Glowing verdict on trainer in Charlie Hebdo cartoon storm – by his Muslim next-door neighbour: Islamophobe? No, he provides us playing cards at Eid and arms my youngsters halal sweets
- Jamal Al-Terk has defended his neighbour saying he’s ‘not Islamophobic in any respect’
- Mr Al-Terk, 42 mentioned the trainer and his household fled their residence three days in the past
- Scores of indignant Muslim dad and mom protested outdoors the college final week
The trainer on the centre of the Prophet Muhammad cartoon controversy was yesterday praised by his Muslim next-door neighbour for all the time exhibiting ‘nice respect’ in direction of Islam.
Described as a rugby-loving, ‘burly Yorkshire lad’, the non secular schooling trainer obtained demise threats after exhibiting photographs of the prophet – which first appeared in French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo – to Yr 9 pupils at Batley Grammar College in West Yorkshire. He’s now in hiding together with his spouse and younger kids.
However married father-of-three Jamal Al-Terk, who has lived subsequent door to the trainer for eight years, mentioned: ‘He isn’t Islamophobic in any respect. This needs to be a misunderstanding. I doubt he has proven these footage intentionally to offend.
Scores of oldsters protested outdoors Batley Grammar College final week
‘He and his household, they knock on our door and provides us Eid playing cards when it’s Eid. His kids have additionally drawn footage of an attractive mosque with lights round it and given them to my youngsters.
‘Additionally they gave us halal sweets for Eid, and we now have exchanged meals throughout Ramadan. His kids play with my kids.’
The airport employee, who moved to Britain together with his household to flee the civil battle in Syria, added: ‘You possibly can ask any Muslims in the local people, he’s a very nice individual. He would by no means offend Muslims intentionally. This is the reason I feel it’s a misunderstanding.
‘I hope issues settle down and folks realise he’s a pleasant individual.’
Mr Al-Terk, 42, mentioned the trainer and his household fled their residence three days in the past and he has not been capable of contact him.
The furore erupted when scores of indignant Muslim dad and mom protested outdoors the college final week and referred to as for the trainer to be sacked.
Indignant Muslim dad and mom have referred to as for the trainer to be sacked
It was later introduced that he had been suspended and headteacher Gary Kibble issued an ‘unequivocal’ apology, including: ‘It is crucial for youngsters to find out about faiths and beliefs, however this have to be accomplished in a respectful, delicate method.’
The demonstrations triggered a nationwide outcry, with Ministers and celebrities amongst these condemning the protesters. A petition demanding that the trainer is allowed to remain in his job has been signed by greater than 48,000 individuals. However the threats to the trainer’s life continued all through the week, notably after his title was leaked on social media.
Hours after Mr Al-Terk spoke to The Mail on Sunday, neighbours noticed three Asian youths going to the trainer’s home and knocking on the door a number of instances. They peered by means of his window and left after about ten minutes.
A neighborhood pensioner, who wished to stay nameless, mentioned: ‘It was darkish, however the space is properly lit with avenue lighting and I had a transparent view from my window.
‘One was on a motorbike and two have been strolling. One was carrying a hoodie. I watched them till they left. They knocked on the door a number of instances and so they additionally tried the deal with a few instances.’
The trainer has suspended and headteacher Gary Kibble issued an ‘unequivocal’ apology
There have been frequent police patrols within the space yesterday.
In the meantime, it emerged yesterday that the trainer ‘defended his proper to freedom of speech’ throughout a heated dialog with the daddy of a Muslim pupil. He phoned again after the indignant guardian left a message for him on the college.
Final October, a French trainer, Samuel Paty, was beheaded outdoors his college close to Paris after exhibiting the identical photographs to his pupils.
In January 2015, Islamic terrorists killed 12 individuals and injured 11 on the Charlie Hebdo places of work in Paris after the journal printed the cartoons.