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Foreign Students Face Deportation Over Hamas Support as the UK Cracks Down on Hate

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Foreign students and academics who express support for Hamas or engage in anti-Semitic acts may face deportation from the United Kingdom, according to plans being considered by the Home Office, as reported by The Daily Mail.

Immigration minister Robert Jenrick has instructed department officials to explore the revocation of visas on national security grounds for those involved in hate crimes or endorsing the terrorist organization.

This move comes in the wake of recent incidents where students and academics expressed support for Hamas, a group outlawed under British law, and terrorist attacks against Israel.

France’s interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, has already taken decisive action, ordering the immediate expulsion of foreign nationals who commit anti-Semitic acts, resulting in the removal of three individuals.

Under current laws, British authorities have the authority to cancel visas for students, visitors, and workers if their presence is deemed detrimental to national security or the public good.

The recent controversies have prompted University College London to launch an investigation into an academic who, on Saturday, October 7, 2023, stated that Palestinian “retaliation” was “entirely justifiable.”

Simultaneously, a professor at another London university suggested that the tragic event where 260 innocent Israelis were gunned down at an outdoor rave was a “consequence” of “partying on stolen land.”

Furthermore, another academic called for solidarity with the “Palestinian struggle,” leading to outrage among experts who accused their employing institutions of “pandering to extremism.”

Professor Anthony Glees, a security and intelligence expert at the University of Buckingham, voiced concerns about the universities’ apparent double standards, highlighting that they allow academics and students to support a proscribed terror organization while quickly no-platforming others.

He criticized this manipulation of young minds under the guise of academic freedom, stating that it amounts to universities pandering to extremism.

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The Union of Jewish Students expressed its condemnation of anyone justifying the actions of Hamas, emphasizing that there is no legitimate reason for acts of violence against innocent civilians, such as rape, murder, and kidnapping.

Additional disturbing incidents emerged, including a students’ union officer describing the murder of Israelis as “beautiful” and another student expressing “pride” in the actions of Hamas terrorists.

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan, along with Higher Education Minister Robert Halfon, has reached out to vice-chancellors, urging them to take action to protect the welfare of Jewish students.

They emphasized the importance of Jewish students pursuing their studies without fear of harassment or intimidation.

In their letter to educational leaders, Keegan and Halfon stressed that supporting Hamas, a proscribed terrorist organization, not only raises legal concerns but also deeply troubles and hurts Jewish individuals who have connections to Israel.

They requested swift and decisive action against any threats to the safety and welfare of Jewish students and called upon institutions to provide reassurance to ensure these students can lead their lives and pursue their studies without fear.

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