Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi of Monsey, who has 200,000 followers on social media, has been banned from entering Britain, ahead of a speaking tour in London.
Rabbi Mizrachi has been criticized by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and others for his views, including his claim that fewer than one million halachic Jews were killed in the Holocaust, Down’s Syndrome and autism are punishments for previous sins, and blind children are serving penance for aveiros in a past life.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “When the purpose of someone’s visit to this country is to spread hatred, we can and will stop them entering Britain. This Government upholds free speech but we will not let it be used to excuse detestable views that directly contravene our values. We take the threat from extremism seriously and we will challenge it wherever we see it.”