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{Originally posted to the Palestinian Media Watch website}

“… I attach a dossier of information compiled by Palestinian Media Watch about Jibril Rajoub… I believe that a statement from your department making clear that Jibril Rajoub will be prohibited from entering the UK will send an unequivocal message that Britain does not and will not tolerate the promotion of terrorism.”
[Letter from MP Joan Ryan
to Secretary of State for the Home Department Amber Rudd, Sept. 6, 2016]

The PMW report referred to by MP Ryan includes over 20 pages of examples of Rajoub’s statements and activities promoting terror, prohibiting peace building events, and glorifying terrorists, such as the examples below:

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“I say that whoever carried out individual acts of heroism (i.e., referring to terror attacks), we in the Fatah Movement bless and encourage them. We consider them heroes and a crown on the head of every Palestinian… beginning with our brother Muhannad Halabi (who murdered 2 – Ed.)…”
[Official PA TV, Jan. 2, 2016]

 

“The international community does not agree to a bus exploding in Tel Aviv. But the international community does not ask what happens to a settler or soldier in the occupied territories at the wrong time and in the wrong place. No one asks about him! Therefore, we want to fight in such a way that the world and the international community will remain by our side.” [Official PA TV, Oct. 17, 2015]

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In 2005, the British Home Office recognized glorification of terror as one among several “unacceptable behaviours.” The Home Secretary is empowered to bar an individual engaging in one or more of these “unacceptable behaviours” from entry to British soil:
“The power to deny a person the ability to enter the UK is an important tool… Individuals can be excluded… under the unacceptable behaviours or extremism exclusion policy.”
“The list of unacceptable behaviours… covers any non-UK national in the UK or abroad who uses any means … to express views which: foment, justify or glorify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs; seek to provoke others to terrorist acts…”
[House of Commons Briefing Paper , Number 7035, July 21, 2016,
emphasis added]
Jibril Rajoub’s statements and actions during the recent terror wave (as documented by PMW) clearly put him in this category.
PMW has shared the documentation of Jibril Rajoub’s terror support with other MPs as well, and similar action may be pursued in other countries.

The following is British MP Joan Ryan’s letter to the Home Department:

 

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