Sunday, October 17, 2021

Poland summons UK ambassador after right-wing writer denied entry

WARSAW – Poland will call on the British ambassador to explain why a journalist accused of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia and rape justification was denied entry into the UK, a deputy foreign minister said on Monday.

Rafael Zimkiewicz was detained at London’s Heathrow airport on Saturday after traveling to Britain with his wife and daughter, who is starting a course at Oxford University. He was later denied entry and flew back to Warsaw.

In a letter posted on social media by a British MP, the UK Border Force attributed the decision to “conducts and views that are contrary to British values ​​and likely to commit crimes.”

“This week I will invite British Ambassador Anna Clunes to the Foreign Office to ensure that freedom of speech is included in the list of British values ​​and to ask how this corresponds with the attitude of the British services to Rafael Zimkiewicz. It is,” Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek said on Twitter.

The British Embassy could not be immediately reached for comment.

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Poland’s human rights ombudsman said on Polish public television last year that some Jews accused Zimkiewicz of anti-Semitism after collaborating with Germans in the Holocaust.

In 2014, she was accused of justifying rape after a tweet in which she said that “whoever never took advantage of a drunk person, throw the first stone.”

In a telephone conversation with Reuters, Zimkiewicz denied the allegations of bias and said the British authorities’ decision was based on the misrepresentation of his statements.

“I’ve been called a racist. I’ve been called an Islamophobe and anti-Semitic … and I’ve been called, what is most painful to me, a Holocaust denial. That’s a huge slander,” he said.

Zimkiewicz, who writes for the right-wing weekly Do Rezzi and author of several books, canceled a trip to Britain in 2018 after lawmakers raised concerns with the police over his views.

by Alan Charleshow



This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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