Jihadi John: Mohammed Emwazi’s Muslim neighbour gave this powerful message to the media in her community ‘The Christians live with the Muslims, the Muslims live with the Christians. We live and let live’

HEATHER SAUL Friday 27 February 2015

A woman has given a powerful response to learning that she lives in the same neighbourhood as the man identified in reports as Jihadi John, insisting: “everyone lives in peace and love. The Christians live with the Muslims, the Muslims live with the Christians. We live and let live.”

News that Mohammed Emwazi had been named in reports as Jihadi John led media outlets to descend on the neighbourhood and question residents on how they felt about living alongside a man who went on to allegedly become one of Isis’s most infamous executioners.

Interviews saw Emwazi’s family labelled as “strange” and “not like other people out here”. One neighbour was at pains to add that the mother “wears a hijab”, while another told the Evening Standard that his family “are a Muslim family” who “do not mix with us or socialise”.

Natasha John, a Muslim youth worker who lives in the community with families of different religions and ethnicity, reacted furiously to the reports by lambasting discrimination.

She told Metro: “There’s no jihad around here. If there was jihad around here, you would know that jihad was around here.

“Jihad is what the Government invented. Everyone lives in peace and love. My Nan is Christian, I’m Muslim. Everyone lives in peace and love. If the Christians live with the Muslims, the Muslims live with the Christians. We live and let live. If it’s not black people they are discriminating it’s the Muslims. That is what they do.

“Anyone that is the majority they try to convince them that they are the minority and keep them down, so they are not strong. All this is for publicity to discriminate the Muslims so people like you and everyone else hates Muslims.”

She denied there being any issues in the neighbourhood, saying: “this is a good little area” and insisted that Emwazi’s mother and father “wouldn’t have allowed that stuff in their house”.

Ms John stressed that Islam is a religion that advocates piece, not violence. “If you are Muslim, jihad and these things, fighting and these things, it’s not Islamic. It’s disgusting. If you are a Muslim person, you don’t go around hurting people.”

SOURCE: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/jihadi-john-mohammed-emwazis-muslim-neighbour-gave-this-powerful-message-to-the-media-in-her-community-10074799.html

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