UK School Promotes Radical Islam, Antisemitism and Jihad
A private Islamic school in the United Kingdom is propagating radical Islam, promoting antisemitic propaganda, and teaching that British customs are prohibited, Sky News reports.
In a leaflet, Mufti Zubair Dudha, the founder and head of the Islamic Tarbiyah Academy in Dewsbury, quoted the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a notoriously antisemitic forgery that accuses the Jews of trying to conquer the world.
Dudha hails from the orthodox Deobandi Muslim sect, which is believed to control half of the Islamic schools and mosques in the United Kingdom.
Other disseminated materials assert that all mixed-gender institutions are evil, and prohibit Muslims from watching television. The extremist messages also dictate that women should not work and should be fully covered when leaving the house.
Dudha also calls for Muslims to engage in violent jihad and prepare to “expend…even life” in order to establish a world operating “according to Allah’s just order.”
Dewsbury, about 35 miles northeast of Manchester, has a history of Islamist radicalization among its youth. Britain’s youngest suicide bomber, its youngest convicted terrorist, and one of the bombers from the July 7, 2005 (7/7) attacks all came from Dewsbury.
“After what we have seen in Paris and in Brussels and the way in which the Muslim community has come out so strongly in favour of peace and tolerance, I think these kinds of leaflets serve no purpose but to divide in a poisonous and totally reckless way,” Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, told Sky News.
Members of Parliament are investigating radicalization and the government said that it will seek to regulate madrassas.
“These serious allegations are under investigation. While it would be inappropriate to comment on the specific investigations of these institutions, we are clear that extremism has no place in our society and we are determined to protect children from it,” the Department for Education said.
In response, Dudha said he believes the radical publications were “misrepresented to link the Academy with extremism.”
The UK has grappled with Islamic radicalism among some of its schools in the past, as evidenced by the 2014 “Trojan Horse” teaching scandal in Birmingham. Back then, the UK’s Office for Standards in Education confirmed that hardline Islamists attempted to take over some state schools. The report found that staff and teachers felt “intimidated” and bullied to conform to strict Islamist teaching principles.
Steven Emerson is the Executive Director the Investigative Project on Terrorism (www.investigativeproject.org) where this article first appeared.