Denmark’s “Hug a Jihadi” program gives houses and jobs to returning Islamic State jihadis

Superintendent Allan Aarslev apparently thinks that if he shows good will to these jihadis, they will show good will to Danes in turn. Non-Muslims might react that way, but these men are battle-hardened jihadis who are much more likely to regard gestures of good will as signs of weakness to be exploited. He says the program is going well now, but let’s check in again in five years.

Also, is it really a good idea to reward what is unarguably treason — the Islamic State has repeatedly declared that it is at war with European states, and called upon Muslims to murder European civilians — with money and housing? Won’t this just get Aarhus more jihadis, as Muslims see the jihad as their path to preferential treatment from the dhimmi state?

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“ISIS fanatics given HOUSES and JOBS on Syria return as part of ‘hug a jihadi’ campaign,” by Vincent Wood, Express, August 10, 2017:

ISIS jihadis arriving back from Syria are being offered apartments, education and jobs to reintegrate the radicalised back into society.

Police in the city of Aarhus, Denmark introduced the scheme after 36 young men travelled to Syria to join jihad, with 19 returning back to the country.

But the policy has been criticised by Danish MPs, with Naser Khadeer – a Muslim member of the Conservative People’s party – calling for a hardline approach to foreign fighters.

Speaking on the Australian news programme Dateline, he said: “What I have criticised when it comes to the Aarhus model is when you have been in Syria and you come back, it is wrong in my opinion to reward whoever has been in Syria by giving them an apartment, jobs, education.

“We should prosecute them not reward them.”

Yet Superintendent Allan Aarslev claimed “most” of those returning from Syria are now “very well integrated and most of them are very happy to have had a second chance”.

Superintendent Aarslev said: “These are men who have been to Syria and we don’t know what they have been doing down there and that’s the choice we have to make – between helping them and leaving them alone.

“From my point of view it would be much more safe for the local community here to help these young men to have a normal life after they have returned than to leave them alone.”

He added: “If we did not integrate them into the local community again they would be a safety hazard for us.”

The police claim since introducing the policy, which includes connecting radicalised members of the community with a Muslim mentor to guide them away from their extremist views, no one has left the city to join the frontline in Syria for two years….

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