Azzam al-Tamimi spoke at Birmingham in 2010, at an event entitled “In Pursuit of Justice: Remember Gaza”. Mr. Tamimi is a supporter of Hamas, who in 2004 told the BBC that he would become a suicide bomber if he “had the opportunity”, describing self-sacrifice for Palestine as “a noble cause”. Birmingham’s Director of Academic Services refused to cancel the event.
Jalal Ibn Saeed spoke at Birmingham in February 2011. Mr. Saeed has praised the Taleban, saying, “As far as I am concerned the mujahidin are successful whether they lose or win. They’re successful. But if they succeed we also become successful. And if they fail, they succeed but we fail.” Saeed has shared a platform with numerous hate preachers, such as Murtaza Khan, Haitham al-Haddad and Hamza Tzortzis.
In 2009, Hamza Tzortzis spoke at an event organised by Birmingham University’s Guild of Students. Tzortzis is believed to be associated with Hizb ut-Tahrir. He regularly speaks at their events and in April 2008 Tzortzis wrote to the Centre for Social Cohesion to invite a representative to participate in a panel discussion on community cohesion in East London. The email, signed from Tzortzis, was sent from email@example.com. In 2006 Tzortzis was Deputy Chairman of the now defunct Hackney Muslim Organisation (HMO). HMO organised a fundraising dinner in August of that year for Interpal, where Tzortzis gave a platform and spoke alongside Taji Mustafa, a member of HTB’s executive committee. He has also said that Muslims “reject the idea of freedom of speech and even the idea of freedom”.