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UK College Lecturers Won’t Spy On Muslim Students

by | 1st, June 2007

SHOULD lecturers at British universities keep an eye on radical students?

A union of British academics voted unanimously to reject a government plan to tackle Islamic extremism in universities, likening the initiative to “witch hunts” that would single out Muslim students.

The University and College Union, which represents more than 120,000 British academics, agreed to the motion Wednesday at its inaugural conference in Bournemouth in southern England. The motion calls for members to “resist attempts by government to engage colleges and universities in activities which amount to increased surveillance of Muslim or other minority students and to the use of members of staff for such witch hunts”…

“Lecturers want to teach students,” said Sally Hunt, general secretary of the union. “If they wanted to police them, they would have joined the force.”

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The court heard that Nassari was born in London in 1979 and lived in Ealing. In 2001 he enrolled on a cognitive science course at the University of Westminster.

But he disappeared between 2002 and 2003 and, although previously described as “friendly, thoughtful and wearing western clothes”, returned to the university a changed man.

Mr Jafferjee said: “He was now sporting long robes and headwear. He claimed he was the leader of the Islamic Society at the campus in Harrow.

“To put it bluntly he was radicalised. Attention to his academic obligations was intermittent and he did not achieve his degree.”

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