Denmark's New Program to Combat Terrorism: ‘Hug A Jihadi’

CNS News | 8/10/2017 | Staff
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To combat the spread of Islamic radicalization and terror attacks in their country, police in Denmark have implemented an unorthodox method of dealing with terrorists: the "hug a jihadi" model of de-radicalization.

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Set in Denmark’s largest city Aarhus, the program suggests that to change the minds of extremist youth and adults, police should offer kindness and support.

SBS’s Dateline reporter Evan Williams, who traveled to Denmark to examine this unusual program, spoke with a man using the alias Jamal, who said the program changed his decision to become a radical Islamic terrorist.

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Jamal told Williams that he felt isolated as an outspoken and passionate young Muslim, so he began surrounding himself with other young Muslims who shared his sentiments. He said after spending time discussing jihad and watching radical sermons online with the others, they eventually made plans to leave Denmark for Pakistan.

Shortly before leaving, Jamal received what he considered to be a life changing phone call from a police officer who suggested he meet with a Muslim mentor.



Jamal, who chose to re-evaluate his decision to radicalize after participating in the program, told Williams that the typical response authorities have to suspicious Muslims only pushed him closer to extremism. He says the program’s offer of an open hand is what saved him from radicalizing.

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