Hamas-linked CAIR was all over this, asking that there be an investigation into whether Trump’s Muslim ban was already de facto in place. Prime Minister David Cameron promised to look into it, which he never did when I was banned from Britain for making the commonplace and obviously true assertion that Islam has doctrines of violence. The mainstream media has been filled with stories of these poor victims of “Islamophobia,” denied their holiday in Disneyland because of “racism” and “bigotry.” There’s just one problem with all this: it looks as if there were numerous legitimate reasons to bar this family from the U.S. — reasons that have nothing to do with their being Muslim or holding certain political views, and everything to do with ties to jihad terror.
“Father of Muslim ‘Disneyland Family’ Banned from U.S. Denies Extremist Links,” by Liam Deacon, Breitbart, December 24, 2015:
One of the fathers traveling with the Muslim family banned from entering the U.S. this week has denied any alleged links to Islamist extremism after a Facebook page set up at his home address was discovered, praising al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
On Tuesday Mohammad Tariq Mahmood, his brother and nine of their children were pulled from a queue at Gatwick airport by British Border Force guards and barred from traveling to the US on the instruction of U.S. Homeland Security.
A Facebook account, set up at his London address in the name of Hamza Hussain, has now been discovered listing titles such as “supervisor at Taliban and leader at al-Qaeda”.
Although one of Mr. Mahmood’s sons is called Hamza, when asked about the account, Mr. Mahmood told ITV that hackers may be to blame, adding: “That could be anything, maybe a mistake.”
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman said that currently the “religion, faith or spiritual beliefs of an international traveler are not determining factors” when deciding if a person can travel to the US.
However, the spokesman explained, people can be denied entry for a variety of reasons including health-related issues, prior criminal convictions, security concerns or on miscellaneous grounds.
Despite claiming that they were stopped unfairly, it was reported last night the brothers “hit positive for terror checks”.
As reported by Breitbart London, it was revealed yesterday that Mr. Mahmood’s brother was denied entry into Israel and detained eight years ago on a “lads” trip to Middle East with a “group of older gentlemen.”
The Muslim Council of Britain, which was recently linked to the Muslim Brotherhood Islamist network in a government report, said that the last-minute denial of boarding privileges without explanation is distressing for Muslims.
“There is a perception that such decisions are being made due to the faith or political activism of individuals,” the council said.
Yesterday Labour MP Stella Creasy wrote a letter to David Cameron demanding action, claiming that “a growing number of UK Muslim citizens say they have been similarly treated.”
A Downing Street spokeswoman promptly confirmed the Prime Minister was considering the issues, and would respond in due course.
“Muslim ‘Disneyland Family’ Banned From America: Why Their ‘Islamophobia’ Story Doesn’t Stack Up,” by Liam Deacon, Breitbart, December 23, 2015:
It’s been two days since the Guardian broke the ‘Disneyland family’ story; a woeful Christmas tale of American ‘Islamophobia’ and discrimination. An innocent Muslim family cruelly denied entry into the US by Homeland Security scrooges with no good reason, we were told.
Speaking to the Guardian, Mohammad Tariq Mahmood, who was travelling with his brother and nine of their children on a family holiday to Disneyland California, said: “It’s because of the attacks on America – they think every Muslim poses a threat.”
This morning, Labour MP Stella Creasy waded in on the furore, claiming the ‘Disneyland family’ had been “trumped” and calling for a “critique of American Republican primary political positioning”.
Linking the issue to Mr. Trump, anecdotally, she postulated that “a growing number of UK Muslim citizens say they have been similarly treated”, and the BBC believed her.
Ms. Creasy, MP for Walthamstow in East London, perhaps trying to redeem herself with Muslim constituents after voting for action in Syria, wrote a letter to David Cameron demanding action. A Downing Street spokeswoman promptly confirmed the Prime Minister was considering the issues, and would respond in due course.
When a former member of Hizbut al Tahrir – one of the largest global movements for an Islamic caliphate – tweeted her a similar tale of victimhood, she promised to lobby for him to be allowed into the US too.
Today, however, it looks as thought the MP and the Guardian might just have jumped the gun.
One of the brothers was interviewed on LBC Radio. He explained that they had left their wives at home and traveled to the airport. “We were waiting in the queue at the gate and we were very close to getting on the plane”, he said.
“Then an announcement said they wanted to speak to Mr. Mohammad. There was no one else of Asian origin or who looked Muslim so I knew it was me.
“A gentleman said he was from British Border Control and he had a border control jacket on… He said there was something wrong with my ESTA [Electronic System for Travel Authorization] and that I wouldn’t be able to board.
“…He finally said they had had a call from Washington DC from homeland security”.
At first, Mr. Mohammad said he had no idea what the call could concern. But, when questioned, he let slip that his brother, “had a scenario 10 years ago when he went to see the holy mosque in Tel Aviv”, presumably referring to the holy mosque in Jerusalem.
“He did not get in any trouble, ” he said, but was detained because “he is a bearded man,” and was only held overnight because the guards did not work on Saturday. His brother’s wife later revealed that the BBC had reported that he had been detained for eight days.
Speaking later on the same show, she said: “My husband travelled to Israel with a couple of other gentlemen; a couple of older gentlemen and a couple of friends”.
She explained that it was “about 8 years ago, before any kind of war or any thing of that kind of nature was going on – you were allowed to travel to Israel”.
However, when pressed, she revealed that her husband was flat out denied entry to the country.
“Same as here, we weren’t given any answer”, she said, postulating: “Probably because there were young lads, they probably thought they were going to, you know, cause havoc or something.”
Unlike on this occasion, after being denied entry into Israel, “he didn’t make a fuss”, she said, and returned straight home.
She never explained why he had traveled there with the “older gentlemen” or group of “lads” and what “havoc” the authorities feared. But, arresting someone for merely “having a beard” is illegal in Israel, and being denied entry into the country not particularly common….