Following the July 2005 bombings in London, committed by Islamic extremists, the British Home Secretary announced a list of particular activities that would result in a person being excluded or deported from Great Britain. The unacceptable activities include “writing, producing, publishing or distributing material; public speaking including preaching; running a Web site and using a position of responsibility” to “foment or justify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs; seek to provoke others to terrorist acts; foment other serious criminal activity or seek to provoke others to serious criminal acts and foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK.”
Recent actions by the UK's Home Office demonstrate the even-handed manner in which it intends to apply this policy. Israeli political leader Moshe Feiglin (photo above right), a member of the Likud Party's central committee, received a letter from the Home Office informing him that he was banned from Great Britain, even though he had no plans to visit there. No one has ever accused Feiglin of fomenting or provoking terrorism. His objectionable activities are his criticism of Islamic extremism and his advocacy of strengthening the Jewish identity of Israel.
On the other hand, earlier this month the British government granted permission to enter Ibrahim Mousawi, chief foreign new editor for Hizbullah’s Al-Manar television station in Lebanon, so that he can participate in political events in the United Kingdom. Hizbullah, of course, openly advocates the destruction of the State of Israel and the extermination of its Jewish inhabitants. Mousawi's television station aired a 29-part “documentary” in 2004 in which it depicted stereotypical Jews hatching a plot for Jewish world control and domination. Following the 9/11 attacks, Al-Manar alleged that 4,000 Jewish employees did not turn up to work at the World Trade Center that day and that the attack was masterminded by Israel.
I hope everyone in the United Kingdom feels a little safer knowing how the Home Office is looking after them. Read all about it at Little Green Footballs.