This report acknowledges that the High Court ruled that Raed Salah would be eligible for “damages” to the tune of Â£5,000 because officers could not speak Arabic in his initial detention. There is no further word on whether Salah will have a check — sorry, cheque — in his pocket when they show him the door. “Banned preacher can be removed says tribunal,” by Tom Whitehead for the Telegraph, October 27:
Sheikh Raed Salah, a Palestinian activist accused of inciting anti — Semitic violence, was able to walk through immigration at Heathrow in June, despite being banned days before.
He appealed against a decision by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to remove him but has lost the latest round.
Mrs May has said he is not conducive to the public good and wants him out of the country.
And yesterday, an immigration tribunal hearing his appeal concluded that the Home Secretary was justified in her position.
It added: “In the balancing exercise necessary for any consideration of proportionality, great weight must be attached to the public interest of preventing disorder or crime.
“We are satisfied that the appellant has engaged in the unacceptable behaviour of fostering hatred which might lead to intercommunity violence in the UK.
“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.”
But it may not yet be time for officers to pull out their phrasebook for “Don’t let the door hit you…”
Mr Salah, 52, now has five days to appeal the decision.
Mr Salah, who lives in Jerusalem, is the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. He became popular among Arab extremists after he was jailed for two years by Israeli authorities in 2003 over allegations he had helped fund Hamas.
In June, Mrs May tried to prevent a planned visit by banning him but immigration officials missed six opportunities to stop him from entering the UK.
Earlier this month, the High Court said he was entitled to claim damages after being detained unlawfully shortly after entering the country. He is currently on bail.
A Home Office spokesman said: “We are pleased the court agrees Salah’s removal would be conducive to the public good and that he has engaged in unacceptable behaviour.
“We will seek to deport him at the earliest opportunity.”