In 2010, ‘Leeds Student’, the university newspaper, ran an interview with journalist Sameh Habeeb, who has a history of publishing anti-Semitic material, in which he made an anti-Semitic suggestion. When asked if mainstream news organisations had a “hidden agenda”, Habeeb replied, “I think you have to ask yourself who controls the media.” The student union stopped distributing the edition of the paper featuring the interview.
Mark Collett, former chairman of the Young BNP, attended Leeds.
Emad Bazzi, who has taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at Leeds, writes for Al-Tawheed Journal, a publication of the Foundation for Islamic Thought, an organisation dedicated to promoting the ideology of Ayatollah Khomeini. In an op-ed for the Sydney Morning Herald, Bazzi states that Khomeini sought the ideal of the “Perfect Man, which he came to personify.”