Birmingham Islamic school receives firebomb threats after TV documentary

A Birmingham Islamic school which featured in a damning TV documentary has received malicious calls threatening to firebomb the building.

Darul Uloom Islamic High School, in Small Heath, will be closed until next month amid safety fears over an investigation which filmed a hate-filled speech to pupils.

The Channel 4 Dispatches documentary, Lessons in Hatred and Violence, showed a preacher making remarks about Hindus and ranting: “Disbelievers are the worst creatures”.

The school’s head of curriculum, Mujahid Aziz, said since the documentary had been shown on Monday, the school has been targeted by “a barrage of hate calls” and that students felt “victimised”.

Mr Aziz said: “Even before the programme started, we were shocked that we were getting a barrage of hate calls and emails threatening with the most disgusting language which I can’t really say, and they were threatening to bomb the place.

“The student themselves feel in the spotlight, they feel victimised. This is the very kind of thing that creates extremism.”

Birmingham Post, 16 February 2011