Sanaa University launches weekly lectures to ‘analyze’ Houthi leader speeches

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The faculty of postgraduate studies and scientific research at Sanaa University invited students to attend a weekly lecture to analyze the speeches of the “leader of Quranic march,” Abdulmalik al-Houthi, according to a poster that promotes the event.

The Quranic march refers to the lectures explaining some verses of the Quran according to the Houthi understanding. It was started in 2002 by Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi.

The weekly lectures will be held every Wednesday at 12:00 pm.

The poster, which bears a photo of Abdulmalik al-Houthi, included the slogans “God is Great,” “Death to America,” “Death to Israel,” “Damn the Jews” and “Victory to Islam.”

Sanaa University has been targeted by the Houthis since their takeover of the city. The militias have sought to bring about a change of curriculums, appoint their loyalists, and organize lectures that market their ideas.

Located in the country’s capital, Sanaa, the university was established in 1970 as the first institution of higher education in Yemen.

In December 2017, the Sanaa University Council appointed more than 300 Houthi supporters as academics, reportedly without considering professional and academic standards. Several deans who oppose the Houthis were also sacked.

The union of faculty members and their assistants protested the move, noting that a number of those who attended the Council’s meeting were not members of the Council, and that the members were actually pressured into making these decisions.

According to Yemeni media reports, the amendments to the Islamic culture course included material added by the Houthis to talk about the ongoing war in Yemen, attack Saudi Arabia and note that America was “supervising the war” with Israeli-British support.

The course on the Arab-Israeli conflict discussed American and British imperialism, Judaism and Zionism, and glorified Hezbollah, Iran and Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

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