Here’s some more news from people who are either utterly clueless or shockingly irresponsible:
Daud Abdullah has been appointed to teach a 22-week course entitled “Introduction to Islam” at Birkbeck, a college of the university. The move will add to growing concern in the wake of the Detroit bomber case that London University is becoming a haven for Islamic radicals.
Last year Dr Abdullah, who is also deputy secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, signed the controversial “Istanbul Declaration.” This applauded Hamas, demanded “jihad and resistance” against Israel, sought a “complete victory for all of Palestine,” stated that “everyone standing with the Zionist entity [Israel]” should be treated the same as the Israelis, and said that the sending of “foreign warships into Muslim waters” was a “declaration of war” which must be “fought by all means.”
The course taught by Dr Abdullah, at Birkbeck’s Stratford campus, began in October and is due to last until Easter. A spokesman for Birkbeck College said: “If anyone raises concerns about a member of our staff, we will investigate them.”
Do they really not know who Daud Abdullah is?
Dr Abdullah said last night: “I have never had any complaints from the authorities about my teaching. There are members of the police forces and the intelligence agencies who attend my course. I remain a signatory of the Istanbul Declaration and I believe the Palestinian people have the right to resist but I dispute Hazel Blears’ interpretation of the Declaration.” Asked whether he supported attacks on anyone who “stood with” Israel, such as British Jews or Israeli civilians, he said: “Let’s not get into semantics. I have made my views clear.”
Yes, he has made his views very clear. Indeed, what fools he takes people for. Well, rightly so under this hopeless government.
The Istanbul declaration (pdf) was the issue of a meeting of extremist clerics, sheikhs and Hamas officials where “speaker after speaker called for jihad against Israel in support of Hamas”, according to a BBC reporter who attended. This is what article 8 of the declaration says:
8. The obligation of the Islamic Nation to regard the sending of foreign warships into Muslim waters, claiming to control the borders and prevent the smuggling of arms to Gaza, as a declaration of war, a new occupation, sinful aggression, and a clear violation of the sovereignty of the Nation. This must be rejected and fought by all means and ways.
This is what was being discussed in London and other capitals at the time:
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has offered British naval resources to help monitor events in the Gaza conflict and stop weapons being smuggled in.
He wants to help ensure protection and monitoring of the crossings into Gaza.
Mr Brown said: “We will do everything we can to prevent the arms trading at the root of the problems.”
Mr Brown said he had been involved in talks with Mr Olmert and Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas.
“Germany, France and Great Britain have just sent a letter to Israel and Egypt to say they will do everything we can to prevent arms trafficking,” he said.
Here is article 7:
7. The obligation of the Islamic Nation to regard everyone standing with the Zionist entity, whether countries, institutions or individuals, as providing a substantial contribution to the crimes and brutality of this entity; the position towards him is the same as towards this usurping entity [emphasis added].
“Semantics”? The declaration backs Hamas and jihad. Supporters of Israel are deemed so bad that the burning hatred of the declaration should be directed towards them as well as Israel. That’s what it means. Is there a caveat about violence outside of Israel and Palestine? No.
One can see Abdullah’s unstinting dedication to Hamas and terrorism on his Middle East Monitor website.
Here is an article by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. Here is one by Bashir Nafi, a former senior operative of Palestinian Islamic Jihad who has been indicted (pdf) in the US for racketeering on behalf of the terrorist group. This one is a paean to George Galloway’s latest Viva Hamas convoy, written by a Monitor employee who participated. Here is Abdel Bari Atwan, who said this in a discussion of Iran and nuclear weapons: “If the Iranian missiles strike Israel, by Allah, I will go to Trafalgar Square and dance with delight.”
This is the hateful and murderous ideology Abdullah serves:
Is Birkbeck really not “concerned” about any of this at all?
The man was hardly unknown when he was appointed, to say the least.
Would Birkbeck like to do the right thing by treating Abdullah like Frank Ellis? Or will it resort to some “semantics” to defend its appointment of a teacher of hate?