Lifestyle platform for Muslim youth is covertly receiving counter-terror funding

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Two Muslim employees have resigned from a lifestyle platform aimed at Muslim youth after learning that the Home Office has been covertly funding the platform as part of its counter-terror strategy.

Former SuperSisters employee Sabah Ismail said:

In my naivety, I thought that through this ‘opportunity’ at SuperSisters, I really could help to make real change, pushing forward a different narrative from Muslim women themselves, showing that we are empowered and multi-faceted … I realise now that with the Home Office funding the project at the root, there was no way I could do this, regardless of the content I was pushing out.

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According to the Guardian, J-Go Media formed SuperSisters:

In response to Shamima Begum and two other British schoolgirls running away to Syria in 2015. The project secured funding from Prevent, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office’s controversial strategy, which was set up to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent has repeatedly faced claims of state-sanctioned spying on Muslims and is currently under independent review.

On the SuperSisters website, J-Go’s directors Jon Hems and Jan Bros have said:

Where we acknowledge we went wrong, and we apologise for it, is not more clearly stating the source of funding on the SuperSisters Instagram and blog, not just our [parent] website [J-GoLtd.com].

However, they declined to comment on whether they have ever worked with the Home Office’s clandestine Research, Information and Communications Unit (RICU).

Non-Muslim teams and secular content

Ismail said that when she joined the team as social media manager, she was surprised to discover that there were no Muslim women in editorial or creative roles. Some contributors have also complained that, at one point, the SuperSisters editorial team employed no Muslim women. J-Go has denied this claim.

Moreover, Ismail shared problematic language used by a non-Muslim J-Go employee, who prior to joining as creative producer had tweeted: “I can handle religion if you’re not involving me in it and it’s not causing world wars, terrorist attacks or homicides. Oh wait…”. Ismail also revealed a de-Islamisation of their content, despite the website targeting Muslim women. Content she had produced which quoted the Prophet Muhammad was “all… taken off the site and archived. They said they wanted to do away with anything overtly Islamic”.

J-Go has since admitted to deleting some of Ismail’s Islamic posts:

We acknowledge that J-Go is not an Islamic organisation in either mission, majority staff composition or majority leadership composition. We therefore do not believe we have the credibility or authority to post passages from theological texts.

Covert anti-terror funding for Muslim media

The Canary recently reported on revelations that a Muslim outlet called This is Woke similarly received covert Home Office funding. The outlet is run by a company called Breakthrough Media, which, according to the Guardian:

is closely aligned to government and has been key to the delivery of multiple RICU projects. The Home Office declined to comment on this case, claiming that national security concerns were “of overriding importance”

British academic Yahya Birt has described the practice of creating government-funded Muslim grassroots organisations as “astroturfing“. Covert funding for Muslim media outlets, as a result of the controversial Prevent strategy, appears to have become a cause for concern among British Muslims.

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    1. If a non-Muslim does something bad. It is crime. But if a Muslim does the same. He is terrorist.

      I liked the answer of this German Muslim scholar
      when he was asked about terrorism and Islam :
      1. He said : Who started the first world war? Muslims?
      2. Who started the second world war ? Muslims ?
      3. Who killed about 20 millions of Aborigines in Australia ? Muslims ??
      4. Who sent the nuclear bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ? Muslims ??
      5. Who killed more than 100 million of Indians in North America ? Muslims ??
      6. Who killed more than 50 million of Indians in south America ? Muslims ??
      7. Who took about 180 millions of African people as slaves and 88% of them died and was thrown in Atlantic ocean ? Muslims ??

      No , They were not Muslims!!! First of all, You have to define terrorism properly… If a non-Muslim does something bad. It is crime. But if a Muslim does the same. He is terrorist… So first remove this double standard…then come to the point!!! , . . . .

      Who killed Iraqi since 2003..? Who is Vad Dracula who killed 300.000 Muslims..? Who colonized Indonesia..? Who killed Palestinian..?? Who began first and second world war..? Who killed red Indian..? Who is Hitler..? Who is Mussolini..? Who is Stalin..? Who genocides Muslim in Myanmar..? Who is George W. Bush and his father..??? Open your eyes, ears, and heart..!!! MUSLIM IS NOT TERRORIST. Actually it’s the media and the western ugly civilisation(!) which has taken the duty (!) of attacking Islam as well as peace….

      21 million were killed in first and 50 million in second world wars……no Muslim was engaged in that wars at all……

      Native Brits planned to bomb Parliament House and Buckingham Palace. They were convicted under the Explosive Act. If they were Muslims they would be tried under Terrorism Act. They are the product of British education system which makes a man stupid, selfish and corrupt like majority of British MPs.

      Muslim rapes of non-Muslim girls and women should be counted terrorist crime. If Muslims fart or sneeze or both at the same time, that should be counted as biological terrorism. All Terrorists are Muslims… Except the 99,6% that Aren’t. We are not terrorist as west call us but we are victims of terrorist like BUSH.

      The Government has stated that “Nursery staff and child-minders are given duty to report toddlers they risk of becoming terrorists under new Home Office measures.” So basically if a child-minder thinks your toddler is showing concerning behavioural traits they have to report them, as if being a toddler isn’t hard enough already.

      I feel these rules from the Home office will only serve to create tension, suspicion and a lack of tolerance between people. Really, is the government so naïve in social science that they really feel these ideas work? No, they are not. They know exactly what they are doing. They are creating a climate of fear for no more reason than control.

      There will never be an end to extremism as long as Muslim children keep on attending non-Muslim schools with non-Muslim teachers. None of 7/7 bombers and British Muslim youths who are in Syria and Iraq are the product of Muslim schools. They are the product of British schooling which is the home of institutional racism with chicken racist native teachers. It is absurd to believe that Muslim schools, Imams and Masajid teach Muslim children anti-Semitic, homophobic and anti-western views. It is dangerously deceptive and misleading to address text books and discuss them out of their historical, cultural and linguistic context. It is not wrong to teach children that Jews are committing the same cruelty in Palestine what German did to them before or during Second World War. It is not wrong to teach children that anti-social behaviour, drinking, drugs, homosexuality, sex before marriage, teenage pregnancies and abortions are western values and Islam is against all such sins. This does not mean that Muslim schools teach children to hate westerners, Jews and homosexuals.

      None of 7/7 bombers and British Muslim youths who are in Syria and Iraq are the product of Muslim schools. They are the product of British schooling which is the home of institutional racism with chicken racist native teachers. It is absurd to believe that Muslim schools, Imams and Masajid teach Muslim children anti-Semitic, homophobic and anti-western views. It is dangerously deceptive and misleading to address text books and discuss them out of their historical, cultural and linguistic context. It is not wrong to teach children that Jews are committing the same cruelty in Palestine what German did to them before or during Second World War. It is not wrong to teach children that anti-social behaviour, drinking, drugs, homosexuality, sex before marriage, teenage pregnancies and abortions are western values and Islam is against all such sins. This does not mean that Muslim schools teach children to hate westerners, Jews and homosexuals.

      The shocking level of targeting of the Muslim community of Birmingham is indicative of the normalisation of the dehumanisation of the Muslims of Britain. Under the pretext of “extremism”, criminal undemocratic and unethical abuse of public institutions and the Muslims of the UK can occur without much accountability. This pervasive attitude, especially amongst officials like Michael Gove needs to change. Our schools are truly trying to develop our children to do well at schools so later in life they are able to stand on their own two feet, but if we stop our schools from doing this than our country will have up rise of unemployment, benefit issues, crime levels high, I think its time for you apologize and allow practitioners to do their job right.

      The Trojan Horse affair epitomises many of the questions and concerns expressed elsewhere about the changing school landscape and the overlapping roles of the organisations responsible for oversight of schools. No evidence of extremism or radicalisation, apart from a single isolated incident, was found by any of the inquiries and there was no evidence of a sustained plot nor of a similar situation pertaining elsewhere in the country. Our report therefore covers the response of the Department for Education and Ofsted to the situation and wider lessons for the school system.

      Terrorism and sexual grooming is nothing to do with Masajid, Imams and Muslim schools. Those Muslim youths who have been involved in terrorism and sexual grooming are the product of western education system which makes a man stupid, selfish and corrupt. They find themselves cut off from their cultural heritage, literature and poetry. They suffer from identity crises and I blame British schooling.

      If a bunch of poor Muslim migrants can overturn European way of life, maybe Europeans should think twice about making their culture more creative, their economy more vigorous, their society more appealing? Western so called ethnic unicity is a concept that is completely mistaken. Europeans fled to America in millions and now they try to prevent other human beings from entering their realm of double standards???

      Poverty and dysfunctional social services are the real problem. If a young Muslim breaks into the shop, the immediate problem is the poor police presence and ultimate problem is youth unemployment and economic stagnation in EU. If you ‘get rid of Muslims’ the shop will be robbed by a young white skinhead. White Christians were poor thugs and robbers in Europe 40 or 20 years ago. What changed is that Muslim immigrants replaced native whites at the bottom of the social ladder in Europe. Social issues remained the same. It is painful to realize that German society has very much social exclusion, stagnation and poverty, despite high taxes and formally high social services.

      Stop this hate against Muslims. It is not them who are terrorists , but all those who imply they are with the help of media you try bringing others to your side giving false details – twin towers wasn’t Muslim either – that was the Americans – you will not win as Islam Will forever grow and prove it is peaceful through the will of God (Allah SWT)… amen. This is undermining confidence in the Muslim community and increasing Islamophobia. This is another example of the media whipping up hysteria against the UK Muslim community. The way our Gov treating British Muslims is as if all Muslims are terrorists unless they prove otherwise. Gov should focus on its job. Governors of this school worked hard to help a failing school achieve outstanding rating from Ofsted. Please fix Ofsted and stop demonising Muslims. Nick Clegg on LBC radio indicated that the DFE is full of right wing ideologues and extremist loons. Islamic schools protect Muslim children from the onslaught of Euro centrism, homosexuality, racism, and secular traditions. All education systems appear to be indoctrination systems. I went to a good private school. Guess how we were ‘encouraged’ to think about politics! Having a Muslim name in UK is a crime. All UK job application forms have sections ask your race and religions. Most UK employers simply reject your applications just by looking at this section.

      Islam does not support terrorism under any circumstances. Terrorism goes against every principle in Islam. If a Muslim engages in terrorism, he is not following Islam. He may be wrongly using the name of Islam for political or financial gain. The Prophet Muhammad said, ‘Do not kill women or children or non-combatants and do not kill old people or religious people….Muslims Against Terrorism requests media not use phrases such as “Islamic Fundamentalists” or “Muslim Terrorists” regarding terrorist attacks “Because such things do not exist. Islam is the religion of peace, love and mutual respect. Islam is the religion of moderation. Islam is the religion of human value and dignity.” They ask that religious affiliation not be mentioned in terrorist attacks.
      IA
      http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

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