Sydney’s Parramatta: “hot bed for extremism”


A student from Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta, the same school that the perpetrator of Friday’s police headquarters shooting, Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad attended has been arrested by police this morning.

The teenager was arrested this morning for allegedly threatening and attempting to intimidate police, and for posting a video on Facebook of Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione addressing the public about the shooting with the caption “merryland [sic] police station is next hope they all burn in hell”.

In one of their braver moves, the ABC interviewed Greg Barton, a professor of global Islamic politics at the Alfred Deakin Institute, said radical groups may have used the Parramatta Mosque as a place to find young recruits. “Parramatta has been a hot spot for extremism,” he said.

Professor Barton told 702 ABC Sydney two radical groups were associated with the mosque where Mohammad prayed before the attack.

“Both of these groups over the last couple of years have dropped into Parramatta Mosque to pray … but also in the other sense of looking around for a young target,” he said.

Well, it sure looks like there is more to this saga that we have been told.

And it is rather interesting evidence in light of the fact that we keep being told that Farhad Jabar Khalil was a ‘lone wolf’. Furthermore, when Parramatta mosque spokesman (and attempted cameraman kicker) Neil El-Kadomi spoke with the media after the shooting, he was absolutely adamant that Mohammad had no assistance from anyone, and had acted completely and utterly alone in the attack.

It is surprising that El-Kadomi forgot to mention the radical groups operating in his mosque, the recruiting of young people which seems to be taking place right under his nose, nor the aggressive and inflammatory messages which have been posted in the mosque’s Facebook page since the shooting.

Of course, none of this actually has anything to do with Islam…