London university to host imam who called Jews 'enemy'

Abu Usamah

Abu Usamah

Queen Mary University’s Islamic Society is to host controversial speaker Abu Usamah, who has called Jewish people the “enemy”.

Abu Usamah, who is an Imam at Green Lane Masjid in Birmingham, will address students on Wednesday in a lecture entitled: “Wives of the Prophet.”

In 2007, footage of him was used in a Channel 4 documentary called Undercover Mosques. He was filmed saying Osama bin Laden is “better than a thousand Tony Blairs” and that non-Muslims are “liars”

In November 2009, UCL cancelled a scheduled lecture by Mr Usamah for “health and safety concerns”.

Earlier that month, he spoke to students at City University where he said: “Jihad [holy war] is from our religion. We will not renounce our religion.”

Last updated: 5:57pm, January 18 2011