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February 15, 2016

Police quiz teen over Palestine badge

Henry Jackson Society

Originally published in The Sunday Times.

A TEENAGER has claimed that he was branded an “extremist” by his teachers and referred to anti-terrorism police for wearing a “Free Palestine” badge to school.

Rahmaan Mohammadi, 17, alleged he had been “interrogated” by officers after Challney High School for Boys in Luton, Bedfordshire, referred him to Prevent, the government’s anti-radicalisation strategy, last summer.

Rupert Sutton, from the Henry Jackson Society think tank, said: “This individual . . . was in possession of Friends of al-Aqsa material in school lessons . . . Teachers were right to be alarmed.”