Due to his placement on a watch list, Moataz Matar will not be allowed to go back to the United Kingdom.
A British official reportedly cancelled the visa of an exiled Egyptian television personality because of his purported sympathy for Hamas, a Palestinian armed organization that the government views as a “terrorist” organization.
According to the London-based Telegraph news website, Moataz Matar’s visa was revoked by the Home Office for, among other reasons, supporting Hamas and participating in pro-Palestinian demonstrations in London.
In addition, the 49-year-old has been placed on a watch list, making it impossible for him to go back to the UK.
According to reports, this is the first “expulsion” that Home Secretary Suella Braverman and Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick have carried out since the approximately 1,200-person Hamas attack inside Israel on October 7.
Since then, Israel has been attacking Gaza, the group’s base, with airstrikes and ground assaults. As a result, over 11,000 Palestinians—mostly women and children—have been killed, causing a humanitarian crisis. Despite increasing international pressure, Israel has declined to immediately halt hostilities.
In the aftermath of the Hamas attack, British officials have announced preparations for a crackdown on supposed “anti-Semitic” behavior. According to the Telegraph, at least six more foreign people may have their visas withdrawn.
Jenrick was cited as stating, “There can be zero tolerance for visitors to the UK who abuse the privilege of a visa and endorse evil terrorist acts.” “Be certain that we shall persist in revoking visas as needed for anyone thinking about doing the same in the upcoming days and weeks. Extremism on our streets won’t be tolerated.
It is alleged that Matar has left the UK, but because of the watch list, border officers would not allow him to return.
If the Home Office determines that a foreign national’s behavior is “not conducive to the public good” or that they pose a threat to national security, it has the authority to cancel their work, visiting, or student visas.
All 43 police agencies in England and Wales have apparently been instructed by Jenrick and Chris Philip, the minister of police, to report any foreign nationals who are seen engaging in any potentially “extremist activities” that might result in the cancellation of their visas.
Jenrick is also said to have maintained communication with the Community Security Trust, which is in charge of protecting Jewish communities, after the Hamas attack in order to provide the identities of any foreign people they believe to be acting in a “anti-Semitic” manner.
Along with outlawing pro-Palestinian gatherings, France has also taken harsh measures against protesters protesting the murder of civilians in Gaza.
Gerald Darmanin, France’s interior minister, has mandated that any foreign national proven to have committed anti-Semitic crimes be promptly removed from the nation. France has previously evicted at least three of them.Tuesday saw the French President, Emmanuel Macron, demand that Israel cease its bombardment of the besieged enclave, which is murdering people. Israel swiftly rebuked his statements, claiming that international leaders—not Israelis—should be denouncing Hamas.