Although I met Tommy Robinson only once, it was enough to leave an impression. His mannerism reminded me so much of my younger son – full of zeal, enthusiasm, getting under people’s skins and challenging the status quo with a quest to expose the truth.
As the president of Muslims Facing Tomorrow, I was in Geneva last September attending a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
When Tommy heard I was there and he drove 12 hours from London to Geneva,to meet me and interview me about what’s going on inside the UNHRC:
My first reaction to him off camera was, “You’re not at all what I expected and heard about you.” He laughed and said this was the norm and did I expect him to be a bigot and racist when his best friend is Muslim?
We talked extensively about the growing perils of Islamism in Western society, especially in the UK:
Ironically I had just met Ensaf Badawi (the wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi) at this session. Tommy was very interested in Raif’s case and lobbying for his freedom.
At that time I had no idea that in a democracy like UK, Tommy would also be judged by a kangaroo court, summarily tried and sentenced to 13 months behind bars, similar to the injustice against Raif Badawi.
All this because he was covering the trial of the "grooming gang" who were Muslim men raping young white girls. This is a horrendous story that has been covered up for a long time and even today when mainstream British media reports it, they do not write that the men were mostly of Pakistani origin. They are referred to as “Asian gangs”.
As I see my own son freely expressing his views, I can’t help but be very fearful and concerned about Tommy’s welfare as a mother would be for a son.
I urge each and every one of you inside and outside the UK to lobby for Tommy’s freedom.