An article on the Guardian’s website today provides very important background about why the government acted to ban and subsequently arrest the Palestinian activist Shaykh Raed Salah almost three months ago. I wrote at the time that the Home Office had shown extremely poor judgement in issuing a banning order and that the case against Shaykh Raed looked very weak.
From the Guardian:
The home secretary, Theresa May, was warned by senior officials in the UK Border Agency not to deport a Palestinian activist accused of antisemitism, saying the evidence against him was disputed, open to legal challenge and that the case was “very finely balanced”.
The Home Office presented four allegations of antisemitism against him, all drawn from the Israeli press: that Salah wrote a poem in which he described Jews as “criminal bombers of mosques, slaughterers of pregnant women and babies, robbers and germ in all time”; that he promoted martyrdom; that he invoked a blood libel invocation by saying that “blood had been mixed in the dough of Holy Bread” and that he referenced a fake document, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, in saying that a third temple would be build on the ruins of the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
His lawyers say the poem was made up and the views expressed in it were abhorrent to their client. A second version of the poem has since been presented but with the admission that a reference to Jews was inserted.
In other alleged quotes, words were interjected to change their meaning, said Salah’s lawyers. In the blood libel accusation, the word Jewish was interjected, when the original referred to the murder of Christian and Muslim children during the Spanish inquisition and a part of the speech in which Salah said defended the right of Jewish worship in synagogues deleted.
On the allegation that he promoted suicide bombing by referring to martyrdom, he had been referring to incidents of Palestinian worshipers being martyred or killed at prayer by the Israeli security forces. The doctored quotes have been repeated by the Israel’s press, pro-Israeli websites, two British newspapers and the CST.
All the above makes it even more disgraceful that the CST is given huge amounts of our taxpayers money by the government. This is an extract from the speech David Cameron gave to the CST earlier this year where he pledged even more money to them.
“Of course, the first line of defence is to protect ourselves against the actions of extremists. That means working ever more intensively with our international partners on tracing plots, on stopping them, on counter-surveillance and intelligence gathering. And it means improving physical security, something CST do so well.
“That costs money. And tonight helps provide some of that money. So I want all of us to dig deep in our pockets and give as much as we can so that CST can continue this essential work. I include the government in that.
“I want to be frank with you. It shames our country that our Jewish schools should need protection. But they do.
“And it’s fantastic that CST provides it. But just as your community does so much to raise money so we should help too.
“So I’m proud that Michael Gove has announced up to £2 million on security for schools this year and there will be more to come for all the years it’s needed in our country.”
What do you think Cameron has said about the far greater number of attacks on UK mosques and what action do you think he has taken in respect of that?