British Government Bans Pro-Israel Advocates Geller and Spencer, Welcomes Nazi Leader Gábor Vona, Speaks in Hyde Park

Recently released documents that were made public under the freedom of information order, “in compliance with the duty of candour” in our ongoing legal action against the the British government for banning Robert Spencer and me, reveal that a chief reason why we were banned from the country was because we strongly support Israel.

In one of them, an official in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office whose name was redacted wrote this letter on May 7 to a recipient, whose name was also redacted:

I have received initial feedback from Post to say that they do not expect that there would be any reaction from the US Administration to these exclusions.

We do have concerns with some of the reasoning in the sub, particularly citing pro-Israeli views and. [sic] Pro-Israeli views (and also support for waterboarding) apply to a large number of Americans, including former Presidents. If, for instance, Geller and Spencer were to request details of their exclusion under FOI/DPA or other mechanism, that being pro-Israeli is cited as a reason may be problematic and they could argue publically that their exclusion is on the basis of their support for Israel.

The deeply ingrained antisemitism of the British government is made even more plain by their allowing Jew-hating imams into the country to speak and this latest entry approval.

The Home Secretary Theresa May failed to ban the Nazi leader, Gábor Vona, from the UK. He arrived on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, when his party and its politicians openly express repulsive antisemitic views. Despite calls to bar entry, the Home Secretary welcomed him to speak in Britain. Apparently, Home Secretary Theresa May thinks Nazi leaders are “conducive to the public good” but pro-Israel voices are banned.

The Jobbik party loves Islam and hates Israel, so they cannot be banned; only Robert and I can be.

Gabor Vona
Gábor Vona, leader of Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party, leaves after addressing supporters at a rally in Hyde Park. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images (thanks to Armaros)

BBC: Calls are mounting for the Home Secretary Theresa May to ban Hungarian far-right Jobbik party leader Gabor Vona from entering the UK.

Labour MP Frank Dobson and London Assembly Member Andrew Dismore urged the Home Office and Metropolitan Police to act to prevent potential unrest.

Mr Vona plans to stage a political rally in central London on Sunday, the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Mr Vona’s Jobbik party has been accused of holding strong anti-Semitic views, and of fuelling hatred against the Jewish and Roma communities.

It is the most successful extreme right organisation in Europe, with three seats in the EU parliament and 44 in the Hungarian Parliament.

It has been linked to far-right parties in the EU such as the BNP, the French Front National and Greece’s Golden Dawn.

Mr Vona, who founded the now-outlawed Magyar Garda Mozgalom paramilitary group, is set to speak to Hungarian expatriates at the event in London.

‘Outwardly fascist’

Mr Dismore – who originally proposed the UK’s Holocaust Memorial Day – has written to Ms May demanding that Mr Vona be banned from holding the event.

He called Jobbik “the most powerful outwardly fascist political party in Europe”.

And Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper told the Jewish News she had called on Ms May to look at whether the Jobbik leader’s visit was “conducive to the public good”.

Campaigners Hope Not Hate also plan to hand a petition to the Home Office calling for Mr Vona to be excluded from the UK.

A Home Office spokesman said: “We do not comment on individual cases or if someone is under consideration for exclusion.”

Mr Vona has denied allegations he is meeting members of Greece’s Golden Dawn party – who have openly expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler – and the BNP on Sunday.

A spokeswoman for Mr Vona said that he was hosting a forum for Hungarian citizens in Britain ahead of a forthcoming election.

She said that claims to the contrary were “false”, adding: “He has no intention of meeting anyone from Golden Dawn or the British National Party.

“This is a forum for Hungarian citizens. This is not to do with anyone else. There are lots of Hungarians living in London and the election is coming up in Hungary.”

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