Islamic schools in Britain are teaching anti-Semitic material to high school students, some of whom have been exposed to extremist preachers and Islamist groups, BBC revealed on Monday.
According to its flagship documentary program Panorama, around 5,000 Muslim children are being educated from a Saudi Arabian textbook that teaches them that Jews are transformed from pigs and apes, and asks them to list the “reprehensible” qualities of Jews.
Another says that Zionists want to establish world domination for Jews, a charge levelled in the anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
The documentary, titled “British Schools, Muslim Rules,” will expose the parttime schools where hate is on the curriculum.
“The program asks why school inspectors have missed the warning signs and examines the impact this could have on young Muslims’ ability to integrate into mainstream British life,” the program-makers said.
The main goal of the “Zionist movement,” according to the textbook, is “for the Jews to have control over the world and its resources” which will be achieved by “inciting rancor and rivalry among the great powers so that they fight one another.”
The textbooks are being used to teach the Saudi national curriculum at more than 40 weekend schools and clubs across the country to Muslim children aged six to 18. They are run under the umbrella of “Saudi Students Clubs and Schools in the UK and Ireland.”
Education Minister Michael Gove said that the government will not tolerate any anti- Semitic ideas being taught to Muslim children in the UK.
“Saudi Arabia is a sovereign country. I have no desire or wish to intervene in the decisions that the Saudi government makes in its own education system. But I’m clear that we cannot have anti-Semitic material of any kind being used in English schools,” Gove said.
He suggested that it was time for the independent school regulator Ofsted to inspect weekend schools and clubs.
“Ofsted is doing some work in this area; they’ll be reporting to me shortly about how we can ensure that part-time provision is better registered and better inspected in the future,” he said.