Aug 9 2015
Oh, NOES! Australian Muslims claim to be in trauma over politics of war on Islamic terror. Islamic Council of Victoria’s president tells ‘anti-racism’ forum that proposed laws to allow the immigration minister to revoke citizenship of people who join the Islamic State (ISIS) were aimed at Muslims. (Well, duh…Maybe because Muslims are the only ones joining ISIS?)
The Guardian The president of the Islamic Council of Victoria, Ghaith Krayem, told an ‘anti-racism’ forum in Melbourne that the federal government’s plans to allow the immigration minister to revoke the citizenship of dual nationals found to join or support terrorist groups “would make criminals of people based on suspicion and suspicion alone.”
He said it was clearly aimed at Muslims, as two people fighting with Kurds against Islamic State had returned to Australia without charge. “But the moment a Muslim says ‘I want to come home’, what does our prime minister do? If you come home, you’ll be arrested, and the full force of the law will be applied.
“The Muslim community is a community under siege,” Krayem said, pointing out the small amount of money given to social programs within the Muslim community compared with the $1.2bn boost in funding for intelligence agencies and law enforcement in the May budget. “It’s a community in trauma.” (Nobody is forcing you to stay in Australia, get out)
Australia has passed more than 50 terror-related laws and spent more than $30bn on the “war on terror”. He said the result had been a polarisation of the community as the government used the fear of terrorism to pursue wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
Muslim woman tells Melbourne ‘Islamophobia’ forum “racism hurts.” (What ‘race’ is Islam?)
ABC Nasrin Amin did not know Martin PlaceMuslim terrorist gunman Man Haron Monis but during December’s deadly siege the Melbourne IT worker said she felt his actions personally. “I was returning from work on the train — a lady started pushing me with her bag and she started yelling at me and telling me to go back to the Middle East. I didn’t come from the Middle East,” the Bangladeshi native said.
She claims was “attacked” verbally twice around that time and admitted she was “shaken inside” and lived in fear. She would sit next to the emergency button on the train just in case she was attacked again. “Racism hurts”, she told a 200-strong crowd at a forum on Islamophobia in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg. (Too bad. Muslims are not a race)
Ms Amin wears a black headbag that covers half of her face (and wonders why people have disdain for her). Incidents included Muslim women having their head bags pulled off them, and in one case, a woman alleges she had coffee thrown on her.
“From a victim’s point of view, Islamophobia is racism,” Ms Amin said. (Except that it isn’t, you hijacked the word just to get pity). Melbourne’s Muslim community is increasingly concerned about anti-Islamic sentiment. (Especially after reports of increasing Islamic terrorism make headlines on a regular basis)
“People can say Islam is not a race … but from a victim’s point of view this kind of abuse … affects our lives, how we go on with our daily lives.” (That does not make it racism)
Hatred was directed at Muslims in the town of Bendigo after the council there approved the building of a mosque, which was massively opposed by local residents. The emergence of ISIS radicalized Muslim youths from Melbourne’s suburbs also added to heightened suspicion and, in some cases, threats made against local Muslims.
The forum heard that for Muslims much of the national debate and several federal policies — including the war on terror, anti-terrorism legislation including a proposal to strip citizenship — seem to be directed against them, said Doctor Yassir Morsi from the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia. “It’s tied to the asylum seeker debates and immigration debates.
He said scrutiny of Australian Muslims began in the wake of the September 11 attacks in the United States in 2001, but escalated in the media and in the political sphere.
“I can’t really remember a week without there being story of something or other about Islam or Muslims and their threat,” Dr Morsi said.