A week ago, we reported on plans for a visit to the UK by radical Islamist preacher Ekrima Sabri, the imam of al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Now, thanks at least in part to an online petition, the UK decided to prevent Sabri from entering the country next week as part of a Palestinian delegation.
Christians United For Israel garnered some 18,000 signatures against the visit.
CUFI says it saw an email from trip organizers to host members of the UK parliament informing them that Sabri was “unsuccessful in obtaining an entry visa for technical reasons, and therefore will not be joining the delegation.”
In a radio sermon in 2001 – the year of 9/11 – Sabri called on “Allah, destroy the US, its helpers and its agents. Allah, destroy Britain, its helpers and its agents. Allah, prepare those who will unite the Muslims and march in the steps of Saladin.”
“While we are open to dialogue and encourage different voices to be heard regarding the Israel-Palestinian conflict, there is no room for hate speech, incitement or racism in our parliament,” said CUFI-UK Executive Director Des Starritt. “It is unfortunate that EuroPal Forum has seemingly endorsed the views of Sheikh Sabri, despite compelling evidence provided by CUFI. We encourage EuroPal to reconsider their position and denounce these expressions of hatred.