Via the redoubtable Richard Millett we learn that Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the extremist Islamic Movement’s northern branch, managed to evade customs checks and enter Britain despite being banned from entering the country. He then proceeded to give a lecture to hundreds of his supporters. To compound the felony so to speak, he was supposed to address supporters in … wait for it… the Houses of Parliament! How any self-respecting law-abiding British MP can agree to hear a speech by a person banned from Britain by his own Home Secretary is an insult to any idea of justice (let alone logic).
Sheikh Raed Salah made it to Conway Hall in London last night to give a talk on The Arab Spring and its effect on the conflict in Palestine. The event was sponsored by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Islamic Forum of Europe and Middle East Monitor.
According to the Evening Standard, Britain’s Keystone Cops couldn’t even find him in the very hall in which he was speaking. It would be hilarious if it were not so serious.
Salah had been reportedly excluded by the Home Secretary. Detectives also reportedly arrived at last night’s event, but left after thinking he wasn’t there.
Richard Millett continues with his report (read it all):
Salah is the leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel and is accused of having used the blood libel, which he denies. He served three and a half years in prison after having confessed to financing Hamas.
Not only was Salah there last night, he will also be speaking this Wednesday at the Grand Committe room of the Houses of Parliament alongside MPs Richard Burden, Jeremy Corbyn, Yasmin Qureshi as well as Lord Alf Dubs and the Palestinian Ambassador, Dr Manuel Hassassian. Ben White (anti-Zionist polemicist), Hind Khoury (Sabeel), Diana Neslen (Jews for Justice for Palestinians) and Ismail Patel (Friends of Al Aqsa) are also due to be speaking on Wednesday. The subject under discussion will be Building Peace and Justice in Jerusalem.
In updated news, the UK authorities have finally caught up with Sheikh Salah and he was arrested overnight.
According to the report, London Police arrested Salah overnight Tuesday after a warrant for his deportation was issued. Salah had given a lecture in Leicester and was due to address a portion of the British parliament, Al Jazeera reported.
It was not clear why Salah was arrested but reports said UK authorities were preparing to deport him.
Not clear? Perhaps because he was banned from entering in the first place?
Haaretz, typically, seems mystified as to Salah’s arrest and makes no mention of the fact that he was banned from entering in the first place. The only reason they give is that it must have been the Jooz.
Nujeidat said that there is no explanation for the Islamic leader’s arrest, but he believes that it is largely due to the Zionist lobby and members of the British Jewish community.
The Evening Standard article linked in Richard Millett’s post reports that Theresa May, the Home Secretary, was furious at Salah’s evasion of his ban. What is more, the ban was part of the UK Government’s Prevent strategy – the one that is not working so well.
The disclosure comes two weeks after the Home Secretary launched the Government’s anti-extremism Prevent strategy, which said ministers would no longer tolerate those who hold views likely to foster hatred or division. Keeping out terror suspects and extremists on government watchlists was one of its central aims.
Conservative MP Patrick Mercer, who used to chair the counter-terrorism parliamentary sub-committee, said: “These are the same mistakes that have been going on for a decade now and which the new government vowed to correct. How has this been allowed to happen yet again?”
One possibility is that the UK Border Agency failed to serve papers on Mr Salah informing him he had been excluded. He may also have used another name.
As my kids would say: “Duh”.