Entry Clearances: Israel

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the admission into the United Kingdom to speak publicly of Professor Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and his reported remarks that the sisters and mothers of terrorists should be raped as a deterrent, whether they intend to reconsider the retention of the visa waiver agreement with Israel.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Home Office does not routinely comment on individual cases. This is because the Home Office has obligations in law to protect this information. The UK does not require Israeli citizens to hold a visa to visit the UK. Nevertheless, the Home Secretary can, in individual cases, decide whether a person should be excluded from the UK regardless of whether they require a visa to come to the UK or not. The UK sets its visa regimes in light of immigration, crime and security risks, amongst other factors, and keeps these regimes under regular review. The UK has no ‘visa waiver agreement’ with Israel.

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