Monday, 18 January 2016

Who is teaching your child?

Khoder Soueid, is an islamist teacher at The Australian International Academy, Islamic school in Melbourne who, according to his social networking accounts is sympathetic to the Islamic State.

Soueid ran a Facebook page where he spoke highly of Australians who had travelled to fight with ISIS. The page, which has since been shut down, had more than 3000 followers, including a 17-year-old boy from Greenvale who pleaded guilty to planning to detonate a series of explosives in Melbourne on Mother's Day last year. According to the newspaper, the Australian Federal Police believe the 17-year-old used Soueid's Facebook page to get in touch with other people who had extremist views.

Soueid has been linked to ISIS recruiter Neil Prakash, who is suspected of helping to radicalise Harun Causevic and Sevdet Besim, the two 18-year-old’s arrested over the foiled Anzac Day terrorism plot. On April 18 2015, the day that Melbourne teens Sevdet Besim and Harun Causevic were arrested by police over the alleged Anzac Day plot, Mr Soueid tweeted: "Brothers were today arrested in #Melbourne over alleged 'ISIS-inspired' terrorist plot. Fear mongering at its best."

Prakash made contact with Soueid, who has a large following of young men in Melbourne, via Twitter so the pair could communicate, TWEET 'As Salaamu Alaykum akhee [Hello brother] please follow me,' Prakash wrote. Soueid ‘followed’ Prakash enabling the two to private message each other.

Khoder Soueid blamed Tony Abbott and The Australia Government on Twitter for the death of Numan Haider who was shot dead in 2014 after attacking two policemen with a knife. TWEET “Today Muslims are mourning the loss of our young brother Numan Haider, who was shot dead by police last night. The circumstances surrounding his death appear suspicious and will never be known. I hope Tony Abbott and the Australian government are pleased with the outcome of their fear-mongering.”

Mr Soueid has been a guest preacher at the Hume Islamic Youth Centre in Cooloroo, which has been attended by a number of young people who have travelled to Syria or Iraq to fight with Islamic State, including Jake Bilardi and Dawod Elmir.

Soueid has described one of Islamic State's most senior leaders, Sheikh Abu Malik al-Nashwan, as a "martyr". Nashwan was seen speaking in a video in which 28 Ethiopian Christians were executed. Nashwan has since been killed by a US led air strike in Homs, Syria

Soueid has tweeted against western air strikes in Syria and Iraq, describing the actions of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS as “cowardly.”

Soueid is listed as a guest speaker at Gaza Fundraising Dinner held 19th November 2014, the funds from this fundraiser are going to Human Appeal. Human Appeal is a UK-registered charity accused by the CIA and FBI of being "a fundraiser for Hamas." The charity is a proscribed "Hamas-affiliated" organisation in Israel, and both the US Internal Revenue Service and State Department consider it to be a terror-funding entity. Human Appeal International has often promoted extremist preachers in Britain. In 2011, for instance, the charity hosted an event with Haitham al-Haddad, an Islamist preacher who regards Jews as "enemies of god, and the descendants of apes and pigs" and has stated that, "Allah's law [will] govern the whole earth, and for no other law to remain."

Am I the only person alarmed at the access this man has to vulnerable youth in the community? ASIO head, Duncan Lewis, warns that teenagers are becoming radicalised quickly, sometimes within weeks, and as he issued a "call to arms" for families and communities to provide the first line of defence against Islamic extremism. So why is Soueid still teaching? It appears counterproductive to me. Mr Lewis said the intelligence community was working very effectively with police but added that "you would not need to be the smartest guy in the world to think we can't get them all". No, but we can get the one’s we KNOW are posing a great risk to the community by encouraging a radical interpretation of islam.

You don’t need to be an ‘islamaphobe’ to see there is something wrong here.


Some more of Soueid's tweets.


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