National Union of Teachers allegedly works with Islamist groups to discredit anti-terror program.
As the world’s governments work to stop terrorist attacks before they happen, one group in the UK is accused of colluding with Islamist groups to undermine these efforts.
Leaders and activists of Britain’s biggest teachers’ union are colluding with Islamic extremists to undermine policies aimed at preventing terror attacks.
Private emails leaked to the Telegraph show that Rob Ferguson, a senior National Union of Teachers (NUT) activist in heavily-Muslim Newham, east London, is working with Mend, an extremist front group, and Cage, the notorious organisation which backed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) killer known as “Jihadi John”.
Apparently this union is working to ensure that the government’s efforts to identify potential radicalization in young people is thwarted.
The Telegraph continues:
Mr Ferguson is orchestrating a campaign with Mend to discredit Prevent, the Government initiative which aims to spot signs of radicalisation in young people. A member of the NUT’s ruling national executive, Alex Kenny, and Ian Hale, the NUT’s assistant secretary in Newham, are also involved.
Mr Ferguson is a senior tutor at Newvic, the borough’s largest sixth-form college. One of its students was Roshonara Choudry, who later stabbed the local MP, Stephen Timms, trying to kill him, as punishment for his support of the Iraq war. Another student was Hassan Farooq, who stated on social media that “the solution to Newvic’s political problem = Hitler… the hour will not come until the Muslims kill the Jews.”
Under Prevent rules, college staff have a legal duty to act if they suspect a student has extremist views or could travel to Syria. However, Mr Ferguson claims the policy “effectively criminalises people for being Muslims”.
Not only are they attempting to stop the identification of potential radicalization, but they are also purportedly actively working to incite such behavior.
The emails show he worked with Mend’s chair in Newham, Tahir Talati, to organise an anti-Prevent statement, signed by Mr Hale and local imams. It claimed, falsely, that Prevent attacked “normal Muslim religious practice” with young Muslims targeted “for the views they hold on issues such as government foreign policy”.
The statement also claimed that Prevent was behind moves to “ban Friday prayers” and Islamic dress in two Newham schools. School officials said this was also untrue.
“They are winding up vulnerable young people with lies in an extremely dangerous way,” said one. “It is disgusting.”
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