Which politician is hosting the antisemite?

The Imam of the Al Aqsa Mosque is on his way to London. He has been invited by a little known but influential Pro-Palestine lobby group called EuroPal. According to an email seen by the UK political blog Guido Fawkes Sheikh Ekrima Sabri is going to be meeting Members of Parliament this month.

In order to arrange a meeting at Parliament you have to be backed by a Parliamentarian. I’m wondering who invited him in. I’m not wondering whether the Parliamentarian is from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. Frankly I’d be flabbergasted if it wasn’t.

According to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) Sabri has made the following comments;

Allah, destroy the U.S., its helpers and its agents. Allah, destroy Britain, its helpers and its agents. Allah, prepare those who will unite the Muslims and march in the steps of Saladin. Allah, we ask you for forgiveness before death, and mercy and forgiveness after death. Allah, grant victory to Islam and the Muslims…

And what seems to be par for the course he also dabbles in Holocaust denial;

“Six million Jews dead? No way, they were much fewer. Let’s stop with this fairytale exploited by Israel to capture international solidarity. It is not my fault if Hitler hated Jews, indeed they were hated a little everywhere. Instead, it is necessary to denounce the unjust occupation endured by my people. Tomorrow I will ask John Paul II… to support our cause,’

The former grand Mufti of Jerusalem Hajj Amin al Hussaini is infamous for his actions while in office during the 1930s and 1940s and it seems that Sabri, another former Mufti of Jerusalem, is following closely in his footsteps.

Personally I hope the Imam isn’t excluded from the UK. I want to see just which British politicians he is coming here to address, I want to see who welcomes him to Parliament and who attends his meetings. I want them to stand by meeting this man and I want to hear them say that famous non-sequitur; It’s not antisemitic to criticise Israel.

However Christians United For Israel don’t feel the same way. They have started a petition calling on the British Government to ban him. It now has almost 5,000 signatures.

The question remains, which British Parliamentarian has allowed this meeting to be organised in their name?

About the Author
Marc Goldberg is the author of Beyond the Green Line, a story his service in the IDF fighting through the al Aqsa Intifada