The United Kingdom’s Department for Education is investigating a private Muslim school in Yorkshire over allegations that it has been teaching radical Islam, including through handing out leaflets to students that claim Jews are plotting to take over the world.
About 140 children attend an after-school madrasa (Arabic for educational institution) at Yorkshire’s Tarbiyah Academy, which is headed by Mufti Zubair Dudha. An investigation by Sky News found a flyer handed out at the school that quoted the infamous anti-Semitic forgery “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” Additional flyers handed out at the school reportedly claimed that women should not work, and that magazines, music, films, colorful pictures, and athletes are poisoning “the thinking and minds” of young Muslims.
“It saddens me greatly that certain extracts from our publications have been taken and misrepresented to link the academy with extremism. We fully believe in the importance and need of integration whilst being able to practice our faith,” Dudha said in response to the allegations.
“Rather than promoting extreme views, the Islamic Tarbiyah Academy has and will continue to work within the community, along with others, including the local authorities, to try and counter extremism. Any suggestions to the contrary are unfounded to say the least,” the school said in a statement.
The UK Department of Education said, “These serious allegations are under investigation.”
“While it would be inappropriate to comment on the specific investigations of these institutions, we are clear that extremism has no place in our society and we are determined to protect children from it. Where evidence of extremist practice is found, we will take swift and direct action, working in conjunction with the police,” the department stated, reported the International Business Times.