YEP Says (July 7): Lessons from the London bombings still to be learned

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ten years ago West Yorkshire was thrust into the national and international spotlight when it emerged the bombers who struck in London came from here.

Terror was brought to our shores in a way we had never seen before.

It was our version of the 9/11 bombings in New York, brutally brought into murderous reality in our capital city.

Three of the terrorists had come from the small communities of Beeston and Dewsbury – a revelation that shocked so many from here.

Those communities wrongly became linked with Jihadists, terrorism, Islamaphobia.

And questions such as: “How could they have not been known?” scarred the reputation of the towns.

The international media fuelled the damage, made the scarring deeper. But it is to the credit of everyone who lives in those communities and who lived through those dark years, that they have come together and emerged cohesive and stronger.

But by definition, scars do not disappear. And our society is not healed properly. When Prime Minister David Cameron castigated some sections of the Muslim community for failing to do enough to prevent young people joining Isis, he laid bare the patch that has been applied in the past 10 years.

We have largely failed to prevent terrorism and policies have taken funding away from our community leaders and handed responsibility to the police.

And if we need proof of this failed policy, we need to look no further than a major report given to this newspaper that asks the views of young Muslims today. They believe politicians and policy makers simply do not understand what needs to be done.

For these young people, they have been defined by the atrocity 10 years ago, having to grow up with the label British Muslim. They feel they are not being properly engaged with. The language used by the Government serves to deepen the sense of disengagement.

Schools are told to identify people who are vulnerable to being wooed by the terrorists, the media spin exaggerates the few who have gone to Syria rather than reflect the great work taking place in their communities.

Unless we listen to our young people, unless we make them feel as accepted as any other British person, we will not learn the lessons.