“Taking on extremism in all its forms, both violent and non-violent”, Cameron said.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has unveiled a new, five-year plan to “tackle the poisonous Islamist ideology that is so hostile to British values”.
“They are engaged in action that is legal, that is necessary and in action that I welcome and I would hope this house would welcome to help defeat ISIL (Islamic State)”, he said.
Cameron said to meet that goal, the religious drivers behind extremism had to be acknowledged and that moderate Muslim voices needed to be heard.
The Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella group of faith-based organizations, welcomed Cameron’s remarks but warned against “litmus tests which may brand us all as extremists, even though we uphold and celebrate the rule of law, democracy and rights for all”.
The 48-year-old went on to say that some people born in Britain did not identify with the country because of “failures of integration”.
“We have to answer each one of these four points”, he will say”.
He is due to use a speech on Monday to warn young Britons tempted to join Daesh fighters that they will end up as little more than “cannon fodder”.
According to Mark Rowley, the Metropolitan police assistant commissioner, at least 700 Britons have travelled to Syria and over half have since returned home, where they now pose a significant terrorism threat.
He said the review on improving integration would examine how to ensure minority community members learn to speak English, how to boost job opportunities and guarding against funding for community groups being used in a divisive way.
A new Extremism Bill will include “narrowly-targeted” powers to tackle “facilitators and cult leaders” and stop them “peddling their hatred”, said Mr Cameron.
“[I]t’s only the extremists who divide people into good Muslims and bad Muslims, by forcing their warped doctrine onto fellow Muslims and telling them that it is the only way to believe”, he added. “This is the sick and brutal reality of Isil”.
Dragged to the Commons to explain the cover-up, Mr Fallon revealed there were 75 other British personnel embedded with United States, Canadian and French troops fighting ISIS.
Cameron also ordered a review into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in April past year, announcing at the time that he would challenge “the extremist narratives that some Islamist organisations have put out”.
“So when people say, “It’s because of the involvement in the Iraq War that people are attacking the West”, we should remind them: 9/11 – the biggest loss of life of British citizens in a terrorist attack – happened before the Iraq War”.
Mr Cameron said that too often the authorities had “turned a blind eye” to issues like forced marriage or female genital mutilation (FGM) for fear of offending cultural sensitivities. “And I”d reassure our Gulf allies about that.”.