The British government is facing a rebellion over its anti-terrorism strategy from Muslim groups that claim public funding to tackle social deprivation has been made contingent on security co-operation.
Leaders of Muslim organizations have told the Guardian that the Prevent Violent Extremism (PVE) initiative is stigmatising Muslims and that much-needed money to tackle widespread social problems is only being granted with strings attached. (Awwwww, how dare the Brits impose conditions on Muslims who want to destroy the UK?)
- Daud Abdullah, of the Muslim Council of Britain, accused ministers of trying to get ‘back door’ intelligence from Muslim groups.
The PVE strategy is under review by the communities and local government committee. Communities minister Shahid Malik said last month that it would be renamed and reformed, but some believe the government needs to tear it up and start from scratch. “Changing names is not the problem,” said Khalida Khan, director of the Muslim women’s group the An-Nisa Society. (Changing names isn’t the problem, kicking you out is)
She said all social indicators “show Muslims at the bottom”, and An-Nisa was desperate for money to tackle issues such as unemployment and family breakdown. But she said it would not take Prevent funding because it attached conditions such as “building resilience to violent extremism”, a requirement she suggested was almost impossible to measure compliance with. “There’s a lot of strings attached – the government stance is just terrorism driven,” said Khan. (Well, duh, you Muslims ARE the terrorists)
At a recent debate held by the student group Campusalam, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) deputy secretary general, Daud Abdullah, accused the government of seeking “back door” intelligence from Muslim groups, which were responding by “turning away from government funding”. “Experience has shown that very often funds are accompanied with intrusion and attempts to influence decision-making,” he told the Guardian. “This clearly is a risk factor.”
The Department for Communities and Local Government broke off formal contact with the MCB earlier this year over its refusal to remove Abdullah from office after he was criticised for signing a statement the government interpreted as condoning attacks on British troops. (And yet the Brits still give these people welfare?)
“We have acknowledged that the Prevent label can isolate some groups and that is why funding going into communities will no longer be branded in this way,” she said. “The effectiveness of the Preventing Violent Extremism programme is dependent on everyone involved playing a positive part in standing up to, isolating and challenging those that seek to spread hatred and violence.” (That’s right, Britain, bow down to the Muslims and get your citizens murdered. SHEEEEEESH!) UK GUARDIAN
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