Walid Shoebat Denied Entry into Canada Again
“The refusal by the Canadian authorities to let Walid Shoebat in the country shows the absurd policies of immigration officials,” says Keith Davies, director of the Walid Shoebat Foundation. “Mr. Shoebat is trying to educate people about the dangers of terrorism, but is refused entry because he has admitted to his involvement in terror over 20 years ago. Why should the Canadian authorities want to silence his important message?” On September 10, 2006, Shoebat entered Canada without incident when he was invited to speak on Canadian National TV. He also been to Canada three times in 2004 and his story has been featured by much of the media in Canada.
UPDATE from WorldNetDaily:
The rejection came yesterday from immigration officials at the Toronto airport, even though Shoebat was carrying with him letters showing his good standing with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as an invitation letter from the Wiesenthal centers in Ottawa and Montreal, said Davies.
When he arrived at the Toronto airport, he was told he would not be allowed into Canada, and after waiting for several hours, flew back to the U.S., Davies said, even though Shoebat had been admitted to Canada just a few weeks earlier.
"What's most ironic is that he was replaced by another speaker, who happens to be a Canadian citizen (by naturalization) who has admitted to killing (hundreds) of Arabs in gang warfare (during his youth)," Davies said.
That replacement speaker is Zachariah Anani, who often works with Shoebat, Davies said.
"Certainly it was a political move," Davies said, citing a similar incident a few years back when Shoebat was to speak in Vancouver, but "active supporters of terrorism" wanted to have his voice stopped so they made complaints to the border police. The official reasoning given for the travel permission denial, Davies said, was that Shoebat "might be a security risk."