British Muslim detained for reading book on Syria

Reading an award winning book can now get a Muslim detained with a British Muslim woman removed from a Thomson flight after reading a book on the Syrian war

British Muslim detained for reading book on Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

A British woman of Muslim descent was detained and questioned by police under terror laws after a flight crew member noticed she was reading a book about Syrian art while flying to Turkey.

The Thomson Airways attendant reported her for “suspicious behavior,” which amounted to reading a book.

 Faizah Shaheen, 27, is not a terrorist but a NHS psychotherapist who works with at-risk teens. She had just been married and returning home from her honeymoon in Turkey, she was reading an art book that had a collection of stories, poems, songs and cartoons, called Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline 

“I was queuing at passport control and saw police staring at me. I just got through passport control and then two police officers approached me and took me aside and asked me to show my passport again,” she told The Independent newspaper. “I asked what was going on and they said I had been reported due to a book I was reading and was to be questioned under the Terrorism Act. I became very angry and upset. I couldn’t understand how reading a book could cause people to suspect me like this. I told the police that I didn’t think it was right or acceptable.”

“I’m aware that security is very important where terrorism is concerned but they need to keep a sense of proportion. To go off and contact the anti-terror police is quite an extreme overreaction,” she said.

A spokesperson from Thomson Holidays said customer and employee safety was of “primary importance”.

“We appreciate that in this instance Ms Shaheen may have felt that over caution had been exercised, however like all airlines, our crew are trained to report any concerns they may have as a precaution,” the spokesperson said. A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police confirmed Shaheen had been “stopped and examined” under Schedule 7 of the UK’s Terrorism Act 2000.

 

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