Likud Minister Banned from U.K.

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Member of Knesset (MK) Moshe Feiglin received an unsolicited letter from British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith informing him that he would not be allowed to enter the country.

The official letter, written by an anonymous UK Border and Immigration Agency official on behalf of the home secretary, accused Feiglin of "seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred that might lead to inter-community violence in the UK."

"In light of these factors, the Home Secretary is satisfied that you should be excluded from the UK on grounds that your exclusion is conducive to the public good. There is no right of appeal."

Feiglin, a member of the Likud Central Committee, thought at first that the letter was some kind of prank until a British journalist told him it was an official document.

In his response to the British government, Feiglin said that while he had no plans to visit England, "the reasons for this strange initiative against a political figure in Israel should be investigated. This initiative constitutes another link in the European intervention in Israel's internal issues," Feiglin wrote.

"This is a British government problem, not mine. However, if somebody in Britain feels comfortable enough to do something like that, it should turn on some serious red lights in any British citizen who cares about democracy," he wrote.

"I almost feel honored because of the way the British government is behaving, to be marked as the bad guy…seeing that renowned terrorists like Hezbollah member Ibrahim Mousawwi are welcomed in your country with open arms, I understand that your policy is aimed at encouraging and supporting terror," he wrote.

"With the direction you are deteriorating to, I believe that if I ever wish to visit England in the future, I would be forced to submit my request in your official language - Arabic," the letter concluded.

Feiglin is the founder of the Manhigut Yehudit, the Jewish leadership faction of the Likud party.

Sources: Haaretz, YNet news service

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