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{UAH} Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson pictured holding gun on Israeli tank near Syrian border

Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson pictured holding gun on Israeli tank near Syrian border

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The Evening Standard

Far-right activist Tommy Robinson has been pictured holding a gun atop an Israeli tank in a war-torn region of the Middle East

The former leader of the English Defence League (EDL) posted the photo on Wednesday from the Golan Heights, an area of Syria occupied by Israel since 1967.

He added the caption: "All those people telling me to be careful in Israel, I think I'll be okay."

Mr Robinson has been on an "eye-opening" tour of the Jewish state since landing on Tuesday, posting photos and videos of his exploits to Twitter.

In a clip from the Golan Heights he claims to have heard the dropping of bombs from across the Syrian border.

One picture shows him in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian West Bank, the scene of much fighting and bloodshed in recent years, posing next to a sign which forbids Israelis from entering a Palestinian area.

The far-right campaigner appears to be travelling alongside a writer known as Brian of London, who blogs for website 'Israellycool', having moved to the country in 2009.

In one video filmed in an Israeli settlement built on Palestinian territory, a practice deemed illegal by the United Nations, Mr Robinson says: "I'm here because I want to understand the difference.

"People say there can be no peace because of these settlements. Well I'm walking round this settlement now and we found the pub."

He adds: "I'm having a great time – it's very eye-opening."

"One of the places we are gonna go which I don't really think is a good idea is a Hamas-controlled refugee camp because I want to see it all."

Hamas is a Palestinian fundamentalist political party which controls the Gaza strip. Israel has often accused it of fostering extremism, which Hamas denies.

Mr Robinson, who left the EDL in 2009, arrived in Israel on Tuesday, tweeting: "The eagle has landed".

He later followed it with: "Just walked into a pub in Israel. My home from home."

The trip has taken in a meeting with a priest in Bethlehem, a trip through the Jordan Valley and visits to museums.

His travelling partner and tour guide, Brian of London, says in one clip inside a pub: "I'm very proud to have brought Tommy here. He's having a good time."

In 2015 Mr Robinson became involved in the UK branch of Pegida, a German-based organisation opposed to the "Islamisation of our countries".

At the launch he said: "I'm not far-right… I'm just opposed to Islam. I believe it's backward and it's fascist. The current refugee crisis is nothing to do with refugees."

"It's a Muslim invasion of Europe," he added.

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