UK Islamist Teachers Said Boston Bombings Were a Hoax
Teachers at the centre of an Islamist plot to take over British schools exchanged messages saying that the Boston Marathon bombings and the murder of soldier Lee Rigby were hoaxes.
Yesterday, the government published a damning report into schools in the city of Birmingham, unearthing evidence of an attempted takeover by hard line Islamists who attempted to impose a strict interpretation of Islam on students.
The Daily Mail reports that the investigation also released details of messages exchanged by teachers on the WhatsApp messaging application in which they questioned whether various Islamist attacks reported in the media had actually happened, and described gay people as "animals" with "satanic ways".
Peter Clarke, the report’s author, had been sent to investigate a number of schools in Birmingham following allegations that they had been taken over by an Islamist plot. While he was writing his report, he was handed a dossier containing more than 3,000 messages exchanged between teachers on a WhatsApp group from April 2013 until March.
The WhatsApp group was set up by Monzoor Hussain, acting Principal at Park View, while a former teacher at the school, Razwan Faraz, was also allegedly one the two most frequent contributors.
Although Mr Hussain said the group was only set up so that teachers could discuss topics for school assembly, some of the messages will raise eyebrows.
One message, posted by an unnamed teacher above a YouTube link on 24 May last year, said: "ATTACK ON ISLAM! Plz watch and share ASAP before they remove it!!!!! London butcher incident; It’s is a hoax And this is the link to reveal it."
Another on 19 April last year said: "Watch PROOF! Boston Marathon Bombing is Staged Terror Attack on YouTube."
In May last year, Mr Faraz allegedly posted a link to an article on gay marriage, adding: "These animals are going out full force.
"As teachers we must be aware and counter their satanic ways of influencing young people."
He is also alleged, in a separate post, to have said that there were no women in the group because "they are in the kitchen" and they have "a perpetual role serving men".
Referring to the British Armed forces, a teacher discussed an article about a mosque raising funds for military charity Help for Heroes, adding: "How about a fundraiser to equip the soldiers with more condoms so they don't leave our sisters pregnant after ravaging them!"
The main contributors to the group were teachers at either Park View School or a school within the Park View Educational Trust, and were all male.
Report author Peter Clarke said: "A number of topics are discussed, often by a small group of contributors, which reveal the members' attitudes towards education, homosexuality and gay marriage.
"There is also an undercurrent of anti-Western sentiment, explicit antagonism towards the British military, a sceptical reaction to news of terrorist attacks (Lee Rigby and the Boston bombings), and numerous links posted to extremist speakers."