“Britain’s universities have been accused of burying their heads in the sand.” “Radicals Target Students,” from SkyNews, with thanks to Null:
A year after the publication of a damning report into Islamic radicalisation among students, Britain’s universities have been accused of burying their heads in the sand.
Professor Anthony Glees says many vice-chancellors are still failing to confront the issue.
His claim comes 12 months after he named 24 universities where he said extremist groups had been detected.
Sky News’ Home Affairs correspondent Rachel Amatt spoke to student Shiraz Maher who was recruited to a radical group at Leeds University.
The group’s aim is to create an Islamic state in Britain
“One of the things we used to do is organise a dinner for all the new students – spread the members out – steer conversation to the core Hizb ut Tahrir ideology, foreign policy,” he said.
“Over the course of dinner we would identify students susceptible to the party’s message – they would be closely targeted and followed up in an attempt to recruit.”
Maher recently rejected the message of jihad preached by Hizb ut Tahrir. But he offers an alarming insight into the way Islamic radicals operate.
“When they first arrive in the first few weeks what they seek to do is endear themselves to first year students – offer the use of a car, build a strong relationship – essentially one of dependence,” he added.