LONDON- British Prime Minister David Cameron will urge families to speak out against the ‘poisonous ideology’ driving hundreds of young British people to wage jihad for Islamic State.
Speaking at a security conference in the Slovakian capital Bratislava, Mr. Cameron will argue that impressionable young people can slide into violence when “Islamist extremist ideology” – such as viewing women as inferior and homosexuality as evil – is not challenged by community leaders.
Cameron will highlight two cases this week – a 17-year-old from Northern England who blew himself up in Iraq and three sisters who abandoned their husbands and are believed to be bound for Syria with their nine children – as examples of how people can slide from prejudice to extremism.
The prime minister is set to say that the police and intelligence agencies “are not responsible for the fact that people have decided they want to go”.
Mr Cameron will also talk about work being done to tackle online propaganda used by IS, with a British police officer being seconded to a new EU internet referral unit working with the industry to remove jihadist content.
Jonathan Russell of the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think tank, said Mr Cameron was correct to identify the Islamist ideology as a key root cause of radicalisation.
He added: “Muslims are not all Islamists and are not therefore part of the problem. However they can be part of the solution and, as Quilliam has been calling for, must take a role in a civil society response to extremism.”
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