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Posted on Nov 28, 2013

De Montfort University

De Montfort University


In 2012 De Montfort hosted a three-day conference run by the Islamic Education and Research Academy, which featured lectures by Yusuf Chambers.[1] Mr. Chambers is known to hold homophobic views, having stated that homosexuality is “bad for you”, and supporting the death penalty for LGBT individuals.[2]

Ismail Patel was invited to speak to De Montfort’s Islamic Society.[3] Mr. Patel is a spokesman for the British Muslim Initiative (BMI), whose president is Hamas member and activist Mohammed Sawalha.[4] [5] Patel said at a 2009 Gaza demonstration in London “we salute Hamas for standing up to Israel”.[6]

In April 2013, De Montfort’s Islamic Society hosted Abu Bakr Shatri, how has spoken at events featuring extremist preachers in the past, including the Month of Mercy Conference in 2012 where he shared a platform with people such Muhammed Abd Al-Rahmen Al-Arifi, who believes killing infidels in jihad “is a great honour”, and Haitham Al-Haddad, who has referred to Jews as “the enemies of God and the descendants of apes and pigs.”[7] [8]

In 2012, one member of the Palestine Peace Society posted a picture on the Islamic Society’s Facebook page with a Hizb ut-Tahrir watermark.[9] This same member has a number of posts on his own Facebook profile quoting Hizb ut-Tahrir, and making comments in support of the organisation.[10]



[2] Ibid.









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