Good News: Hezbollah propagandist denied entry to UK

An Islamic fanatic called Ibrahim Moussawi with links to the Hezbollah terror group has been denied entry to the United Kingdom.

By Rosa Prince, Telegraph:

Moussawi, a Lebanese journalist who edits the militant organisation's main newspaper, is said to have been refused a visa by Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, on the grounds that his presence would not be "conducive to the public good".

He had been due to deliver a lecture on "political Islam" at the School of Oriental and African Studies, part of the University of London, later this month.

The Conservatives had written to Miss Smith demanding that she block the application on the grounds that Moussawi was a 'known extremist' who had made 'anti-Semitic and inflammatory' remarks in the past.

In material advertising the lecture, the university described Moussawi as an 'expert on Hezbollah and Islamist political theory' and said that he would talk about Hezbollah's 'history, strategy and ideology' and 'current politics and prospects'.

The journalist, who edits the Al-Intiqad newspaper - 'Criticism' in English - which is linked to Hezbollah, has issued statements in which he has denied ever making anti-Semitic or hateful comments.

But he was banned from the Republic of Ireland in 2007 when working for the al-Manar television station, which broadcasts from Beirut and has been accused of anti-Semitism.

It routinely describes fighters who are killed and suicide bombers as 'martyrs', and condemns Israeli forces as criminals.

The station was blocked from broadcasting in France after it screened 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.

A recent article in the New Yorker magazine has quoted Moussawi as saying that Jews are 'a lesion on the forehead of history'.

Despite that, and repeated opposition from the Tories, the journalist was twice granted permission to travel to Britain to speak, in 2007 and 2008, and was also awarded a PhD in Political Islam from Birmingham University two years ago.

Last month the Government banned far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders from entering Britain to show his controversial 17-minute film Fitna in the House of Lords.

A spokesman for the Tories said that it would send out 'entirely the wrong message' if Miss Smith banned people who threatened community harmony, but let in those who glorified terrorism or were part of terrorist groups.

The Home Office said that it could not comment on an individual case.

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