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Passion Islam I November 2008 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 7
UK toughens rules
on exclusions
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith who abuse our standards and
announced new measures to values to undermine our way
prevent individuals who ‘foster of life,” she argued.
extremism or hate’ entering Under the rules, the burden
the UK. of proof is based upon banned
The tougher rules make individuals to prove that they
it easier for the government renounced their previous
to exclude those who want to extremist views or actions ‘to
come to the UK to stir up what demonstrate this is so and
was termed as ‘religious or that this has been publicly
racial hatred’. communicated’.
“Through these tough new But the announced was
measures I will stop those who criticized by opposition parties
want to spread extremism, as a publicity-stunt, given that
to provoke violence or racial By way of further publicity,
hatred and violent messages in the government implemented
hatred, but these ideas add Smith was also due to ‘name
our communities from coming exclusions plans over three
nothing since the government and shame’ a total of 230
to our country,” Smith said. years ago. has already excluded 79 people, which the UK has
“Coming to the UK is a “It is quite right to exclude preachers of hate,” said Lib excluded since August 2005,
privilege and I refuse to extend anyone whose speech is likely Dem’s shadow home secretary including neo-Nazis and violent
that privilege to individuals to prove so inflammatory as
Chris Huhne. animal rights activists.
Interfaith unity on campus
A cross-party group of Jewish and settled in upon arriving in the UK, to facing this country and where we might make
Muslim MPs visited English universities to questions about their loyalty to Britain and common cause.”
promote better interfaith relations between the challenges of anti-Semitism and anti- The Union of Jewish Students said it
students. Islamic sentiment. Jewish and Muslim was “delighted” to support the initiative.
The Coexistence Trust addressed people work together in all walks of life, Chairman Adam Pike said: “The work
tensions created on campuses by the yet we seem to live apart of the Coexistence Trust sits well with
Middle East conflict. It aimed to highlight “Britain can learn a huge amount from UJS’ belief in the importance of interfaith
similarities in the histories of the two exploring these shared experiences, which work and we look forward to the positive
communities and encourage unity in will help politicians and policy makers in message from the peers.
the face of the prejudice that both have Parliament respond to the challenges that “The response from local Jewish
suffered. we face today.” societies has been wholly positive and they
The tour visited London, Birmingham, Lib Dem peer Baroness Falkner, who are keen to share their experiences.”
Leeds, Oxford and Cambridge. Led by also took part in the tour, said such an
Labour peer Lord Mitchell and shadow effort was “long overdue”. Advertise in
minister for community cohesion Baroness “Jewish and Muslim people work
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Baroness Warsi said: “There are so to live apart,” she said.
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of 90,000
and British Muslim community share to get beneath the skin and to talk of
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