Thursday Oct 27, 201111:22 PM GMT
UK deports Palestinian leader on criticizing Israel
Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:24PM
Roshan Mohammed Salih, Press TV, London
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Sheikh Raed Salah is one of the main leaders of the approximately one and half million strong Palestinian community inside Israel.

He was arrested in London in June while on a speaking tour to highlight the plight of Palestinians in Israel, and the threat to the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem/Al-Quds.

The arrest followed a media campaign by the right-wing press who accused Salah of being an anti-semite and a supporter of terrorism, accusations he strongly denies.

Initially Sheikh Raed was held in a prison before being subjected to house arrest and electronic tagging. He always denied accusations of anti-Semitism and vowed to fight the deportation order through the courts. But despite his protestations that he had the right to free speech, an immigration court ruled that he was guilty of fostering hatred and his presence in the country could lead to inter-community violence.

The court ruled that Salah's words and actions tend to be inflammatory, divisive, insulting and likely to foment tension and radicalism.

It ruled that Salah had no right to be in Britain, paving the way for him to be kicked out of the country within days.
Meanwhile, Salah's supporters say the real reason he's being excluded is because he's a vocal critic of Israel.

Salah has several days to appeal to the High Court and then another 72 hours before he can be deported, so the earliest he could be on a plane is next Friday.

A Home Office spokesman confirmed that it would seek to deport him at the earliest opportunity.
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