Tuesday, August 19, 2008

BBC's Children in Need funded 7/7 terrorist propaganda, says Newsnight , thru the Iqra Islamic Bookstore in Leeds UK

BBC's Children in Need funded 7/7 terrorist propaganda, says Newsnight Thousands of pounds raised by Britons for the BBC’s Children in Need charity could have been used to recruit and train the homegrown terrorists involved in the 7/7 terror attacks on London. By Christopher Hope and Duncan Gardham Last Updated: 11:11PM BST 19 Aug 2008

Children in Need's chief Executive David Ramsden told Newsnight: I'm incredibly concerned that we did make an award to Leeds Community School over nine years ago, Some of the cash could also have been used to fund the propaganda activities of the suicide bombers who killed 52 people in July 2005, according to an investigation by BBC 2’s Newsnight.

The programme reported that £20,000 from Children in Need was handed over to the Leeds Community School, in Beeston, Yorkshire between 1999 and 2002. The school, which also received large sums from other public bodies, was run from premises behind the Iqra Islamic bookshop which the gang used as a meeting place and an opportunity to radicalise others.

One former worker described those that attended the bookshop as a kind of “brotherhood.” Both Mohammed Sidique Khan, the leader of the bombers, and Shehzad Tanweer, the Aldgate bomber, were trustees of the bookshop and Sidique Khan also worked for a Saturday club at the associated Leeds Community School. Sidique Khan ran outward bound adventure courses in north Wales which were used to recruit and radicalise young Muslim men.

Both the bookshop and the school were registered charities – the bookshop claimed, on Charity Commission submissions, that its aim was “the advancement of the Islamic faith”, while the school’s aim was said to be to “advance the education…of Pakistani and Bangladeshi” pupils. They handed out DVDs and books about Bosnia and Chechnya and held Arabic classes in a back room, attended by Jermaine Lindsay, who went on to become the Kings Cross bomber. They also produced a leaflet in the wake of September 11, see above, (Al-Muhajiroun) blaming the attacks on a Jewish conspiracy.

A flavour for the books was revealed when police raided the home of Khalid Khaliq last year and found much of the remaining stock from the bookshop. Titles included Zaad-e-Mujahid [essential provision for holy fighters] and The Absent Obligation, a book about jihad [holy war] as well as 250 copies of a booklet called the War on Terrorism, the Final Crusade.

Khaliq, 34, a close friend of Sidique Khan, is currently serving a 16-month sentence for possessing a document useful for terrorism. The Conservatives said that charities and other public bodies had to be careful that they were not exploited by potential terrorists trying to raise money.

“There needs to be proper checks and balances in place to make sure no other grants are being given to places peddling extremist views.” Children in Need’s chief Executive David Ramsden told Newsnight: “I’m incredibly concerned that we did make an award to Leeds Community School over nine years ago.

“Any allegation that any funding we’ve given to any project has been misused and not used to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people makes me concerned and very sad. “We take the trust that the public puts in BBC Children In Need and the fact that they provide us with their finding extremely seriously and I’m incredibly concerned.

If BBC Children In Need has been a victim of fraud in this case, it will be a matter for the police. “BBC Children In Need distributes more than £30m in grants every year, benefiting children and young people in the UK. CIN exercise the utmost care in distributing the public’s money.”

(PHOTO ABOVE) Vigilant ... British cops stand guard outside the Leeds UK Iqra bookstore, where 7/7 London bombers frequented. THREE of the London suicide bombers were brainwashed into hating the West at a Muslim bookshop near their homes, it was claimed last night. The bookshop where three London suicide bombers were fed a message of hate was set up to help Muslim lads steer clear of drugs and crime. Cops are now investigating whether the trio of bombers, who along with Muslim convert Germaine Lindsay killed 55 and injured hundreds more in four attacks, were recruited through the shop. After 9/11, owner Mohammad Tafazil of the Leeds UK Iqra Bookstore allegedly transformed it into a breeding ground for extremism — peddling anti-Western propaganda to impressionable youngsters. One regular visitor to the Iqra Learning Centre in Beeston, Leeds, was bomber Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30. ( Mohammad Sidique Khan links to Mohammed Junaid Babar of Queens NY, Mohammed Junaid Babar links to Matin Siraj and al-Muhajiroun) it was revealed that Khan had been monitored by MI5 at one stage — but had been dismissed as a non-threat.

Bill Warner
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