Thank you your majesty. You’ve done the right thing, once again.
According to Al-Waqt this morning, his majesty ordered the residency visa for Wagdi Ghoneim immediately cancelled, which means that he has a few days in which to gather his stuff and his brood and board a plane to Neverland. He’ll feel quite comfortable there I think!
The reason? This was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
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Summary: A report in one of the Kuwaiti papers stated that Wagdi Ghoneim condoned and supported the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait 16 years ago and labelled the Kuwaiti society as gays and pederasts. This was apparently recorded in one of his taped sermons. The Kuwaitis took umbrage with this, the king got wind of it and immediately rescinded Wagdi’s residency permit.
To help him in that effect and to seed his illustrious CV for him, I suggest he might want to add a little to bumph it up a bit more and mention his Bahrain experience:
Ghoneim has been videotaped calling for suicide bombings at Islamic conferences. (The Investigative Project on Terrorism, ‘Backgrounder On the Fiqh Council of North America and the Council on American-Islamic Relations,’ July 31, 2005)
Ghoneim was denied entrance to Canada, after immigration officials determined he was a member of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. (The Ottawa Citizen, ‘Egyptian Religious Leader Denied Canadian Visa,’ January 10, 1999) Swiss airport authorities denied Guoneim’s entrance to Switzerland, citing his fundraising activities for Hamas and his arrest record in Egypt. (Islam Online, ‘Preacher Denied Entry, Swiss Muslims Furious,’ September 19, 2005)
On November 4, 2004, Ghoneim was arrested at his Anaheim, California home and was charged with overstaying his religious-worker visa. Ghoneim was subsequently deported from the United States. (Los Angeles Times, ‘Imprisoned Orange County imam insists he’s innocent of terrorist links but opts to depart the U.S. with his family for the Middle East,’ December 29, 2004) and was deported from Bahrain in November 2007 to destinations unknown.
Well, other than the immediate relief that this country hosts one less terrorism sympathizer, we still bid him adieux and fair winds, ones that will take him far away from these shores not to return.