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British Universities in denial about their radical Islamist students


British universities have been so busy attempting to arrange boycotts of Israel that they seem not to have noticed that some of their Muslim students have become so radical that they sympathize with terrorists, or even commit acts of terror themselves.

It was a graduate of the London School of Economics who kidnapped and beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. It was two undergraduates from Kings College London (part of London university) who carried out a suicide bombing in Mike’s Place bar in Tel Aviv the following year that killed and injured a number of Israeli and French Jews.

And then there was the Detroit Christmas Day plane bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who was chairman of the Islamic Students Society of University College London (also a part of London university).

Often, such terrorists (contrary to the misinformation regularly printed in liberal media about being motivated by poverty) come from very rich families, such as Dhiren Barot, formerly one of al-Qaeda’s main operatives in Britain, who was the son of a banker, and a convert from Hinduism.

Even if not wealthy, they tend to be highly educated, such as Mohammed Sidique Khan, the leader of the gang behind the 7/7 London transport suicide bombs, who was a teacher.

Others are converts to Islam, such as Jermaine Lindsey, another of the 7/7 suicide bombers, Brian Young, one of the 2005 liquid explosives airplane plotters, and Nicky Reilly, who tried to blow up a restaurant in Exeter in South-West England.

And yet many in the British establishment and media, instead of looking inward, are still busy attacking Israel over false reports that the Jewish state committed war crimes.

In an article for The Wall Street Journal Europe, Douglas Murray, a leading expert on radical Islamists in the U.K., writes:

Shortly after he tried to bring down flight 253 to Detroit on Christmas Day, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab became the fourth former head of a British university Islamic Society to have been charged with a serious terrorism offense. This is only the tip of the problem. Shaming as it is, during his time studying at University College London, Abdulmutallab was in the most conducive environment an Islamic extremist could inhabit outside Waziristan. It is a situation that has come about despite repeated warnings.

Murray describes the situation as “surreal”.

“Just before Christmas, the al Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaki was the subject of an airstrike on his Yemen home that killed many al Qaeda operatives. Only last April my organization was trying to explain to London’s City University why he was not a suitable person to address, by video-link, their Islamic Society. Despite already having been known to be spiritual mentor to two of the 9/11 hijackers, he has been advertised as the ‘distinguished guest’ speaker at the U.K.’s Federation of Student Islamic Societies’ annual dinner in 2003, and at Westminster University [another university in London] in 2006. Awlaki is now thought to be the connection between Abdumutallab and the people who gave him the bomb with which he intended to bring down the Detroit flight.”

Murray also points to a major survey of Muslim student opinion in the U.K (carried out by the leading polling company YouGov):

The results were deeply disturbing. The poll showed that one in three Muslim students believed that killing in the name of their religion could be justified. That figure almost doubled to 60% among respondents who were active members of their universities’ Islamic Societies. Other results included the discovery that 40% of Muslim students polled supported the introduction of sharia law into British law, and that 58% of students active in their Student Islamic Societies supported the idea of the introduction of a worldwide Caliphate.

These horrifying opinions rightly shocked the public. But the response from government and the university authorities was not to tackle the problem, but rather to attack the messengers.

While Murray himself was prevented from speaking on behalf of Israel during a debate at the London School of Economics last year, he writes:

Every month in Britain extremist Islamic speakers preach a message of intolerance and hatred at the invitation of Islamic societies. It is one of the reasons people like Abdulmutallab are so often created and nurtured here in Britain.

Only last month I wrote to the president of Abdulmutallab’s former university at the University College of London, asking why he had, for the second time in a year, allowed a speaking invitation to go out to Abu Usama adh Dhahabee. Dhahabee’s views include that women are mentally deficient, and that apostates from Islam, as well as homosexuals, should be killed.

A reader writes:

Murray says: “The U.K.’s universities offer the most conducive environment an Islamic extremist could inhabit outside Waziristan.” This is untrue. There are no Predators loitering over London waiting for actionable intel to launch strikes. London is a far safer place for Islamists than Waziristan.


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