The Obama administration announced earlier this week that it would allow two Muslim scholars into the country – lifting a ban on Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss national and professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University, and Adam Habib of South Africa.
But the pro-Palestinian group cited by the U.S. government in denying Tariq Ramadan’s visa remains on the U.S. Treasury Department’s list of organizations sanctioned for their links to terrorism.
Commenting on the administration’s decision, Middle East expert Daniel Pipes questioned the fact that officials are presenting it in the context of “pursuing a new relationship with Muslim communities based on mutual interest and mutual respect.”
“But it’s always been a terrorism case, with no connection to issues of Islam,” Pipes wrote on his Web site. “What amateurs.”