Monday, December 11, 2017
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British children as young as FOUR are being targeted by ISIS spelling app which says 'B is for bullet, R is for rocket, G is for gun'
- The spelling app was recommended for kids at a London Islamic Studies school
- The study app, also used by children of ISIS fighters, teaches users Arabic script
- It features lessons saying 'taa' is for talaqa (bullet) and 'siin' is for sarokh (rocket)
- Counter-terror chiefs were alerted when a teacher asked for study aids online
Children as young as four at a British school are being targetet by an ISIS spelling app that features photos of bullets, rockets and guns.
The app was suggested for students at an Islamic Studies school in London who are learning Arabic script after a teacher asked for study aid recommendations on Facebook.
In images of IS's Spelling Teacher app, 'S' is shown to stand for 'sarukh' - the Arabic word for a rocket - while others follow a similar rule with cartoons of bullets - 'dhakheera' in Arabic - and an axe, translated as 'fas'.
ISIS has released an app teaching the Arabic alphabet to its 'cubs of the caliphate' - using cartoon images of weaponry including a rocket or 'Sarukh' and a tank or 'Dababa'
The app app used a picture for a sword (left) - Sayf in Arabic - and an image of a cannon (right) - or Mudfae - to illustrate its alphabet
The Arabic letter 'D' is represented by the word 'dababa' - or tank - and shown along with a picture of an armoured vehicle.
The sinister illustrations are blended in with pictures more frequently associated with child learning including balloons, flowers and types of food.
A promotional video for the product shows young children using the app on tablets.
Counter-terror officials were alerted to the app when a female teacher asked for study aid recommendations for students aged four to 14 on Facebook.
The woman used the fake name Safiyyah Huyay, one of Muhammad's wives, when she asked for recommendations.
Facebook member Jihadi Abu Bakr al Janabi suggested she try out the Spelling Teacher app, created for children of IS fighters.
The app was used to teach students at an Islamic Studies school in London Arabic script for different letters of the alphabet. Other letters in the alphabet follow a similar rule with cartoon illustrations including bullets (left) - 'dhakheera' in Arabic - and an axe (right), translated as 'fas'
Counter-terror officials were alerted to the app when a female teacher asked for study aid recommendations for students aged four to 14 on Facebook. A promotional video for the product, which fatures fire and a gun to represent letters of the alphabet, shows young children using the app on tablets
The messages were reportedly seen by The Middle East Media Research Institute, which works with US intelligence. UK counter-terror officials have reportedly been informed.
In the online correspondence, which is not public on Facebook to people who are not the woman's friends, the teacher references the Home office seizing her passport for extremism.
Distributing publications with the intent of encouraging terrorism is an offence.
Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke told The Sun: 'Anyone who sanctions the use of an app that encourages terrorism and indoctrinates children has no place in teaching.
'I'd hope the governing body would step in and the school be monitored by Ofsted.'
The app was released by the ISIS propaganda department the Library of Zeal last year on the encrypted messaging service Telegram as well as on other file sharing websites, according to the Long War Journal.
The app also includes games helping children to write Arabic letters and words while a cappella songs with jihadist terminology play in the background.
A woman used the fake name Safiyyah Huyay, one of prophet Muhammad's wives, when she asked for study aid recommendations for students.
Facebook member Jihadi Abu Bakr al Janabi suggested she try out the Spelling Teacher app, created for children of IS fighters
Thousands of children and teenagers, including large numbers of girls, have been referred to Britain's often-criticised counter-terrorism programme Prevent, figures showed last month.
Prevent is a key strand of Britain's security strategy which was launched in 2003 to combat extremism after the September 11 attacks on the United States.
It has grown in prominence since the 2005 suicide attack on London's transport network which killed 52 people and the rise of the Islamic State in recent years.
It has been dogged since its inception by claims that it is used to spy on Muslim communities and a 2015 government edict instructing public bodies such as schools, health workers and universities to report concerns further exacerbated those fears.
The first official Prevent figures from Britain's Home Office (interior ministry) showed that of the 7,631 individuals thought to be at risk of being drawn into terrorism from April 2015 to March 2016, almost a third were children.
Of all those referred, only five percent, the 381 assessed to be the most at risk, were eventually deemed to need support from specialist mentors in the voluntary, de-radicalisation scheme known as Channel.
Some 63 individuals withdrew from the process and the Home Office said there was no data about whether they or any others who had been referred to Prevent or gone through the Channel process had later gone on to be involved in extremism.
Two-thirds of Prevent referrals were made over fears of Islamist extremism and 10 percent because of far-right concerns.
The vast bulk came from the education sector and police, with 2,127 aged under 15, including 532 girls, and 2,147 aged 15 to 20, with 420 female.
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Saturday, December 09, 2017
Race-hate attacker who SPAT into a nine-month-old BABY'S face and shouted 'white people shouldn't breed' at her mother walks free
- Rezzas Abdulla has previous convictions for race-hate attacks on white women
- He approached mother pushing her baby in a pram and spat at her daughter
- Despite previous crimes, attacker avoids jail term on a suspended sentence
- Mother says punishment may have been different if she had abused him
Rezzas Abdulla has avoided a jail term despite spitting in a baby's face and shouting 'white people shouldn't breed'
An attacker spat into a nine-month-old baby's face and shouted 'white people shouldn't breed' in a sickening race-hate assault.
Rezzas Abdulla left little Layla-Jean, who was just nine months old and in her pushchair, covered in saliva after the shocking street attack in South Shields last January.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the baby's mother, hairdresser Rebecca Telford, 25, was out walking with the baby when the 33-year-old attacker approached without warning.
Prosecutor Emma Dowling told the court: 'He lent into the pushchair and spat into the face of her daughter.
'As he did so, he shouted or said "white people shouldn't breed".'
The court heard that when the baby's stunned mother confronted Abdulla, he told her to 'shut the f*** up' and walked off.
Miss Dowling told the court the spit was 'sprayed around' the baby's face and a shocked passer by gave her a tissue to clean up.
Ms Telford tried to take a photograph of her baby's attacker as he walked away but was too shaken by what had happened.
Abdulla, who has two previous convictions for race-hate attacks on white women, was later tracked down through CCTV.
Rebecca Telford was walking through South Shields with her daughter Layla-Jean when Abdulla walked up to them and spat at the baby
He was convicted of racially aggravated common assault after a trial at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court, which he did not attend.
In a victim impact statement Rebecca told the police: 'I am completely disgusted and distressed that a grown man, regardless of race or religion, would spit on a defenceless baby in a completely unprovoked attack.
'If he had just walked by I would not have even noticed him, there was no eye contact and no words had been exchanged. I had never seen him before.'
The court heard Layla-Jeam, now almost two, was taken to the doctor after the attack for tests.
Ms Telford added: 'I believe he spat on her purely because we are white, I was a lone female and an easy target.'
Mr Recorder Darren Preston told Abdulla: 'There is something viscerally horrible and disgusting about spitting at someone, particularly in the face and to do so to a baby was particularly disgusting, let alone to make things even worse when your motivation for doing so is racial hatred.'
Ms Telford says she had nothing against anyone of any race or religion but was shocked
The judge referred to Abdulla's previous convictions and told him: 'You have got a problem, it seems to me, with white women.'
The court heard after the attack last January, Abdulla spent time receiving psychiatric treatment in hospital, which has continued after his release into the community.
The judge said Abdulla's deteriorating mental health at the time of the attack 'contributed' towards the offence.
Abdulla was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation and mental health treatment requirements.
The judge said 'society in general' would be better served by Abdulla being allowed to continue his psychiatric treatment programme.
Abdulla did not attend his trial and was given a suspended sentence by a judge this week
Vic Laffey, defending, said Abdulla now receives anti-psychotic treatment in the community.
Speaking after the court case today, Ms Telford said: 'South Shields is really multicultural, and I have never witnessed anything like this before, between any races.
'It was horrifying. I am glad he has been brought to justice, but I think he has got off lightly.
'I am not racist at all but I honestly think if it was the other way round and I had been abusive towards him, then I would have been treated differently.
'Layla Jean was just nine months old. She did not have a clue what was going on, but she was still distressed.'
She added: 'I phoned the doctor and I was told that Layla-Jean might need to have a BCG injection, in case she had contracted TB.
'Normally kids don't get vaccinated until they are much older, and it would have been a lot for her to go through.
'Luckily, it wasn't necessary in the end, but it put me through a lot of worry and stress.'
'I wasn't sure if the police would take what had happened seriously, because it wasn't physically violent, but they were fantastic, and managed to catch him within a few days.'
Would-be Labour councillor claims there is no such thing as ISIS in string of controversial Facebook posts
- Safia Noor, 25, made the stunning claim just five days after Westminster attack
- On the same day as the Westminster attack, said that 'people die everyday'
- She has since apologised for her remarks and she condemns all attacks
- Unclear if Labour will back her as a candidate after refusing to comment
A Labour candidate has apologised after previously claiming there was 'no proof' ISIS exists in one of a spate of controversial Facebook posts.
Safia Noor, 25, was selected as the left-wing party's new candidate for the Small Heath ward in Birmingham city council elections next year.
But the law student has come under fire after it emerged the school governor has posted a string of highly controversial messages on social media about ISIS and UK terror attacks.
The same day as the Westminster terror attack in March this year, which left five dead, she posted: 'Can people relax and stop fighting on Facebook, sadly people died in Westminster today but people die everyday in Syria Palestine Africa Rohingya Kashmir.. Need I carry on?!! Grow up and stop pointing fingers!'
Safia Noor, 25, was selected as the left-wing party's new candidate for the Small Heath ward in Birmingham city council elections next year
She posted #AdultsPlayingDumb and #UnityNotWar below the message.
On the same day in a message only to her followers, Noor posted: 'Terrorist attack...and even the terrorist died?! Let me guess, he was a Muslim!'
On March 27, five days after the Westminster attack, she commented on a Guardian article which had the headline: 'Westminster attacker Khalid Masood had interest in Jihad - police'.
She then posted: 'So someone got stabbed after the attack last week as a result of media and government claiming that SO CALLED ISIS HAD CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY.
'There is no ISIS and there is no proof.'
She also 'liked' an article by the Independent which was headlined: 'Egyptian state media claims 9/11 was carried out by West to justify war on terror' on September last year.
Noor said there was 'no ISIS and there is no proof' just five days after the Westminster terror attack in March this year
Safia Noor with Labour MPs Shabana Mahmood and Liam Byrne
When The Birmingham Mail contacted Noor about the incidents, she abruptly interrupted them saying: 'At this point in time it is not appropriate for me to speak about any of this, simply because I'm in the middle of something.'
Noor has previously been photographed with high-profile Labour MPs, including Yvette Cooper, Jess Philips and Shabana Mahmood.
In a statment email after, she said: 'Following your phone call I would like to say: 'Having read these comments back I accept I should have chosen my words more carefully.
I didn't intend to cause any offence and I apologise to anyone who found those comments offensive or upsetting.
'I completely condemn all terrorist acts.'
A spokesman for Labour's local regional office was contacted but declined to comment.
But it is understood the party welcomed Ms Noor's apology.
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