Monday, 8 February 2010

UCL AhlulBayt Islamic Society - Latest apologists for Islamic Republic

Update: Cross-posted with kind permission on Harry's Place.

Yet again, our universities are turning a blind eye to the Islamic Republic apologists that seek to indoctrinate British students. This Thursday (11th Feb/22 Bahman), University College London's AhlulBayt Islamic Society is playing host to some of the vilest promoters of the Islamic Regime in Iran.

"1979 - The revolution that shook the world" will in their own words "explore the Islamic Revolutions in the Modern times, and why the 1979 Islamic Revolution led by Grand Ayatullah Khomeini was successful". And who should be presenting such an event? Why, none other than Ahmadinejad supporter and PressTV employee Yvonne Ridley and Tehran University professor and government lackey Mohammad Marandi who last week publicly defended the executions of Mohammad Reza Ali-Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour.

The National Union of Students and most university student unions are pretty vocal about their self proclaimed dislike of fascists. Most British universities have a "no platform" policy regarding the far right neo Nazi British National Party. However, these same groups can't recognise when a group of Islamic Republic fascists want to peddle propaganda! Would a talk given by the architects of the South African Apartheid regime be so palatable to these ignorant students? Why are our universities so misguided and why have the ignorant come to rule over us students?!

A cursory glance through the "attending" guest list immediately confirms my suspicions. There are more Pakistanis and Bengalis attending than Iranians, which frankly isn't surprising given that levels of support for the Islamic Republic are very high amongst the former two populations than amongst Iranians. These same Bengalis and Pakistanis who are seeing their countries torn apart by Islamofascism can't recognise it when it comes to the UK and attends their university! Aside from them, the minority of Iranians that are attending are the usual crew....hardcore Islamists who have photos of Khomeini as their profile pictures and "خط امام" (Line of the Imam) as their political view.

To further conflate matters, surprise surprise, this event is being held on February 11th (22 Bahman) the 31st anniversary of the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Huge protests are scheduled all over Iran as the Iranian people continue to fight for their freedom and liberty, such that yet again the Islamic Regime has cut internet access in Iran, and what a coincidence that on the night of these protests here in the UK (where the regime can't cut internet access, but can mislead the masses), a talk will be given on the "success" of the Revolution! Does anyone still have doubts that UCL AhlulBayt Islamic Society is just another front for the Islamic Republic?

Comments are most welcome


  1. Very well written as usual Arash. Even if a pro-capital punishment for criminals person wanted to speak at a UK university, there would have been some uproar let alone a Vicar of Bray type professor who approves of political execution of a 19 year old.

  2. In order to try our best in having this propaganda IRI event to be held at UCL this Thursday, cancelled, we need to lobby James Hodgson 07989 235 206 Email

  3. UCL are fake...they have been bought out...

  4. Mehrtash:

    Thanks for the details, I have emailed UCLU. Their reply:

    "Thank you for your email. The links you have provided are very useful. We will be looking into it first thing tomorrow morning."

    Now we wait....fingers crossed.


  5. Instead of trying to get it cancelled and thus depriving people of the freedom to speak - even if it is the freedom to speak rubbish - why don't you attend and make your opinions known by confronting the speakers openly?

    If you try to impede free speech, you're doing exactly the same as the authorities back in Iran who cannot bear to hear opinions other than their own.

  6. Free speech goes hand in hand with democracy. The Iranian regime has no right to take advantage of Britain's free speech, then kill teenagers like Arash Rahmanipour.

    The same cannot be said for the BNP. The BNP were elected through democratic channels and thus have the right to free speech. A fascist, murderous regime like the Islamic Republic should be boycotted.

    As for attending, well, that evening I will be protesting outside the Islamic Republic's embassy. I will not fall for the Regime's trick of attempting to diminish our protests by drawing us into fruitless arguments with their student agents.


  7. I agree that a fascist, murderous regime like the IR should be boycotted.

    But Britain is also a murderous regime - witness its illegal war and slaughter of thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan. You channel your anger against IR - and rightly so. But do you protest against the British government with the same alacrity? Consistency is all.

  8. hmmm...seems like you don't know anything about UCL AhlulBayt Society. This might help you to get to know them better:

  9. Dear Anonymous:

    That video didn't tell me anything that I didn't already know except that the President of UCL AB Society uses the word "Alhamdulillah" way too much.

    UCL AB Soc invite terrorists and apologists for terrorism to their events and the society has many members who support the terrorist Islamic Republic Regime and produce propaganda for it i.e. Alireza Bahmanpour.

  10. Dear Arash:

    Just to let you know that Alireza Bahmanpour is the only Iranian in UCL AhlulBayt Society Committee. The committee consists of more than 11 members, and all the decisions are made as a group, with president and vice president having the final say. Others on the facebook event page of this event were simply individuals not from UCL, helping out with the event voluntarily.

    Also I came across this interesting quote about Mr Marandi form Peter Lavelle of the crosstalk debate show:
    "Robert Fisk, Norman Finkelstein, and Seyed Mohammad Marandi are very different people with different points of view. However, one thing binds them - they speak the truth instead of getting along by going along.
    Marandi is not an apologist for Iran's current political order, but at the same time reflects upon the double-standards placed on Iran by Western powers.
    In public appearances he is calm and confident - he knows Washington's armchair neocons are all agenda and no substance when it comes to what Iran is all about"

  11. Anonymous:

    Thank you for the information, but nonetheless the AB Society invited two people who are in the employ of a fascist regime. I know several of the other Iranians involved in the organising of the event, their views are terrifying and medieval to say the least. That is unforgiveable. If you don't think Marandi is an apologist, I suggest you watch that video of him on Al Jazeera.


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