The Home Secretary Theresa May has told Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, both of the anti-Islamic group Stop Islamization of America, that their presence in the UK would “not be conducive to the public good”. The decision, which they cannot appeal, will stand for between three and five years.
Whether or not you agree with Geller’s and Spencer’s statements on Islam, there isÂ no wayÂ that these writings reach the defined Â level of “unacceptable behaviours” listed in the beginning of the letter. Â To say that these opinions can incite people to terror acts is simply not defensible. To compare their statements with the hate speech and clear incitement that radical Islamic clerics spout in the UK against Jews, infidels and gays is a perversion.
Will Human Rights Watch and Amnesty defend Geller’s and Spencer’s right to enter Great Britain and to speak there?
Moreover, will the people who complain when Israel bans people from entering (on “flytillas”) for theÂ express purpose of combating Israel’s existenceÂ and causing disturbancesÂ act equally outraged that England has a muchÂ looserÂ standard for banning anyone who might act in a way that “is not conducive to the public good”?
After this disgraceful decision on the part of the UK we can expect a wave of hypocrisy from all the “liberals” who pretend that Israel is far worse.
This decision proves that a powerful nation, not under any direct threat from anyone, Â is far more restrictive of basic freedom of expression than Israel is. Not that anyone from the Left would ever, ever admit it.
In other news:
Ignorant kumbaya Jews are an embarrassment to all of us:
Following on fromÂ the story about the Board of Deputies lobbying the Government to ban Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller from the UKÂ (on the basis that telling the truth about specific Islamic threats – which Spencer and Geller do – is the new ‘hate speech’)Â I posted a message to the Board of Deputies via their website. In doing so, I noticedÂ this articleÂ praising, of all people Baroness Warsi who had been invited to a Board of Deputies exhibition. For the truth about Baroness Warsi – and her continual support for Islamic extremists – see my reportÂ here. Given her powerful role in Cabinet as Minister for “Faith and Communities” it is likely that Warsi played a prominent role in advising the Home Office to ban Spencer and Geller. What makes the Board of Deputies story even more shameful is that the other person it praises is none other than Fiyaz Mughal who has beenÂ exposed by the Daily TelegraphÂ as using Government funding (via his ‘Tell Mama’ website) to massively exaggerate the scale of ‘Islamaphobic attacks’. Moreover, reports have also claimed thatÂ he used the same Government funding to sue a pro-Israel ladyÂ (Ambrosine Chetrit) simply for criticising the Tell Mama organisation in a twitter message. His lawyer Farooq Bajwa, who previously represented the Palestinian blood libel cleric Sheikh Raed Sala, sent a letter to Mrs Chetrit’s home address,which she had not made public, demanding an apology and damages. Mrs Cherit said: “It is very worrying and scary. All the people who have been threatened by Tell Mama are pro-Israeli.”While even the spineless Cameron Government appears to haveÂ lost patience with the loathsome Fiyaz Mughal, the Board of Deputies continues to positively slobber over him. Indeed the Board of Deputies report of their recent meeting concludes with the following heartwarming tale:
Rabbi Natan Levy, the Board’s Interfaith consultant, and exhibition co-ordinator, said it provides a “unique bridge between the two communities, so that they can celebrate together, remember together, and not be driven further apart.” He added: “There was a lovely moment when Fiyaz Mughal ( Director of Faith Matters) and I came together and quoted the same line from our respective scriptures: ‘whosoever saves a single life saves the entire universe’.”
I have a simple recommendation for all Synagogue-attending Jews in the UK who do not agree that the Board of Deputies’ mandate should include promoting Islamic supramacists and silencing those who speak out about real threats to Jews from Islamists: when you next receive a bill for your Synagogue fees you will notice it contains an itemized ‘Board of Deputies levy’. Do not pay it. It is entirely voluntary.