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Posted on Mar 6, 2014

FOSIS Conference Features Extremist Speakers & Hosts

FOSIS Conference Features Extremist Speakers & Hosts

On the 15th March, the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) is running a ‘Palestine Conference’ at the University of Nottingham.



Speakers include:

  • Norman Finkelstein, who has praised the “heroic resistance” of the Lebanese terrorist organisation Hezbollah. Previously Finkelstein has favourably compared Hezbollah with the French resistance against the Nazis. Finkelstein’s website is replete with references to Jews as Nazis.When German publication Die Welt said to Finkelstein: “You call the holocaust an ideology”, he replied: “To be more precise, an ideological construction, that originally served the interests of the Jewish elite in America and has now degenerated into a money-making instrument. It has become a extortion racket.”
  • Wadah Khanfar, a former journalist involved with a number of Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas organisations, such as the International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations.
  • Tim Llewellyn, a former BBC Middle East Correspondent, who is an outspoken supporter of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, and describes British Jews as part of a movement that has “successfully penetrated the British government and British institutions.”
  • Daud Abdullah, the former Deputy-Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, who was condemned by the Labour Government in 2009 after he became a signatory to the Istanbul Declaration, which advocated attacks on British troops and Jewish communities. Daud Abdullah has since signed a letter against the War Crimes tribunal in Bangladesh, in which he defended one of the accused war criminals, Ghulam Azam, as an “Islamic personality”.
  • Sarah Colborne, Director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, a group described by the BBC as a “radical organisation” noted for its support of terror groups. A number of the group’s officials and local party members are openly anti-Semitic and have linked to far-Right organisations.
    PSC member Pippa Bartolotti posing with the swastika of the Syrian Fascist Party (SSNP)

    PSC member Pippa Bartolotti posing with the swastika of the Syrian Fascist Party (SSNP)

  • Nasim Ahmed, a senior researcher at the Palestine Return Centre (PRC), was involved (although he later denied it) with the decision to invite Hungarian neo-fascist Krisztina Morvai to a conference organised by the Centre in 2010.  Intelligence agencies regard the PRC as one of the leading lobby groups in Britain for the terrorist organisation Hamas, and claim that three of the PRC’s trustees are “Hamas activists who found refuge in Britain” during the 1990s. Hamas leaders also regularly address the PRC’s conferences.

FOSIS, which has organized the conference, was founded in 1963 by a number of activists from the  Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat-e-Islami movements. According to the British government’s 2011 Prevent Strategy Review, “FOSIS has not always fully challenged terrorist and extremist ideology within the higher and further education sectors … There are several examples of students engaging in terrorism or related activities while members of university societies affiliated to FOSIS.” This assessment has been echoed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Home Secretary Theresa May, who have criticised FOSIS for its failure to “fully challenge terrorist and extremist ideology.”

The conference’s “charity partner”, Human Appeal International, is a British charity with close links to Hamas.  A leaked 1996 CIA report claimed Human Appeal International’s branches were among a number of Islamic charities used as conduits for funds to terrorist organizations. The FBI, in 2003, claimed there was a “close relationship between Human Appeal International and Hamas”. In August 2002, an Islamic youth group featured an advertisement for a Hamas fundraising scheme, called the “101 Days Campaign”. The youth group claimed profits from the sale of intifada videotapes would go to the campaign through Human Appeal International. In 2005, a website belonging to the Palestinian terror group Hamas reported that funds were transferred from Human Appeal’s affiliated organization in the UAE to IQRA and Rifdah, two Hamas front organizations based in the West Bank.

In 2004, documents obtained from the Internal Revenue Service by Senator Charles Grassley revealed that the IRS considered Human Appeal to be one of a number of charities “which finance terrorism and perpetuate violence.” Further, leaked State Department cables also reveal that staff from the Human Appeal UAE branch were funding terror groups, and that, “In 2003, there were indications that HAI was sending financial support to organizations associated with Hamas and that members of its field offices in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Chechnya had connections to al-Qaeda associates.”

The hosting organisation, the University of Nottingham Islamic Society, practises gender segregation at its events. The Society raises funds for Islamic Relief, a British charity with financial links to Hamas and Al Qaeda organisations.

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