In 1290 the Crown expelled the Jews of England and their financial and physical assets were seized. In 1656 Oliver Cromwell permitted the Jews to resettle in England, some 366 years after the expulsion. A century before the expulsion, massacres were perpetrated against the Jews of York and a large number of towns like Bury St. Edmunds, East Anglia and the Home Counties, yet, apart from York, there are not one other plaque to be found in the United Kingdom to commemorate these events. No compensation has ever been offered for the assets that were seized as a result of these massacres nor for those acquired as a result of the expulsion. After the resettlement, waves of Jewish immigration took place where the immigrants added to the benefit of the communities in which they lived and did not act as a drain on the economy nor refuse to learn the language of the country they chose to settle in, but still retaining their religious rites and practices. Their contribution to the United Kingdom economically, culturally and charitably, far exceeds that of any other minority group in the history of the United Kingdom up to the present day.
In past years HM Government has taken the approach to scrutinise every action of the Israeli Government and now apparently its opposition parties beyond that given to any other country in the world. In international forums such as the United Nations or the Council of Europe, the Government’s policy appears to be one which questions the legitimacy of Israel being a sovereign state and treats the country much as it would have done in the days of the Empire and of the Mandate, even funding NGO’s opposed to the state. As a result of this, media attention in the UK is focused on the actions of Israel over and above any other country. This critical attention has resulted in excessive anti-Semitism that has manifested itself on attacks on Jewish premises and persons in the UK. Such criticism however, has not been levelled in both the quantity and degree to any other country in the world. The massacres in Rwanda were in comparison treated as a by the way as have those in Darfur. Indeed, the silence over what has occurred recently in Kenya is deafening.
However, whilst Israel is defending its Jewish citizens and particularly those in the towns of Sedrot, Ashkelon and the villages in the north-west Negev which have been subject to more rockets attacks in the last year (4,500) than the number of V-2 rockets that hit London in 1944 (1,358) HM Government together with the media have been critical beyond reproach of any action taken by Israel to stop these attacks whether by military means or the reduction in the supply of electricity and gas, despite having disengaged from the Gaza Strip some 31 months ago as a result of pressure exerted upon it by a number of countries including the UK. Yet in 1944/45, as you are well aware, HM Government carried out saturated bombing raids on German cities causing immense civilian casualties to that population. In the last few years, HM Forces have been engaged in theatres of operation that stretch from Bosnia through Iraq to Afghanistan yet they have and did attack locations where there were known civilians, resulting in civilian casualties. Clearly a case of the kettle calling the pot black.
It was was amazing to see on the front page of the London Jewish Chronicle of 7 March 2008, that the leader of the second largest faction within the Israeli Likud Party, had received notification from the Border & Immigration Agency, that he was banned from entering the United Kingdom for three years, despite not even applying for a visa or even planning a visit to the UK. However, as has been widely seen, HM Government has permitted the entry into the United Kingdom of radical preachers and spokesmen for such organisations as Hamas, Hizballah etc. who preach open terrorism and anti-Semitism not only calling for killing the Jews but openly calling for the destruction of Israel. Indeed, Arafat, as terrorist leader, who preached and organised terrorist actions, was a welcome guest to these shores from the governments of Edward Heath onward . HM Government allowed the preacher Abu Hamza to preach this racial hatred and provided police protection for many years. Thus the banning of the leader of the second largest faction within the Likud Party clearly shows racial discrimination. This is not the first time HM Government has acted in this manner but unlike the previous case in the 1970s with Rabbi Meir Kahne (H"YD) had intended to address a meeting in the UK, Mr. Feiglin had and has no intention of visiting this country.
Under the circumstances, why HM Government, Border & Immigration Agency, have banned Mr. Feiglin. Having heard Mr. Feiglin speak in Israel, this ban is a farce. Clearly is it that British Diplomats or members of MI5, MI6 etc. in Israel had attended any of his public meetings as they would certainly have looked out of place – thus they would be unaware of what he says at his public meetings unless they had recruited Jewish sleepers as British spies. Furthermore, in the last 11 plus months the Border & Immigration Agency has been operating, it has totally failed to stop the illegal immigration into the UK but has spent time to scrutinise to an infinite degree Mr. Feiglin. In doing so it has obviously wasted a considerable amount of public money and time which could have been put to better use in preventing illegal immigration.
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Moshe FeiglinCo-Founder & President
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Shmuel SackettCo-Founder & International Director
Feiglin Banned In Britain For Being a True Jewish Leader
March 12, 2008...
Recently the government of Great Britain formally placed Moshe Feiglin, the President of Manhigut Yehudit, on a list of people who are not permitted to enter England. Mr. Feiglin, who recently finished in 2nd place behind former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the head of Israel's Likud party, had no plans to visit England.
For reasons unknown, the British government decided to research quotes from articles written by Mr. Feiglin many years ago. These articles, in which Mr. Feiglin spoke about the necessity to fight terror and to analyze the culture which breeds terrorists, seem to have greatly upset the British government. Britain banned Mr. Feiglin because they claimed that his views will "foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK." In reality, it is Mr. Feiglin who is working tirelessly to combat those who would use violence against innocents throughout the world.
Manhigut Yehudit officials would like to clarify that the "extremists" are the Israeli leaders (and other world leaders) who have provided and continue to provide guns, ammunition, funding and logistical help to the terrorists who have repeatedly killed Jews; the Israeli leaders who have released terrorists with Jewish blood on their hands, and also the Israeli leaders who have evicted Jews from their homes solely for being Jewish. This list includes but is not limited to every Israeli Prime Minister since the Oslo charade commenced in 1993. The Oslo "peace" process is a charade because of the direct correlation between the amount of land that Israel has ceded and the amount of Jews who have been murdered.
Mr. Feiglin is being targeted because he is the lone voice in the Israeli political establishment fighting to save Jewish lives and the State of Israel.
In response to this disgraceful injunction, Mr. Feiglin issues the following statement:
25 Adar I, 5768
March 3, '08
To the British Government
Border and Immigration Agency
Two months ago, I received a letter from your office in which you stated that I am not welcome in your country. As I was under the impression that the letter was a practical joke, I attempted to clarify its authenticity before I replied. Now that I have ascertained that the letter is indeed authentic, I wish to give you my reply:
I did not request entry into Britain and I have no immediate plans to do so.
It would be proper to investigate the reasons for this strange initiative against a political figure in Israel. This initiative represents yet another example of European interference in Israel's internal affairs.
Being that infamous terrorists such as Ibrahim Moussaui of the Hizbollah are actually most welcome in Britain, while I -- who have never harmed anyone - am not, I conclude that your policy is to encourage and support terror.
As is clarified in your letter, the grounds for your decision is material that I had written years ago citing the necessity to fight Arab terrorists and my analysis of the culture from which terror grows. Among other facts, you quote my article in which I wrote that "The Arab is not the son of the desert, but rather, its father."
For your information, that quote was taken directly from the book "The Desert Yesterday and Today" written by none other than British High Commissioner of Sinai, Sir Claude Jarvis in 1938.
Considering the moral depths to which your nation has sunk, I find your letter most complimentary. It is a great honor for me to join the illustrious list of former prime ministers of Israel, Menachem Begin and Yitzchak Shamir, who also received similar letters from your offices.