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Muslim Apartheid Grows on UK Campuses

A forthcoming report by Anthony Glees, the director of Brunel University’s Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, will show that multi-million-pound donations from Saudi Arabia and Muslim groups are funding Islamic study programs in British universities.
Glees, who earlier stated that up to 48 universities had been infiltrated by Islamic radicals, says in the report that these centers are propagating anti-Westernism and one-sided views of Islam and the Middle East. Morever, the government does not believe there are enough such “strategic” studies and will likely soon call for more.
Glees warns:

Government policies “push the wrong sort of education by the wrong sort of people, funded by the wrong sorts of donor … The Government .. will create the very situation [it] wants to avoid: the development of self-imposed Muslim apartheid in the UK … Britain’s universities will … generate two national cultures: one non-Muslim and largely secular, the other Muslim … We will have two identities, two sets of allegiance and two legal and political systems.

This, and the government’s appointment of Ataullah Siddiqui as its chief adviser on Islamic studies — Glees alleges that Siddiqui has ideological links to extremist Islamic groups — “hugely increase the risk of terrorism.”
The solution? Forbid universities from accepting these donations. Require them all to be publicly disclosed, and launch a public investigation into foreign funding.
The U.S., whose universities are increasingly accepting such funding, should take heed.

Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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