Socialist Worker

New challenge to Newham council over Prevent strategy

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2483

Campaigning against islamophobia

Campaigning against islamophobia (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Anti-racists in Newham, east London, have released a statement opposing growing Islamophobia in the borough and beyond.

It says “leading politicians” and an “incessant stream of negative press” have fuelled a rise in racism.

It condemned the Prevent strategy, which treats all Muslims as potential terrorists at risk of “radicalisation”.

The strategy has even led to some primary school children being publicly named as being “at risk” of radicalisation.

The names of seven children at Greenleaf Primary School in Walthamstow, east London, were released in response to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request.

Children had completed what was described as a “social cohesion survey”.

Some other schools have used the same survey.

The response to parent Haras Ahmed’s FoI request said the survey could help “ensure early intervention for any children who are felt to be vulnerable to radicalisation”.

Haras said, “Firstly we’re told it’s a social cohesion policy and then after various questioning they accept it’s a deradicalisation process.”

The Newham statement said Prevent “almost exclusively targets young Muslims”, often in schools.

It called on the council to urgently discuss the issues raised by the implementation of Prevent with people in the area.

Go to Stand Up to Racism Newham on Facebook to read and sign the statement

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