You’re banned, May tells Is­raeli rabbi

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY JEN­NIFER LIP­MAN

AN IS­RAELI rabbi has been de­nied en­try to Bri­tain be­cause of a book in which he al­legedly jus­ti­fies ter­ror­ist vi­o­lence.

Rabbi Yosef El­itzur has been told he can­not en­ter the UK for three years be­cause of his con­tro­ver­sial 2009 book Law of the King. But the rabbi said he had had no plans to visit Bri­tain when he re­ceived the letter from the Home Of­fice telling him of the ban.

His book, co-authored with Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, looked at Jewish law and the rules of war, but also said Jews were per­mit­ted to kill nonJews and claimed t he Jews would “win” by “vi­o­lence against the Arabs”.

Ac­cord­ing to Is­raeli web­site the J e wish Voice, the Home Of­fice told Rabbi El­itzur that any­one who wrote, pub­lished or dis­trib­uted ma­te­rial “fo­ment­ing or jus­ti­fy­ing ter­ror­ist vi­o­lence in fur­ther­ance o f p a r t i c u l a r be­liefs and seek­ing to pro­voke oth­ers to com­mit ter­ror­ist acts” would be ex­cluded from Bri­tain.

The Home Of­fice letter said the ex­clu­sion was a per­sonal de­ci­sion taken by Home Sec­re­tary Theresa May in July. It said Rabbi El­itzur’s pres­ence was not con­ducive to the pub­lic good, adding: “You are in­structed not to travel to the UK as you will be re­fused ad­mis­sion on ar­rival.”

A spokesman for the Home Of­fice said: “We can con­firm that Mr El­itzur has been ex­cluded from the UK on grounds of un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour.

“The gov­ern­ment will refuse peo­ple ac­cess to the UK if we be­lieve they might seek to un­der­mine our so­ci­ety. Com­ing here is a priv­i­lege that we refuse to ex­tend to those who seek to sub­vert our shared val­ues.”

Rabbi El­itzur has also en­coun­tered prob­lems in Is­rael. Po­lice in­ves­ti­gated his writ­ing and both the au­thors were ar­rested last year at the Yizhar set­tle­ment on sus­pi­cion of in­cite­ment to racism and vi­o­lence and run­ning “racist”pub­li­ca­tion.

Nev­er­the­less, a third edi­tion of the book is set for pub­li­ca­tion in the near fu­ture.

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Con­tro­ver­sial, and now banned from the UK: Rabbi El­itzur

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