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Passion Islam I September 2009 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 3
New study shows Muslim
Government
youth feel demonized
launches counter
terrorism science
The study found many young British Muslims do
and technology
not trust the police and feel harassed by them
strategy
Experts from industry and academia are
Many young British Muslims feel they accurate information, resulting in being invited to provide groundbreaking
have been demonized and under young British Muslims being portrayed
innovations to help combat the threat of
attack by the UK police and media as a threat to the wellbeing of the
terrorism as part of the government’s
ever since the September 11 events wider British communities,” it said.
science and technology counter
and 2005 London bombings, a study The think tank added that many
terrorism strategy.
shows. young British Muslims not only say
Scientists are being asked to come
forward with state-of-the-art ideas that
The study, carried out by an Islamic they do not trust the police, but feel
could be used to identify new threats
Think Tank called the Policy Research harassed by them, as well.
and develop ways to counter the
Center, reported on Monday that since This comes as the report cited
challenges we face from international
the September 11 attacks and 2005 a dramatic rise in Muslims being
terrorism.
London bombings, Muslims in Britain stopped and searched in the street The three-year science and
have been under pressure to prove after the July 2005 bombings, which technology counter terrorism strategy
they can be both British and Muslim at killed 52 people in London.
published aims to understand future
the same time. The police blamed the attack on
threats and opportunities, develop
Moreover, they believe that Britain’s four British Muslims, three of Pakistani
effective solutions, work with
role in Iraq and Afghanistan has only origin.
international partners on counter
increased the pressure. According to the last census in
terrorism-related science and
technology.
The report also revealed young 2001, there are currently more than
The government’s counter terrorism
Muslims feel they are under attack by 1.6 million Muslims residing in Britain.
strategy has identified that terrorists will
the media, saying that it portrays them Unofficial estimates, however, suggest
continue to exploit modern technology,
as a threat to society. the number could now be well above
not only to plan and conduct attacks,
“This is especially damaging when 2 million. but also to disseminate propaganda
myths and stereotypes surmount www.passionislam.com and recruit people to their cause.
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