group orga­nized a rally in down­town Chicago to protest the Assad regime’s crack­down in Syria.

A May 2012 arti­cle on the group’s web­site notes the “bar­barism… and tyranny… [which are] the hall­mark of America’s pol­icy in the Mus­lim world.” In the same piece, HT claims there is a West­ern bias in pro­tect­ing poli­cies and insti­tu­tions only con­cern­ing the “Jews or the Zion­ist state of Israel.”