A Palestinian man with alleged ties to terrorist organizations has been invited to speak in the UK House of Commons, and an opposition group has responded by calling for the UK to bar his entry into the country.
The event is being organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and hosted by Jeremy Corbyn MP.
Mousa Abu Maria spent several years in prison in Israel because of his membership with the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad as well as for throwing stones and Molotov cocktails. In 2003 he was released as part of a prisoner exchange, and In 2008 he was placed in administrative detention, once again due to suspected connections to the PIJ.
Though Abu Maria claims he is no longer involved with Islamic Jihad, as recently as May he was pictured standing next to Khader Adnan, a member of Islamic Jihad, while holding a poster that declared support for Palestinian Islamic Jihad members Bilal Diab & Tha’er Hala.
“The objective is to stop him from entering the country, but I don’t know how probable that is. We’ve had very mixed results in the past. What we’d like in the very least is for him to be denied a platform in the House of Commons,” Sam Westrop, the Associate Director of The Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy, told The Algemeiner. “The House of Commons is the center of our government and I think it’s outrageous we would give a platform to such a man.”
As for Jeremy Corbyn’s role in the affair, Westrop was less than shocked that his name is attached to the event.
“He has a history of this sort of thing. I would have been surprised if he wasn’t involved with it.”