Yunis Al Astal
Yunis Al Astal (Arabic: يونس الأسطل) is a preacher and Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council for the area of Khan Yunis He writes as a journalist on topics like Islamic law (fiqh), sociology and politics.
He was named on the list of "Individuals banned from the UK for stirring-up hatred" for "engaging in unacceptable behaviour by seeking to foment, justify or glorify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs and to provoke others to terrorist acts."
On the occasion of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Jordan and Israel, he said that Arab governments that welcome the Pope harm the Prophet Mohammed more than the pontiff's controversial statements against the founder of Islam.
- Rouse, Beverley (2009-05-05). "Named and shamed: the 16 barred from UK". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- Jeroen Gunning; p179; Hamas in Politics: Democracy, Religion, Violence; Columbia University Press, 2008, ISBN 0-231-70044-X
- "Home Office name hate promoters excluded from the UK". Press Release. UK Home Office. May 5, 2009. Archived from the original on May 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- Hamas lawmaker: Arabs welcoming Pope harm Prophet Mohammed