Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, a former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and current Imam of the city’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, will visit Britain as part of a delegation organised by Pro-Palestinian group EuroPal, according to Jewish News Online.
An email sent to MPs announced the details of Sabri’s visit agenda and offered meetings in parliament with the group between Monday 11 and Friday 15 September.
Shockingly in a 2001 radio sermon he called for the destruction of Britain and the US and said: “Allah, destroy the US, its helpers and its agents. Allah, destroy Britain, its helpers and its agents. Allah, prepare those who will unite the Muslims and march in the steps of Saladin.”
Sabri has a history of anti-Semitic and terrorist-supporting views, including advocating using children for terrorist means.
In a sermon on Palestinian television, he said: “The Muslim loves death and [strives for] martyrdom.”
In addition to calling for the destruction of America and Britain, he has said Jews are “the most cowardly creatures Allah has ever created”, adding that he is “filled with rage toward the Jews”.
Joan Ryan MP, Labour Friends of Israel chair, said she was horrified Sabri was attempting to visit parliament “given his reported views on the holocaust, terrorism and the Jewish people.”
She added: “If these reports are true, he should not be allowed into the UK, let alone into Parliament.
“Giving a platform to those who spout hatred and violence is not the way to achieve justice and peace in the Middle East.”
A petition launched by the Christian United for Israel UK (CUFI UK) urging Home Secretary Amber Rudd to ban him from entering the UK and visiting Parliament has gathered more than 5,000 signatures.
A Home Office spokesman said: “The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good.”
“We are clear that coming here is a privilege and this would be refused to those who seek to subvert our shared values.”
The application for a visa has not been made by Sabri, the Home Office commented.