An op-ed in the UK-based pan-Arab newspaper Al Quds al Arabi effusively praises the man who murdered Yosef, Chaya and Elad Salomon.
In this article, Abdel Halim Qandil says that no Arab leader had done anything to fight against Israeli actions. Fatah and Hamas and Arab national leaders were all mute about Israel’s actions until this brave young man murdered a 70 year old man and his two children:
The response came from a young man, no older than 18, Omar al-Abd. He was not known for religious extremism, and there was no suspicion of him belonging to any faction of jihad. On that day, an immediate response was made, and with one individual, a “balance of terror”, was created with an occupation army claiming to be invincible….He went to what he planned with God. The new Palestinian icons, the new title of the movement of new generations of Palestinians, have lost confidence in their leaders and the inherited factions, and took the cause of their people into their own hands, and triggered a new Palestinian popular uprising…
I believe that this article may violate the 2006 UK Terrorism Act:
1 Encouragement of terrorism
(1)This section applies to a statement that is likely to be understood by some or all of the members of the public to whom it is published as a direct or indirect encouragement or other inducement to them to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism or Convention offences.
(2)A person commits an offence if—
(a)he publishes a statement to which this section applies or causes another to publish such a statement; and
(b)at the time he publishes it or causes it to be published, he—
(i)intends members of the public to be directly or indirectly encouraged or otherwise induced by the statement to commit, prepare or instigate acts of terrorism or Convention offences; or
(ii)is reckless as to whether members of the public will be directly or indirectly encouraged or otherwise induced by the statement to commit, prepare or instigate such acts or offences.
(3)For the purposes of this section, the statements that are likely to be understood by members of the public as indirectly encouraging the commission or preparation of acts of terrorism or Convention offences include every statement which—
(a)glorifies the commission or preparation (whether in the past, in the future or generally) of such acts or offences; and
(b)is a statement from which those members of the public could reasonably be expected to infer that what is being glorified is being glorified as conduct that should be emulated by them in existing circumstances.
Qandil is calling a terrorist a hero, and as such his words being published in the United Kingdom seem to violate this law.
Qandil is Egyptian, a Nasserist activist and newspaper editor.
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