“My brother was not a terrorist – my brother was a hero. He was not a threat to the British public and never has been.” But he died in a jihad/martyrdom suicide attack against the Assad regime. What if he had not gone to Syria, but one day had become convinced that the British government was an enemy of Islam? Then he very likely would have become a threat to the British public — for the same reasons he went to Syria. And the British government, in the face of these unpleasant realities, appeases and denies the nature and magnitude of the problem, while banning and stigmatizing those who tell the truth about it.
THE Crawley dad-of-three suspected of carrying out a suicide bombing in Syria was a hero, his brother has claimed.
Abdul Waheed Majeed, who lived with his family in Martyrs Avenue, Langley Green, is believed to be responsible for a terror attack on a prison in the city of Aleppo.
Until now his family have said they were maintaining hope he was still alive.
But it appears there has now been an acceptance that he was responsible for the atrocity, after his brother told BBC2 programme Newsnight that Majeed was not a terrorist.
In an interview being broadcast on the show, which will be broadcast at 10.30pm tonight (Tuesday), his brother Hafeez says that Majeed was combating the Syrian regime when he drove a truck of explosives into the gates of Aleppo Prison.
Hafeez claims his brother was not a threat to the UK.
He tells the programme: “My brother was not a terrorist – my brother was a hero.
“He was not a threat to the British public and never has been.”
He went on to explain that his 41-year-old brother was trying to save Syrian people being tortured in prisons controlled by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
“If my brother had been a British soldier and there were British people in that prison and (he carried out) the act of heroism or bravery that he did, I know he would have been awarded the posthumous Victoria Cross,” added Hafeez Majeed.
Waheed Majeed had gone to Syria as part of a humanitarian aid mission last summer.
His family believed he was helping in refugee camps but got a phone call shortly before the bombing when Majeed told them he might not be able to contact them again for some time.
Homes in Langley Drive, Langley Green; Punch Copse Road, Three Bridges, and St Joan Close, Langley Green, were searched by counter terrorism officers following the suicide bombing, but this didn’t lead to any arrests.
Members of the Muslim community in Crawley have disagreed on whether Majeed was capable of the suicide bombing.
Some have argued that he showed no signs of extremist views but others told how he had disrupted initiatives that tried to promote peace and interaction with other communities.
Crawley mosques have, as a result of the suicide bombing, banned worshipers from going on aid missions to Syria, fearing that they could be radicalised once in the Middle East.
In January, Majeed had turned down an opportunity to come home, instead opting to stay in Syria.
The attack on Aleppo Prison is believed to have been led by Chechen fighters with the al-Nusra Front, a jihadist group affiliated with al-Qaeda.
It is said to have allowed hundreds of prisoners of to escape….