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    FILE PHOTO: Renu Begum, sister of teenage British girl Shamima Begum, holds a photo of her sister as she makes an appeal for her to return home at Scotland Yard, in London, Britain February 22, 2015

    Shamima Begum's Lawyer Claims Daesh 'Learned a Lot From Israel'

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    In February, UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoked the citizenship of the jihadi bride, who was placed in a displacement camp in Syria after fleeing the fast-shrinking areas under terrorists’ control.

    Tasnime Akunjee, the lawyer of British-born Daesh* bride Shamima Begum has alleged the terror group modelled its deadly caliphate "directly" on Israel.

    He made his incendiary comments in an interview with the New Statesman following his return from Syria's al-Roj refugee camp, where Begum is currently interred. Akunjee claimed Daesh learned much from Israel about how to build an expansionist state.

    "Israel can go into Palestinian territory and build buildings there, then it will call on people from abroad to join the state-building exercise. ISIS [Daesh] copied their model directly from Israel. You have Israel calling on Jews from around the world… they have an automatic right to be a citizen of Israel. That's exactly the same as ISIS, in the sense that if you're Muslim and you come over here, you'll be looked after," he said.

    READ MORE: Two More Daesh Brides Stripped of UK Citizenship Amid Begum’s Row – Reports

    Begum and two friends from London — Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase — fled to Syria in February 2015, flying to Turkey then crossing the border with the aid of people-smugglers.

    Kadiza Sultana, left, Shamima Begum, centre and and Amira Abase going through security at Gatwick airport, before they caught their flight to Turkey on Tuesday Feb 17, 2015
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    Kadiza Sultana, left, Shamima Begum, centre and and Amira Abase going through security at Gatwick airport, before they caught their flight to Turkey on Tuesday Feb 17, 2015

    Within weeks of arriving, Begum was married to middle-class Dutch jihadi Yago Riedijk — they had two children together, who would both die from malnutrition and disease. Riedijk is suspected by police of being involved in a terrorist plot in the Netherlands, and was convicted in absentia in 2018 for being a member of a terrorist group.

    Begum eventually ended up in a Kurdish refugee camp where she gave birth to her third child, who also reportedly passed away.

    Soon after Miss Begum's first interview with international media in mid-February, UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid asserted that he would do "everything" in his power to block British Daesh fighters and their brides from returning to the UK and promptly stripped Miss Begum of her citizenship, saying that she could claim Bangladeshi citizenship due to her mother's origins in that country. However, Bangladesh quickly shot down that possibility, saying that Miss Begum had been "erroneously identified" as a citizen by the UK government and that she had "never" visited the country.

    Shamima's London-based family argues the decision is unfair given hundreds of other Britons who joined the terror group have been allowed to return home, and have lodged an appeal with the Special Immigration Appeals Commission. Another will be launched at the High Court in due course. Akunjee travelled to Syria so Begum could sign documents for her appeal, but was unable to get her signature on tas the al-Roj camp in the north east of the country has been put on "lockdown". Begum was moved there by the Syrian Defence Force after threats were reportedly made against her by Daesh supporters at a previous camp.

    READ MORE: Sorry Not Sorry? Shamima Begum Says She Wants Brits to Learn From Her 'Mistake'

    In the interview, Akunjee revealed he was within 50 metres of her tent on his recent visit but was prevented from seeing her — however, he's still determined to bring the errant Londoner back home, and believes he will eventually succeed. 

    * Daesh, also known as ISIS, Islamic State is a terrorist group, banned in Russia

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