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    Complaints that the Prevent strategy is racist are so prevalent that it is now seen as a surveillance programme for Muslims, dubbed 'MI5 Islam', | Photo: Reuters

“People are being told ‘this is how you catch terrorists’,” said Palestinian activist and academic, Karma Nabulsi. “Its turned ordinary people into police spies.”

The UK government’s "anti-radicalization" strategy, its Prevent program, has aroused such anger in the Palestinian activist and academic, Karma Nabulsi, that she wrote an entire essay about it.

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“I think it was the definition of what is extreme and therefore dangerous (that angered me) … it has a neocon ideology around it,” she told the British-Pakistani writer Tariq Ali, on teleSUR’s “The World Today With Tariq Ali”.

“You can see the suppression of dissent and the colonial racism, which is profiling culturally, ideologically and religiously of immigrant communities,” she explained.

Indeed, through the program, all of the teachers, social workers, healthcare workers and police can make referrals to the program, which has prompted criticism that the it lends itself to racial profiling.

Last year, of the 4000 people referred for assessment, some were younger than nine years old

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“Anyone (who is) progressive and does not have the accepted view of the government of the day … when these (views) are considered extreme … extremism leads to violence and terrorism they say,” Nabulsi said, explaining the logic behind the counter-terrorism strategy and who it aims to target.

“People are being told ‘this is how you catch terrorists’,” she added. “It's turned ordinary people into police spies.”

“They're also told to identify what is extreme … (people) are encouraged to be worried and fearful,” she continues, calling the program, a “division-making machine.”

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Earlier this year, a letter signed by 140 academics around the world protested the flawed science behind the UK government program.

In the letter, they wrote: "Several dozen children have been directly affected through the courts based on assessments using the tool – the impact is significant and cannot be emphasized enough.”

The policy has also had a censoring effect in stifling anti-war, and specifically, Palestine solidarity activism in the UK.

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