May bans Geller and Spencer
Pamela Geller nestles up to Moshe Ya’alon, current Defence minister in Israel, formerly head of military intelligence and IDF chief; the suppression of Palestinians before and during the 2nd intifada was his primary role in both positions.
June 26, 2013
Two prominent US bloggers have been banned from entering the UK, the Home Office has said.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer co-founded anti-Muslim group Stop Islamization of America.
They were due to speak at an English Defence League march in Woolwich, where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed.
A government spokesman said individuals whose presence “is not conducive to the public good” could be excluded by the home secretary.
He added: “We condemn all those whose behaviours and views run counter to our shared values and will not stand for extremism in any form.”
Ms Geller, of the Atlas Shrugs blog, and Mr Spencer, of Jihad Watch, are also co-founders of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, best known for a pro-Israel “Defeat Jihad” poster campaign on the New York subway.
On both of their blogs the pair called their bans from entering the UK “a striking blow against freedom” and said the “the nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead”.
They were due to attend a march planned by the far-right EDL to mark Armed Forces Day on 29 June, ending in Woolwich, south east London, where soldier Drummer Rigby was murdered last month.
Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, who had called for the bloggers to be banned from the UK, said: “I welcome the home secretary’s ban on Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer from entering the country. This is the right decision. The UK should never become a stage for inflammatory speakers who promote hate.”
EDL leader Tommy Robinson,[above, from his video against sharia law taking over] meanwhile, criticised the decision and said Ms Geller and Mr Spencer were coming to the UK to lay flowers at the place where Drummer Rigby died.
“It’s embarrassing for this so-called land of democracy and freedom of speech,” he said.
“How many hate preachers are living in this country? It just shows what sort of a two-tier system we have here.”
Anti-fascism campaigners Hope Not Hate had campaigned for the pair to not be allowed into the UK.
A researcher with the organisation, Matthew Collins, said it was “delighted” with the decision.
“These two are among some of the most extreme anti-Muslim activists in the world. They’ve nothing to contribute to life in this country.
“They’re not here to contribute to good community relations. They only wanted to come here and help the EDL stir up more trouble. Britain doesn’t need more hate even just for a few days.”
Mr Spencer put up a copy of what appears to be the exclusion decision from the Home Office on the Jihad Watch website, while Ms Geller posted a copy of her letter on her website, Atlas Shrugs.
The letters, both dated Tuesday, claim that both activists have fallen within the scope of a list of unacceptable behaviours by making statements which may “foster hatred” and lead to “inter-community violence” in the UK.
Both letters gave examples of anti-Muslim views stated by both and went on to say that should they be allowed to enter the UK the home secretary believes they would “continue to espouse such views”.
EDL Anti-Muslim Speakers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer Banned from Britain by Theresa May
By Dominic Gover, International Business Times
June 26, 2013
Two leading anti-Muslim bloggers have been banned from Britain days before they were poised to deliver inflammatory speeches to EDL supporters in London.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer have been prevented by Home Secretary Theresa May from entering the UK to speak at rally of the English Defence League in Woolwich, close to where a British soldier was killed by alleged Muslim militants in May.
EDL chief Tommy Robinson planned to march through London on a route that includes potential flashpoints outside the East London Mosque in Whitechapel, which has previously been accused of links to fundamentalist Islam.
Robinson tweeted about the ban: “I’m embarrassed for our country. Banning Geller and Spencer for daring to speak against Islam!
“The amount of hate preachers and terrorism we import with our government doing nothing.
“Winston Churchill was an outspoken critic of Islam.”
The decision by the home secretary followed efforts by Hate Not Hope campaigners to halt Geller and Spencer from addressing EDL supporters in Woolwich – where Army drummer Lee Rigby died.
Hate Not Hope spokesman Rob Ferguson told IBTimes UK: “We are really pleased that Geller and Spencer, who are two of the leading Islampohobic and racist commentators in the United States, will not be coming to the UK.
“My only regret is the ban will not stop them or others from continuing to whip up Islamophiobia.
“The EDL will try to find and find a way to use the ban to promote themselves and their disgusting politics, but we are delighted with this result.”
A Home Office spokesman said: “We can confirm that Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are subject to an exclusion decision.
“The home secretary will seek to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good.
“We condemn all those whose behaviours and views run counter to our shared values and will not stand for extremism in any form.”
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