Wednesday, January 20, 2010

British Universities in Denial

By Tom Gross

British universities have been so busy arranging for academics to deliver propaganda-like sermons against Israel, and attempting to arrange boycotts of the Jewish state, that they seem not to have noticed that some of their Muslim students have become so radical that they sympathize with terrorists, or even commit acts of terror themselves.

It was a graduate of the London School of Economics who kidnapped and beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. It was two undergraduates from Kings College London (part of London university) who carried out a suicide bombing in Mike's Place bar in Tel Aviv the following year that killed and injured a number of Israeli and French Jews.

And then there was the Detroit Christmas Day plane bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who was chairman of the Islamic Students Society of University College London (also a part of London university).

Often, such terrorists (contrary to the misinformation regularly printed in liberal media about being motivated by poverty) come from very rich families, such as Dhiren Barot, formerly one of al Qaeda's main operatives in Britain, who was the son of a banker, and a convert from Hinduism.

Even if not wealthy, they tend to be highly educated, such as Mohammed Sidique Khan, the leader of the gang behind the 7/7 London transport suicide bombs, who was a teacher.

Others are converts to Islam such as Jermaine Lindsey, another of the 7/7 suicide bombers, Brian Young, one of the 2005 liquid explosives airplane plotters, and Nicky Reilly, who tried to blow up a restaurant in Exeter in South-West England.

And yet many in the British establishment and media, instead of looking inward, are still busy attacking Israel over false reports that the Jewish state committed war crimes.

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