University cancels sharia exposé launch
On November 4 we reported that University of West London would be the springboard today for a report about Islamic extremism on UK campuses. Today we learn that the university had cancelled the launch.
SWUK’s study has revealed the shocking reach of Islamist speakers on UK university campuses. It is peppered with examples of Islamist speakers making anti-Semitic remarks, deriding “Western” notions of Human Rights, advocating female genital mutilation and calling for a raft of strict sharia punishments like stoning adulterers to death.
The speakers in question (all male) have all materialised between February and July of 2014 at events on British university campuses.
They include men like Saleem Chagtai, who equated apostasy with “treason”, and “former atheist” Yusuf Chambers, pictured above, who:
Supports the death penalty for homosexuality.
Other men to have spoken at UK universities include Azzam Tamini, who described suicide bombing as “a noble cause” and told an audience that:
You shouldn’t be afraid of being labelled extreme, radical or terrorist.
Tamini is quoted as saying:
If fighting for your home land is terrorism, I take pride in being a terrorist. The Koran tells me if I die for my homeland, I’m a martyr and I long to be a martyr.
One of the common themes throughout the statements cited in the report is a complete rejection of any human-made law, in principle. Murtaza Khan, whom Sharia Watch call a “staunch misogynist, Islamic supremacist, and anti-Semite”, argued that “the reality of Islamic law” is that:
It has come to supersede, to override all other ways of life.
Many of the men in question are affiliated with the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA), which is currently under investigation by the Charity Commission.
The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain published research in May which labelled the organisation a hate group. It found iERA affiliated speakers had praised the Holocaust, advocated for the “divine mandate” of domestic abuse of women and called jihad a “responsibility” for all Muslims.
Aside from collating statements made by Islamist speakers, the Sharia Watch report also draws attention to the growing danger of:
Censorship that is widespread on UK campuses on matters deemed insulting to Islam.
This follows news last month that the National Union of Students had refused to condemn the Islamic State, after fears that the move could be seen as “Islamophobic”. A vote on a new motion with alternative wording is now to be considered, but the University of Exeter is already holding a student referendum on whether to disaffiliate from the NUS after the Union’s failure to condemn ISIS.
Anne-Marie Waters, above, of Sharia Watch UK, said:
None of the information we have put together in this report should come as any surprise. For decades now, Islamists have had a tight grip on British universities – much of it propped up by Saudi Arabia. We’ve seen a rise in anti-Semitism – even from lecturers towards Jewish students – gender segregation, anti-Western rhetoric, and all of it is facilitated and defended by a Left-wing elitism within student unions.
It is high time it was acknowledged and tackled, and it is time we recognised the impact that Islam on campus is having on young British Muslims, and their increasing contribution to global terrorism.
The National Secular Society, which campaigns for the separation of Church and State, said:
The prevalence of Islamist speakers on UK campuses is extremely disturbing. Attempts to undermine, or replace, the institutions of the British state with parallel sharia systems must be exposed.
The Sharia Watch research also takes note of formalised links between British universities and the Islamic world, and the large number of donations to UK institutions from majority Muslim countries.
The report cites the example of the London School of Economics, who accepted a gift of £1.5 million from Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, and names Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, University College London, the London School of Economics, Exeter, Dundee, and City University as recipients of donations from “Arab and Muslim donors”.
The “Learning Jihad” dossier raises concerns that these donations are influencing the teaching at recipient universities, and serving to promote Islamism in British institutions.
The report is due to be released on the Sharia Watch UK website tomorrow, November 13.
Hat tip: Adam Tjaavk & BarrieJohn