Saudi hate books at UK school
BOOKS PUBLISHED by the Saudi government that promote the notorious forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and other anti-Jewish views have been found at a Muslim school in London.
Texts from the King Fahad Academy in Acton, West London — an independent school with 470 pupils aged from 3 to 18, which is supported by the Saudi embassy — describe the Protocols’ conspiracy theories as “indisputable truth” and accuse Jews of “trying to immerse nations in vice”.
They are examples of antisemitic propaganda cited in a 200-page survey of extremist literature in Muslim institutions in Britain by Policy Exchange, a centre-right think tank.
Its report was released during this week’s state visit here by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
One Arabic book found at the academy, Prophetic Tradition and Islamic Culture — which was published by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education, Learning and Educational Advancement in 2005-6 — claims the Protocols to be an authentic text revealing details of Zionist plans to “exclusively rule the world”, control the media and corrupt Europe.
A second book issued by the ministry refers to Jews as “a people who were moulded with treachery and backstabbing throughout the centuries”.
The report’s author, Denis MacEoin, of Newcastle University, said it was “appalling” for children to be exposed to works endorsing The Protocols. Dr Mac-Eoin demanded that importers of antisemitic literature be “brought to book”.
But the academy’s principal, Sumaya Alyusuf, told the JC that the Saudipublished books were part of an old curriculum and had not been taught for three years. It was implementing a curriculum that “aims to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding”, she said. Textbooks “do not contain any antisemitic material” or anything “offensive to other faiths”.
Earlier this year, a former teacher accused the school of having used books that referred to Jews and Christians as “pigs” and “monkeys”.
Other instances of antisemitic literature found by Policy Exchange include a collection in English of rulings by Saudi scholars — available from the London Central Mosque, in Regents Park, and the East London Mosque — which contain claims that Freemasonry is a secret Zionist-controlled organisation intent on destroying other religions.
Another book in Arabic, advancing the theory that Jews and Freemasons are behind plots to corrupt Muslim women, was published by the Office of Da’wah in Britain, in central London.
The report, entitled The Hijacking of British Islam, found extremist literature promoting “abhorrence for non-believers” in a quarter of the 100 venues visited by its Muslim research team during 2006/7. Worryingly, it said, these included some of the UK’s “bestfunded and most dynamic” Muslim organisations. It accused Saudi Arabia of “a powerful and malign” influence in spreading the sectarian Wahhabi interpretation of Islam in Britain.
Mark Gardner, communications director of the CommunitySecurity Trust, backed the report, saying that the trust had “long warned of the dangers posed by radical elements within Islam”.
He added: “In recent decades Wahhabist ideology and financial muscle has become increasingly influential beyond its traditional Middle Eastern heartland. It pushes a simplistic ‘us versus them’ world view that is typified by its antisemitism.”
The Saudi embassy was unable to find a spokesman. But Muhammad Abdul Bari, secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, condemned the report as “shrill hysteria”.
The Queen with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah during the state visit