Originally published in Sunday Times
The Islamic Society at the university where Jihadi John was once a student engages in “hostile and intimidatory” treatment of women, an investigation has found.
Westminster University — where Mohammed Emwazi, who was unmasked as the Isis killer in February, completed his degree in 2009 — risks becoming an “enclosed place of indoctrination” unless a “more tolerant, outward-looking viewpoint” is adopted by its “ultra-conservative” Islamic Society (Isoc), a draft independent report warns.
Rupert Sutton, director of Student Rights, a counter- extremism group, claimed Westminster University has hosted 24 events since March 2012 involving speakers with a history of extremist views.
Sutton, who will publish a further report on campus radicalisation this month, said: “Speakers with a history of extremism or ties to extremist groups are regularly invited onto our campuses, where they are given free rein to propagate their views unchallenged.”