UK Welcomes Extremists, Bans Critics Of Extremists

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Authored by Douglas Murray by way of The Gatestone Institute,

  • In November, it was reported that the Pakistani Christian mom of 5, Asia Bibi, was unlikely to be supplied asylum by the British authorities because of considerations about “group” relations within the UK. What this implies is that the UK authorities was nervous that Muslims of Pakistani origin in Britain could object to the presence within the UK of a Christian girl who has spent a lot of the final decade on loss of life row in Pakistan, earlier than being formally declared harmless of a trumped-up cost of “blasphemy”.

  • One one that has had no hassle being in London is Dr Ataollah Mohajerani, Iran’s former Minister of Tradition and Islamic Steering. Mohajerani is finest recognized for his book-length defence of the Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa towards the British novelist Salman Rushdie.

  • This week we discovered that the UK authorities has allowed in a person referred to as Brahim Belkaid, a 41-year previous of German origin, believed to have impressed as much as 140 folks to hitch al-Qaeda and ISIS. His Fb messages have included messages with bullets and a sword on them saying, “Jihad: the Solely Answer”.

  • It’s virtually as if the UK authorities has determined that whereas extremist clerics can solely hardly ever be banned, critics of such clerics might be banned with ease. The issue is that the development for taking a laxer view of extremists than of their critics retains on taking place.

Britain’s thought of who needs to be allowed to journey to the nation (and keep) seems to be ever extra perverse. One one that had no hassle immigrating to the UK is Dr Ataollah Mohajerani, Iran’s former Minister of Tradition and Islamic Steering, who wrote a book-length defence of the Ayatollah Khomeini’s loss of life sentence towards the British novelist Salman Rushdie. Pictured: Salman Rushdie in 2015. (Picture by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Pictures)

The British authorities’s thought of who’s — and who shouldn’t be — a reliable asylum seeker turns into stranger by the month.

In November it was reported that the Pakistani Christian mom of 5, Asia Bibi, was unlikely to be supplied asylum by the British authorities because of considerations about “group” relations within the UK. What this implies is that the UK authorities was nervous that Muslims of Pakistani origin in Britain could object to the presence within the UK of a Christian girl who has spent a lot of the final decade on loss of life row in Pakistan, earlier than being formally declared harmless of a trumped-up cost of “blasphemy”.

But, as Asia Bibi – certainly one of many folks on the earth most needful of asylum in a secure nation – continues to concern for her life in her nation of origin, Britain’s thought of who needs to be allowed to journey to the nation (and keep) seems to be ever extra perverse.

One individual, for example, who has had no hassle being in London is Dr Ataollah Mohajerani, Iran’s former Minister of Tradition and Islamic Steering. Mohajerani is finest recognized for his book-length defence of the Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwatowards the British novelist Salman Rushdie. After the Khomeini’s name on the world’s Muslims to kill Rushdie for writing a novel, Mohajerani wrote a 250-page ebook, A Critique of the Conspiracy of The Satanic Verses, which justified the death-sentence. For greater than a decade, nevertheless, apparently fallen out with a part of the regime in Iran, Mohajerani has been residing in Harrow, the place he intermittently retains up his marketing campaign towards Rushdie.

We’ve additionally seen again and again how extremist clerics such because the Pakistani clerics Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman and Hassan Haseen ur Rehman have been allowed to enter the UK regardless of their monitor information of supporting the homicide of individuals merely suspected of getting blasphemed towards, or apostasised from, Islam. Nonetheless, whereas the UK authorities continues to permit clerics similar to these to enter Britain, it develops an ever-growing banned listing of people who find themselves not Muslim however who’ve been crucial of features of Islam. It’s virtually as if the UK authorities has determined that whereas extremist clerics can solely hardly ever be banned, critics of such clerics might be banned with ease.

Some folks would possibly say that as it’s 30 years since Mohajerani wrote his ebook justifying the homicide of a British citizen, we should always all let bygones be bygones — as if advocating homicide is the kind of factor anybody would possibly do in a second of weak spot. The issue is that the development for taking a laxer view of extremists than of their critics retains on taking place. The Canadian blogger Lauren Southern will not be allowed into the UK as a result of she constitutes a risk to public order. But, this week we discovered that the UK authorities has allowed in a person referred to as Brahim Belkaid, a 41-year previous of German origin, believed to have impressed as much as 140 folks to hitch al-Qaeda and ISIS. The British press this week found that he was in a position to settle in Leicester practically 5 years in the past after coming back from Syria, the place he’s suspected of getting supported terrorist teams. It doesn’t seem that Belkaid has used his time within the UK to lie low or mull over his previous errors. As his actions on the streets and on social media attest, he has in actual fact been overtly persevering with to evangelise and recruit for his radical model of Islam.

As The Instances reported this week, Belkaid was photographed handing out hardline translations of the Quran to followers celebrating the native soccer crew’s victory in Leicester in 2016. He has additionally used his social media presence to name for the destruction of the USA and to advertise his personal extremist views in addition to the views of different extremists like him.

His Fb messages have included messages with bullets and a sword on them saying, “Jihad: the Solely Answer”. In one other publish, he poses smilingly with one arm on a carton of washing powder labelled “ISIS”. By any evaluation it’s clear that Belkaid is doing in Britain exactly what he was doing in Germany.

There are a number of attainable explanations for a way such an insane coverage might proceed to function within the UK. The primary is that the British authorities doesn’t know what it’s doing, and that whereas it’s unbelievably good at recognizing Canadian bloggers who it thinks would possibly pose some danger, it’s simply much less adept at recognising the names, faces and backgrounds of well-known ISIS recruiters. That’s one clarification. However it’s the kind of clarification — recognized in Britain as a “cock-up idea” — which begins to run dry as a sample develops. In spite of everything, to have allowed in a single jihadist could seem like an accident, to maintain on letting them in seems to be like carelessness. Furthermore, that this goes in tandem with the intense strictness utilized by the UK authorities to any critics of Islam who could also be attempting to enter the UK begins to seem like a coverage.

It’s also attainable that it is a coverage determination. The British authorities could actually have come to the conclusion that whereas Islamist extremism is a containable downside, the opportunity of wider public “radicalisation” towards components of the Muslim group within the UK and worldwide is a way more severe one. To place it one other approach, they could have determined that the terrorist assaults in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge, Borough Market, Woolwich and elsewhere are unlikely to be repeated, whereas Darren Osborne’s solitary assault on worshippers popping out of Finsbury Park Mosque final 12 months is a part of a sample.

Aside from the “cock-up idea” or a common (if misguided) coverage determination, it’s laborious to see what else is happening right here. The selections that hold being revealed to have been made by the UK border company and the entire asylum and immigration coverage of the UK authorities are so inexplicable that they’re exactly the kind of factor to present rise to essentially the most fevered and fetid conspiracy theories — similar to that politicians and civil servants are extra afraid of being accused of “racism” than of letting Islamic extremists free within the nation. If the UK authorities desires to avert the unfold of such conspiracy claims, it ought to act laborious and quick. Particularly, it ought to be capable to crack down laborious to stop folks like Belkaid from being allowed to reside right here. Curbing such simple, open-and-shut circumstances would do an unlimited quantity to reassure the British public and to influence us that though the UK’s border businesses will not be excellent, a minimum of they don’t seem to be suicidal.

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