Australia’s PM urged to speak out against attacks on Muslims

31st Oct 2014
Australia’s PM urged to speak out against attacks on Muslims

Muslim leaders have accused Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott of fuelling the surge in Islamophobic crimes sweeping the country

Elham Asaad Buaras

Australia’s Muslim leaders have slammed their Prime Minister’s silence on the series Islamophobic attacks sweeping the country following the recent anti-terrorism raids.

Community leaders have said they are deeply worried that the provocative rhetoric by Tony Abbott and other ministers is fueling attacks against Muslims in Australia which have included mosques being vandalised and death threats issued to Muslim figures.

According to the Sydney-based Muslim Legal Network (MLN), as of October 9 there have been 30 attacks reported on Muslims since the first anti-terror raids in Sydney on September 18 and most of these attacks were on women wearing the hijab.

The incidents follow raids in Sydney and Brisbane involving more than 800 police officers, who allegedly disrupted an Islamic State (IS) plot to publicly behead a member of the public.

The Australian Government has committed forces to take on IS in Iraq and has raised the domestic alert level to “high”. New laws are set to be introduced to give intelligence officials greater powers when dealing with terrorism suspects.

While national security agencies have been boosted with almost $650 million in new funding, Muslim leaders are critical of the level of police resources put into stopping Islamophobic crimes at street level.

The recorded Islamophobic incidents includes a woman threatened with having her hijab torn from her head and set alight, a cup of coffee was thrown through the car window of a woman driving in a hijab, and a pig’s head and cross were thrown into the grounds of a Brisbane mosque.

In one alarming Islamophobic attack a 26-year-old Muslim woman suffered injuries after being abused, assaulted and thrown off a moving train in Melbourne.

Detective Senior Constable Michael Potter was said the attack had a “massive effect” on the victim, calling it “totally unacceptable.”

The victim had her head bashed into the wall of the train a number times by an unknown woman who was shouting abuse before being pushed off the train, said Victorian police spokesperson.

A mother in western Sydney was spat on and had the pram carrying her baby kicked.

A list of verbal attacks includes a Muslim mother in Melbourne who was warned to remove her child from playing with group of non-Muslim children at a play park.

In Brisbane a car and a house belonging to two separate Muslim families were shot at on September 26.

A shotgun was used to fire into the Kentish Street house, at Mount Gravatt East, while several hundred metres away shots were fired into a car at Dunbar Street.

The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV), met Government ministers to call on them to publicly condemn the Islamophobic attacks.

“We’ve told them they need to fire their speech writers,” said ICV executive member Almir Colan. “In private they say they support us, but we don’t want to hear it in private, we want to hear it in public.

“We want the Prime Minister to lower the rhetoric and concentrate on responsible, productive language. If Tony Abbott used strong words, if he said that an attack on Muslims is an attack on all of us, that would isolate the bigots and reassure Muslims.”

Colan said the Muslim community was dismayed at comments made by a Palmer United Party Senator, Jacqui Lambie, who told Parliament that supporters of Islamic Shari’a law were “maniacs and depraved humans” who would use rape and murder to force every Australian woman to wear a the niqab.

Colan asked, “Why is the Prime Minister not condemning those comments? He talks about team Australia, but we feel it’s like a citizenship test, that we have to keep proving ourselves. It gives indirect permission for bigots to attack us.

“We feel excluded from team Australia. That phrase has caused so many negative divisions in our community. It feels more like team Abbott.”

A note that the ICV said appeared to threaten Muslims with death was recently left near a mosque in Doncaster, Victoria.

Threats have also reportedly been made against the Grand Mufti of Australia, Lakemba mosque and Auburn mosque.

The word “evil” was daubed on a mosque in Mareeba, in Queensland, while anti-Muslim slogans were sprayed on a car in Liverpool, New South Wales.

Women wearing the hijab have reported being verbally abused on the streets of Sydney and Melbourne, with one woman claiming that a man tried to run her over at a school crossing as she attempted to pick up her daughter.

Islamophobic comments have become commonplace on Twitter and Facebook, with social media users calling on Muslims to be beheaded, deported or blown up.

Abbott has stressed that everyone is on “team Australia” and has called the Muslim community “absolutely first-class Australians”. But he has also criticised Muslims who protested in Lakemba over the raids and called the ICV “foolish” for not meeting with him in the wake of his “team Australia” comments.

“There are some signs the Government is listening, but the language isn’t catching up,” Colan said. “There must be more vocal support for Muslims.

“If there isn’t, I’m worried that more Australians will become radicalised against Muslims. All of this talk, especially from the media, is giving these bigots oxygen. They feel they have cover, they feel as if they are invisible in this cloud of Islamophobia.”

Co-founder of the Australian Arabic Council, Joseph Wakim, said that Abbott needed to make a “clear and bold statement” against Islamophobia.

“When he uses his rhetoric of team Australia, he needs to remind people that team Australia isn’t about the kicking of Muslims, it’s not about kicking fellow members of your team who have been part of this community for several centuries,” said Wakim.

27 Responses to “Australia’s PM urged to speak out against attacks on Muslims”

Iftikhar AhmadOctober 31, 2014

Western society is the home of institutional racism.

No one has any problem when: Jews keep beards and wear their traditional caps Christian priests and nuns wear their religious outfits Buddhist monks wear orange robes Sikhs keep beards and wear turbans Indian aunties wear Sarees (cross streets and hang out in Wal-Mart) Yeah but if any Muslim male keeps beard or if any Muslim girl wears hijab then everyone has problem. It’s Freedom when you go naked but it’s extremism when you wear hijab – just plain hypocrisy! Looking at the case of France, a major secular nation, I believe it is also not allowing women freedom by not letting her to wear her choice of clothing as it supposedly “clashes with French secular values”.

Stop treating foreigners like garbage and they will stop ruining your precious country. Why did you let them in in the first place if you didn’t want them here? They left everything in their countries because of your promises. Are you so anxious to please that you can’t say “no”? I would love to see you go to a foreign land where you don’t have any friends, you don’t even know anyone and you don’t speak the language, and start from scratch. I would just LOVE to watch you do that. Let them integrate and stop segregating them. What I want is people being nice to each other. I don’t care about race.

Speaking English does not promote integration into British, American and Australian societies, and broaden opportunities. English speaking Muslim youths are angry, frustrated and extremist, thanks to state schools with monolingual non-Muslim teachers and English language. English language is not only a lingua franca but also lingua frankensteinia. Human right are also covers linguistic right. Cultural and linguistic genocide are very common. British schooling is murdering community languages like Arabic, Urdu and others. English is today the world killer language. Linguistic genocide is a crime against humanity and British schooling is guilty of committing this crime. Language is not just a language. It defines one’s culture, identity and consciousness. It defines how we think, communicate and express ourselves. The fact is the most South Asian Muslims have come to know Islam by way of Urdu, the children’s alienation from the language that connects them the heritage of their parents and grandparents is disturbing. As a matter of fact, one has to get to know his mother tongue well if one is to master any other language.
IA
http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

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    TerryNovember 20, 2014

    OK its time for the those supporters to publicly display their efforts to stop extremists within to way lay concerns about extremists being mentored and financed and protected in Australia.
    If you incite extremist ideas or finance or protect extremists you are Adding and abetting what can only be an illegal act and you are just as guilty and YOU along with the extremist deserve to be charge with an offence SUCH AS TREASON to Australia. Maybe if someone supports a beheading they should be prepared to be beheaded in public themselves. So I look forward to a public display of muslim cracking down and reporting these extremists and their supporters to quell their success and quell the concerns of the public. This will mean the reporting of family members and friends.

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    RosieNovember 25, 2014

    Iftikhar, I arrived in Australia at age 10, I knew 2 English words (yes & no), my parents struggled with the language. Turns out you can learn to speak English without giving up your mother tongue. I excelled in school and all of my family are grateful for the fantastic lifestyle Australia has afforded us.
    I find your proposition that it is due to the lack of bilingual teachers that Muslim boys get radicalised absurd – what you meant was that they do not speak Arabic languages and these immature boys take that as a personal insult. Australia is multicultural and it is up to each culture to teach its young its values and retain a knowledge of their own language. However, the national language of Australia is English – and anyone who wants to live here should be prepared to learn the language. Don’t play the victim because I don’t speak Arabic (I speak 3 languages). And while Australia doesn’t have an official religion (we’re kinda happy for everybody to have their own communication with their own God) there are Australians who have a problem with an ideology that in its purest form amounts to demanding that the society it lives in gives up its democracy for a return to a theocracy. (and that is what calls for Sharia Law in Australia are – we have a legal system thanks).
    While I appreciate most Australian Muslims do not hold this view (on bringing in Sharia Law), it is disturbing that in many Muslim countries freedoms Australians hold dear are not valued. Not only that, but many things we accept are simply a part of life (and deal with it) like adultery, homosexuality and apostasy, are punishable by death. When IS is taking over cities and subjugating the population to this extreme Sharia it is no wonder that people begin to question why ‘moderate’ Muslims are not as angry and aghast as they should be (considering it is their religion of peace that is being denigrated).
    So stop blaming the west and stop blaming Australia, grow up and realise that we all have to work for what we want including cultural harmony … and the blame game does not progress the conversation in any way.
    As to the content of the article itself, I am appalled that anyone could act in such a way towards any woman. I have a couple of Muslim friends who are now forced to wear the hijab (but most people don’t realise that they don’t wear it from choice) and I shudder to think what might happen to them.

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      MicheleNovember 26, 2014

      ROSIE
      I could not have put it any better than you have already. Many years ago I hosted international students (home-stay program) from many different countries and cultures and met a lovely family that were Muslims who were also hosting. I used to have a BBQ before the student returned to their home overseas. As I knew the Muslim family did not eat pork I purchased beef sausages and some vegetarian patties for the family. That particular family wore the same clothes as other Australians did, however, the two daughter wore 3/4 jeans the young boy wore shorts, Mum and Dad wore similar. I learnt a lot about Islam (I’m a person who likes to ask questions at any opportunity)and both parent obliged.They wanted to assimilate into Australian life and culture, but still had Ramadan, washed feet, no pork etc, I do not consider myself racist. At present I live next door to a young Afghan Muslim family who still wear their Afghan clothing, full tunic/ pants, had-jib. etc. Several times (5 in fact) I have smiled, waved and said ‘hello; once when the young wife and her or his mother were planting two trees out the front of their home as I went to get the mail. I was approx 20 feet away, but have been totally ignored, so now I no longer bother. I feel they are just not interested in communicating or wanting to become more Australian. Like many Australians (I’m 6th generation) with the way things seem to be going on with some Muslims wanting us to change our way of life and culture to suit the minority, is just not on. I do not worry about the Had-jib but having traveled many times overseas I find the niqib(?) and burka very confronting and would vote’ yes’ to ban it. I would not expect to go to Oman andbe allowed to wear shorts or singlet top etc. There is a saying “When in Rome do as the Romans do”. I have always learnt about the customs of any country I have traveled to.

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    sajJanuary 8, 2015

    Mr.Ahmed..you go to your holy country of saudi , and see how mulims treat non muslims and what is human rights..and what is the value of women in isalmic society..that is your model country where your inhuman sharia is practiced..and they will hang you within hours or put you in prison for criticising royals..you have tongue and fingers since you live in a westen country…and are there because of its CHRISTIAN values..because of tolerance and love …IF YOU ARE A HUMAN BEING, YOU SHOULD FEEL SHAME TO BE CALLED A MUSLIM…

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    BarrieJanuary 9, 2015

    hey , what are these attacks on moslems are you talking about? Sorry the only attacks on moslems are by other moslems. Australia is a land of equality, free speech and of having a go. These reportts are false, our media would jump all over it if they were true. But hey Islamic teachings say it’s ok to lie to the infidel, but you are lying to yourselves about this. All this does is incite hate and you guys are doing a great job of it. How about stop and have a good look at what you are doing. This is the 21st century , start acting like it. Quick question , what do all the wars going on atm have in common? That’s right Islam is at the heart of them all.

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Iftikhar AhmadOctober 31, 2014

Below is fraction of what was done to the Australian Aboriginals
1842
Settlers poisoned 50 Aboriginal people to death in the Brisbane valley in 1842[63]
On the outskirts of Kilcoy Station owned by MacKenzie, 30-60 people of the Kabi Kabi died from eating flour laced with strychnine or arsenic.[64]
1842 Evans Head massacre – the 1842 massacre of 100 Bundjalung Nation tribes-people at Evans Head by Europeans, was variously said to have been in retaliation for the killing of ‘a few sheep’, or the killing of ‘five European men’ from the 1842 ‘Pelican Creek tragedy’. It is also referred to as the ‘Goanna Headland massacre’.
1843 Warrigal Creek massacre, amounting to 100-150 Aboriginal people.[65][66]
1846 George Smythe’s surveying party shot in cold blood from 7 to 9 Aboriginal people, all but one women and children, at Cape Otway.[67]
1849 By 1849 clashes between Aboriginal people and settlers occurred on the Balonne and Condamine Rivers of Queensland.[68]
1849 Massacre of Muruwari people at Hospital Creek in retribution for a suspected killing of a white stockman.[68]
1849 Massacre of Aboriginal people at Butchers Tree near Brewarrina, along the Barwon River, and on the Narran River.[68]
1849 Avenue Range Station Massacre (Mount Gambier region of South Australia) – at least 9 indigenous BuandigWattatonga clan people allegedly murdered by the station owner James Brown who was subsequently charged with the crime. The case was dropped by the Crown for lack of (European) witnesses.[69] Christina Smith’s source from the Wattatonga tribe refers to 11 people killed in this incident by two white men

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    Dian TangeyNovember 19, 2014

    Iftikhar Ahmad as an Australian whose ancestors arrived in Australia in the very early days of European settlement I acknowledge the genocide which occurred up until the 1950’s. Understanding the British mentality of those days is not easy for modern day Australians to understand. Nobody denies there is an underlay of racism in Australia which has reared its head once again because of the world problems with Islamist terrorists and the rhetoric of the Abbott Government. However, some Muslims tend to congregate in certain suburbs and do not integrate well. It is easy to say it is all non-Muslims who are causing this unrest. However, any interaction between people is always 50/50. If one attempts to communicate with a Muslim and is rebuffed often enough, one starts to stop making such attempts. Therefore, the isolation of Muslims is reinforced. I know this happens as I nearly gave up attempting contact in support of Muslim women as I was simply ignored. However, being quite stubborn I persist in talking or smiling at Muslims. For each time I am ignored I sometimes get several smiles so it is well worth the effort. I am not anti-Muslim merely observing what occurs. A Muslim friend gave the eulogy at my mother’s funeral so this may indicate that I do not practice discrimination against Muslims. It is a complex situation we must ALL work to overcome TOGETHER. I am a member of a Australian Facebook group called non-Muslims supporting Muslims and this has proved to be a great way of getting to understand each other better. Hopefully there will be spinoffs from this group which will benefit ALL Australians as we all benefit from inter-relating with each other. Many Australians are appalled at the behaviour of the cowardly men who think it is appropriate to attack hijab wearing women. We are also angry at these people behaving in this manner as we are all smeared with the racist brush, when many of us try hard to welcome people to our community. Cultures may differ, but we are all human with all the same aspirations and problems. Hopefully these problems will eventually disappear as we get to know and understand each other better.

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P DoffNovember 1, 2014

Iftekar – don’t blame the English language for alienating South Asian young people – we speak English in the UK. If people don’t like our indigenous culture of which our language is a key part, then don’t live here. I think there many young Muslims in the UK who are not comfortable with the Western culture; I think they would be more at home back in the countries of their heritage, perhaps it would be better for all concerned.

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Iftikhar AhmadNovember 11, 2014

It is easy to say” Go back to where you came from”, but do not forget that British Muslims are actually born and educated here. They are in the unenviable position of trying to combine two different worlds. That is no easy. We do not want to change you lot but we would like to see our children getting balanced Islamic education along with National Curriculum. We would like our children to learn and be well versed in standard English to follow the National Curriculum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. At the same time we would like our children to learn and be well versed in Arabic, Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with their cultural roots and enjoy the beauty of their literature and poetry. A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. He/she does not want to become notoriously monolingual Brit. Bilingualism is an asset but British schooling regards it as a problem.

We live in a shrunken world and millions of people are on the move; one of our biggest challenges is how we learn to live in proximity to difference – different skin colours, different beliefs and different way of life. According to a study by COMPASS, Muslims born and educated were given the impression of outsiders. The perception among Muslims is that they are unwelcome in Britain is undermining efforts to help them integrate into wider society. Most of them say that they have experienced race discrimination and religious prejudice. Muslims and Islam is promoted a fundamentalist and separatist by the western elite, which have negative impact on community and social cohesion. The number of racist incidents occurring in London Borough of Redbridge’s schools have reached their highest levels since record begin.

A City or a locality, where Muslims are in majority is a ghetto. There is a tendency for people of similar backgrounds to live together in neighbourhoods. The term”ghettoisation” is inappropriate. The original ghettos in Europe during the middle ages were set up by law to confine the Jewish population to one area of a city. According to a research by an Australian academic that Muslim communities in Britain are being increasingly ghettoized in a trend that set back hopes of assimilation by years. Britain has now eight cities in the top 100 most ghettoized cities. The people from the Pakistani community in Bradford and Oldham and Leicester had trebled during the decade. A report by an academic Dr Alan Carling, that Bradford risks becoming a front line in the global clash between the West and Islam. But Islam and Muslims do not clash with the concepts of pluralism, secularism and globalisation. The native flight from Bradford’s inner-city wards showed clear evidence of an increase in segregation in the city since 1991. Native parents are avoiding sending their children in state schools where Muslims and other minorities are in majority. The dominance of Pakistani Muslims in the city has meant that Bradford has become bi-cultural.

Immigrants are the creators of Britain new wealth, otherwise, inner cities deprived areas could not get new lease of life. The native Brits regard such areas as ghettoes. Integration is not religious and cultural, it is economic and Muslims are well integrated into British society and at the same time they are proud of their Islamic, linguistic and cultural identities, inspite of discrimination they have been facing in all walks of life. According to UN, 80% of British Muslims feel discriminated. They are less burden on social services. Immigrants made up 8.7% of the population, but accounted for 10.2% of all collected income tax

It is often quoted by the Western media that Muslim schools ghettoizes the children, and even lead to their radicalisation if they are not integrated. There is no evidence that faith schools lead to a “ghettoized education system. In British schools, pupils are encouraged to focus too much on their similarities rather than their differences.
IA
http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

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MortyNovember 16, 2014

This is reminiscent of “Paki bashing” with Enoch Powell in the UK in the 1970s which many of us experienced, as well as experiencing a superb British Education. As we look at people who bash minorities, they should be awareness that these minorities are there to stay, work hard, get educated and move up the ladder, while those who discriminate these immigrant minorities remain stuck in space-time. Look at the Asians in UK and how they have prospered. This is because despite being discriminated, they stuck to their values, and looked at long term goals. If Australia will continue to discriminate their minorities like this they will soon realize that they will be the losers, and the Muslims being discriminated will simply tighten their hijabs and work harder to succeed. It is an old story, that the Jews went through all over the world, and minority Christian groups too. Can such people whose parents went through the same tribulations not understand? Or are they lesser educated?

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TerryNovember 20, 2014

Iftkhar do not blame schools for parents failing to teach Arabic to their children in an English speaking country. Do you expect French German Italian ect. to be dropped for Arabic too
Live up to you Duties and teach your own children Arabic if they must speak it . Maybe its your inability to accept that you live in an English speaking country. Maybe its just to much for you to understand Arabic can be a second language whilst in public in an English speaking country. So what has what happened over 150 years ago got to do with this attempt for the Arabic/Muslim attempt to take over the world and force the entire world to do as YOU say or be beheaded for refusing. Is it a feeble effort to find an excuse for your narrow minded feeble attitude..

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    Aussie CrusaderNovember 25, 2014

    Well said Terry. Whilst I admire your logic, I’m sure Iftikhar will not. The truth rally hurts these people.

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    Iftikhar AhmadDecember 25, 2014

    The problem of extremism we are experiencing is not “mass immigration”, immigration has been happening since the dawn of mankind. The problem we are experiencing is a direct result of lack of respect and tolerance substituted by ignorance. The problem we are experiencing is the direct result of poor consciousness and awareness of selective “information” being conveyed to us through various mainstream media sources.

    It’s not just Muslim extremism that’s the problem, but Christian and Jewish extremism too. Also neo-Nazi extremism that the USA and EU are making use of in Ukraine. It’s unbelievable that a man who was instrumental in the War of Aggression against Iraq was appointed as UN Middle East Peace Envoy! In his “peace envoy” role he’s been banging the war drum for British/US/NATO bombing of Syria. Who does this man actually serve? The Americans, the British, Israel, or the UN? …all of the above? ….or just himself? If Blair’s crimes were committed by Putin or Assad, the ‘international community’ would be: a.) Counting the dead (e.g. Syria) b.) Comparing him to Hitler and demanding he be marched to the Hague to face charges of high war crimes! But when Blair and Bush do it, not a peep from anyone (apart from us angry citizens, George Galloway and a handful of independent journalist – e.g. John Pilger) Clearly the Western Elite have a different rule book to the rest of us. Shame on our media for not doing their job and reporting on the hypocrisy and double-standards.

    There’s a new mainstream anti-Muslim racism that is built on fears for the survival of Western values. That’s the product of a nervous society in which social betterment is becoming increasingly difficult and in which there is a sense of omnipresent competition and struggle. The emotions generated by this are often not directed at a system, but at those who are different, at foreigners. This is also launched from the political arena and absorbed at grassroots level. Only recently, the conservative and other parties party suggested that immigrants should speak English at home. Labour controlled Newham council has removed Urdu and other language newspapers from all its libraries. The Mayor of Newham believed that we should speak, write and think in English instead of Urdu.

    Although theoretically we live in a secular state, only church bells are allowed to ring out; the muezzin is not even permitted to issue a call to prayer on Fridays or public holidays. Muslim burials without a coffin are prohibited in lot of cemeteries The mandatory use of coffins dates from the seventeenth century, when it was introduced as a way of preventing the burial of a person who only appeared to be dead, by storing the body in a coffin for 48 hours. Muslims are not represented on the majority of broadcasting councils, although they also pay fees for public-service broadcasting.

    Britain, and the USA, children have no real value. Former secretary of state Madeline “it was worth it” Albright admitted on 60 Minutes that the Clinton administration had killed over 500,000 CHILDREN with bombings and sanctions. No one batted an eyelash. No one cried out for punishment. The Taliban kills 150 or so people, and the world condemns them, as it should. But
    the US kills over 500,000 children and the world calls the USA the beacon of democracy, the shining light on the hill? How can people think with the bells of cognitive dissonance ringing so loudly in their heads? Britain, and the USA, children have no real value. Former secretary of state Madeline “it was worth it” Albright admitted on 60 Minutes that the Clinton administration had killed over 500,000 CHILDREN with bombings and sanctions.

    The Taliban kills 150 or so people, and the world condemns them, as it should. But the US kills over 500,000 children and the world calls the USA/UK the beacon of democracy, the shining light on the hill? How can people think with the bells of cognitive dissonance ringing so loudly in their heads?

    The West has never been at ease with Islam since the Crusades. It is unfortunate that huge oil supplies lie under the Arabian Deserts. It is the West that stirred the trouble that led to 9/11. That attack was a desperate act of by men prepared to lose their life. We need to get to grips on who is the terrorist? On 24 November 1963, Lyndon Johnson said, “the battle against communism… must be joined… with strength and determination. Some three million lives were lost in the consequential battles. The US had to pull out due to Public Opinion. Communism lived on. So who was the terrorist?

    The British establishment is wrong in thinking that Imams are to blame for extremism. Imams are not solution to the problem for extremism. Extremism is nothing to do with Imams. Extremism is not created from abroad, it is coming from within. Britain fails to help Muslim communities feel part of British society. Race trouble is being predicted by the Daily Express, because of an ethnic boom in UK major cities. Muslim communities need imams for the solutions of their needs and demands in their own native languages. Muslim parents would like to see their children well versed in Standard English and to go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. The fact is that majority of Muslim children leave schools with low grades because monolingual teachers are not capable to teach Standard English to bilingual Muslim children. A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. He/she does not want to become notoriously monolingual Brit.

    None of the British Muslims convicted following the riots in Bradford and Oldham in 2001 or any of those linked to the London bombings had been to Islamic schools. An American Think Tank studied the educational back ground of 300 Jihadists; none of them were educated in Pakistani Madrasas. They were all Western educated by non-Muslim teachers. Bilingual Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role models. A Cambridge University study found that single-sex classes could make a big difference for boys. They perform better in single-sex classes. The research is promising because male students in the study saw noticeable gains in the grades. The study confirms the Islamic notion that academic achievement is better in single-sex classes.

    None of 7/7 bombers and British Muslim youths who are in Syria and Iraq are the product of Muslim schools. They are the product of British schooling which is the home of institutional racism with chicken racist native teachers. It is absurd to believe that Muslim schools, Imams and Masajid teach Muslim children anti-Semitic, homophobic and anti-western views. It is dangerously deceptive and misleading to address text books and discuss them out of their historical, cultural and linguistic context. It is not wrong to teach children that Jews are committing the same cruelty in Palestine what German did to them before or during Second World War. It is not wrong to teach children that anti-social behaviour, drinking, drugs, homosexuality, sex before marriage, teenage pregnancies and abortions are western values and Islam is against all such sins. This does not mean that Muslim schools teach children to hate westerners, Jews and homosexuals.

    Terrorism and sexual grooming is nothing to do with Masajid, Imams and Muslim schools. Those Muslim youths who have been involved in terrorism and sexual grooming are the product of western education system which makes a man stupid, selfish and corrupt. They find themselves cut off from their cultural heritage, literature and poetry. They suffer from identity crises and I blame British schooling.

    No one has any problem when: Jews keep beards and wear their traditional caps Christian priests and nuns wear their religious outfits Buddhist monks wear orange robes Sikhs keep beards and wear turbans Indian aunties wear Sarees (cross streets and hang out in Wal-Mart) Yeah but if any Muslim male keeps beard or if any Muslim girl wears hijab then everyone has problem. It’s Freedom when you go naked but it’s extremism when you wear hijab – just plain hypocrisy! Looking at the case of France, a major secular nation, I believe it is also not allowing women freedom by not letting her to wear her choice of clothing as it supposedly “clashes with French secular values”.

    Stop treating foreigners like garbage and they will stop ruining your precious country. Why did you let them in in the first place if you didn’t want them here? They left everything in their countries because of your promises. Are you so anxious to please that you can’t say “no”? I would love to see you go to a foreign land where you don’t have any friends, you don’t even know anyone and you don’t speak the language, and start from scratch. I would just LOVE to watch you do that. Let them integrate and stop segregating them. What I want is people being nice to each other. I don’t care about race.

    Speaking English does not promote integration into British, American and Australian societies, and broaden opportunities. English speaking Muslim youths are angry, frustrated and extremist, thanks to state schools with monolingual non-Muslim teachers and English language. English language is not only a lingua franca but also lingua frankensteinia. Human right are also covers linguistic right. Cultural and linguistic genocide are very common. British schooling is murdering community languages like Arabic, Urdu and others. English is today the world killer language. Linguistic genocide is a crime against humanity and British schooling is guilty of committing this crime. Language is not just a language. It defines one’s culture, identity and
    consciousness. It defines how we think, communicate and express ourselves. The fact is the most South Asian Muslims have come to know Islam by way of Urdu, the children’s alienation from the language that connects them the heritage of their parents and grandparents is disturbing. As a matter of fact, one has to get to know his mother tongue well if one is to master any other language.

    The shocking level of targeting of the Muslim community of Birmingham is indicative of the normalisation of the dehumanisation of the Muslims of Britain. Under the pretext of “extremism”, criminal undemocratic and unethical abuse of public institutions and the Muslims of the UK can occur without much accountability. This pervasive attitude, especially amongst officials like Michael Gove needs to change. Our schools are truly trying to develop our children to do well at schools so later in life they are able to stand on their own two feet, but if we stop our schools from doing this than our country will have up rise of unemployment, benefit issues, crime levels high, I think its time for you apologize and allow practitioners to do their job right.
    IA
    http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

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      DebJanuary 9, 2015

      more of the same crap the muslims are always the victims
      tell me how many deaths son far in 2015 from christian extremists? how many in the last 10 years? compair that to the amount killed by islamic exremists yea the poor muslims

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DiNovember 25, 2014

You know I feel sad if people get racist slurs and the like, and I know all Muslim people are not bad. But from my point of view I have seen Muslims protesting with signs saying behead the infidels and more hate speech then I’ve heard in my entire life and then when you feel the community sympathy dwindling as it should after those sorts of protests you want to drag out the sympathy card again.

Well sorry it doesn’t work like that. My taxes help pay for the lifestyle and freedom you have here, I’m forced into paying more for my groceries through your halal certification rorte which goes against the teaching of the Quaran.
Sorry I’ve had enough, whinge all you like, you will get no more sympathy from me. Get your own communities to help you out God k is the afic us rolling in it

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Fergus O'ByrneNovember 25, 2014

Australia’s PM, for all his faults, is busy using our Military to kill Muslims in Iraq and Syria. This includes so-called AUSTRALIAN Muslims. He is to be commended for this. We all eagerly await the day when he starts killing the 200,000-odd IS supporters here.

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myraNovember 25, 2014

Like the logo”Australia, love it or leave ” You want to be welcome here, then assimilate with us, you cant expect us to accept you if you dont at least try to abide by our culture and ideals as well. WE Should not be held accountable by events that happened over 150 years ago, but you people keep throwing this at us, We know it was wrong, but we werent even born then, so why keep bringing this up against us, How do you expect Australians not to dislike Muslims when all we see and hear are threats of beheadings and hate speeches.

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DOzzieNovember 25, 2014

Why have you reported several know and proved muslim-on-muslim attacks as Islamophobia? This is disingenuous at best and extremely poor journalism.

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chrisNovember 25, 2014

I have only learned about Halal certification about a month ago in meat, poultry, groceries, pharmaceuticals, health and skin care products, finance, banks, travel, transport, plastics, hardware and the list goes on. Halal certified products finance the building of mosques, Islamic colleges and welfare and Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas through distribution of funds from halal certification through The Islamic Council of Australia and other Islamic organisations. Not all halal certified products are correctly labelled on the packing which takes away freedom of choice and discriminates against and is disrespectful of other faith traditions which is unacceptable. Other faith traditions cannot consumer halal certified foods. Halal certified products are Sharia Law which condones violation of human rights so I refuse to purchase halal certified foods or products and that is my choice and not bigoted or racist. Islam is not a race – it is a religious ideology which I do not want my family, relatives or friends/neighbors to be subjected to at all. There are 98% non Muslims in Australia and wny should we have halal certified foods or products forced upon us without our knowledge? This practice is offensive and unacceptable.

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DebraNovember 26, 2014

Here here Chris. I too will no longer support any products which have halal certification, either. This is my right to choose. I am not racist or a bigot and find the excessive name calling from the Muslim community is laughable. Look to your own narrow mindedness and barbaric religion with its insistance on dominance. Look at the disruptive influence the Muslim community have on one country after another. Australians will continue to shun Islam & their disgusting Shariah law. If you don’t love it Leave. Take your halal certifications with you.

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whooopingNovember 26, 2014

What are muslims doi g anyway in christian civilized countrys. They all should be either deported lr go by their own to their 3rd world countries where they can ive their backwarded barbaric ideology freely.

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    NitsDecember 18, 2014

    IFtikhar

    The communities(Jews, Buddhist,Sikkhism etc) esp pointed by you are pretty peace lover and have a very grass oot mentality ie.. Live and let live. THey never try to coerce anyone in doing something. People happily accept their religion because its peaceful, for instance : Buddhism.

    Also an immigrant is still an immigrant. No matter how many generations you spend there. You will only become part of the community when you start accepting THAT country’slaw, people, culture, beliefs, traditions, rights, freedom etc. Only then you become a true citizen of the country and will no more be part of minority.

    No one is trying to sigle out a community esp yours. THere are some antisocial elementals who are racist and react to such news. Even our country men have repored of such attacks. But that doesnt bother us. boat load of people have travelled and have assimilated there and happily accepted the people and their culture.

    These days only news of bombing, beheading, infiltration related news are heard. Guess which community is involved?

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Azhar NadeemDecember 19, 2014

Humans need to learn how to co-exist on this beautiful planet. Unfortunately, Muslims need this lesson more than anyone else

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NelJanuary 8, 2015

Australia is not a racist country and we welcome people from many lands, we have no more racism than any other country. I share my house with a black woman and I am white, but some of her friends are extremely racist against Asians and whites. However her group of friends love this country and so love to call themselves Aussies, all are very well employed pay taxes and proudly fly the Aussie flags on their cars, in their yards ad wear the so called “racist” Aussie T shirts. I believe in a multi race society, however ,I have a big problem multiculturalism, it is a dismal failure and it is a one way street. When members of one community think it is their right to impose their ideology on others and demand certain things like muslim only days at the public swimming pool, ban ham sandwiches in public schools and force halal certified products and their associated costs on everyone else etc etc. Muslims need to change their image and modernise and most importantly recognise and acknowledge they have a major problem with extremism within their community-something is going wrong somewhere and they NOT us need to do something about it. Take the Burqua it screams, I want nothing to do with you or your society. the very fact they continue to wear it here speaks volumes about this political ideology and their distain for us. Where ever islam goes trouble follows…. a quick look around the world tells the story. I’m sorry but here it is.

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drewJanuary 8, 2015

By being faithful to islamic ideology and it’s call for genocide of “the infidel” all muslims are part players in jihad and will find themselves demonised individually and collectively.
The result is conflict. Global. Celebrated by muslims as the will of mythical allah.
The more I find out about islam the more I am disappointed and unsympathetic.

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jadeJanuary 9, 2015

I would like to see middle eastern countries embrace and tolerate foreigners and their non-Muslim beliefs like we tolerate anyone having any belief. Everyone is free to worship who they want, everyone is free to wear what they want. If I went to Yemen or UAE or Saudi Arabia I would have to obey sharia law. I’d have to cover up, I wouldn’t be safe to walk around alone, I would not have many rights in the male dominated societies. This is hypocrisy.
I keep reading out of Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, East London and new York state that where large Muslim populations congregate to live they obey their sharia law and gangs of men are patrolling the streets beating up people drinking alcohol or wearing make up. If you want to be tolerated than you have to let everyone else live with the freedoms they have been granted.
It is not racist to be patriotic and speak out against violence on the west.
I do not condone any violence and it’s wrong that Muslim women are being targeted, but it is going both ways. Islam has a lot to answer for and I want to see the Muslim community be VERY vocal in uniting in Australia against all terrorism and Islamic violence; so far there isn’t much evidence that Muslims are opposing violence against the west.

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