Talk by radical preacher is cancelled


Originally published in The Times

The university attended by Mohammed Emwazi was forced yesterday to call off a talk by a radical preacher because of “increased sensitivity and security concerns”.

The University of Westminster made the decision amid growing concern about its failure to stem the radicalisation of students. It postponed the appearance of Dr Haitham al-Haddad, whose homophobic and antisemitic views have been roundly condemned. He has previously described homosexuality as a “scourge” and a “criminal act” and spoken in favour of female genital mutilation.

Rupert Sutton, director of the anti-extremist organisation Student Rights, said that in the light of such a legacy Emwazi’s attendance at the university had come as no surprise. “If there was going to be one university, Westminster would have been near the top of the list,” he said. “We still don’t know if he was radicalised there, but the fact that he went to Tanzania apparently trying to join al-Shabaab so soon after graduating suggests that he may have been.”

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