English football fans took to the streets of London over the weekend to celebrate the ‘evaporation’ of ISIS’s chief executioner, Mohammed Emwazi, widely known as Jihadi John.
“Jihadi John he’s f*cking dead, he had a bomb dropped on his head”, chanted jubilant fans of the East London team West Ham in what is already being described as the “chant of the season”.
West Ham had traveled to White Heart Lane to play their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur F.C. on Saturday. They lost the game 4-1, but the score line did not deaden the mood.
Elated fans were filmed singing and dancing to their new chant in streets near the stadium and later in a train station.
THIS IS Y I SUPPORT WEST HAM LOOOL JIHADI JOHN IS FUCKING DEAD pic.twitter.com/k4MooYR683
— Calvin (@Rankiee) November 23, 2015
British football fans have a long and great tradition of singing often topical and humorous “terrace chants”. The practice is thought to be one of the last remaining sources of an ancient oral folk song tradition.
Terrorists have been the target of such chants before, with English fans know for singing: “F*ck the IRA; No surrender”.
Mohammed Emwazi was killed on the 12th of November in an American drone strike near ISIS’s default capital of Raqqa, Syria.
He is of Iraqi Bedoon origin and was was born in Kuwaiti in 1988. He moved to the UK and settle in North West London in 1994 when he was six year old with his parents and six siblings.
He studied Information Systems with Business Management at the University of Westminster – an instruction which is well know for being a hotbed of Islamist extremism and possibly where the future Jihadist was radicalised.
He was a member of the University’s Islamic society, which was slammed in a report released the September.
The report concluded that extremists undemocratically controlled a “hostile” Society at the University, where men refused to talk to women, and got away with it because of a fear of “Islamophobia”.
The sadistic killer became infamous for featuring in ISIS propaganda videos in which he beheaded western prisoners and capture Syrian soldiers.
His victims included the American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and the British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines.