UK Must Monitor and Charge IDF Britons after Ukranian Crisis
The UK Government has publicly expressed its fears about British Muslims engaging in the Syrian civil war. Concerns have been raised that these same British Muslims who have now gained battle training and experience on the field can perhaps return to the UK and partake in attacks against the Government and the civilian populace.
James Brokenshire, a Home Office minister, said the security services were facing a “big problem” for the “foreseeable future” from “jihad tourists”. His comments came amid claims that security services are now monitoring 250 individuals, more than five times the number previously reported.
He said: “We remain vigilant to the risk that individuals may travel back. I think we will have an enduring position where the focus around the potential threat arising from Syria will remain with us for many, many years to come.” A significant proportion and a growing proportion of the security service’s work is linked to Syria in some way. This is a big problem that the security service and the police are actively focused on
The unidentified man said being a Muslim warrior was more than just putting on a “tactical vest and grab a Kalashnikov and get a big beard”. He also attacked the image that Syria was a “five star jihad” following reports by other fanatics that boasted of staying in villas and mansions. The warning raises the prospect that hundreds of Britons who are believed to have returned to the UK may have found it too hard in Syria and now plan to carry out attacks here instead.
Ministers were spurred into action by the growing threat from jihadists in Syria. Around 2,000 Europeans are thought to be fighting in Syria, including at least 200 known to the British security services. It is feared that fighters returning to the UK will seek to radicalise young men in particular to launch terror attacks at home and abroad.
If the UK Government is honestly concerned about the threat of foreign combatants and their ability to use their weapons and military training to destabilize, attack or revolt against the authorities and the civilian populace – then focus must also be upon British Israelis who have been trained by the IDF. Recent events in the Ukraine have demonstrated that Israeli trained civilians do pose a significant threat to an established Government. The Israeli Haaretz newspaper reports (28th Feb, 2014):
He calls his troops “the Blue Helmets of Maidan,” but brown is the color of the headgear worn by Delta — the nom de guerre of the commander of a Jewish-led militia force that participated in the Ukrainian revolution. Under his helmet, he also wears a kippah.
Delta, a Ukraine-born former soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, spoke to JTA Thursday on condition of anonymity. He explained how he came to use combat skills he acquired in the Shu’alei Shimshon reconnaissance battalion of the Givati infantry brigade to rise through the ranks of Kiev’s street fighters. He has headed a force of 40 men and women — including several fellow IDF veterans — in violent clashes with government forces.
Several Ukrainian Jews, including Rabbi Moshe Azman, one of the country’s claimants to the title of chief rabbi, confirmed Delta’s identity and role in the still-unfinished revolution.
If the possibility of Syria’s returning civilian fighters can raise such alarm and concern by the UK Government, then the threat of IDF trained Britons who have recently toppled a European country’s democratically elected Government by using their training in violent clashes against Government forces – there is a very urgent need for IDF trained Britons to be monitored and charged for terrorism related offences. If Britons returning from Syria can be monitored and possibly charged (25th Jan, 2014 – BBC) , then the IDF trained Britons pose an even greater and much more significant threat as the ongoing situation in Ukraine has demonstrated.
As of 2014, no British Muslims returning from Syria have attacked the UK Government or instigated violent clashes with UK security forces. Contrary to these facts, IDF trained European civilians have attacked a democratically elected Government and used their military training in a coup resulting in Ukraine’s capital being reduced to a virtual warzone over a period of a month of protests.
If there is a lesson to be learned from the Ukranian situation, then it is that there exists an ever present and constant threat to the stability and functioning of civil society by IDF trained militants returning to Europe.
The UK Government must act as quickly as it can to prevent the threat of these IDF trained Britons who can possibly repeat the events of the Ukraine crisis here in Britain.