Saudi hate books at UK school

The Jewish Chronicle - - Front Page - BY SI­MON ROCKER

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”.

PHOTO: REUTERS

The Queen with Saudi Ara­bia’s King Ab­dul­lah dur­ing the state visit

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