01 April 2016

Antisemitism inquiry into Islamic school

A school accused of promoting Islamic extremism and antisemitism is under investigation by the Department for Education.

Islamic Tarbiyah Academy in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, teaches 140 children of primary school age in an after-school madrassa and also has full-time classes for those above the age of 16.

After an investigation by Sky News, a leaflet was found declaring that colourful pictures, films, magazines and sporting celebrities were part of a conspiracy designed to “poison the thinking and minds” of young Muslims.

The leaflet also quotes The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, an antisemitic forgery first published in Russia in 1903.

The school is run by Mufti Zubair Dudha, a cleric from the orthodox Deobandi sect of Islam that is believed to run half of all mosques and madrassas in the UK.

Other leaflets warn of the evils of mixed-sex institutions and say Muslims should not adopt British customs. [The Times (£)] Read more