If You Show Interest in Palestine, You Could be a Terrorist, Says Government

February 15, 2016   |   Michaela Whitton

Michaela Whitton
February 15, 2016

(ANTIMEDIA) United Kingdom — Most would agree that the issue of Palestine and Israel is one that should be discussed in all schools, particularly in Britain, which has played no small part in one of the most grave injustices in history. Last week, CAGE — an advocacy group for those affected by the ‘War on Terror’ — leaked a  number of training documents that revealed teaching staff are being encouraged to consider Muslim students who display an interest in Palestinian issues as vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.

We have previously reported on the creeping use of counter-terrorism policies in the U.K. being used to clamp down on civil liberties by way of the PREVENT programme, which is operated across the U.K. through the government’s Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent, commonly referred to as WRAP.

Recently leaked training materials include workshop plans, video clips, and software programmes that are being used to train public sector workers in spotting signs of radicalisation.

“Where the public sector is being required to play a role as part of the security state, it is important that there is full transparency and accountability.” — CAGE

The resources list Palestine alongside Syria and the growth of the Islamic State group as issues that need careful monitoring by those involved in safeguarding. “As recent stories involving vulnerable pupils have shown, issues around Palestine, Syria and the growth of ISIL/ISIS require careful monitoring by those involved in school safeguarding.” (Safe Schools, Section 1: Extremism FAQs)

Alongside the absurdity of putting Palestine and the Islamic State in the same category, is it any wonder that cases of misreporting have plagued the education system since the introduction of PREVENT? According to CAGE, public sector workers are being trained in “empirically flawed reasoning,” which only reiterates the government’s own flawed thinking around extremism.

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For concrete evidence of the climate of fear being created, look no further than schoolboy Rahmaan Mohammadi from Luton, who was questioned by anti-terrorism police for wearing a “Free Palestine” badge to school.

Mohammadi appears to have aroused suspicion in hyper-vigilant teaching staff for carrying a leaflet advocating Palestinian human rights and asking for permission to fundraise for Palestinian children. The Independent reports that Bedfordshire police visited Mohammadi’s home with a folder of information about the schoolboy, and after speaking with him and his parents, concluded he was not at risk and no further action was taken.

Singling out Palestine as an issue potentially linked to extremism not only risks problematising an issue of grave concern for many British Muslims, but has the potential to make people afraid of openly discussing the plights of those suffering from oppression.


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Author: Michaela Whitton

Michaela Whitton joined Anti-Media as its first journalist abroad in May of 2015. Her topics of interest include human rights, conflict, the Middle East, Palestine, and Israel. Born and residing in the United Kingdom, she is also a photographer.

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  1. The USSA govt has no right, no business to tell citizens that if they show interest in Palestine, they could be terrorists. This is the utter madness that ensues when the govt is run by "dual citizen" Trotskyites aka Neocons, who want the Constitution abolished .. especially, the Bill of Rights.
    Who are these tin-pot dictator wannabes to tell citizens what to think and what country(ies) wherein to show interest and/or solidarity? This isn't 1919 Bolshevik Russia; this is America, a Constitutional Republic, where the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land. Russia .. when it was a Bolshevik dictatorship .. told the Russian population that if they showed any interest in Christianity, they would be regarded by the Bolshevik govt as terrorists and treated as such; i.e., extermination. Apparently, those in charge of America's govt want to repeat the terror and the atrocities of the former USSR under Lenin and his successor, Stalin .. and this must be stopped.
    "Those who would give up Liberty for a modicum of Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" ~ Benjamin Franklin

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  2. zionist control USA,this is why , zionist israel dosn`t like it ..USA government is destroyed by zionists. they have to give allegence to israel..NOT usa…sad but true…WAKE UP USA..before it is too late..

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  3. I recall when #Blacks were slaved into America, mind you, #America is quick to say #Muslim nations enslaved blacks first…. that if a white person was caught with a black person, the insult would be "N**** Lover" and then black person is lynched by your neighborhood #KKK.

    Then when Vietnamese became a problem to America, they were told they carried diseases, forgetting that #USA soldiers were gang raping many of them. #Vietnam, was a mistake as #Iraq, but America made sure that this time, soldiers who raped Iraqi girls and women and killed them in front of their fathers and brothers, would not be seen as murderers and rapists as in Vietnam.

    Then when #Japanese became a problem to America they not only called them an Trida gang but did a #Nazi concertration camp if you recall on them. You heard of #Nazism. America had movies and books all about that and a #Holocaust too. But just like #Europe, America have always had their hands dirty and think no one knows.

    Now its being a Muslim and pulling out a particular Muslim …a #Palestinian one. Europe and America are two peas in a pod. As they convinced the world that Muslims "today" is the problem. What those same people that believe we are the problem, don't want to think for themselves that Europe and America killed millions and millions of Christians in Europe. Not just Jews but #Christian population.

    Can't wait when "#Russia" becomes a problem, or #Mexicans, #Hispancis, #Latinos, and oh back to Muslims if its from #Iran has a problem with USA.

    Well, as a Palestinian, anyone that wants to call ME a terrorist, can kiss my "thanks to israel's illegally funded military occupation and war crimes of 66 years because Zionism wants to lie about their holocaust they judenratted their own to convince Christians they are the chosen ones" ASS!

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  4. I recall when #Blacks were enslaved into America, mind you, #America is quick to say #Muslim nations enslaved blacks first….however, if a white female was caught with a black male, the insult would be "N**** Lover" and then black man is lynched by your nearest neighborhood #KKK.

    Then when Vietnamese became a problem to America, they were told they carried diseases, forgetting that #USA soldiers were gang raping many of them. #Vietnam, was a mistake as #Iraq, but America made sure that this time, Americans wouldn't hate on the soldiers, who raped Iraqi girls and women and killed them in front of their fathers and brothers, making sure they would not be seen as murderers and rapists as in Vietnam.

    Then when #Japanese became a problem to America they not only called them an Trida gang but did a #Nazi concertration camp im USA, if you recall on them. You heard of #Nazism, America had movies and books all about that and including more definition on a #Holocaust too. But just like #Europe, America has always had their hands dirty and think no one knows.

    Now, its being a Muslim and pulling out a particular Muslim …a #Palestinian one. Europe and America are two peas in a pod. As they convinced the world that Muslims "today" is the problem. What those same people that believe we are the problem, don't want to think for themselves that Europe and America killed millions and millions of Christians in Europe. Not just Jews but a #Christian population of Russians, Polish, Germans, etc….Europe was a huge Christian of nations.

    Can't wait when "#Russia" becomes a problem, or #Mexicans, #Hispancis, #Latinos, and Oh! Back to Muslims if its #Iran that has a problem with USA, soon. Maybe #China and #SouthKorea can get over their differences and be a problem to USA.

    Well, as a Palestinian, anyone that wants to call ME a terrorist, can kiss my …

    "thanks to israel's illegally funded military occupation and war crimes of 66 years because #Zionism wants to lie about a Holocaust that they judenratted their own to convince Christians, that died more during WW2 than Jews, they are the chosen ones"

    ASS!

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  5. Westminster Government are demanding to see letters between our Scottish Minister for Europe and Int Dev, maybe Israeli masters and shouting in their ear…."stop the Scottish Gov from standing up against the abuses of human rights towards Palestinians and elsewhere".Cameron and co can go to hell, maybe they are happy to see humans being treated worse than animals but Scots have morals and values. https://twitter.com/HumzaYousaf/status/704009177174253569 We Scots stand up for Palestinians, to be a free state and escape the oppression and open jail that Gaza is by the hands of Zionists and Israel and their pals in Tories and Labour can shove that where the sun don't shine!

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