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The Home Office in the UK is exploring the possibility of deporting foreign nationals who engage in anti-Semitic activities or express support for Hamas. Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick has

tasked department officials with examining the revocation of visas on national security grounds for individuals involved in hate crimes or endorsing the terrorist organization. This action follows recent instances where students and academics openly backed terrorist attacks by Hamas on Israel, an organization banned under British law.

France's Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, has already ordered the immediate expulsion of foreign individuals committing anti-Semitic acts in the country, leading to the removal of three such individuals.

Current legislation empowers British authorities to cancel visas for students, visitors, and workers based on national security considerations or when their presence is deemed detrimental to the public good.

In response to the incidents, universities such as University College London have launched investigations into academics who expressed views sympathetic to terrorist acts. Meanwhile, a professor at another London institution faced criticism for suggesting that the killing of 260 innocent Israelis at an outdoor event was a consequence of partying on disputed land. Additional academics have called for solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

These expressions of support have elicited outrage from experts, who accuse the institutions of "pandering to extremism." Professor Anthony Glees, a security and intelligence expert at the University of Buckingham, raised concerns about academic freedom being exploited to promote the agenda of a terrorist organization. He noted that impressionable minds were being manipulated under the guise of academic freedom.

The Union of Jewish Students condemned the attempts to justify the actions of Hamas, stating unequivocally that there is no legitimate justification for violence against innocent civilians.

The situation escalated when a students' union officer praised the murder of Israelis as "beautiful," and another student expressed pride in the actions of Hamas terrorists. Education Secretary Gillian Keegan has urged vice-chancellors to take action against threats to the well-being of Jewish students. She emphasized the importance of ensuring that Jewish students can pursue their studies without fear of harassment or intimidation.

A joint letter from Education Secretary Gillian Keegan and Higher Education Minister Robert Halfon to university leaders called for swift and decisive measures against any threats to the safety and welfare of Jewish students. The letter expressed deep concern over inflammatory messages from student societies supporting Palestinians and condemned their backing of Hamas, a proscribed terrorist organization. It called on universities to provide reassurance and create an environment where Jewish students can live and study without fear of harassment. Photo by Steve Cadman, Wikimedia commons.