Ban on for­eign hate preach­ers wel­comed

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY LEON SY­MONS

TOUGH NEW laws an­nounced this week to stop for­eign ex­trem­ist preach­ers who spread racist and re­li­gious ha­tred from en­ter­ing Bri­tain have been wel­comed by the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust.

Among the mea­sures an­nounced by Home Sec­re­tary Jac­qui Smith will be a quar­terly “name and shame” list given to Par­lia­ment of those ex­cluded. The list will also be shared with other coun­tries.

CST com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Mark Gard­ner said: “Ex­clu­sion or­ders are very im­por­tant as they show the will­ing­ness of gov­ern­ment to gen­uinely op­pose hate speech and ex­trem­ism. CST there­fore wel­comes th­ese at­tempts to demon­strate greater con­sis­tency and trans­parency than has pre­vi­ously been the case. We hope this will make it eas­ier for our com­mu­nity to ex­press fu­ture con­cerns and for the gov­ern­ment to pub­licly ex­plain its de­ci­sion­mak­ing in th­ese cru­cial mat­ters.”

Names of those who have al­ready been banned — and which have been made pub­lic — in­clude Na­tion of Is­lam leader Louis Far­rakhan; Omar Bakri Mo­ham­mad, who praised the 9/11 hi­jack­ers; Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who praised sui­cide bombers; and Is­raeli right-wing politi­cian Moshe Fieglin, banned for ar­ti­cles he had writ­ten de­spite hav­ing no plans to visit Bri­tain.

While the Home Of­fice would not release any names now — nor ad­di­tional names ret­ro­spec­tively — it said that since Au­gust 2005, 230 peo­ple have been ex­cluded from en­ter­ing the UK on sus­pi­cion of be­ing a threat to na­tional se­cu­rity or fos­ter­ing ex­trem­ism, in­clud­ing 79 preach­ers of hate.

The Home Sec­re­tary said: “Through th­ese tough new mea­sures I will stop those who want to spread ex­trem­ism, ha­tred and vi­o­lent mes­sages… from com­ing to our coun­try. Com­ing [here] is a priv­i­lege and I refuse to ex­tend that priv­i­lege to in­di­vid­u­als who abuse our stan­dards and val­ues to un­der­mine our way of life.”

Among the new mea­sures is a re­quire­ment that any­one who claims to have re­nounced pre­vi­ous ex­trem­ist views will have to prove it.

As Ms Smith made the an­nounce­ment, an Egyp­tian cleric sen­tenced to 15 years’ jail by Egypt in 1999 re­vealed on Is­lamic web­sites that he and his fam­ily had been given six months’ no­tice to leave Bri­tain. Hani al-Siba’i, who was given a 15-year sen­tence in ab­sen­tia in 1999, has been work­ing here as di­rec­tor of the Al-Maqrizi Cen­tre for His­tor­i­cal Stud­ies. A Home Of­fice spokesman said it did not com­ment on in­di­vid­ual cases.

PHOTO: AP

Barred: Louis Far­rakhan

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