Banned preacher stopped from speaking at Brent town hall

Sheikh Raed Salah has been criticised for homophobia and antisemetism

An Islamic sheikh awaiting deportation because of his links with religious fundamentalist groups has been banned from holding a meeting at Brent town hall.

Sheikh Raed Salah, an Israeli who has been jailed for raising money for Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organisation by the British government, was planning to speak at an event organised by Human Appeal International.

The group had booked a room at the town hall, but Brent Council cancelled it once it was told the Sheikh was planning to speak.

In a statement released today, the leader of the council Cllr Ann John OBE said: “As soon as we became aware of Sheikh Salah’s participation, the council immediately cancelled the event.

“This decision has been supported by the police and Home Office.

“Brent Council would never knowingly give any platform to racist speakers of any kind, given our long standing commitment to diversity.

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“We have also been informed that the English Defence League was planning a counter demonstration at the Town Hall, a very unwelcome presence in our area.”

Sheikh Raed Salah is the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, and has been accused of antisemitism and homophobia.

He was detained earlier today (20) by order police after is presence was deemed ‘not conducive to public good’.