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My trip to Ally Pally

On Friday 7 July, the anniversary of the London suicide murders, and on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July, London’s Alexandra Palace played host to Islam Expo, an attempt to “promote dialogue and understanding”. Details of the exhibition, and our efforts to counter this shameless propaganda are given in Esmerelda’s post here at the New English Review.

As explained in that post, this anti-Islam-Expo blog was set up and a flyer drafted, advising any potential visitor of some basic facts about the expansionist and totalitarian ideology of Islam and the depraved and violent character of its founder, Mohammed.

Together with Esmerelda and others involved in the campaign, I left flyers in various places in north and central London. Yesterday, I decided to pay a visit to Alexandra Palace in order to get a feel for the kind of people who were attending the exhibition. The entrance fee is £20, and while I will happily spend £20 and more going to an art exhibition, I did not wish this taqiyya fest to get a penny of my hard-earned cash. Fortunately, this was not necessary.

I dressed in my usual trousers and short sleeved top. But I stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb. I was very nearly the only white person there, and very nearly the only unveiled woman. The veil was usually a headscarf, worn with a shalwar kameez, but there were quite a lot of chadors and niqabs. Even if you assume that the handful of other unveiled women were non-Muslim, which may not be the case, it is fair to conclude that the women attending the exhibition were nearly all Muslim, and therefore that the men who accompanied them were also Muslim.

This exhibition was intended to build bridges between Muslims and non-Muslims. Insofar as there were only a handful of non-Muslims there, it failed to do this. This was a Saturday, so it clashed neither with work, nor with Sunday’s World Cup Final. Infidels simply stayed away in droves.

Islam being the equal opportunities religion that it is, the men did not feel obliged to wear the “portable seclusion”, as useful idiot feminists have termed the hijab. Some men wore the typical Islamic garb, more suited to the North West Frontier than to north London, but most wore Western clothes. There were lots of men dressed in natty jeans and T-shirts with trailing black ghosts pushing prams. Particularly unpleasant was the sight of a black ghost struggling to push a pram up the long steep hill leading from the car park to the Palace, completely unaided by her keeper – sorry – husband, who was swaggering ahead of her. I pointedly offered to help, but she said she could manage, though she was clearly out of breath.

My first impression on reaching the exhibition centre was of a strong police presence. I was then struck by how quiet and subdued it all seemed. I had arrived fairly late in the day – around 3pm, but the exhibition was scheduled to finish only at 6pm, with a concert at 7pm. One might have thought that a fair number of people would be queuing to get in. However, as you can see from the picture in the New English Review post, only a handful of people were getting tickets.

Visitors – I hate the word “attendees”, don’t you? – had to register. I have never had to do this at an exhibition, and I am not sure what the purpose of this was.

Although it was a warm, pleasant day, and although the grounds of Alexandra Palace and the views over London are spectacular, few were milling about outside.

I wanted to see as much as possible without actually buying a ticket, so, adopting a numb and vague expression, I blundered up to the window of a lecture room and had a good look inside. The room was about one third full. All Muslims, mostly couples or families except for a contingent of men in their twenties. There were no single women. They were all listening attentively to the speaker, whom I did not recognise, unfortunately.

Most of the visitors were young, well under forty. (It’s strange how, as you get older, your definition of “young” becomes more elastic.) I saw handful of men and women in their sixties; the women dressed, as is often the case, less conservatively than many women in their twenties. There were quite a few young children – ten or under – but very few teenagers. All were quiet and well behaved. I did not feel uncomfortable or threatened, but that may be because I am thick skinned.

To summarise, my impression was that the exhibition was not particularly well attended. I may be wrong in this, of course – I am going on what I saw from the outside and through the window. Visitors were almost exclusively Muslim, so it failed as a bridge-building exercise. The atmosphere was quiet and subdued. Overall, a damp squib.

To see the pictures, look at my New English Review piece here.

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to go and report.
I recommend following the link to see the pictures, the lack of people or queues is significant, I believe.

Interesting... Mwhahaha.

Well I'm glad the jihadi wankers, it seems, were/are unlikely to convert any fools with this pathetic self-indulgent islamo-wank fest.

Apologies ladies for my language, and I'm not talking split infitives.

Call me thick, and yes I did go to a grammar school -- but I don't get the allusion, Ally Pally?

Feel free to unleash wrath of dumbness.

Ally Pally :-
An affectionate nickname for Alexandra Palace, used by locals and those of us old enough to remember when the BBC broadcast from there.

Islamo-wank fest indeed! They were preaching to themselves. Same as the 5x per day ass-up, kissing-dirt, group abasement before phony baloney concocted deity. If that ain't a group reinforcement, mass thought control exercise, then nothing is.

Good luck from the USA.

A illuminating expedition.
I wonder why they chose not to advertise on the Underground, in magazines etc

A BBC video snip from the first day which seems to confirm OP's conclusion. All Muslim, heavily veiled, with a sprinkling of school parties.

See also my update here

you have c`onfir

if this isn't stereotypical prejudices mixed with a sprinkle of ignorance and fear, i don't know what is? If you were going to investigate the ingoings of the islamexpo, the least you could have done is to get inside to do your spying. I may have given your findings an ounce of credibility, rather than treat it like the paranoid pages of a tabloid. he islamophobia continues....

JJ, as I made clear, I did not wish to give £20 to this whitewash of Islam. Please see the original leaflet for details of the sponsors, none of whom are entitled to my money.

If it is "Islamophobia" or prejudice to comment on the preponderance of head and face coverings, or the swaggering of men dressed in jeans while "their" women pushed prams up hills, then, yes I'm Islamophobic.

Did you go by the way?

I'm from Israel and there's nothing new about what we're preventing each day!

The radicalism of Islam became so unbearable.
U.K was against Israel till terror came into its own territory. What's so significant that those Muslims were born in Israel. I don't know even killing people worth heaven - but killing innocent people is definitley sounds like safe way? oops IT IS NOT!

Where did you find it? Interesting read » » »

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