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Written by Student Rights on 7 August 2014 at 10am

Extreme speakers promoted despite summer holidays

As the summer holidays continue it is not surprising that Student Rights has seen the number of events logged fall over the past weeks.

However, this does not mean that extreme speakers are not being promoted to students, with the 'United Muslim Convention' advertised to the University of Bradford Islamic Society on 5th August.

Due to take place in Birmingham on 10th August, this event will include speeches by Shady Al-Suleiman, whose talk ‘Path to Knowledge’ suggests that:

“The one that neglects jihad, the prophet called him a hypocrite. So a sign of a believer is a believer that reminds himself of jihad”.

And that:

“...the minimum the Muslims should do...the minimum they should do is support them [militants] financially or with prayers. Pray for them. Support them financially”. 

Alongside him will be Zahir Mahmood, who has claimed that Hamas “are not terrorists, they’re freedom fighters”, and Hamza Tzortzis.

Tzortzis is a senior member of the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA), barred from University College London (UCL) after it attempted to enforce gender segregation.

He has claimed of apostates “if someone’s going to fight against the community they should be killed”, and thatMuslims reject the idea of freedom of speech, and even the idea of freedom”.

They will also be joined by Taji Mustafa, Hizb ut-Tahrir’s chief UK Media Representative, and Haitham Al-Haddad

Meanwhile, this event will be followed on 11th August by the second leg of the ‘Summit of Knowledge’ tour, taking place on campus at the University of Bradford and featuring Siraj Wahhaj.

Listed as an unindicted co-conspirator during the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing trial, Wahhaj testified in support of Omar Abdel-Rahman (convicted of conspiracy to murder).

These events should be reminders that extreme speakers do not stop targeting student audiences just because attention is elsewhere for the summer - and that universities should be aware of what takes place during holiday periods.