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Ken Livingstone’s Ally Yusuf al-Qaradawi Denied Visa

by | 7th, February 2008

livingstone.jpg YUSUF al-Qaradawi was seeking medical treatment in London.

But the Home Office says the Egyptian will not get a visa.

Qaradawi last entered Britain in 2004, on the invitation of Mayor Ken Livingstone to speak at City Hall.

In Britain, Qaradawi presents himself as the face of moderate Islam. But in a sermon in a Doha mosque in 2003, Qaradawi is quoted as having said “O God, destroy the Zionist, the American and the British aggressors.”

He says, as the Sun notes, that all gays should die. He suggests a little wife beating is ok.

Ken Livingstone, the London mayor, gave him a bear hug and pumped his hand. Said Ken: “On behalf of the people of London, I would like to apologise to the Sheikh for the outburst of xenophobia in sections of the media which demonstrated an underlying ignorance of Islam.”

And this the same Livingstone who can’t apologise for comparing a Jewish reporter to a concentration camp guard. Good that he can apologise for others’ mistakes.

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