Jihad on the dole

Holy War Sponsored By the Taxpayer

By Julie Lenarz

It has been painfully obvious to most analysts that a large number of the jihadis living in the West have been sucking on the teet of welfare. Tax dollars from hard working, patriotic citizens are funding the demise of civilizations. When will our politicians and media face reality and do something about it?

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(illustration by Davendo)
Guess who’s supporting jihadi terrorists and their families in England…? While terrorists manufacture mayhem, the money is coming from the taxpayer.

The knife-wielding man wears a black mask, concealing all but his eyes. In a distinctive British accent he proclaims himself an avenger for the sins of the West. His name is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British citizen in his mid-20s from West London, who is about to behead his first victim, American journalist James Foley. At least six other men would brutally die at the hand of “Jihadi John.”

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Emwazi is one of many jihadists from families who have sought refuge in the West, were granted citizenship and milked the benefit system for decades. His parents fled to Britain in 1993, after the first Gulf War, and Westminster City Council is still paying the rent on the family’s property, even though regulations state that housing benefits should stop after 13 weeks. Despite the fact that neither his father Jasem nor his mother Ghaney have ever worked, the Emwazis resided in Maida Vale, one of the most exclusive areas in London, at various points. It is believed that the family has cost the British taxpayer approximately £468,000  ($736,000) over the past 20 years.

Notorious hate preacher and senior player on the international Islamist scene, Anjem Choudary, who lives in a £320,000 ($503,000) house in Leytonstone in East London, has an untaxed income of £25,740 ($40,474) — the equivalent to someone earning £33,000 ($52,000) or £8,000 ($12,500) more than an Officer Cadet in the British army. And while our soldiers put their lives on the line to enable us to live in freedom, in hope for peace, prosperity and dignity, Anjem Choudary preaches his ideology of hate in media appearances and on op-ed pages. He has referred to the 9/11 terrorists as “magnificent martyrs,” to the Islamic State (ISIS) leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as “the caliph of all Muslims and the prince of believers” and declared that “as Muslims, we reject democracy; we reject secularism, and freedom, and human rights.” And as if that were not appalling enough, he openly mocked hard-working Britons: “We are on Jihad Seekers Allowance; we take the jizya (protection money paid to Muslims by non-Muslims) which is ours anyway. The normal situation is to take money from the kaffir (non-Muslim), isn’t it?”

Choudary finds himself in good company. Abu Qatada al-Filistini, the Jordanian national of Palestinian origin with alleged ties to al-Qaida, has cost the British taxpayer over £500,000 ($786,000) in legal aid. The case relating to another radical cleric, Abu Hamza al-Masri, cost nearly £1 million ($1.5 million). The sum included over £445,000 ($700,000) to defend him against charges of inciting terrorism, over £165,000 ($260,000) to block his extradition and almost £70,000 ($110,000) to fight the removal of his passport by the Home Office. The Hamza family raised their eight children, of which four have served prison sentences themselves (including terrorism offenses), in a £1.25 million ($2 million) five-bedroom house in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in West London. Over the years, they are understood to have received more than £1.25 million ($532,000) in benefits.

The phenomenon of welfare jihad is not restricted to Britain. Every country with an advanced benefit system is prone to abuse.

In Germany, hate preacher Ibrahim Abou Nagie is on trial for embezzling almost €60,000 ($70,000) in welfare benefits, including a €366.35 ($410) monthly leasing rate for his Mercedes. However, during the time in which the father of three received €2,500 ($3,000) in social benefits each month, he had access to a bank account set up by his close confidant Masoud P. Records show that over €272,000 ($305,000) was invested in spreading a radical Salafist agenda, for instance by spending €135,000 ($151,000) on flyers and booklets and €10,000 ($11,000) on 40 different web domains. Nagie is also believed to have cashed in on speaking fees and donations during his lecture tours across the country.

The self-styled “Caliph of Cologne,” Metin Kaplan, fled to Germany in 1983 under the premise that he was threatened with the death penalty in Turkey. Although Mr. Kaplan is worth millions, he received tens of thousands in social benefits, until authorities discovered over €1 million ($1.5 million) in cash hidden in his flat.

Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old French terrorist of Algerian descent, who killed seven people in three separate attacks on French soldiers and Jewish civilians in the cities of Montauban and Toulouse, was unemployed, yet lived in a €500 ($550) per month flat, leased two cars and amassed an arsenal of weapons worth thousands.

In Denmark, a staggering 32 men have collected nearly 400,000 Danish Krone ($57,000) worth of unemployment benefits, while waging holy war in Syria, according to Employment Ministry documents leaked to the media.

Across the pond, in the United States, the mastermind of the Boston bombings, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter in the state of Massachusetts. His family was also receiving welfare when the kids were younger.

Authorities are slowly waking up to the scale of the abuse, but the alarm clock went off a long time ago and we are seriously lagging behind in our ability to adequately tackle the problem of welfare jihad.

Belgium, the largest contributor per-capita of fighters for ISIS, has blocked social benefits for no less than 29 jihadists in the cities of Antwerp and Vilvoorde. Investigations carried out by city authorities found the men withdrawing welfare money paid into their Belgian accounts via Turkish banks just across the border with Syria.

The French Interior Ministry announced that lawmakers had identified close to 300 individuals fighting with ISIS in Syria, who had their benefits canceled after sharing their name with social welfare agencies. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve sought to reassure the public, saying: “We shouldn’t allow people to think no action has been taken. We’re taking this seriously and will continue to do so.”

In November last year, Amal El-Wahabi was sentenced to 28 months in prison, after a British court found her guilty of trying to smuggle £15,800 ($25,000) in welfare money to her husband fighting with ISIS in Syria.

Legislation has now been passed in Australia and Belgium, which strips foreign fighters of their benefits and a growing number of MPs in the UK and other European countries are calling for similar measures to be introduced.

Max Abrahms, Assistant Professor at Northeastern University with a specialization in terrorism, told Hamodia: “What’s worse than jihadis streaming into conflict zones to fight on behalf of Islamic State? Jihadis funded by Western governments. This madness has to stop.”

Given the large quantity of cases and countries affected, the rip-off of the welfare system cannot be dismissed as isolated cases, but is indicative of a systematic pattern of abuse. The disclosures show that Islamic extremists, both at home and abroad, claim taxpayers’ money fraudulently and use it to spread death and mayhem across the world.

The integrity of our support systems for the most fragile in society has been compromised by radical ideologues, who invest the money given to them in charity to turn against the very people they have taken it from. They claim to reject the principles of democracy, and yet they readily accept the benefits which are the product of a democratic philosophy.

A zero-tolerance policy is urgently required to combat the corruption of our welfare systems by Islamic extremists, before it is allowed to spiral out of control more than it has done already.