Not just one, but two English-language schools in Raqqa — which is a sign of how many young Muslims from the U.S., Canada, Britain and Australia have gone to join the Islamic State, while Obama and Cameron and the others insist that it has nothing to do with Islam.
The Isis militant group has reportedly opened its first two English-language schools in the so-called “capital” of its territories, in what appears to be a direct attempt to cater to the families of foreign fighters.
Amid ongoing concerns that three British schoolgirls have been lured online to travel to Syria and join the self-proclaimed “Islamic State”, activists in the militant-controlled city of Raqqa drew attention to a flier for the “attention [of] English speaking muhajiroon”.
The flier, emblazoned with the logo of Isis, claims that “by the grace of Allah we have opened schools for English speaking children”.
It provides contact details and lesson times for two separate facilities, one for boys and one for girls, which appear to have been set up on the grounds of a pre-existing school.
Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi, an activist with the group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, posted an image of the flier online. He said it offers “teaching to foreign fighters’ children” in a range of religious studies, Islamic law as it is interpreted by Isis, English, maths, and “jihadiyyah”.
The flier also says there will be part time and full time roles for new teachers – and calls on English language speakers to “get in touch”.
Describing the fractured state of the education system in Isis-occupied Syria, Raqqawi said schools in Raqqa only reopened this month and that many parents “are so worried that their children will be brainwashed that they mostly keep them at home”.
Before returning to the schools, teachers were made to “denounce themselves for using ‘infidel’ textbooks in the past”, Raqqawi said in an account to The Observer. “No one is happy about the new Isis ones they have been given,” he added….
—Courtesy of Pamela Gellar