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Spencer and Geller Banned from Britain for Supporting Israel
FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 4, 2013 | Robert Spencer

Posted on 12/04/2013 5:17:43 AM PST by SJackson

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Spencer and Geller Banned from Britain for Supporting Israel

Posted By Robert Spencer On December 4, 2013 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments

New revelations about why I was banned from entering Great Britain reveal how deeply compromised the British government is to hard-Leftists and Islamic supremacists – including the most virulent haters of Israel.

As faithful FrontPage readers may recall, last June I was banned from Britain because, as a letter from the U.K. Home Office told me, “your presence here is not conducive to the public good.” Why not? Because I said (quite factually) that Islam “is a religion and is a belief system that mandates warfare against unbelievers for the purpose for establishing a societal model that is absolutely incompatible with Western society.” And also because, the letter said, “you are the founder of the blog Jihad Watch (a site widely criticized for being Islamophobic),” and “you co-founded the Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America, both of which have been described as anti-Muslim hate groups.”

Note the passive voice: the Freedom Defense Initiative (actually the American Freedom Defense Initiative, AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America “have been described as anti-Muslim hate groups” by whom? The letter didn’t say. And Jihad Watch has been “widely criticized for being Islamophobic” by whom? The letter gives no hint, instead attempting to establish these charges as the judicious assessment of neutral observers.

Now, however, newly released documents relating to our case, as Pamela Geller discussed in a recent Daily Caller article, reveal that the Home Office’s decision was guided by far-Left agitation groups with a deep animus against Israel.

Of course, this was already obvious from the Home Office’s repetition of the charge that Jihad Watch is “Islamophobic” in its letter to me. “Islamophobia” is a manipulative and propagandistic neologism designed to intimidate non-Muslims into thinking that there is something “bigoted” and “racist” about resisting jihad terror and opposing Sharia oppression of women, non-Muslims, gays and others. The only people who use it at all are Islamic supremacists who want to clear away all obstacles to the advance of jihad, their Leftist allies, and those whom they have bamboozled into thinking it is a legitimate term of discourse – such as the British Home Office.

So it was obvious already who was whispering into the Home Office’s ear, but now it is confirmed. As Pamela Geller noted, in the newly revealed documents “all reference to the identities of those who asked that we be banned have been blacked out.” However, “their black marker missed one reference, revealing that one of the groups complaining about us was Faith Matters. Faith Matters was founded by a Muslim named Fiyaz Mughal, who also heads up Tell Mama, a group dedicated to tracking ‘Islamophobia.’ Tell Mama lost government funding in June after making false claims of waves of attacks ‘Islamophobic incidents.’”

So around the same time that Tell Mama was being stripped of its government funding for lying about the prevalence of “anti-Muslim hate crimes,” that same government was accepting its advice and counsel in favor of banning Pamela Geller and me from the country. Was the Home Office unaware that Tell Mama was wildly exaggerating “Islamophobia” in Britain, and was thus an untrustworthy source for any information related to it, or did it simply not care?

As the Home Office makes its case against us, it also cites as authorities two pro-jihad smear sites, Loonwatch and Islamophobia Today – both of which have published numerous false charges, distortions, and outright lies about me, my public stands on various issues, my activities, and my associations. Both are devoted to completely discrediting anyone who dares to criticize jihad and Islamic supremacism, and to portraying those who oppose jihad terror as just terrible, terrible people. Generally they do this in the context of lurid ridicule of and furious hatred and contempt for their targets, larded with risible pseudo-scholarly “refutations” of their works recalling nothing so much as Der Stürmer. And true to their Nazi prototype, both are relentlessly anti-Israel, retailing Palestinian jihad propaganda with the same clownish fury and disregard for the facts that marks their analyses as a whole.

That anyone regards such sites seriously, with their gleeful flouting of accuracy and genuine analysis, and willingness to retail any smear to discredit their targets, is strange enough. That the British Home Office would be among those who do is a telling indication of just how thoroughly David Cameron’s Conservative government has been compromised, and how abjectly it has capitulated to a far-Left agenda.

The prime confirmation of this comes from one email from the Home Office’s massive team investigating Geller and me. The author (name redacted, of course) notes that the subject profiles that were prepared on us cite our “pro-Israeli views,” and argues that this material be removed, lest the wicked Zionists Geller and Spencer “argue publically that their exclusion is on the basis of their support for Israel.”

Well, that let the cat out of the bag. So here goes: I am hereby arguing publically that my exclusion was on the basis of my support for Israel, along with my “Islamophobia.” In banning me from the country, the British government capitulated to far-Left and Islamic supremacist pressure groups that are both virulently anti-Israel and enraged about the trumped-up phenomenon of “Islamophobia,” while making excuses for or ignoring altogether the reality of Islamic jihad and the numerous human rights abuses perpetrated daily in its name.

Were this a Labour government, this capitulation might be understandable – after all the Leftist/Islamic supremacist alliance has been noted in numerous quarters for years, and people nowadays more or less expect liberals and Leftists to be anti-Israel and anti-counterjihad, if not outright pro-jihad. But the Tories?

The Conservative government of David Cameron has failed the British people as thoroughly and resoundingly as the Republican Party has failed the American people. Both could have and should have constituted themselves as a loyal opposition, departing from the Leftist line. Instead, they have parroted it in innumerable ways, and disenfranchised millions of their constituents by offering no alternative to the dominant paradigm.

Whether or not I ever get into Britain again, the Conservative collapse revealed in the Home Office documents relating to my ban reveal a ruling party, and a society, that is profoundly confused, deeply compromised, and facing far greater crises to come.



TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: europeanunion; israel; unitedkingdom
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1 posted on 12/04/2013 5:17:43 AM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Sorry, Robert, Britain is now in the hands of the dhimmis and no one wants to hear otherwise.


2 posted on 12/04/2013 5:21:21 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: SJackson

Are you out there, thescotsman? UK is a nonfree country & this latest outrage absolutely nails it!


3 posted on 12/04/2013 5:35:56 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: SJackson

Banning decent people for their political views is so shocking to me. I can’t imagine being banned from Great Britain - the thought horrifies me. Never getting to see another theatrical production in London - still the glory of the English-speaking world. I feel for Spencer and Geller. Apparently, Savage was never going to go there - but the other two are frequent visitors. I wonder how many tourist dollars they’ve spent over the years...


4 posted on 12/04/2013 5:38:04 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SJackson

Not necessarily a bad thing, when you are banned from Britain you know your voice is being heard.

Spencer and Geller should see there readership increase ten fold.

Free speech cuts like a hot knife thru warm butter.


5 posted on 12/04/2013 5:39:05 AM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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6 posted on 12/04/2013 5:42:15 AM PST by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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To: SJackson

First it was Savage and now these two. Not surprising since the UK is leading the West into the abyss of death and destruction while throwing anti-Semitism in just to stay classy.

Nuke the island from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.


7 posted on 12/04/2013 5:46:27 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: SJackson

when “phobic” is added to the end of a word and used by leftists against the right it only means “you don’t agree with me and the corrupt activity mentioned that I’m engaging in”. I’m not scared of homos or Islam; I just abhor what they stand for.


8 posted on 12/04/2013 5:51:16 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: miss marmelstein

Agree. It is shocking - for the reasons you listed, and more. Have we banned any native born Brits?


9 posted on 12/04/2013 5:52:28 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Jane Long

We may have. And if we have, I hope for legitimate reasons. Certainly no one is banning the actor Mark Rylance who shows up like a bad penny at Tony Award time to pick up another trophy. Which he then passes on to a homeless person. Stay classy, Mark, lol!


10 posted on 12/04/2013 6:02:02 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SJackson

They are in good company. Michael Savage has been banned for years because of his anti-Islam stance


11 posted on 12/04/2013 6:03:54 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Is Scotland as lost as Britain is?
12 posted on 12/04/2013 6:05:44 AM PST by TheCause ("that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States")
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To: SJackson

Britain is a conquered muslim possession. Where’s a good place for the victory mosque? Westminster Abbey?


13 posted on 12/04/2013 6:10:27 AM PST by Anton.Rutter
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14 posted on 12/04/2013 6:21:39 AM PST by Teacher317 (Obama is failing faster than I can lower my expectations.)
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To: elcid1970; the scotsman

Oops! Your courtesy ping was missing something.


15 posted on 12/04/2013 7:03:29 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: SJackson

I just sent another donation to Geller for her excellent web-site “AtlasShrugs” and all the other work she is doing.

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/


16 posted on 12/04/2013 7:03:59 AM PST by Blennos
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To: SJackson

I agree with everything that Spence and Geller say about Islam. I am a proud Islamophobe. In Great Britain, the spirit of Neville Chamberlaine lives, but so does the spirit of Sir Winston Churchill, though right now it’s dormant. If Britons live for a thousand years, they will say that banning Robert Spencer was their most dastardly, most cowardly hour. Now ban me!


17 posted on 12/04/2013 10:09:57 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Jack Hammer

No, it isn’t. And this ill-thought out decision dosent change that. Stupid govt dosent equal dhimmitude or whatever buzzword is fashionable now.

Nobody has heard of Geller or Spencer in the UK bar folks like me. Let them in, to be frank, few will listen, they go home. This has created two martyrs who will like Savage play it to the hilt for publicity.


18 posted on 12/04/2013 11:30:03 AM PST by the scotsman (i)
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To: elcid1970

Calm down.

This is a poor decision, I have said from the start. But you miss the fact that its the two involved who are telling us why they are banned. Not a impartial third party. Its easy to spout off and tell everyone why you are banned, even if isn’t true.

Frankly, the govt here has played into their hands. They LOVE the fact they are banned. I doubt they’d have come anyway. Geller’s one hero in the UK, Tommy Robinson, is now someone she has publicly despises. She loathes him now as a ‘coward’ and ‘traitor’. Her words, not mine.


19 posted on 12/04/2013 11:34:20 AM PST by the scotsman (i)
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To: Jane Long

Don’t send Morgan back.


20 posted on 12/04/2013 11:34:37 AM PST by the scotsman (i)
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