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June 19, 2015 3:27 pm

‘Guardian’ Letter Warns UK Muslims: Joining ISIS Benefits Israel

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ISIS soldiers in convoy in confiscated trucks in Iraq. Photo: Twitter / nayelshafei.

ISIS soldiers in convoy in confiscated trucks in Iraq. Photo: Twitter / nayelshafei.

Here’s a letter (Jihadis are waging war on Arab countries, June 17th) published in the Guardian in response to a report about Talha Asmal – who at age 17 became Britain’s youngest suicide bomber when he blew himself up north of Baghdad with a car bomb while fighting for ISIS.

Reports of Talha Asmal becoming Britain’s youngest “suicide bomber” have focused on the 17-year-old himself and on the impact on his family (Shock, grief and dismay in Dewsbury over its own boy bomber, 16 June). If the family themselves had expressed concern beyond their own tragedy, then this has not been reported. Only a friend of Talha’s parents, Shahid Malik, uttered words of sympathy for those killed by the bomber and for their families.

If the former Labour minister’s words are not just rhetoric, he must condemn the action for what it was: an attack against the countries of Iraq and Syria and their respective peoples. It is hypocritical for some to bemoan the recruitment of their youth into vile “jihadi” groups, while simultaneously supporting Saudi and Nato-led wars and covert interventions aimed at undermining and dismembering Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, among others.

The growing number of young Britons who are being recruited to commit atrocities in Syria and Iraq should be a wake-up call for British Muslims to rise against sectarian politics that only serves Islamophobia and the nefarious actions of the US and Israel.
Dr Kamil Mahdi
Exeter University 
Sami Ramadani
London Metropolitan University

Though with most anti-Zionist conspiracy theories it’s typically at least clear what crazy accusation is being leveled, the agitprop in the letter by Messrs. Mahdi and Ramadani is so vague as to be nearly unintelligible. How does it even conceivably serve Israeli interests when Muslim Britons become jihadists and kill Arabs and Muslims in Syria and Iraq?

Of course, the other question is why Guardian editors saw fit to publish such a bizarre accusation in the first place.

Adam Levick is the managing editor of UK Media Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).

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  • Julian Clovelley

    What interests me most in this article is Mr Levick’s apparent attempt o cover up the answer to his own question:

    “How does it even conceivably serve Israeli interests when Muslim Britons become jihadists and kill Arabs and Muslims in Syria and Iraq?”

    The question is curiously phrased covering up the underlying one of “Does political and military disruption and ongoing civil war in the Arab world serve American and Israeli interests through providing a state of economic, industrial and military disruption that diverts pursuit of nuclear weapons technology in the region, or makes it too high a demand on resources?

    Is this one of the reasons that the war has not been concluded?

    The answer to your question Adam as to “why Guardian editors saw fit to publish such a bizarre accusation in the first place.” is that Guardian readers are well accustomed to applying intellect and logic to understanding complex circumstances provided they are supplied with all aspects of a situation under consideration. They don’t see things in black and white or in two dimensions rather than three

    It took the Guardian well over a century to build up an intelligent and thinking readership. I guess it isn’t really a newspaper intended for drips to read.

  • Gavin Dembo

    Whatever the unintended consequences of letters like these, my view is that the writers and publishers (like the Guardian) are the real ‘nefarious’ parties, and the so called young ‘Britons’ being lured to ISIS are merely the steadily growing disloyal immigrant population that successive liberal Labour government’s allowed to immigrate into Britain, and Enoch Powell so eloquently warned them about, all those years ago.

    Wake up and ‘smell the coffee’ everyone!

    • Julian Clovelley

      Three points you seem to have got wrong, Gavin.

      1.The Conservative Government in England in the fifties was responsible for beginning the large scale recruiting of migrants to the United Kingdom. They were looking for a cheaper labour force. Much of the initial antagonism against immigration in Britain stemmed from a not entirely unfounded view that they were being used to undermine Trade Union ability to protect workforces

      2. Enoch Powell was a racist in his expressed opinions not dissimilar to Sir Oswald Moseley. He was frequently made into a hero figure by skinheads. Even amongst fellow Conservative Parliamentary Party members he was treated as an embarrassing extremist

      3. Where a newspaper chooses to publish a letter or comment it does not automatically become a party to the opinion expressed. The first duty of a newspaper is to accurately inform. The Guardian does an excellent job of this. You seem to be adopting a censorship attitude that goes hard against First Amendment Jurisprudence

  • (Amir) Ishaq Al-Sulaimani

    ISIS and Israel share a common Iranian Shia enemy. Since the United States will not allow Israel to attack Iran’s nuclear facility ISIS has become a necessary and most effective means for Israel to combat and contain Iran and its Shia allies.