En talsmann for terroristorganisasjonen Hizbollah, Ibrahim Moussawi, ble i dag nektet visum til Storbritannia. Innenriksminister Jacqui Smith har bestemt at Moussawi ikke er ønsket på britisk jord, til tross for at han har vært på besøk to ganger tidligere mens Smith har vært innenriksminister.
Moussawi skulle forøvrig til Storbritannia for å holde et foredrag om politisk islam for regjeringens representanter.
Moussawi, who had been invited to speak on ‘political Islam’ at the School of Oriental and African Studies later this month, is a newspaper editor for the Lebanon-based terrorist organisation Hezbollah’s newspaper.
He is a former political editor of the Iranian-backed group’s television station, which has been banned in many countries including France, Spain and the US where its output is seen as anti-Semitic.
Al-Manar television – the Arabic word for ‘beacon’ – 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.
Til tross for denne bakgrunnen har Moussawi sluppet inn i Storbritannia i desember 2007 og februar 2008 for å holde offentlige taler, men innenriksminister Smith har vært under et enormt press for å nekte Moussawi visum siden detaljene ble kjent i forrige måned.
Kritikere har påpekt at å utstede visum til Mossawi ville representere en dobbeltstandard etter at det nederlandske parlamentsmedlemmet Geert Wilders ble nektet innreise til Storbritannia for å vise sin svært islamkritiske film «Fitna» fordi det ville true «den sosiale harmonien».
The Conservatives said that if Miss Smith bans people who threaten community harmony, but lets in those who glorify terrorism or are part of terrorist groups then it sends out entirely the ‘wrong message’.
Moussawi was due to speak at the Political Islam event at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.
Moussawi – along with the UK-based extremist Dr. Kamal Helbawy, a former spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood – was among the star speakers at the week-long course.