few weeks three “British” schoolgirls made international headlines ago by
traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State and wage jihad in the path of
of the girls is named Amira Abase. Her father is Hussen Abase, although in some
media accounts he is referred to as “Abase Hussen”, which is very confusing. In
any case, after the news about his daughter broke, Mr. Abase or Mr. Hussen
presented himself to the British media as a bewildered “moderate” Muslim who had
no idea how his dear daughter had fallen in with a bad crowd and developed
an extraordinary exchange at the home affairs select committee, Mr Hussen, who
was with the families of the other two girls, denied even knowing what Islamic
said: ‘I strongly disagree with the letter being given to 15-year-old girls. The
word “police” by itself and “terrorism” or “counter-terrorism”, as global issues
— it is a heavy burden for a 15-year-old to deal with that. We also feel that we
are neglected as parents.
the MPs were not told was that Mr Hussen was caught on camera in one of a wave
of demonstrations that took place across the world in September 2012.
had taken to the streets to protest against an obscure film called Innocence of
Muslims, criticised for ridiculing Islam.
night members of the Commons committee expressed their shock and astonishment
over Mr Hussen’s activities.
MP Ian Austin said: ‘It is extraordinary that this man blamed the police, the
Government, the school, the Turkish government and everyone else for his
daughter’s decision to go to Syria but failed to mention his own involvement in
an appalling Islamist rally. Perhaps the committee should invite Mr Hussen back
so he can explain what he was doing.’
can’t wait to hear his explanation. Maybe he’ll bring his teddy bear with him
when he testifies.