Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Saudi ambassador defends SOAS funds

    The Saudi ambassador to Britain has written an open letter to MPs defending donations to the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

    The JC revealed last week that SOAS had received donations of £755,000 from the Saudi royal family over the past four years. This was used to fund the college's Islamic Studies Centre and a Journal of Islamic Studies. Controversially, the editorial board of the journal includes Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has supported suicide bombings and attacks on Israeli civilians.

    The issue of the Saudi funding of SOAS was first raised by Harlow MP Robert Halfon and anti-extremist pressure group Student Rights.

    Mohammed al-Saud, himself a member of the royal family, said: "These donations have been voluntarily made and are a matter of record. If Saudi money is questionable, then following a change in British law we will willingly abide by this and change our policy accordingly."

    He did not address the issue of Mr al-Qaradawi's membership of the editorial board. But he defended the reputation of Professor Muhammad Abdel Haleem OBE, director of the Centre of Islamic Studies at SOAS. Professor Haleem is on the board of trustees of the Saudi-funded King Fahad Academy in East Acton, which was discovered to have used textbooks describing Christians as pigs and Jews as apes. The ambassador said the school has subsequently been given a clean bill of health by schools insopectorate Ofsted and approved to run the International Baccalaureate.

Uk News

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees

Rosa Doherty

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees
Special Reports

Dublin benefits from overseas aid

Barry Toberman

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dublin benefits from overseas aid
Uk News

Luciana Berger troll driven by 'fierce antisemitism'

JC Reporter

Monday, December 5, 2016

Luciana Berger troll driven by 'fierce antisemitism'
Education news

Immanuel is top Jewish school in league tables

Simon Rocker

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Immanuel is top Jewish school in league tables
Uk News

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'

By Simon Rocker

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'
Uk News

Local MP blocks visit from David Irving's 'secret tour'

Rosa Doherty

Friday, December 2, 2016

Local MP blocks visit from David Irving's 'secret tour'
Uk News

Anti-Israel conference faces delay

Lee Harpin

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Anti-Israel conference faces delay
Uk News

Commission criticised over inquiry into 'antisemitic' charity

Daniel Sugarman

Monday, December 5, 2016

Commission criticised over inquiry into 'antisemitic' charity
Uk News

Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs dies aged 86

JC Reporter

Friday, December 2, 2016

Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs dies aged 86