Muslim women ‘radicalised’ in UK

“On Monday a female suicide bomber killed 54 people in north-east Baghdad. The attack may have happened on another continent, but there are increasing concerns that violent extremism among women may now also be increasing in the UK. It is believed that the process of radicalisation often takes place at universities. One Islamist group linked with this practice is Hizb ut-Tahrir.”

BBC News, 4 February 2010

The suicide bombing not only happened on another continent, it had no connection with Hizb ut-Tahrir whatsoever. The article goes on to say that HT is “not itself connected to any terrorist acts”. So what possible relevance does the attack in Iraq have to HT? This is the kind of scurrilous journalistic amalgam that you’d expect from the likes of the Daily Mail or the Sun.

The effect of the article is to portray Muslim women in the UK as some sort of terrorist threat. Unsurprisingly, this gets the support of the Centre for Social Cohesion, on whose behalf Houriya Ahmed explains:

“You do see women being radicalised in the UK. You also have terrorist organisations like al-Qaeda which state that it is an obligation for women to take part in jihad. For example, the wife of al-Qaeda’s second-in-command issued a letter to Muslim women worldwide. You have also seen suicide bomb attacks by women in Iraq supported by the al-Qaeda narrative, so there is a strong possibility that this could occur in Britain and this needs to be taken seriously.”

Predictably, the article has been seized on by Robert Spencer over at Jihad Watch.