They don’t come with an automatic pop-up zebibah…….
Published on Jan 20, 2016
The film followed a group of Britain’s most dangerous extremists for two years, giving unprecedented access into the bubbling undercurrent of home-grown terrorism. Documentary maker Jamie Roberts even spent time with Siddhartha Dhar (aka Abu Rumaysah), the former bouncy castle salesman who is now suspected to be the second “Jihadi John”.
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It is hardly unusual these days to see men in beards preaching radicalism and hatred on our TV screens. But it is unusual, as in The Jihadis Next Door (Channel 4), to see such a man waving the flag of Islamic State in his Walthamstow garage, knowing that from there, two years later, having fled to Syria with his family, he went on to become suspected of being at the center of a horrific murder video by the so called Islamic State in Syria.
This shocking footage of Siddhartha Dhar (aka Abu Rumaysah), now known in certain sectors of the press as “Jihadi Sid”, filmed two years ago, may have been the most publicity-garnering in Jamie Roberts eye-opening film about extremist hate preachers in the UK. But it was not the most repulsive.
That shame undoubtedly went to a segment featuring the two men who where the chief focus of the film, Abu Haleema and Mohammed Shamsuddin, leaders of the London-based recruiting and propaganda group of which Dhar was once a leading light. Haleema and Shamsuddin spent much of the film denying that they supported Isis while spouting sentiments that would suggest otherwise. But actions always speak louder than weasel words and in one scene Roberts caught them gleefully tucking into supper while watching – and laughing at – online videos in which innocent men were being murdered by members of the so-called Islamic State in Syria.