Unpublished Report Stirs Controversy: Israel Accused of ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ in UK Border Inspection
Recent developments have seen UK Immigration Minister, Robert Jenrick, declining a meeting with David Neal, the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration. The reason for this is an unpublished report on stateless individuals, which contained a controversial segment implicating Israel in “ethnic cleansing” against Palestinians. The Inspector, however, asserts that he did not author this contentious part of the report.
Discovery of Controversial Reference
The controversial reference came to light through the private office of Home Secretary Suella Braverman, which voiced concerns about the appropriateness of the segment and its potential antisemitic undertones. The contentious excerpt pointed fingers at Israel for depriving Palestinians in East Jerusalem of their IDs and residency rights. The report equated this practice to “administrative ‘ethnic cleansing'”.
Amendments to the Report
Following a meeting with civil servants, Neal agreed to the removal of the controversial claim, originally made by an academic in another paper. Neal, previously a military police officer, was appointed the Chief Inspector of Borders in March 2021. His mandate includes overseeing the UK’s immigration, asylum, nationality, and customs operations. Since taking up the role, he reportedly had several disputes with home office officials.
Reaction to the Allegations
The allegations of ethnic cleansing against Palestinians by Israel did not go unnoticed by the Anti-Defamation League in America. The organization criticized the accusations, describing them as “fundamentally inaccurate”, “sensationalist”, and “demonizing”.
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