It’s rare for Amy Winehouse to be out of the headlines, but this time she may have become the unwitting target of an alarming hate campaign. According to British taboid The Sun, posts advocating that Winehouse, Mark Ronson and other Jewish celebrities should become a “terror target” have allegedly appeared on a forum on the website Ummah.com.
The posting on the site apparently only targets British celebrities and political figures, and is being taken very seriously by anti-terror expert Glen Jenvey. “The Ummah website has been used by extremists,” Jenvey told The Sun. “Those listed should treat it very seriously. Expect a hate campaign and intimidation by 20 or 30 thugs.” The Sun states that the hate campaign was started by a user named “Saladin1970,” who cited the need to post “a list of those who support Israel” in response to the attacks in Gaza.
Edit: In an update to this story, a lengthy rebuttal has been posted on the Ummah boards. Sajid at Ummah says The Sun article "represents the most insidious and inflammatory kind of demonisation of law-abiding, decent, British Muslims." He goes on to explain how the intent of the original thread was to compile a list of prominent British people who support Israel, "so that we can write polite letters reminding them of the injustices of Israel and to stop supporting Israel."
You can read the full press release from Ummah here and further speculation on this issue from the site’s users here. The original thread that sparked the controversy is here. Thanks to the two commenters below for helping us bring the other side to this story.
Update (Jan 21, 2009): The Sun’s original story on this issue has now been withdrawn, apparently without any explanation for their retraction. The allegation that Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson (and others) have become a "terror target" via the ummah.com message boards has not been substantiated through any source. Apologies to any readers who have been mislead by this story, and thanks to reader Tim Ireland for contacting us to set the record straight.