I was about to take a seat in the departure lounge at Gatwick Airport on Wednesday evening waiting for my flight to Marseille where I was going to install and deploy a Cisco firewall at a branch office, when my eyes caught sight of the Daily Mail which was being given away for free.
‘Secure Britain…What a Joke’ read the front page headline. It was about the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Shaykh Raed Salah, who had been placed on the Home Office’s draconian and illiberal ‘excluded person’s’ list and yet had managed to get into the UK anyway and had addressed a large meeting of Muslims in Leicester the day before. He had also earlier addressed a meeting in the House of Commons.
The Daily Mail portrayed Raed Salah as antisemitic and a danger to Britain, though its article was notably lacking in any evidence to support these assertions. Other vile newspapers including the Daily Express and the Evening Standard also chimed in.
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, was reported to be ‘furious’ that Salah had been allowed to enter the UK.
I have written several times previously about the foolishness of the Home Office’s ‘excluded person’s’ list. It appears to be designed mainly to placate racist right-wingers and Zionists. If the government believes that a person may incite hatred or violence then it should bring its evidence and prove its case before a court of law.
An editorial in the Guardian this week questioned the UK government’s knee-jerk reaction:
“What has made our government so agitated by his presence? Is it the fact that the sheikh was accused in some British newspapers and one website of making antisemitic statements, which he says were fabricated, and for which he has started libel proceedings? If so, the home secretary is applying a higher threshold for the public good in Britain than Israel itself applies to a man it has not been shy of prosecuting on other issues. Repeated attempts to outlaw the Islamic Movement for incitement have failed in Israel’s high court. Mr Salah has not been convicted of antisemitism, and spoke recently on a platform in Tel Aviv University.”
You have to take your hat off to our noisiest Zionists though. Their leading UK witch-hunting website, Harry’s Place, has as its motto, George Orwell’s admirable line from Animal Farm: “Liberty, if it means anything, is the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear.” And yet, as ENGAGE have noted in their fine analysis piece about Harry’s Place:
“Orwell’s observation that ‘Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful … and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind’, would, in our view, be a far more appropriate slogan given the actual content of the articles published on Harry’s Place.”
Instead of defending the right of Raed Salah to speak in the UK even though they may not agree with his views – HP (surprise, surprise) posted a number of articles this week (see here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here) attacking those who sought to defend his right to address UK audiences.
Israel’s supporters are highly-placed in many sections of the UK media and any politician that dares to criticise its policies inevitably comes in for a terrible battering. Last year, I drew attention to a speech by the most influential media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, in which he made no secret of his bias towards the Jewish apartheid state. It really does make you wonder about just how unthinking and moronic all those who pay money to subscribe to Murdoch’s SKY satellite services must be. Yes, if you are paying money to SKY then I really am referring to you!
Still, for all the noise and manufactured media hysteria, all the Home Office achieves with the ban on Raed Salah, Yusuf al-Qaradawi and others is to make itself look authoritarian and in thrall to the enemies of justice in the Middle East. Not a very intelligent or sensible position to be in if you are serious about ‘winning hearts and minds’ among UK Muslims.
If the government wants to bow down before the pro-Israel lobby and try and deny these Palestinian and Muslim voices from being heard then we should show them how easy it is to circumvent their silly restrictions thanks to modern technology.
From today, I am adding a number of links to websites that the Zionists would rather wish you and I would not look at including Hizbullah’s al-Manar, al-Jazeera, Press TV. I will add to it in the coming days and weeks, insha’ Allah. Do encourage others to do the same to counteract the influence of a largely craven British media.
Update: The Friends of al-Aqsa have details of a petition which can be signed here to protest against the UK government’s deplorable behaviour in arresting Shaykh Raed Salah and also details of a silent protest to take place outside 10 Downing Street on Monday 4th July 2011. See you there, insha’ Allah.
Update 2: Just got sent a link to the ‘Freedom for Palestine’ song initiative – well worth supporting!
Update 3: Jonathan Cook comments on the Raed Salah controversy for The National
Update 4: Ibrahim Hewitt on ‘Israel’s fifth columnists silence Sheikh Raed Salah’
Update 5: ‘Unreasonable behaviour’ a thought-crime? Jody McIntyre at Independent Blogs