UNITED KINGDOM:Â Kansas Jewish student refused entry to Britain
Mohammedan customs agents terrorising Jews? Why, its Islamic Britannia, is it not?
News Weekly, April 12, 2014
A young American Jewish student, Louis “Chip” Cantor, 23, attempting to enter Britain, was detained in a cell and interrogated over several hours, subjected to anti-semitic abuse by customs officers and then deported back to the United States for the crime of being Jewish and having an Israeli stamp in his passport. He was “shaken down” and detained by a female officer wearing a burka. It is a story which leaves no room for misunderstanding.
Chip Cantor, studentÂ (screen captureÂ of Kansas City KMBC TV interview).
Cantor, who travelled last year to the UK for a summer job, and to participate in a fundraiser for a child with cancer, was subjected to nine hours of interrogation â€” fingerprinting, hackneyed anti-semitic slurs referencing the amount of money on his person (of course he must have socked the gold bars away somewhere!), black-booking that will hinder his travel abilities throughout the European Union, and ultimate deportation to the U.S.
Cantor arrived at a London’s Heathrow Airport on May 29, 2013, at about 10:00 pm, on a fully coordinated visit with all the necessary documents, and was being processed through customs when the agent looking at his passport came to the pages with Israeli visa stamps. (Cantor had spent part of his “gap year” in Israel).
She left him without a word, and, after a wait of 45 minutes, he was taken off to be detained for nine hours with no explanation, spending some of that time in an actual detention cell. He was given half a sandwich and told he could only have water if he begged for it. He was allowed to telephone his father in Kansas City, but not U.S. authorities.
Finally, a different, uniformed customs agent came to see him. Chip was told they were taking his bags and detaining him for questioning. He was not told why.
Once he was in the interview room, Chip was told that if he changed any of his answers to any questions, he was going to go to prison. He said: “Why would I change my answers? I told you the truth.” Chip wasn’t allowed to be in sight of his luggage and eventually was put into what he described as a detention cell.
It was several hours before he was allowed a phone call. His father, in Kansas City, advised him to call the U.S. embassy, but Chip has been forbidden to do so by his jailers.
Eventually, he was informed that he was being denied entry and sent back to the United States. He was walked aboard the plane by a British official, and his passport handed to the American Airlines flight crew, with instructions not to give it to him until the plane arrived in America.
Cantor was told that his passport information and fingerprints had been put in a database which would flag him for other officials if he tried to enter any EU nation in the future. The possession of an Israeli visa appears to have been hisÂ onlyÂ offence.
This, however, was by not the end of the matter. Young Chip’s point of contact in the UK was a (non-Jewish) man named Kevin Shilling, who had arranged a summer-work program for him. Cantor’s father called Shilling for help during the unfolding drama, and both men subsequently spoke with a British official named Philip G. Yeomans.
Barbara Bayer, editor of theÂ Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, reported: “Several times … Yeomans made anti-semitic comments to Shilling. At one point, when Shilling was explaining the reason Chip was in the country, the customs agent told Shilling that Chip should have lied to the customs agent, adding, ‘A Jewish kid would find that easy,’ Shilling reported.
“Yeomans, the custom agent, also told Shilling any additional attempts to aid Cantor would be useless and ‘the little Jew will be on his way back to his rich daddy’, in a matter of hours.” (Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, June 13, 2013).
While he was in the detention cell, Chip was also photographed, for an unexplained reason, by an unidentified woman in a burka, and was told by his jailers that if he wanted some water, he would have to “say please”.
While a patently innocent young man of good antecedents is persecuted for no reason other than the possession of an Israeli visa, other individuals with convictions for terrorism and piracy seem able to enter the UK without trouble.
The question arises: why is Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron allowing â€” condoning â€” this kind of administrative lawlessness and brutality? He could, if he wished, stop it with a telephone call.
The only plausible answer is that he is so incompetent, he does not know what is going on in regard to his own country’s border protection, or he does not want to stop it. This is despite the fact that anti-semitism is one of the oldest, and certainly one of the deadliest, poisons in the Western polity.
J.E. Dyer, a retired U.S. Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging asÂ The Optimistic Conservative, and whose blog brought this matter to my attention, commented of the Cantor affair: “It’s about our own moral confidence as a civilised people. The onus here is on the British authorities and Britain’s political leaders â€” and ultimately on British voters â€” to enforce the tenets of British, and Western, civilisation.”
Hal G.P. Colebatch, PhD, is a Perth author and lawyer.