A RADICAL ISLAMIST GROUP FACING A GOVERNMENT BAN HAS SPARKED OUTRAGE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AFTER A SENIOR MEMBER GAVE A KEYNOTE SPEECH AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF UNIVERSITIES UK.
The Hizb ut-Tahrir is a Salafi movement blacklisted across parts of Europe and much of the Middle East for its public support of a caliphate and the introduction of Sharia law throughout the Islamic world.
Described in Government reports as anti-semitic, homophobic and anti-Western, the group has hit the headlines multiple times, most recently for encouraging British Muslims not to vote in the General Election, and praising the concept of jihad.
Hizb ut-Tahrir, meaning “Party of Liberation,” was founded by Palestinian Taqiuddin al-Nabhani al-Filastyni in 1953, with chapters operating in more than 40 countries, and has been described as a “conveyer belt for terrorists”.
The movement has incited fury once again, after its national executive Jamal Harwood addressed delegates at the Great Debate event, held at the Woburn House Conference Centre earlier this year.
The union has only six organisations listed under this policy at present – Al-Muhajiroun, British National Party, English Defence League, Hizb ut-Tahrir, Muslim Public Affairs Committee and National Action.
However, Universities UK claim they had no idea of the controversial addition to the event line-up, insisting the information had not been disclosed to the conference centre at the time of booking.
“Woburn House Conference Centre were not informed that a speaker from Hizb ut-Tahrir would be taking part in this external, evening event.“Had they been made aware that a Hizb ut-Tahrir representative was involved, the event would not have been allowed to take place.”
“The event was described simply as a Great Debate. It is now clear that information about the event was withheld by the organisers.
“Woburn House Conference Centre will not allow the organiser to book any future events at the venue.”
Express.co.uk contacted the National Union of Students, who declined to comment, and the Hizb ut-Tahrir, who are yet to respond.