This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
10 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I April 2009
Charity slams fund aimed
at curbing extremism
A £5.1m scheme to help Muslim chief executive of Brap (formerly she said.
communities in England and Birmingham Race Action Partnership),
Wales tackle violent extremism criticised the fund.
has been branded ‘divisive and ‘Whilst any investment by
counterproductive’ by an equalities government to bring about a more
and human rights charity. cohesive society must be applauded,
The Preventing Violent Extremism Brap is concerned that targeting money
Community Leadership Fund at programmes that highlight the
announced it will award cash to 32 “problems” of particular communities
projects involved in developing the is divisive and counterproductive,’
leadership skills of Muslim women, she said.
young people and faith leaders and ‘Like a lot of people, we’re
encouraging active involvement in unconvinced that trying to address
public life. some of these problems under
It will also provide money to the banner of Prevent is the most
enhance the representation of Muslim productive way forward.’
women in local decision-making She urged the government to take
bodies and help Muslim communities a more holistic approach to equality
play a greater role in housing boards that addresses disadvantage and
and resident and tenant associations. discrimination in the native population
Ministers said the number of as well as other ethnic groups.
applications for the scheme, which ‘In doing, so it would probably
launched in 2007, had doubled since find that it was reducing extremism
last year. not just in Muslim communities but
However, Joy Warmington, in other disaffected communities too,’
UK police identify 200 children
as ‘potential terrorists’
At least two hundred schoolchildren what might be regarded as racism to extreme views or susceptibility to
in the UK, some as young as 13, have and the adoption of bad attitudes being ‘groomed’ by radicalizers.
been identified as potential terrorists towards ‘the West’,” Bettison told the Funded by the Home Office, it
in a police-run intervention project Independent newspaper. involves officers working alongside
that so far covers only six areas of the “The challenge is to intervene and Muslim communities to identify
country, according to press reports. offer guidance, not necessarily to impressionable children who are
The controversial scheme, prosecute them, but to address their at risk of radicalisation or who have
launched 18 months ago, aims to grievance, their growing sense of hate shown an interest in extremist material
spot youngsters who are ‘vulnerable’ and potential to do something violent -- on the internet or in books.
to so-called Islamic radicalization. in the name of some misinterpretation The project was originally piloted
Once identified the children are of a faith,” he said. in Lancashire, northwest England and
subject to a ‘program of intervention The chief constable denied one London borough in 2007 before
tailored to the needs of the accusations that the scheme, called being extended in February last year
individual’. the Channel project, was criminalizing to West Yorkshire, the Midlands,
The number, which has jumped Muslim communities, saying it was Bedfordshire, north of London and
from just 10 since June last year, targeted at ‘would-be terrorists who South Wales.
was said to have been revealed by happen to be cloaking themselves in It is due to be rolled out to the rest
Britain’s most senior officer in charge Islamic rhetoric’. of London and other areas in northern,
of terror prevention, Sir Norman The program is run by the central and southern England, but it is
Bettison, who is the chief constable Association of Chief Police Officers, not known how many Muslim children
of West Yorkshire Police in northern who ask teachers, parents and other will be eventually targeted.
England. community figures to be vigilant for Muslim Community called it a false
“What will often manifest itself is signs that may indicate an attraction and flawed programme.
Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28
Produced with Yudu -