London, UK, February 7 2008 – News that the British government has banned Shaikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi from visiting the UK is another illustration of its perverse policies towards Islam and Muslims. The ban was recently called for by neoconservative Tory leader David Cameron and a government statement said "The UK will not tolerate the presence of those who seek to justify any acts of terrorist violence or express views that could foster inter-community violence".
Taji Mustafa, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said: "Brown and Cameron easily resort to banning what they seem unable to refute by argument. Labelling opposition to their policies as ‘extremism’ and condemning any resistance to their colonial world vision as ‘terrorism’ merely proves that they unable to take on the arguments on these issues."
"Giving reasons that Shaikh Qaradawi justifies ‘terrorist violence’ needs to be set against the fact he opposed the London bomings of July 2005, whilst Brown and Cameron supported and justified violence that killed over 650,000 civilians in Iraq."
"The accusations look hollow when Britain has never shied away from welcoming those who terrorise whole populations like Vladimir Putin in Chechnya, Ehud Olmert in Palestine and Pervez Musharraf, responsible for terrorising civilians in Waziristan."
"These examples and many others show that despite the pious words, the defining principle of who enters Britain from the Muslim world is hypocritical material interest. Only last year the Saudi dictator King Abdallah received a state welcome heavily influenced no doubt by the fact that Saudi Arabia agreed to buy 72 Eurofighters at more than £6bn."
"Talk of free speech, human rights and democracy – that are preached to the world – are readily abandoned in the face of profit and strategic benefit."