Friday, March 07, 2008

Likud’s deputy leader banned from UK

So the Government of the United Kingdom admits the likes of Yusuf al-Qaradawi, and tolerates the odious Hizb ut-Tahrir with its vile message of hate, but the Home Secretary has banned from these shores the deputy leader of Israel’s centre-right Likud party, Moshe Feiglin.

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'?


Anonymous godisanelephantandyouareblind. said...

even guido fawks doesn't report this..

no agenda and all that..

7 March 2008 at 18:38  
Blogger Skin One Up said...

Wikipedia reports that Mr Feiglin publicly advocated "the 'transfer' (willing or otherwise) of Arabs hostile to Israel to Jordan".

Isn't this what we call ethnic cleansing?

7 March 2008 at 20:07  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

Jacqui Smith is a brain dead Common Purpose member.

7 March 2008 at 20:08  
Anonymous the man who was thursday said...

"Isn't this what we call ethnic cleansing?"

Indeed, and thank you for pointing out that both sides of the struggle share in the guilt.

7 March 2008 at 20:46  
Anonymous billy said...

Just to clarify for me but does this mean that Jacqui Smith is anti semite or just a fool that has risen beyond her abilities?

7 March 2008 at 21:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are supposed to miss the presence of this ethnic cleanser?

7 March 2008 at 22:47  
Anonymous Sir Henry Morgan said...


Why do you assume it's either/or?

8 March 2008 at 00:47  
Anonymous Sir Henry Morgan said...


When it comes to muslims, I would myself be an ethnic cleanser if I had the power.

It's safer for us all that way. Read some real history of Islam.

8 March 2008 at 00:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course it is Cramer. What else do we expect from our very own elected Neo-National Socialist government?

Just like National Socialisms other ELECTED hero Adolf. They have no problem taking the Zionist Shilling either. This time, just like back in 45 the British and American tax payers that will be paying it all back, with interest, one day.

Ordinary people Jewish or Muslim are just bloodied pawns in the ruling classes of the world extremely nasty and highly profitable, hypo-violent, acutely psychopathic, war games.

Conspiracy between the established religions and the worlds fascist corporate capitalist system are now so deep and convoluted, that it would take God himself to sort it all out. Like he has done in the past not so long ago. Which was not a pretty sight to say the very least.

Having said that. Mr Feiglin should indeed feel deeply honored to be banned by this government. I would feel deeply honored myself to get thrown out this nightmare of an excuse for a free nation ASAP.

Since my company all but runs itself, I can now get the Cricket on Sky all over the world, and ESB in bottles. There really is not much point in me being here at all.

ATLAS shrugged

8 March 2008 at 05:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I would be very interested to know what statements Mr Feiglin has made that would excuse this government for its seemingly pointless, highly provocative actions.

I have read the Israeli and Jewish press many times. I have yet to find anything that could be described as incitement to racial violence, from any elected or electable Israeli politician.

You simply can not get elected in Israel anywhere important by doing so, IMO.

I do not claim to be too well read in current Israeli politics, so I stand to be corrected.

8 March 2008 at 05:14  
Anonymous mickey said...

Your Grace,

It would seem that our government (and possibly some members of the Jewish establishment) are seeking to 'manage' Israel's image in the UK. They are probably concerned that this gent could be a proverbial loose cannon, who might create antipathy where sympathy would be preferred.

I suspect this may all link in to the Iran situation which has been ominously quiet of late.

8 March 2008 at 11:26  
Blogger Tozznok said...

We could not bar Le Pen; he is an EU citizen, and thus expelling him or preventing his arrival would be an illegal act.

8 March 2008 at 11:44  
Blogger Skin One Up said...

Mickey has an interesting line on this. Has Benjamin Netanyahu been considering a visit? This would clearly be a shot across his bows if he was.

His Grace is right in suggesting that this action doesn't make sense on its own. It seems to need an additional Occam-violating hypothesis of some kind, which might be that Jaqui Smith really is the wooden top that some claim.

8 March 2008 at 13:18  
Anonymous Another mad edict from the National Socialists said...

Jaqui Smith would make a good comedienne.

sadly she makes a ludicrous minister.

8 March 2008 at 16:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw your clash with Hundal over at PP.

Amongst other things:

1) Hundal, is a nasty little racist race-baiting shit, and who a quick search online on various blogs will reveal is in the habit of talking complete shite pretty much 100% of the time, even to the point of being memorably smacked down by Normal Geras.

2) Hundal notoriously deletes anyone he doesn't like, or doesn't follow the racist party-line, at PP. He has also edited threads in the past to big himself up.

9 March 2008 at 13:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace,

How odd that this Jewish genteleman should be 'banned' from Britian, a country he states he has no intention of visiting, yet gentelmen of the muslim 'faith' regulary make far worse statements advocating murder of homosexuals, subjugation of women, the overthrow of western democracy (although Nu labour and the EU are already doing their work there) and are not only within the country, but often living on state aid.

One might be generous and say double standards apply, or one might say another example of Labour's anti semetic, pro islamic stance as the party now relies on the 'muslim vote' in many London boroughs and northern cities.

10 March 2008 at 09:52  
Blogger Rob said...

To those who claim that Mr. Feiglin advocates transfer, here's the truth: He advocates offering significant financial incentives to those non-Jews who will leave Israel.

He has also pointed out the hypocrisy of those who allegedly oppose transfer by showing that they ALL (including the government of England) supported Ariel Sharon's ethnic cleansing of 10,000Jews from Gaza and Northern Samaria.

I was personally dragged off a rooftop in Gaza by those who "oppose" ethnic cleansing. It does seem that the civilized world thinks that ethnic cleansing of Jews is perfectly acceptable.

Back to England. England had a legal obligation to settle the Land of Israel (under the Mandate) with Jews. England closed 77% of the land to Jews immediately (Jordan) and then slammed shut the gates of "Palestine" to Jews who desperately needed a refuge.

England left the Jews of Europe at the mercy of Hitler, and we all know that he was sorely lacking in the mercy department.

As England knew exactly what it was doing, it is CLEAR THAT ENGLAND IS AN ACCESSORY TO GENOCIDE.

England has no moral authority over any Jews, and certainly not over any Jews like Moshe Feiglin who have the "audacity" to stand up and wish to actually survive.

And please don't put Netanyahu in the same basket as Feiglin. Netanyahu supported the ethnic cleansing of Jews in Gaza, he gave Hebron to Arafat, he released murderers of Jews, (all this after he claimed he would end the "peace process") and he states publicly that he'll give Arafat's thugs a state in Judea and Samaria when he becomes Prime Minister again. Netanyahu takes his orders from the US and England, and he'll talk tough, but he'll certainly sell out his country quite quickly.

10 March 2008 at 16:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the same government who put convicted terrorists into the heart of government (with the help of a few spineless gold digging so called unionists)in N Ireland and whoever challenges this farce is called a 'threat to peace'. 'Woe unto them who call evil good and good evil'.Hypocrites & cowards pandering to terror (Islamic & Irish Republican) yet banning Mr Feiglin as a "threat". Disgusting, sick, perverted, twisted and as slimey and greasy as a good ol' plate of British fish & chips (the new symbol of Britishness I believe)- very apt.

12 March 2008 at 15:16  

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