Pro Palestine activist Majid Freeman charged with encouraging terrorism

The pro-Palestine activist Majid Freeman has been charged with the encouragement of terrorism and supporting a proscribed organisation.

Mr Freeman, 36, was at the forefront of exposing Hindutva extremism and violence in Leicester a few years ago and has been a stalwart supporter of the Palestinians amid the ongoing Israeli genocide in Gaza.

His viral video challenging former Labour MP Jon Ashworth is widely believed to have had an impact on Ashworth losing his parliamentary seat to Shockat Adam on Friday morning.

Freeman’s home in Leicester was raided yesterday morning and he was subsequently arrested and charged.

He has since been released on bail but is prohibited from social media activity. He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on July 24.

5Pillars understands that the charge relates to social media activity concerning the Palestinian group Hamas.

Hamas has been prohibited a terrorist organisation in many Western countries, including the UK, but is viewed as a resistance group across the Muslim world and beyond.

A small protest was held outside the Leicester police station where Mr Freeman was being held and well-wishers greeted him upon his release.