East London University
In June 2011, the University of East London hosted a course run by Haitham Al-Haddad. Haitham Al-Haddad is one of Britain’s leading hate preachers. He has argued that “a man should not be questioned why he hit his wife”, that female genital mutilation is “sunnah [correct]” if not “wajeb [obligatory]”, and that suicide bombing is permissible “as long as non-Muslims are killed”. He describes Jews as “the enemies of God, and the descendants of apes and pigs”, and quotes from the forged Protocols of the Elders of Zion as an authoritative text.
Other extremist speakers invited to speak at East London have included:
- Khalid Yasin, an American lecturer and preacher who has made a number of homophobic, misogynistic and extremist statements in various speeches and media appearances, and who was filmed by Channel 4’s Undercover Mosque documentary. Yasin has described homosexuality and lesbianism as “aberrations” that are “punishable by death”. He advocates Muslims distancing themselves from non-Muslims, and supports public beheadings and amputations.
- Jalal Ibn Saeed, an American preacher who has spoken out in support of the Taliban and insists that “it is permissible” for Muslims to kill British and American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has described the Jews as a people “who only care about themselves and call the rest a goyim, those who are damned – those who are enslaved to them”. He encourages Muslims to isolate themselves completely from Western society.
- Abu Usamah, a British imam who has been caught on camera calling homosexuals “perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should be murdered” and telling his congregation to “take that homosexual man and throw him off the mountain”. He describes women as “deficient” and intellectually “incomplete”. According to the Centre for Social Cohesion, Usamah “advocates holy war in an Islamic state; preaches hatred against non-Muslims; that apostasy and homosexuality are punishable by death; and that women are inferior to men”. He has also expressed support for Osama bin Laden.
The 2013 event featuring Khalid Yasin and Jalal Ibn Saeed was cancelled after the speakers were banned from the university following protests by the Peter Tatchell Foundation and the university’s LGBT society.