Should Ibrahim Moussawi be allowed into Britain?
From the Monkey Tennis Centre
Will Jacqui Smith ban this Islamic hate-monger? Or is she a cowardly hypocrite?
Earlier this month, Jacqui Smith, the middle-management chav who passes for Britain’s Home Secretary, banned Geert Wilders from the UK, ostensibly because he engaged in ‘hate speech’, but in reality because she feared violence from British Muslims angry at Wilders’ portrayal of Islam as a religion that preaches violence.
Now she’s under pressure to ban Ibrahim Moussawi, an Islamic extremist who’s a key figure in the propaganda machinery of the terrorist groupl Hezbollah, andÂ James SlackÂ at the Daily Mail isn’t optimistic that she’ll do so.
Coming so soon after the Wilders row Smith may feel she has no option but to ban Moussawi, who’s been allowed into the UK twice before. But if the usual suspects in the ‘moderate’ muslim community start making a noise it won’t be a surprise to see her back down – after all, it’s not as if British Jews are going to threaten to lay siege to Parliament, as Lord Ahmed (who will have plenty of time on his hands for campaigning from hisÂ prison cell) promised British Muslims would if Wilders was allowed in.
So here comes the acid test: is Jacqui Smith, as she proclaims, an enemy of extremism in all its forms, or a cowardly hypocrite?
In October, the Home Secretary announced ‘tough new measures’ to deny entry to Britain to anybody ‘engaged in fostering, encouraging or spreading extremism and hatred.’
In recent weeks she has put them to use by banning a Dutch MP with hugely controversial views on Islam, and a notorious anti-gay US preacher.
But will she be prepared to apply the same new standards to Islamic extremists who preach a hatred of Jews?
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Stay out: Will Jacqui Smith ban Islamic extremist Ibrahim Moussawi?
Ibrahim Moussawi, a known hardliner with links to Hezbollah, has been invited to speak at a London university, the School of Oriental and African Studies. His track-record speaks for itself.
He allegedly described Jews as ‘a lesion on the forehead of history’, and is an editor for the newspaper of Lebanon-based terrorist organisation Hezbollah.
He is also former political editor of the Iranian-backed group’s TV station, which is banned in many countries including France, Spain and the US, as its output is seen as anti-Semitic.
Al-Manar television – the Arabic word for ‘beacon’ -Â is Hezbollah’s main mouthpiece in the Middle East and around the world, broadcasting from Beirut.
It describes itself as the ‘station of resistance’ and campaigns on behalf of Hezbollah and against the state of Israel, and American and British policy in the Middle East.
It routinely describes fighters who are killed and suicide bombers as ‘martyrs’, and condemns Israeli forces as criminals.
The station has also been widely condemned for anti-Semitism after it broadcast a 30-part series based on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a forged document setting out a supposed secret Jewish conspiracy to take over the world.
In short, it is a no-brainer for Miss Smith. He should, as the Centre for Social Cohesion and the Conservatives argue today, be banned from setting foot in the UK, let alone speaking here.
Failure to do so must represent double-standards of the very worst kind.
The Far-Right Dutch MP Geert Wilders was banned from travelling to Britain to show his shocking 17-minute film called Fitna at the House of Lords because his views were considered wildly extreme.Â
His film, which links mainstream Islamic texts with the terrorist attacks on New York in September 2001, was indeed crude and provocative.Â (Not at all. Its basic common sense and its exactly what Islamic clerics preach in the mosques all the time/ed)
It begins with the hugely controversial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed with a bomb as a turban, and the suggestion that the Koran is ‘a fascist book’ is patently offensive to millions of people.Â (Its not a suggestion, its a fact. Read it, you dumb f*kc!/ed)
But so are the odious ramblings of Moussawi.Â
Miss Smith also banned the Reverend Fred Phelps, founder of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, from entering the UK earlier this month.Â
The ‘Reverend’, who campaigns under the slogan ‘God Hates Fags’ is fanatical and hateful in equal measure. He had wanted to visit Britain to picket a performance of a play which dramatises the real-life murder of a gay man in 1998.Â
Miss Smith said he had ‘engaged in unacceptable behaviour by inciting hatred against a ‘number of communities’. So has Moussawi.Â
Yet Labour has, in the past, been happy to display double standards when the beneficiaries were Islamic extremists.Â
The cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi was not just granted a visa to visit the UK in 2005. He was publicly praised by the then London Mayor Ken Livingstone at City Hall.Â Â This was despite the fact Al-Qaradawi had been criticised for condoning suicide bombings and for having anti-Semitic and homophobic views.Â
Will Miss Smith now repeat the past mistakes of a left-wing establishment inexplicably tolerant of Islamic franatics who pass themselves off as scholars or academics?Â
The omens do not look good. During her time as Home Secretary, Moussawi has already been allowed in at least twice -Â in December 2007 and February 2008.Â
This is her third – and surely final – chance to show some courage.Â
( Jacqui will eat the yellow snow/ed)