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Written by Student Rights on 17 August 2010 at 11am

New term, same old extremism...

Umar-Farouk Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, seen here on a 2003 school trip to London, received terrorist training in YemenAs former president of the UCL Islamic Society (ISOC) Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is pondering the possibility of a life in prison after his attempted mass murder in the name of 'jihad', his successors are continuing in his radical footsteps without contrition.

The ISOC is hosting the Dunya Deception as part of its UK Ramadan Conference on the 28th August. Ramadan is traditionally a period of reflection for Muslims, however the material that ISOC seem to wish the event attendees to reflect on looks as though it will be true to form if anything. The guest speakers include Zahir Mahmood, Uthman Lateef and Jalaal Ibn Sa’eed.

Overtones of anti-Semitism and social isolation for Muslims seem to be a theme in past appearances. Zahir Mahmood has said: "Hamas are not terrorists. They're freedom fighters, they're defending their country." It appears he does not disapprove of the preamble of the Hamas Charter which states: "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it"

Uthman Lateef has shared a platform with Anwar Awlaki, who has now been on the run since 2007 for his implicated collusion in the September 11th attacks as well as the Fort Hood Shootings in 2009. Lateef has said: “The dajjal [the devil] will come from the Jews of Isfahan [in Iran] and he will have with him 70,000 Jews.Jalaal Ibn Sa’eed has similar views to Uthman Lateef on people of the Jewish faith: logo_ucl"Most of us are guilty… We selfishly live like the Jews who only care about themselves and call the rest the goyim, those who are damned, those who are enslaved to them."

Jews are not the only victims of these speaker's verbal attacks, Christians are also subject to this rather bellicose criticism: “Christendom don’t [sic] hold anything sacred. When Isa [Jesus] was depicted in “The Last Temptation” having a sexual relationship with a woman, where was Christendom? Where were they? They were non-existent. Why? Because they don’t hold anything sacred.

Universities in Britain have gained a reputation for being hotbeds for hatred and extremism. There seems to be considerable apathy thus far from university authorities. They must ask themselves what sort of campus do they want their young students frequenting and learning from? Students, especially Muslim students wish to make friends with people from all faiths and origins, and university is the best time in one’s life to meet and befriend the broadest range of people and personalities.

Religious insularity such as is being encouraged at UCL, at university of all places should not be tolerated.