Uk media is reporting that Conservative leader David Cameron has called for a ban on “preachers of hate” entering the United Kingdom to include global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi. A prior post has discussed the controversy surrounding the news that Qaradawi was to be permitted into the U.K. for medical treatment. According to one report, Cameron accused Prime Minister Gordon Brown of dithering over the case stating:
For years, we left people in our midst preaching hatred and sowing division,” he will say. “We now know what a mistake the ‘Londonistan’ approach was. It was wrong in theory and wrong in practice. It undermined our credibility abroad. And it led to dreadful results. But we don’t seem to have learned our lesson. “We are making the same mistakes again – allowing people to enter our country to spout hate. … people like Yusuf al-Qaradawi. This is a man who, incidentally, Mayor Ken Livingstone calls the best hope for progress in Islam. He has been banned from the USA since 1999. He is opposed to secularism and believes that the penalty for homosexuality is death. And he has defended the use of terrorism in Israel and Iraq. “Despite this, news reports say that it’s been recommended to the Government that he be given permission to enter the country. I’ve said it before and I will say it again. People like al-Qaradawi and Moussawi are dangerous and divisive and should not be allowed in this country. Full stop.
In February 2006, Qaradawi made statements that appear to question the Holocaust against the Jews, unleashed by the Germans under Adolph HItler. Holocaust denial is one aspect of anti-Semitism and is common in the Arab and Muslim worlds.