Israeli media is reporting that Israeli Muslim Brotherhood leader Raed Salah has apparently evaded a UK ban on entering the country by appearing as a guest speaker in Manchester by means of a video link. According to a Jerusalem Post report:
November 26, 2014 LONDON – Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch in Israel who was banned from entering the UK in 2011 because of his extremist views, apparently appeared as guest speaker at a Manchester meeting of the Palestine Forum in Britain organization on Saturday by video link.
In 2007, Salah delivered a speech in Jerusalem in which he invoked anti-Semitic blood libel. He was recently convicted of racist incitement by an Israeli court, having previously been convicted of inciting violence in the same speech.
The UK’s Jewish Community Security Trust called on the government to change the banning order regulations to include the use of video links and other methods of communication in an attempt to block ways round the loopholes used by those no longer welcome in the UK.
In 2011, Salah visited Britain despite Home Secretary Theresa May’s efforts to prevent him from entering the country and then to deport him. While Salah was not deported, he had been banned from entering the country again.
Salah has said that Israel intends to destroy al-Aksa Mosque, which the CST said is ‘an incendiary and false claim that is fueling the current violence in Jerusalem,’ and which might import these tensions to the UK since it pinpointed the conflict as one of religious claims.
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In addition, various Facebook postings suggest that similar Al-Aqsa events were to be held in France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Holland during the third week of November.
The GMBDW reported earlier this month that Raed Salah had apparently joined the competition to declare the latest Islamic Caliphate by predicting that “Jerusalem will soon become the capital of the global Caliphate.”
Raed Salah is the leader of the so-called Northern branch of the Islamic Movement, essentially comprising the Israeli Muslim Brotherhood. He is noted for often alleging that Israel is conspiring to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. (The Al-Aqsa Mosque is often the subject of various Global Muslim Brotherhood conspiracies theories involving alleged Israeli plots and plans to destroy the mosque.)
For profile on Raed Salah, go here.
The Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB) is part of the UK Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas support infrastructure. Zaher Birawi, the long time PFB media and public relations spokesperson, is also a director of the Palestine Return Centere (PRC) which has strong ties to Hamas and to the Global Muslim Brotherhood. In July 2012, we reported on a meeting with Hamas leaders that included Mr. Birawi.