Raed Salah loses appeal against UK deportation

UK immigration tribunal concludes that pro-Palestinian activist engaged in “the unacceptable behavior of fostering hatred."

Sheikh Raed Salah 311 (photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Sheikh Raed Salah 311
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
LONDON – Raed Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, is set to be deported from the UK after a court ruled on Wednesday that his removal would be conducive to the public good.
Salah, from Umm al-Fahm, lost his appeal against deportation and will be deported “at the earliest opportunity.”
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He has been in Britain since June, despite being banned from entering the country. He spoke at a number of anti-Israel events before being arrested.
Salah appealed the original deportation order issued by Home Secretary Theresa May, who deemed that he was not conducive to the public good, and was granted bail in July, on a surety of $49,000, while he awaited the deportation hearing.
On Wednesday, an immigration tribunal concluded that Salah had engaged in “the unacceptable behavior of fostering hatred” that might lead to intercommunity violence in the UK.
The tribunal considered five pieces of evidence against Salah: a poem he wrote; a speech in which he invoked a blood libel slur against Jews; claims that Israel intends to destroy the Aksa Mosque; the charges he currently faces in Israel for incitement to violence and anti-Semitism; and his conviction for funding organizations linked to Hamas.
“We are satisfied that the appellant’s words and actions tend to be inflammatory, divisive, insulting and likely to foment tension and radicalism.
They deal with issues which are highly sensitive in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute,” the tribunal ruled.
The Home Office welcomed the decision to deport Salah.
“We are pleased the court agrees Salah’s removal would be conducive to the public good and that he has engaged in unacceptable behavior. We will seek to deport him at the earliest opportunity,” a Home Office spokesman said.
Earlier this month, the High Court ruled that he was entitled to claim damages after being detained unlawfully before he was granted bail.