BB London Bureau of International Affairs writes to the Home Secretary

Jeremy Havardi Director of BBLBIA sends a letter to The Rt. Hon. Amber Rudd, MP

Report by Jeremy Havardi

The Rt. Hon. Amber Rudd, MP

House of Commons




5 September 2017

Dear Home Secretary,

I am writing on behalf of B’nai B’rith UK’s Bureau of International Affairs with concern at the impending arrival into the UK of Sheikh Sa’id Sabri, the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Sheikh Sabri has made a number of highly inflammatory comments in recent years which have incited hatred against Jews.

In 2000, he described the Holocaust of 6 million Jews as a ‘fairytale exploited by Israel to capture international solidarity.’ In an interview last year, he said: ‘We know the Jew is planning on destroying the Haram (Temple Mount)’ at a time when murderous violence was directed towards Israelis in Jerusalem, and he has also expressed support for the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.  The Jews have not been his sole targets, however. In a sermon on PA Radio in 2001, he expressed his wish to ‘destroy Britain, its helpers and its agents.’ Comments such as these can easily inspire extremists in this country.

Sheikh Sabri was reportedly banned from entering France in 2012 and we are calling for him to be banned from entering the UK on the grounds that his presence is not conducive to the public good.

Yours sincerely

Jeremy Havardi

Director of B’nai B’rith UK London Bureau