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MPs condemning the bullying of a young Syrian refugee should look at their own policies

The video footage of a Syrian refugee being bullied is shocking, and it is right that we condemn it. But it didn't happen in isolation

By Maya Goodfellow  

Conservative Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood called it a “disgrace.” And it’s impossible to disagree. Footage of a fifteen-year-old a Syrian refugee, Jamal, being assaulted by another boy is appalling. He is dragged to the ground as his attacker tries to force water into his mouth, shouting “I’ll drown you.”

It’s not the first time something like this has happened in contemporary Britain. Last year a seventeen-year-old Kurdish Iranian boy was brutally attacked in Croydon by a gang of people after he told them he…

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