UK Muslims decry ‘draconian’ terror guidelines

The sizable Muslim minority in Britain decried the government’s new guidelines on deporting and barring Islamists suspected of inciting terrorism as too vague, warning they could further fan Islamophobia in Britain. “The list of ‘unacceptable behaviors’ announced by the Home Secretary as grounds for exclusion of foreign nationals from the UK is considered to be too wide and unclear,” the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said in a statement posted on its web site.

“We are especially concerned that senior Islamic scholars will be barred from the UK purely on the basis of media witch-hunts orchestrated by pro-Israeli elements,” Inayat Bunglawala, MCB media officer, told Agence France Presse (AFP).

Islam Online, 25 August 2005