By Winston Pickett
November 22, 2010
Saudi-backed Muslim schools in UK teach sectarianism, extremism, homophobia and anti-Semitism
Veteran reporter John Ware reporting for the BBC’s flagship investigative programme, Panorama will reveal tonight that more than 40 Saudi-funded Muslim schools and clubs in the UK are teaching the official Saudi national curriculum to about 5,000 pupils.
The programme, British Schools, Islamic Rules, airs tonight on BBC One at 20.30 GMT.
The BBC web site contains a troubling video clip from the programme, together with these salient details:
“BBC Panorama found that more than 40 Saudi Students’ Schools and Clubs are teaching the official Saudi national curriculum to about 5,000 pupils.
“One text book shows how the hands and feet of thieves are chopped off.
“The Saudi government said it had no official ties to the part-time schools and clubs and did not endorse them...
“One of the text books asks children to list the “reprehensible” qualities of Jewish people. A text for younger children asks what happens to someone who dies who is not a believer in Islam – the answer given in the text book is ‘hellfire’.
“Another text describes the punishment for gay sex as death and states a difference of opinion about whether it should be carried out by stoning, burning with fire or throwing the person over a cliff.
“In a book for 14-year-olds, Sharia law and its punishment for theft are explained, including detailed diagrams about how hands and feet of thieves are amputated.
More on this can be found on Harry’s Place, which contains an invaluable link and summary of a comprehensive report on the same phenomenon by the think-tank Policy Exchange Faith Schools We Can Believe In. One of the report’s authors, Neal Robinson, is featured in the Panorama programme.
On a related theme, see the path breaking 2007 report by the Centre for Social Cohesion: Hate on the State: How British Libraries Encourage Islamic Extremism.
While Channel 4, in its Dispatches programme, takes the credit for having controversially reveal how hatred is preached in a number of influential, Saudi-backed mosques in the UK with its Undercover Mosque, likewise aired in 2007, this may be the first time the BBC has sought to expose the judeophobic nature of Islamist thinking in such a high-profile, prime-time programme.