A planned attack on an English Defence League rally was a reaction to the far-right groups' "calculated insults" of Islam, a court heard today.
Sentencing of six Islamic extremists who hatched the plot to target the gathering in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, last summer continued at the Old Bailey.
Joel Bennathan QC for Omar Khan said:
The EDL stage rallies in what they perceive, rightly, to be areas with large Muslim populations. They are intimidating when they do so.
They are obviously and very deliberately insulting to any Muslims. One doesn't need a degree in theology to have spotted the fact that to a Muslim a personal insult to the Prophet Mohammed is a very serious matter.
They are intimidating, they are insulting and they are provocative.