Shamima Begum: Mother’s Day card with ISIS bride banned

A Mother's Day card featuring the ISIS bride Shamima Begum has been banned from the online shop Etsy.

Illustrator Samuel Hague made the card with the Jihadi schoolgirl's image on it and with the words "Happy Mother's Day. Thanks for not joining ISIS".

Mr Hague has been criticised for other cards he has made, including a Father's Day card with Jimmy Saville on it saying 'Thanks for never letting Jim fix it for me'.

Ms Begum was one of three schoolgirls to leave Bethnal Green to join Islamic State in 2015.

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BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout still taken from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of east London schoolgirl Shamima Begum, going through security at Gatwick airport, before catching a flight to Turkey in 2015 to join the Islamic State group, she is now heavily pregnant and wants to come home.
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout file still taken from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of (left to right) 15-year-old Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Shamima Begum before catching a flight to Turkey in 2015 to join the Islamic State group, Shamima Begum is now heavily pregnant and wants to come home.
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of east London schoolgirl Shamima Begum, who left Britain as a 15-year-old to join the Islamic State group and is now heavily pregnant and wants to come home.
Sahima Begum (sister of Shamima Begum) and Abase Hussen (father of Amira Abase ) leave the Houses of Parliament in London, after giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee after three schoolgirls are feared to have joined Islamic State in war-torn Syria.
Handout comp of stills taken from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of (left to right) Kadiza Sultana,16, Shamima Begum,15 and 15-year-old Amira Abase going through security at Gatwick airport, before they caught their flight to Turkey on Tuesday. The three schoolgirls believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State.
The famiiles of Amira Abase and Shamima Begum after being interviewed by the media at New Scotland Yard, central London, as the relatives of three missing schoolgirls believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State have pleaded for them to return home.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10 : In this photo taken from video, Shamima Begum's sister Sahima Begum attends an evidence session at Parliaments Home Affairs Select Committee in the House of Commons, on three girls who are believed to have travelled to Syria to join Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) in London, England on March 10, 2015. (Photo by House of Commons/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10 : In this photo taken from video, (L-R) Kadiza Sultana's Cousin Fahmida Aziz, Shamima Begum's sister Sahima Begum, Amira Abase's father Hussen Abase and Lawyer Tasnime Akunjee representing the families of the three schoolgirls missing in Syria attend an evidence session at Parliaments Home Affairs Select Committee in the House of Commons, on three girls who are believed to have travelled to Syria to join Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) in London, England on March 10, 2015. (Photo by House of Commons/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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The 19-year-old had her British citizenship revoked by Home Secretary Sajid Javid last week after trying to return to the country with her baby son.

Ms Begum has claimed the government's decision to revoke her citizenship is "unjust", but there are fears that more IS supporters will want to return to the UK if Ms Begum is able to.

Etsy sent a message to the illustrator saying: "While Etsy encourages sellers to express their personal views and ideas in their listings, we do not permit items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred.

"We also prohibit items that promote, support or glorify acts of physical or sexual violence against individuals or groups."

Mr Hague said that public response to his card, which he was charging £2.99 for, had been "mostly positive".

The description on Etsy for the card purchase said: "The perfect mother's day card for anyone with a sense of humour".

Speaking to The Sun last year, the artist said: "I choose to express myself through comedy and art.

"That resonates with some people but will offend others."

Twitter user Simon G tweeted in response to the illustrator saying he had been banned: "The politically correct brigade is still in control of the pendulum letting it swing wildly out of sync with reality.

"Government go with it for the populist vote not concerned about the ramifications."

Another Twitter user, @Arl1002, said: "Why permanently and no warning? still don't agree with it – but an outright ban?"

Meanwhile, former counter-terrorism police chief Scott Wilson has said 'floodgates could be opened' for Islamic State supporters returning to the UK if Ms Begum succeeds in getting back into the country.

Mr Wilson said: "I can see floodgates opening. I don't think we should make it easy. If you make it easy then you're just opening the floodgates for it and suddenly you're monitoring people forever.

"I don't sound very sympathetic because I just see the consequences. I dealt with London Bridge on the streets."

Home Secretary Sajid Javid claimed he decided to revoke her of her citizenship as she qualified for Bangladeshi citizenship through her mother.

However authorities in Bangladesh have said they will not let her enter the country.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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