Threat By Islamist MP Nazir Ahmed Gets Geert Wilders Banned From The UK
February 11, 2009
Threat By Islamist MP Gets Geert Wilders Banned From The UK
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
February 10, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Lord Nazir Ahmed, a Muslim member of the British House of Lords threatened to mobilize "10,000 Muslims" if Dutch MP Geert Wilders - a vocal critic of radical Islam - was allowed to enter the country and show his short film Fitna to members of Parliament.
Though Wilders had been invited to make the trip and the presentation, today he received a letter from the British ambassador to the Netherlands - cowed by Ahmed's threat - which gave notice that he had been "disinvited" and banned from entering the UK on the grounds that he poses, "a threat to the public order." [see, http://www.radionetherlands.nl/currentaffairs/region/netherlands/090210-wilders-britain-banned ]
Though Ahmed is unfortunately seen by many in Britain as a moderate Muslim, his at least temporarily successful campaign to deny Wilder's the opportunity to address Parliament proves that he does not support one of the West's most central concepts, that of freedom of political expression. Previous to his recent actions, Ahmed opposed the knighthood of Salmon Rushdie [author of the Satanic Verses] claiming he head, "blood on his hands," as well as helping to launch a book by noted anti-Semitic Swede, Joeran Jermas. [see, http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=7CF8B7FB-1739-4F09-848B-7B8E25846C13 ]
Taken together these are the unmistakable traits of an Islamist, which Ahmed most certainly is.
Wilders however appears to be unfazed by the growing controversy, refusing to knuckle under to the bullying tactics of Ahmed and defying the British government's cowardly acquiescence in this matter stating, "I'll see what happens at the border. Let them put me in handcuffs." [source, see, http://www.radionetherlands.nl/currentaffairs/region/netherlands/090210-wilders-britain-banned]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Dutch MP banned from entering UK
A Dutch MP who described the Koran as a "fascist book" has been banned from entering the UK amid fears his presence would endanger public security.
Freedom Party MP Geert Wilders was invited to show his controversial film - which links the Islamic holy book to terrorism - in the UK's House of Lords.
But Mr Wilders, who faces trial in his own country for inciting hatred, has been denied entry by the Home Office.
Mr Wilders said the move was "cowardly" but one peer said it was "welcome".
Mr Wilders' film Fitna caused outrage across the Muslim world when it was posted on the internet last year.
Its opening scenes show a copy of the Koran followed by footage of the 9/11 attacks in the US and the bombings in Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005.
The Dutch prime minister has said the film served "no purpose other than to offend".
Mr Wilders was asked to show the film at the House of Lords by UK Independence Party peer Lord Pearson.
However, he received a letter from the British Embassy in the Netherlands telling him he would not be allowed into the UK.
The Home Office said there was a blanket ban on Mr Wilders entering the UK under EU laws enabling member states to exclude someone whose presence could threaten public security.
"The government opposes extremism in all forms," it said in a statement, adding that it had tightened up rules on excluding those engaging in "unacceptable behaviour" in October.
"It will stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred, and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country."
Mr Wilders described the decision as "cowardly" and said he still intends to travel to the UK on Thursday to take part in the event.
The Dutch government is reported to be trying to overturn the ban.
In the past, Mr Wilders has called for the Koran to be banned and compared it to Mein Kampf.
Earlier this year, a Dutch court ordered prosecutors to put Mr Wilders on trial for inciting hatred and discrimination by making anti-Islamic statements.
Labour peer Lord Ahmed, who expressed his concerns to the Parliamentary authorities about Mr Wilders' visit, said he welcomed the decision to ban the MP.
"It would be unwise to have him in the UK because this man's presence would cause hatred," he said.
"He has a case against him in the Amsterdam court for inciting hatred."
Lord Ahmed, who said other Muslim peers shared his concerns, stressed that Mr Wilders' views would certainly present a threat to public order.
"When Muslims are attacked obviously you will see people react to that."
But Lord Pearson said the decision to bar him was "weak and unacceptable in the extreme".
"The Home Office is guilty of appeasement on this, clearly."
The peer said the screening would still go ahead on Thursday whether Mr Wilders was present or not.
He said the Parliamentary authorities were happy for the event to take place but had ordered extra security for it.
"The film does not threaten anyone," he said, adding that it simply showed how violent extremists justified their actions.
He said the screening would be followed by a debate on issues relating to the Koran, extremism and freedom of speech.