Birmingham Council has appointed Safia Akhtar Noor, a controversial Muslim Labour member, who has previously claimed that Islamic State does not exist and has dismissed Muslim terrorist attacks to a committee tasked with protecting children from Islamic radicalization and terrorism.
Breitbart Safia Akhtar Noor was suspended and then forced to resign as a school governor at Yew Tree Community School in Birmingham after several posts on her Facebook questioned if the terror group was an invention after the Westminster Bridge attack.
A study by the Henry Jackson Society think tank showed that a tenth of Britain’s Islamic terrorists came from inner-city Birmingham.
On the day of the attack in March last year, she wrote: “Can people stop fighting on Facebook? Sadly people died in Westminster today but people die every day in Syria, Palestine, Africa, Rohingya, Kashmir. Need I carry on?!! Grow up and stop pointing fingers!”
Five days later she claimed in another message: “So someone got stabbed after the attack last week as a result of media and government claiming that SO CALLED ISIS HAD CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY.” She added: “There is no ISIS and there is no proof.”
Despite this, the law student was able to stand as a Labour candidate in May’s local elections in the Small Heath ward – which has a majority Muslim population – and won with more than 3,000 votes. She is known as Councillor Akhtar in municipal circles, and in council papers.
Now, she has been appointed to the Children’s Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee of the Labour-controlled council. The body looks over initiatives to prevent Islamic radicalization and extremism and has given guidance on the Prevent strategy, intended to stop people being drawn into terrorism.
Alex Yip, Conservative councillor for Sutton Wylde Green, questioned her selection to the committee. “It is shocking to think that the Labour administration would appoint Councillor Akhtar, of all the ones available, to this scrutiny committee,” he told Birmingham Live.