Islamic Academy in Britain Teaching Students Jews Conspiring to ‘Poison Thinking and Minds of Young Muslims’
Students at a private Muslim school in Britain are being taught that Jews are secretly working to take over the world, Sky News reported on Friday.
According to the investigative report, the Islamic Tarbiyah Academy in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, is “promoting an extreme form of Islam” to its 140 pupils enrolled in an after-school madrasa, and to its full-time students, aged 16 and above. Dewsbury was home to one of Britain’s youngest suicide bombers, a perpetrator of the 7/7/2005 London bombings.
The Academy’s founder and spiritual leader, Mufti Zubair Dudha, Sky News said, is described as a “respected cleric” who follows the strict Sunni orthodox Deobandi sect. It is estimated that half of all Islamic institutions in Britain adhere to Deobandi theology.
In a pamphlet distributed by the academy, Dudha sources the antisemitic propaganda tome, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, to prove that Jews are working together in an international conspiracy. Pop culture is part of a Jewish plot to “poison the thinking and minds” of young Muslims, he wrote, adding, “The various forms of distractions have been successful to considerable extent in achieving their objectives.”
The Sky News investigation also found on other printed materials distributed to Deobandi institutions bans on watching television and women working; warnings that mixed-sex establishments are evil; and guidelines on how women must be fully covered in public.
Keith Vaz, head of the Home Affairs Select Committee, told Sky News that the academy’s teachings are “totally reckless,” especially in light of recent terror attacks across Europe.
“After what we have seen in Paris and in Brussels and the way in which the Muslim community has come out so strongly in favor of peace and tolerance, I think these kinds of leaflets serve no purpose but to divide in a poisonous and totally reckless way,” he stated.
The Department of Education in Britain told Sky News that it has launched an investigation into the matter.