With the play "Jihadisten," visitors to the Gothenburg City Theatre may now get a more nuanced picture of the Swedish IS terrorists who are traveling to Iraq and Syria to participate in the ongoing war.
During Wednesday night, the theatrical play "Jihadisten" (the jihadist) premiered at the Gothenburg City Theatre. The play is about what happens to young people in Sweden when they are radicalized and eventually decide to become part of the terrorist group IS. But the play is also about the broader context of the terrorists, reports Swedish Television, SVT, which has interviewed Johan Gry, the screenwriter and director.
- The goal is to humanise the terrorist, so to speak, and to dare to do it. Daring to ensure that the terrorist is a human being, he says, and continues to clarify his point.
- Because if we do not dare do that, then we dehumanize this person the same way as they dehumanize their victims, and if we can not understand or try to understand this person, we will not do anything about the basic problems.
Also, a panel discussion was scheduled after the show for a discussion of why young people choose to join the terrorist group. Gry explains to Swedish Television that the play is not about defending the terrorists, but rather to provide an understanding of why people choose to become terrorists.
The theatre has a capacity of 600 people.
The Swedish newspaper Nyheter Idag, has tried to get a comment from the press officer of the Gothenburg City Theatre, with no results.
Normalising Islamic radicalisation - creating sympathy for terrorists - courtesy of the Swedish taxpayers - Check.
From Ekman and Bergman to ISIS-propaganda on stage, can you believe it.