Likud’s deputy leader banned from UK
And he has been informed of his exclusion even though he had no plans to visit.
But what is his crime?
Supporting free-market economics? Opposing ‘land for peace’? Desiring that Israel have a ‘Jewish identity’? His devotion to the Torah? Or just being 'right-wing'?
According to The Jewish Chronicle, Jacqui Smith MP has ‘personally directed’ that Mr Feiglin be banned, citing articles he had written which seek ‘to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK’. The letter continued: ‘In light of these factors, the Home Secretary is satisfied you should be excluded from the UK on the grounds that your exclusion is conducive to the public good’. There is no right of appeal.
The JC article continues:
Mr Feiglin said: “This is a British government problem, not mine. However, if somebody in Britain feels comfortable enough to do something like that, it should turn on some serious red lights in any British citizen who cares about democracy. Britain and America are letting in the real terrorists — remember (Iranian) President Ahmadinejad was allowed to speak at an American university.”
In a swipe at the Government’s refusal to exclude Ibrahim Mousawi, the editor of a Hizbollah journal who has been in Britain on a speaking tour, Mr Feiglin went on: “I almost feel honoured, because of the way that the British government is behaving, to be marked as the bad guy by a government that supports terror. I see it almost as a compliment.”
He has visited Britain once before, 15 years ago, when he entered and left without hindrance.
Mr Feiglin said the letter “came out of the blue”. He considered it might be a clever forgery perpetrated by political opponents. He was not surprised when told by the Jewish Chronicle that it was genuine.
“This is all very strange because I have no plans to visit Britain either in the short or long term. I have never been banned from anywhere else. In fact I am giving a lecture in Canada at the end of this month,” he said.
When one considers the repugnant Islamists who are allowed free entry into the UK and are feted by the likes of Ken Livingstone, Cranmer thinks the banning of Mr Feiglin to be an utterly hypocritical act of anti-Jewish discrimination.
Shame on the Home Secretary, and shame on this appalling government.
The Jewish Chronicle has published the full text of the letter. These are the statements, and the reasoning, which led to the banning of Mr Feiglin:
The Home Secretary notes that you have made the following statements:
“In order to declare that we are right, we have to declare war. War now! It’s not the Arabs who are murdering mothers, but those merciful people who gave weapons to the murderers. It’s not the Arabs who are burning babies, but the peaceniks that recognised the justice of the Arabs cause. It’s not the cruel people who are bombing us, but the merciful people who showed them mercy. War now! A holy war, now”
– “War Now” article by you, quoted on Channel 7 Israel National website
“The Christian world is faced with two options: it can fight against terror, which means fighting against Islam, or it can surrender and be gradually overcome by the waves of the modern Moslem Jihad… Arabs are not sons of the desert but its father. They created the desert — everywhere they come vegetation stops and the wind blows everything away”
— Extract from an article by you quoted on the “Israel Science and Technology Homepage”
“The basis of Islam is not the quality of mercy but of justice. If Christianity bridges the gap between sin and morals by automatic benevolence and absolution (that over long periods were sold by clergy), Islam does this in a far simpler way — it abolishes both benevolence and morals… Their holy Muhammed is strong, cruel and deceitful.”
In expressing such views, it is considered that you are seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK.
The Home Secretary considers that should you be allowed to enter the UK, you would continue to espouse such views, which would not be conducive to the public good in the UK.
There are very many people indeed who have expressed views of this character, yet they remain free to enter the UK and the EU. Those who call for the genocide of Jews and the slaughter of Christians, those who advocate that homosexuals should be thrown of cliffs or that young girls should be genitally mutilated. Presumably, the Home Secretary will be banning non-governmental politicians from Zimbabwe, Russia, China, Venezuela, North Korea and Iran. And she will do this before they have even aplied to come here. And while she's at it, she must ban all members of Hamas, which is constitutionally committed to the elimination of Israel.
It is not that Cranmer does not find some of Mr Feiglin's writings unpalatable, but they are more than a little tame compared to the standard rant of the average Islamist. And while Cranmer sympathises with the leader of Likud, Benjamin Netanyahu, who may be thoroughly shamed by the words of his deputy, the manner in which the Home Secretary is applying her test is, at best, inconsistent, or, at worst, anti-Semitic (in the vernacular).
Indeed, the test, as it has been applied, constitutes a very strong basis for excluding a very wide range of obnoxious and odious people from the UK. Why, for example, do we admit Jean-Marie Le Pen?
Or are the Home Secretary's tests rendered null and and void and her authority negated by the EU's 'free movement of people'?