Jihadist student group which hosted Faisal Al Turki and Al Arian warns: 'Muslim students feel more isolated after London terrorist attacks'
November 28, 2005
MIM: Jihadi's get lonely too -The Federation of Islamic Student Organisations - as terrorist wannabes supported by the Saudis.
An undated photograph from the Fosis website shows prince Turki Al Faisal, now Saudi Ambassador to the US. Al Faisal was former head of Saudi Arabian Security Services who advised Osama Bin Laden on how to deal with the Russians and described him as 'shy and polite'.
Next to Al Turki appears to be none other then Sami Al Arian. the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, who is now jailed and awaiting sentencing for his roll in financing and ordering terrorist attacks which killed 100 people.
UK Muslim Students Feel More Isolated After Attacks: Poll
LONDON, September 21, 2005 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) - Muslim students feel more isolated following the July 7 attacks and the row over extremism on campus is further alienating them from university life, a survey showed Wednesday, September 21.
The poll, which was undertaken by the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), said after the attacks 31 percent of those polled recalled feeling uncomfortable being Muslim in
Before the July 7 attacks only 5% of those polled said they felt unwelcome in society for no reason other than being Muslim. Now, Some 47% have also reported having experienced Islamophobia.
"These findings clearly show how important it is for all elements of society to take collective responsibility for their actions: the government, the Muslim community, the media and society at large," Wakkas Khan, President of FOSIS said in
"The attacks on the 7th of July were an attack against all of British society and it is only through coming together that we can avoid such events taking place again."
Of the 466 students surveyed in higher and further education, a sweeping 85% condemned the attacks, 4% did not and 11% gave no response.
If they knew of someone planning an attack, 72% of those polled would tell the police straight away; 8% would try to talk them out of it; 10% did not answer; 6% said no but gave no reason; 2% said no, mistrustful; and 2% said no, would never grass on a Muslim.
The survey was launched in the presence of Sir Iqbal Sacranie, the secretary general of the Muslim Council for Britain (MCB), Anas Al-Tikriti, from the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) and the minister for higher education, Bill Rammell.
The FOSIS report said that recent claims of "Islamic extremism" being rife on campus have proved groundless after the survey.
"The accusation of Islamic extremism being widespread on campus is largely unfounded and thus universities must balance the need for national security with the need for freedom of speech and religious practice.
"Student unions and university authorities work with Islamic societies to remove suspicion and misconceptions about extremism on campuses," the report concluded.
Khan said there are "simple things" universities can do to make life on campus easier, such as prayer room facilities.
"There's no Islamic society in the country which doesn't have a headache trying to find prayer facilities. That's just bang out of order. That would only help relations," he said.
Faisal Hanjra, Head of FOSIS Student Affairs, hit out at the "recent media hype about extremism on campus," saying that it has already done its damage due to unfounded allegations linking "Islamism" with individual universities.
"We are urging the government and university authorities to tackle this issue more sensitively. Muslim students in fact play a positive and active contribution towards British society with
But the survey further revealed most of the students believed that changing foreign policy would be the most effective way of reducing the threat of terrorism against Britain.
A further 62% believe that British Foreign Policy played either a complete or major role in causing the London attacks.
London Mayor Ken Livingstone said in August that
The initial findings of the biggest anti-terrorist investigation held in
The findings further found that there was no leader from abroad and the bombers were "self-sufficient".
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in July that the world must make progress on issues used by terrorists as a reason for violence such as the Middle East conflict, admitting that the Iraq war was used to recruit terrorists.
Separately, a report published Wednesday found that young British Asians with hopes of playing professional football are being "discriminated out of the game" as a result of stereotyping.
The report, entitled "Asians Can Play Football," calls on the Football Association to instigate reforms aimed at provoking a "seismic shift" in the way in which youngsters of Asian origin are viewed, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).
"Within the Asian footballing community there is a feeling the FA as a governing body has failed successive generations of young talented footballers of Asian background," said Jas Bains, chairman of the Asians in Football Forum.
"The pitifully low numbers of Asian professionals, set against the huge interest and passion for the sport within the community, is symbolic of the way in which football has discriminated us out of the game through stereotyping and a lack of action to address this issue."
There are only a handful of Britons of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage playing professional football in
A 2004 survey by the Commission for Racial Equality found that British Asians made up only 0.8 percent of players at top club's academies.
If the academies were representative of the British population as a whole, the figure would be closer to four percent.