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Jeremy Corbyn supports Shamima Begum’s plea to return to the UK 

The leader of the opposition has labelled the home office’s decision to revoke her citizenship as a “very extreme manoeuvre” and has said that Begum should receive support from the authorities. 

Jeremy Corbyn has said that Shamima Begum, the British teenager who joined Isis in 2015, should be allowed to return back to the UK and questioned the right of the home office in revoking her citizenship.

Corbyn argued that Begum as a British citizen has every right to return back home and that she should be questioned regarding her support for the proscribed group ISIS and given support by the authorities.

“She was born in Britain, she has that right to remain in Britain and obviously a lot of questions she has to answer but also some support that she needs,” [1] Corbyn said.

“She obviously has in my view a right to return to Britain. On that return she must face a lot of questions about everything she’s done. And at that point any action may or may not be taken,” [1] he added.

The leader of Britain’s main opposition party said that the decision taken by Sajid Javid, home secretary, in revoking her passport was a “very extreme manoeuvre”,[1] and that any British citizen born in the UK has a right to return.

“The idea of stripping anyone of their citizenship when they’re born in Britain is a very extreme manoeuvre.”

He further added that, ”Indeed I question the right of the home secretary to have these powers when the original law was brought in by Theresa May when she was home secretary.” [1]

Begum, now 19, fled to the al-Hawl refugee camp in the northern Syrian province of Idlib and gave birth to her third child on Sunday before giving an interview to Sky News where she asked the government and people of the UK to have sympathy for her and allow her to return.

“I was hoping that maybe for the sake of me and my child they let me come back. Because I can’t live in this camp forever. It’s not really possible,” [2] Begum said.

“They don’t have any evidence against me doing anything dangerous. When I went to Syria I was just a housewife, the entire four years I stayed at home, took care of my husband, took care of my kids. I never did anything. I never made propaganda, I never encouraged people to come to Syria” [2] she added.

Senior officials such as the former chief of the MI6 and the former prime minister of New Zealand have supported Begum’s plea to return, arguing that as a British citizen with a new born baby, she should be allowed to return on a humanitarian basis.

“She is a UK citizen, she’s born there. The head of MI6 says she has a right to return,” [2] said Helen Clarke, the former prime minister of New Zealand and UN Development Programme administrator.

According to Akunjee, the family lawyer, the birth of Shamima’s son had changed the situation regarding her request to return to the UK and that the government is under pressure to allow her to return.

“We are now dealing with an innocent baby who we would like to get out of the camp and back to the UK,” [2] Akunjee said.

“We would like every effort made by the British government to get the baby back despite the words of the home secretary, which have been shown to be wrong by the justice secretary and the head of MI6 and experts in international law,” [2] he added.

Begum said she was disappointed but not surprised at the home office’s decision and that she would seek citizenship in the Netherlands as she is currently married to a Dutch foreign fighter.

Analysis: Shamima Begum – all of a sudden not British

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] https://www.itv.com/news/2019-02-21/jeremy-corbyn-tells-itv-news-the-home-office-decision-to-strip-shamima-begum-of-uk-citizenship-is-very-extreme-move/

[2] https://www.islam21c.com/news-views/shamima-begum-pleads-to-return-to-the-uk-after-birth-of-her-son/

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2 comments

  1. Julie Amal Rashid

    Jeremy Corbyn is a man of principles, precisely why they are trying to get rid of him. You hear all the Little Englanders calling him a terrorist sympathiser, because he believes in dialogue. Isn’t that how the Friday Agreement was finally agreed?
    The principal here is, that she is aBritish citizen, and it’s a calculated political move by Savid Javid, who wants to look tough as he is an ambitious man and peddling hate is popular with voters. How sad is that.
    There is no doubt she will be coming back to the UK as we are not exempt from International law. Just another fiasco from a government not fit to hold office.

  2. Sajid Javid’s decision to revoke the citizenship of Shamima Begum, the 19-year-old from Bethnal Green who left to join Islamic State in 2015, has been met with mixed reaction. While some supported the home secretary’s decision, others have expressed concern about its implications. Removing her’s is wrong and smacks of racism. Doesn’t everyone who is a criminal ‘reject’ the rules of citizenship to some degree? Why not have the confidence in the justice system to deal with these failed Jihadis just like we would use it for everyone else?

    In these debates, there is much confusion about what cancellation of citizenship entails: whether this is just the cancellation of Begum’s passport, whether she is becoming stateless or whether she could be sent to Bangladesh because she comes from a family of Bangladeshi heritage.
    In reality, cancellation of British citizenship means people can be left in limbo in war zones because they lose the right to re-enter the UK and to receive any diplomatic protection.

    Begum’s case, while high profile, is not unique, and in 2017, there was a large spike in cases and the citizenship of 104 people was revoked on grounds where it was deemed “conducive to the public good”. She was born and educated in London. She has every right to be reunited with her family.

    There will never be end to terrorism as long as Muslim children keep on attending non-Muslim schools with non-Muslim teachers. Muslim youth are born into British society and socialized in British schools, or naturalized after years of residence and integration, but endure frustrating barriers to socioeconomic mobility and face discrimination as members of an ethnic minority. And though a majority identify as British, a 2006 Pew survey shows how British Muslims maintain attitudes of disaffection and alienation more than Muslims in other European countries. Opportunistic imams can then mobilize a minority of impressionable youth toward a fundamental practice of religion. In fact, former Foreign Office Minister Kim Howells directly attributes the threat from British-born Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq to not dealing with their radicalization in the U.K.

    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. In Islam there is no commandment to kill people by making such allegations against them. The cartoonists had exercised their freedom of expression, and freedom of expression is totally allowed in Islam. Even during the Prophet’s time there were several instances of ridicule, however the Prophet and his Companions neither punished such persons nor asked anyone to do so. On every occasion of this kind, the Prophet’s Companions always tried to positively disseminate the message of Islam. They never tried to punish these people.

    In Islam there is no commandment to kill people by making such allegations against them. The cartoonists had exercised their freedom of expression, and freedom of expression is totally allowed in Islam. Even during the Prophet’s time there were several instances of ridicule, however the Prophet and his Companions neither punished such persons nor asked anyone to do so. On every occasion of this kind, the Prophet’s Companions always tried to positively disseminate the message of Islam. They never tried to punish these people. The killing of those people who had published the cartoons is a gravely un-Islamic act in the name of Islam.

    Multiculturalism is not about integration but about cultural plurality. It is not about separation but about respect and the deepening awareness of Unity in Diversity. Each culture will maintain its own intrinsic value and at the same time would be expected to contribute to the benefit of the whole society. Multiculturalism can accommodate diversity of all kinds – cultural, philosophical and religious – so that we can create a world without conflict and strife. Britain can assume the role of accommodation and concern for all peoples, for our planet and indeed for our survival. Multi-Culturalism is even more important and crucial after 9/11 and 7/7. Muslim youths are also likely to feel alienated by a focus on shared Brutishness, rather than multicultural diversity. Rather than promoting a single British “us” teaching should acknowledge that “us” can be diverse and plural. Children should be encouraged to explore differences in appearance, history and religion to reduce social and educational fears. West must learn to respect and tolerate those who are different. Muslim community in all western countries need Masajid, state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers, halal meat, sharia laws, time of for Friday afternoon prayers in the Masjid, two religious official holidays per year and Muslim cemeteries. Stop treating foreigners like garbage and they will stop ruining your precious country. Why did you let them in in the first place if you didn’t want them here? They left everything in their countries because of your promises. Are you so anxious to please that you can’t say “no”? I would love to see you go to a foreign land where you don’t have any friends, you don’t even know anyone and you don’t speak the language, and start from scratch. I would just LOVE to watch you do that. Let them integrate and stop segregating them. What I want is people being nice to each other. I don’t care about race.

    Speaking English does not promote integration into British, American and Australian societies, and broaden opportunities. English speaking Muslim youths are angry, frustrated and extremist, thanks to state schools with monolingual non-Muslim teachers and English language. English language is not only a lingua franca but also lingua frankensteinia. Human right are also covers linguistic right. Cultural and linguistic genocide are very common. British schooling is murdering community languages like Arabic, Urdu and others. English is today the world killer language. Linguistic genocide is a crime against humanity and British schooling is guilty of committing this crime. Language is not just a language. It defines one’s culture, identity and consciousness. It defines how we think, communicate and express ourselves. The fact is the most South Asian Muslims have come to know Islam by way of Urdu, the children’s alienation from the language that connects them the heritage of their parents and grandparents is disturbing. As a matter of fact, one has to get to know his mother tongue well if one is to master any other language.

    In Islam there is no commandment to kill people by making such allegations against them. The cartoonists had exercised their freedom of expression, and freedom of expression is totally allowed in Islam. Even during the Prophet’s time there were several instances of ridicule, however the Prophet and his Companions neither punished such persons nor asked anyone to do so. On every occasion of this kind, the Prophet’s Companions always tried to positively disseminate the message of Islam. They never tried to punish these people. The killing of those people who had published the cartoons is a gravely un-Islamic act in the name of Islam.
    IA
    http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

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