Tameside Labour

Statement on Raed Salah

Wednesday 29th June 2011

I have been invited by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) to speak in a meeting due to be held this evening on Settlements in East Jerusalem.  It is my understanding the meeting will be an important opportunity to engage in dialogue and raise awareness of the serious issues affecting those in Jerusalem.

I was recently informed of allegations made against one of the speakers invited by PSC to speak at the meeting. I do not personally know Raed Saleh but I have been closely observing the situation unfold.  I condemn any form of racism, fascism, anti-Semitism or Islamaphobia. I have made it clear that I would not wish to share a platform if these allegations were true:

The organisers of the meeting have made the following statement since the arrest of Raed Saleh yesterday evening:

The Sheikh entered the UK openly on 25 June and his schedule was known well in advance by UK authorities. This included a meeting in Parliament on 26 June and a public meeting the same night at Conway Hall, London, organised by PSC and MEMO on the subject of the Arab Spring and its impact on Palestine.

Despite this, the Sheikh was arrested in his hotel room last night under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1971. The Home Secretary, Teresa May, subsequently announced in the House of Commons that he was excluded from entering the UK. The government has not made clear when the ban was issued, and the Sheikh’s legal team had not been contacted.

The Sheikh has appealed against the deportation in court. His team had already begun legal proceedings against Daily Telegraph and Jewish Chronicle journalists for printing false allegations about him last week”