An immigration tribunal in the UK ruled Tuesday that radical Islamist preacher Raed Salah should be deported from the country.
Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was allowed in to the UK in late June for a speaking tour due to a glitch in the country's border security system. The Home Office already has placed a ban on him, finding that his presence would "not [be] conducive to the public good." Salah was arrested and jailed several days later.
Salah contested the exclusion order and was released in late July after the High Court in London granted him conditional bail.
Salah was charged by Israel in 2003 with funding Hamas, contact with a foreign agent and money laundering. He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison in 2005. Salah has also been on record for making anti-Semitic statements, including an article after 9/11 which claimed that Jews were warned not to go to work at the World Trade Center that day.
Tuesday's court ruling cites Salah's ties to Hamas and anti-Semitic statements provided by the representatives of the Secretary of State for the Home Department, including a 2007 speech Salah delivered in Jerusalem invoking the anti-Semitic blood libel.
The immigration tribunal hearing Salah's appeal concluded that "the Secretary of State was right to conclude that the words and actions" of Salah "do justify a conclusion that the Appellant's [Salah's] removal would be conducive to the public good." And, "We are satisfied that the Appellant has engaged in the unacceptable behavior of fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK."
The Home Office welcomed the decision of the court. "We will seek to deport him at the earliest opportunity," a spokesman said.