Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Walid Shoebat Denied Entry into Canada Again

Former terrorist, Walid Shoebat, has been refused entry into Canada by Immigration authorities, today. Shoebat is scheduled to speak at the Simon Weisenthal Center at 7:30 p.m. in Ottawa tonight and in Montreal tomorrow. He is often invited to speak about his life as a terrorist and about his transformation from extremist to peace-maker and activist against terrorism.

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

"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."


Blogger Baconeater said...

At times like this, it is embarrassing to be a Canadian.

December 07, 2006 1:59 PM  
Blogger thehappylibertarian said...

I will never understand Canadian immigration policies. They allow thousands (if not tens of thousands) of "refugees" from far flung countries (Somalia, for one) only for them to devour the benefits of being Canadian provides. Namely, free healthcare and welfare. AND, Canada claims to be the land of peace and harmony for the world (the anti-America, if you will). Yet, they won't let this peacemaker in. Sorry Canada, I just don't get you...

December 07, 2006 4:33 PM  
Blogger Urban Infidel said...

Where the Hell is Harper on this?

December 07, 2006 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know I'm going to offend someone, but Canada's bureaucracy is run by people who would otherwise be grade-school teachers - and they live in a grade-school teacher world.

In other worlds, they're like stereotypical college teachers, only they think the world is simple, too.

I wish I had the time to look up some of the past incidences of Canada's soft-touch with real and current Honest-to-Allah terrorists.

December 10, 2006 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canada lets in, as purported refugees, the worst scum: Pakis, Hamass, Hezbolla, and, yes, al Qaida; but a Christian who wants to warn Canadians about the threat that Islam poses, in particular to Canada's Jewish community, is refused entry. Canada's civil service is deeply antisemitic and French if you needed an explanation of Shoebat's situation.

December 11, 2006 1:18 AM  
Blogger Kiddo said...

I'm with Anon here. Canada lets every radical threat right in (which feeds right to the US if this is their ultimate goal), but oh heavens, not Shoebat! What gall!

December 12, 2006 8:50 AM  

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