The son of a police accountant who was murdered by a Muslim terrorist said that Australian children who escaped from ISIS can go back into the country.
Alpha Cheng & # 39; s father Curtis was shot in the back by the 15-year-old Farhad Jabar outside the New South Wales police headquarters in Parramatta in 2015.
But despite his loss from radical Islam, Mr. Cheng insists that Australia should not give in to hatred and show fear and compassion to those fleeing terror and war.
The Australian Khaled Sharrouf (right) was killed alongside his two oldest sons, Abdullah and Zarqawi (photo) during an American air strike near Raqqa in 2017. Now his two daughters and his third son (photo) want to return to Australia
Alpha Cheng & # 39; s father Curtis (left) was shot by the 15-year-old Farhad Jabar in 2015 outside the New South Wales police headquarters in Parramatta. Right: Alpha and his mother in 2018
There are about 40 Australians stuck in refugee camps in Syria after fleeing ISIS when she was defeated last year.
Most are women and children, many have been taken from Australia without any choice and Mr. Cheng says that they must now be restored to society.
& # 39; We cannot hold the children responsible for their parents' dreadful decisions & # 39 ;, he told SBS News.
& # 39; I know for one what a young person who is radicalized could do – there is every possibility that they could be a threat to Australia.
& # 39; But there is every possibility that they can be successfully rehabilitated and reintegrated in Australia. & # 39;
He said politicians should not give in to hatred and show fear and compassion.
& # 39; The benchmark for us as a country is what we do to uphold our values as Australians, & # 39; he said.
Referring to his own struggle, he added: “If I let what happened, create more hatred and anger in myself, it will only be self-destructive.
& # 39; It only serves what the extremists want us to feel, what fear, hatred, and anger is, and we can't give in to that. & # 39;
Mr. Cheng went on to say that politicians are not to neglect children who were either taken from their Australian homes without choice or born on the territory of ISIS.
& # 39; The most important thing for young people is to feel that they hear and that they are being cared for, & he said.
& # 39; I think the longer we show that we don't care or that we feel they & # 39; the other are & # 39; the more negative the impact can be. & # 39;
When he talked about how they should be cared for when they returned from ISIS, he added: “It is negligent for us to leave children in a war zone, but it will be even more negligent if we choose bring them back and do not have the necessary information. support for them too. & # 39;
Mr. Cheng, a high school teacher in Canberra doing volunteer work to rehabilitate radicalized Muslims, said he saw firsthand that rehabilitation works.
He said that rehabilitating Muslims are very useful in helping to stop radicalization because many are strong advocates of terrorism.
Emotional reunification: the grandmother of Sydney, Karen Nettleton (photo right), was reunited with her grandchildren last month, five years after being taken to an ISIS stronghold. Granddaughter Hoda Sharrouf, 16, is wearing a black niqab
Zaynab (top left), Hoda (top right) and Humzeh (bottom, center) are located in the Al-Howl camp. Their two brothers (also pictured) are believed to have died in air strikes
Mr. Cheng's comments come after an Australian grandmother was reunited with her orphaned grandchildren on Monday – five years after they were taken from Sydney.
Karen Nettleton, 58 years old, pursued Zaynab, 17, Hoda, 16, Humzeh, eight in the al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria at the end of last month, after desperately trying to bring them home for years.
The three children, along with their two other brothers Abdullah and Zarqawi, were brought to Syria by their mother Tara Nettleton to join the Islamic State in 2014.
Tara, who died in 2015, was married to ISIS terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, who became notorious after photos of his young son circulating the soldier's severed head and subtitling: & # 39; that is my son. & # 39;
Sharrouf was killed with his two oldest sons, Abdullah and Zarqawi, during an American air raid near Raqqa in 2017.
After ISIS 'defeat last year, the three remaining children were taken to the camp in Northern Syria controlled by the Kurdish government and begged to return home.
ABC & # 39; s Four Corners captured the heartbreaking moment when Karen finally found her grandchildren on the filthy campsite of more than 70,000 refugees.
Australians beg to come home after fighting with ISIS
Oliver Bridgeman, 21
Olive Bridgeman, 21, (photo) claims he went to Syria to be a humanitarian aid worker.
- The 21-year-old from Toowoomba in Queensland & Darling Downs claimed that he had traveled to Syria to be a humanitarian aid worker.
- He previously assured his mother and father that he had not fought in the war-torn country, where ISIS terrorists are fighting for control.
- His passport has been canceled by the Australian government and he has been stuck in the war-torn area since 2016.
Mahir Absar Alam, 26,
Mahir Absar Alam, 26, (photo), was caught just outside Baghouz.
- Alam joined the Islamic State just four weeks after it proclaimed its so-called Caliphate in 2014.
- He reportedly expressed his regret to join.
- The 26-year-old faces spend time in a prison camp in Syria and can be brought to Iraq for trial or possibly deported to Australia, where he can be prosecuted.
Ahmed Merhi, 27
Ahmed Merhi, 27, (photo) has begged Australia to help him escape.
- The Sydney terrorist, Ahmed Merhi, has begged Australia to help him after he was sentenced to death by being stuck in Iraq.
- The former student of the Granville Boys High School, from the west of Sydney, traveled to Syria in 2014 or 2015.
- He claimed at the time that he was traveling to the war-torn area to provide assistance.
Janai Safar, 24
Janai Safar, 24, (photo), has previously vowed never to return to Australia.
- Safar lives in a refugee camp in northern Syria after his defeat.
- She left Australia to allegedly become a member of the jihadist terror group in 2015.
- She previously promised that she would never return to Australia.
- & # 39; It was my decision to go here to leave naked women in the street. I don't want my son being brought up there, & she said.
Zehra Duman, 24,
Zehra Duman, 24, (photo) hit the headlines in Australia when she fled to Syria in 2014.
- Duman, from Melbourne, is believed to be held at the al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria with her two-year-old son and six-month-old daughter.
- She claims she has been trying to leave ISIS for two years.
- The 24-year-old said she knew Australians would be angry with her, but emphasized: & My children have the right to be treated as normal children. & # 39;
Khaled Sharrouf & # 39; s children: Zaynab, 17, Hoda, 15, and Humzeh, eight
Zaynab (top left), Hoda (top right) and Humzeh (bottom, center) are in the al-Howl camp.
- The remaining three children of the Australian terrorist have been detained since mid-March in al-Hawl refugee camp in northeastern Syria.
- Their mother, Tara Nettleton, who lives in Sydney, smuggled the children from Australia after her husband left to join the Caliphate.
- Nettleton would have died in 2016, while Sharrouf and his two oldest sons would have been killed in 2017 in an air raid.