On Wednesday, a parliamentary majority asked Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten to ban the controversial Islamic scholar from entering the Netherlands. The sheikh had been invited to take part in a debate with Amsterdam students on Friday, but the VU University Amsterdam has cancelled the invitation.
MPs say the British-Palestinian sheikh Haitham Al-Haddad is known for anti-Semitic statements such as ‘Jews are the enemies of God’ and ‘Jews are descended from apes and pigs.’ Mr al-Haddad, a member of the Islamic Sharia Council in London, says he never made these statements.
In a telephone interview with Radio Netherlands, he said that statements he made in 2002 regarding the Palestine-Israeli confhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.giflict were taken out of context and posted on the internet. He did admit to saying Hamas should rule the Palestinian Territories.