Hamara Youth Access Point heter stedet, ungdomssenteret i Leeds som offisielt skulle være nøytralt, men etterhvert ble så aggressivt muslimsk, at alle som ikke var muslimsk på deres måte, fikk problemer.
Dette var stedet hvor 7/7-gjengen vanket. Bildet som tegnes er et helt annet enn det totalt uforstående som familie og venner vartet opp med.
The transformation of four young British men into terrorists appears to have taken place at a government-funded storefront youth centre in Leeds that, according to youth workers, was a hub of radical Islamist activity.
«It had become so radical and so hateful that I asked if I could stop working there,» said one of the workers, who along with two others described the storefront drop-in centre as a hub of radical Muslim politics and a hotbed of Islamic organizing, routinely hosting mysterious figures to speak about extremist politics.
All three workers, two of them white British Christians, live in the poor Beeston area, which was home to two of the bombers, Shahzad Tanweer, 22, and Hasib Hussain, 18.
It appears that this modest youth centre is the point where these three young men converged with the fourth bomber and a leading figure who was being sought by police last night.
«It’s fair to say that there was some kind of recruiting going on here,» one of the workers said. «Some of the youth workers were really involved with it, and it got to the point where they were acting really hostile to anyone who wasn’t their kind of Muslim.»
he centre receives funding from the British government and the European Union, as well as charitable funds, and as such is officially secular and non-political. But in practice, it was neither. On its walls were posters from the Respect Party, an extremist pro-Islamic party founded by MP George Galloway, that showed Israeli soldiers pointing rifles at Palestinian children. When some workers complained about these, they were harassed by other staffers.
The hostile, politicized mood at the centre stands in stark contrast to the descriptions of the young bombers made by their relatives and neighbours yesterday.