Dudley candidate calls for urgent talks to prevent 'jihad generation'

Dudley candidate calls for urgent talks to prevent 'jihad generation'

Dudley candidate calls for urgent talks to prevent 'jihad generation'

First published in News

A HIGH-profile Dudley politician is calling for an urgent summit of borough leaders to save young people from radical Islam.

Afzal Amin, the Conservative general election candidate for Dudley North, says British society is partly to blame for creating a “jihad generation” where young Muslims journey to the middle-east to fight for the Islamic State (IS) group.

It is estimated around 500 British people have been fighting for IS in Syria and Iraq and around half that number may have already returned to the UK and could be planning attacks on home soil.

Mr Amin, a Muslim and former army captain who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan, says young people in Dudley could be in danger of being drawn to IS and politicians plus community and religious leaders must get together and find ways to stop them becoming disconnected from mainstream society.

He said: “I do not blame all of British society, merely that if we have our young people turning to terrorism we must ask ourselves what have we taught them after 12 years of full time education, living their whole lives in our societies and rejecting the opportunities we offer them. Only by understanding the problem can we hope to find a solution.

“Dudley has seen terrorism related arrests and some of our young people are presently in custody.

“I call on local political figures to come together in a public meeting and discuss these issues properly.”

Mr Amin says the Islamic community also needs to do more to turn young people away from terrorism while Muslim families need to talk about traditionally difficult subjects.

He said: “Almost all the mosques I know and know of have foreign imams who cannot even communicate with young people, let alone convince them of anything.

“Older generations are not going to discuss issues like terrorism, they are taboo subjects.”

Mr Afzal’s comments have drawn criticism from Dudley Council cabinet member Dave Branwood who said: "I do not agree that Britain should be blamed for people travelling abroad and becoming terrorists.

"I do not think it is the fault of British society if some young people turn their back on Britain. What about personal responsibility? They chose to do it, and they are to blame.

"And I am concerned about it because it suggests that if we change policy in Britain, we can protect ourselves from terrorism.”

Mr Amin dismissed Cllr Branwood’s assertions as “ludicrous” and argues because there are up to 20,000 IS fighters, compared to 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, the cause of radicalisation has to be a social issue rather than religion.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin said: “I don’t accept that it is Britain’s fault that young people are getting involved in extremism or becoming terrorists abroad. I think there is never any excuse for getting involved in extremism and terrorism.

“As for a summit, I meet residents every single week to discuss anything they want. I’m holding eight meetings on immigration over the next few weeks and I’ve organised a series of meetings on education and skills which I think we need to make our number one priority to attract new investment and jobs for people in Dudley.”

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1:02pm Wed 3 Sep 14

steve Briscoe says...

These organisation are in general anti western and they are a small number and there are always going to be one or two who go this way whatever measures you put in place. . I think also social deprivation is a issue in dudley north but i agree with IA that education and skills is the way to bring new jobs to the local area. lack of manunfacturing jobs are areal worry..
These organisation are in general anti western and they are a small number and there are always going to be one or two who go this way whatever measures you put in place. . I think also social deprivation is a issue in dudley north but i agree with IA that education and skills is the way to bring new jobs to the local area. lack of manunfacturing jobs are areal worry.. steve Briscoe
  • Score: -8

4:51pm Wed 3 Sep 14

pilotdrum says...

It is not society to blame for the Jihadists but the creed of Islam itself. Islam cannot co-exist peacefully with other religions or in a secular society. A "Moderate" Muslim is not a true Muslim. The true Muslims are the the Jihadists and militants who faithfully follow the teachings of the Prophet and the Quran.
It is not society to blame for the Jihadists but the creed of Islam itself. Islam cannot co-exist peacefully with other religions or in a secular society. A "Moderate" Muslim is not a true Muslim. The true Muslims are the the Jihadists and militants who faithfully follow the teachings of the Prophet and the Quran. pilotdrum
  • Score: 7

12:52pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Afzal4Dudley says...

I call for a public meeting to discuss this very serious issue. We can then raise all the important points and hear from a variety of different opinions on how best to protect our communities in the Black Country. I served in Iraq and Afghanistan and know how evil terrorism is. Far too many of our troops fought for our country to ignore this huge threat.

Please contact me on afzal@dudleynorth.co
m I would love to hear from you.
I call for a public meeting to discuss this very serious issue. We can then raise all the important points and hear from a variety of different opinions on how best to protect our communities in the Black Country. I served in Iraq and Afghanistan and know how evil terrorism is. Far too many of our troops fought for our country to ignore this huge threat. Please contact me on afzal@dudleynorth.co m I would love to hear from you. Afzal4Dudley
  • Score: -2

1:04pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Afzal4Dudley says...

I call for a public meeting to discuss this very serious issue. We can then raise all the important points and hear from a variety of different opinions on how best to protect our communities in the Black Country. I served in Iraq and Afghanistan and know how evil terrorism is. Far too many of our troops fought for our country to ignore this huge threat.

Please contact me on afzal@dudleynorth.co
m

I would love to hear from you.
I call for a public meeting to discuss this very serious issue. We can then raise all the important points and hear from a variety of different opinions on how best to protect our communities in the Black Country. I served in Iraq and Afghanistan and know how evil terrorism is. Far too many of our troops fought for our country to ignore this huge threat. Please contact me on afzal@dudleynorth.co m I would love to hear from you. Afzal4Dudley
  • Score: -4

1:07pm Fri 5 Sep 14

JackSpriggs says...

Having worked with Afzal for a considerable chunk of this year, I can say that his knowledge on and commitment to this issue is immense.

I think his comments in this article are absolutely spot on, and look forward to a public meeting with local politicians who have, thus far, been silent on this issue.
Having worked with Afzal for a considerable chunk of this year, I can say that his knowledge on and commitment to this issue is immense. I think his comments in this article are absolutely spot on, and look forward to a public meeting with local politicians who have, thus far, been silent on this issue. JackSpriggs
  • Score: -3

5:18pm Mon 8 Sep 14

GornalChris says...

how would you answer these questions

do you agree that people who go to fight are to blame

isnt it more important to make sure fighters arent allowed back

what do you think the local council are supposed to do to fix this

isnt this an international and national issue

arent there bigger issues facing dudley like this, town centre jobs russells hall to name a few

do you condemn people who decide to go abroad & learn extremism

thanks for reading it would be great if you could add to the debate onthisanswer here to add to public debate on this

chris
how would you answer these questions do you agree that people who go to fight are to blame isnt it more important to make sure fighters arent allowed back what do you think the local council are supposed to do to fix this isnt this an international and national issue arent there bigger issues facing dudley like this, town centre jobs russells hall to name a few do you condemn people who decide to go abroad & learn extremism thanks for reading it would be great if you could add to the debate onthisanswer here to add to public debate on this chris GornalChris
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5:19pm Mon 8 Sep 14

GornalChris says...

Afzal4Dudley wrote:
I call for a public meeting to discuss this very serious issue. We can then raise all the important points and hear from a variety of different opinions on how best to protect our communities in the Black Country. I served in Iraq and Afghanistan and know how evil terrorism is. Far too many of our troops fought for our country to ignore this huge threat.

Please contact me on afzal@dudleynorth.co

m

I would love to hear from you.
really grateful for any answers on my post

thanks

chris
[quote][p][bold]Afzal4Dudley[/bold] wrote: I call for a public meeting to discuss this very serious issue. We can then raise all the important points and hear from a variety of different opinions on how best to protect our communities in the Black Country. I served in Iraq and Afghanistan and know how evil terrorism is. Far too many of our troops fought for our country to ignore this huge threat. Please contact me on afzal@dudleynorth.co m I would love to hear from you.[/p][/quote]really grateful for any answers on my post thanks chris GornalChris
  • Score: 3
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