Universities in the United Kingdom have hosted 110 speeches/events featuring radical speakers in the last academic year, 2016-17, with the highest percentage being held within London, a report has found.
These radical events that were listed were almost entirely held by Islamic societies and groups and among these highly controversial speakers included former Guatanamo Bay prisoners and even Islamists. Former English Defence League leader, and now The Rebel Media writer and News presenter Tommy Robinson, who was the only so called ‘Far-Right’ speaker on the list, spoke at a mere two universities.
The authors of this Report ‘The Henry Jackson Society’ think tank has said these findings show us that despite Prime Minister, Theresa May’s timid claim “Enough is enough”, Universities in the UK are easy targets for Radical Islamist’s promoting their message of hate and destruction.
The radicals that were invited to students from elite universities like Oxford, Bath, Warwick, and Manchester. Scarily for the most part, there was no effort made to challenge their extremist views.
The author of the study, Richard Black has said Universities are upholding their legal duty towards Prevent.
“It is now necessary to take a step forwards. Extreme speakers and organisations have been regularly holding events on campuses, and advertising them to students through social media pages.
“In most instances, these events have been unbalanced in nature, meaning that speakers are disseminating their views without being challenged.
“Only a joint effort by university staff, students, event organisers and practitioners from across civil society will ensure that extremism is challenged robustly.”
The radical groups that sent the most fundamentalist preachers onto university campuses include the Muslim Debate Initiative, the Islamic Education and Research Academy, the Muslim Research and Development Foundation, the Hittin Institute, Sabeel, and CAGE. They accounted for 52.7 per cent of the events.
The anti-Israel Friends of Al-Aqsa, who are reportedly linked to anti-Semites, Islamists, and terrorist organizations, also sent speakers. They are behind the anti-Semitic Al-Auad march in London.
Moazzam Begg, of CAGE, also spoke at so-called “students not suspects” events organised in conjunction with the National Union of Students (NUS). The workshops, teaching students to “resist” counter-terror laws.