Muslim journalist in Sydney says Australia pushing youth into the arms of terrorists

US Muslim journalist Sulmain Abdur-Raham said if Australia was more welcoming of Muslims, they would be less likely to become radicalised. Picture: Tim Hunter

AN African-American Islamic journalist living in Sydney says young Muslims are better off in the US than Australia, where welfare and multicultural policies are driving them into the arms of terrorists.

Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, who has been unable to find work since migrating a year ago, says if Australia was more welcoming of Muslims and willing to employ them instead of leaving them on welfare, they would be less likely to become radicalised.

Mr Abdur-Rahman, who used to work for the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, has written a book Under Siege: Black Muslim Down Under, which is scathing about Australia’s “cultural isolation and short-sightedness” in its treatment of Muslims.

He says he understands why out-of-work Australian Muslims have fled to the battlefields of the Middle East to become paid Islamic State mercenaries.

“I could have been one of those people,” the 30-year-old says of the 57 Australian extremists currently known to be fighting with terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

“Australia talks about giving people a fair go, but they don’t actually provide that,” he writes in the book.

“I had every opportunity for success in America, because America values the merit of all people, including Muslims and black folks”…

But people are leaving to join Islamic State from the US too.