"We must adhere to Islam and Islam alone. We should not be conned or succumb to the disingenuous and flawed narrative that the only way to engage politically is through the secular democratic process. It is prohibited and haram."Calling Australia "this godforsaken country,"Wassim Dourehi, Hizb's leader in Sydney, thundered that Muslims must reject “any kafir political party”, and opined:
“We need to reject this new secular version of Islam… It is a perverted concoction of Western governments. It is a perversion that seeks to wipe away the political aspects of Islam and localise our concerns. We must reject it and challenge the proponents of this aberration of Islam.”Hizb ut-Tahrir aims at the overthrow of democracy, decries the concept of female equality and demands the subjugation of women to male authority, and insists on the death penalty for apostates from Islam. Deeply antisemitic, it advocates the end of Israel by violent means (have a look at the video I posted in May, showing Hizb fanatics in Sydney - faces distorted with rage and voices rasping with venom - demonstrating against the Zionist Entity.
Need a reminder? Glad to oblige: http://daphneanson.blogspot.com/2011/05/sydney-street-protest-by-hizb-ut-tahrir.html
Now, since Hizb ut-Tahrir loathes democratic and egalitarian values, and is deeply antisemitic to boot, you would think - wouldn't you? - that the heroes and heroines of the oh-so-politically-correct leftwing parties in Australia would give them as wide a berth as possible.
Not so, however.
Hot on the heels of the Sydney conference came an Israel-bashing fest in Melbourne, organised by that city's incipient Hizb ut-Tahrir presence. It was held at Brunswick Town Hall, netting the Labor and Greens-dominated council responsible, that of Moreland, $A300 in hire fees. Despite the Islamic body's avowed aims, which run counter to the council's stated obligation to be "vigilant and ensure that our city's facilities are not used to incite violence, racism, sexism or religious intolerance," the council brushed aside concerns and permitted the Israel-bashing fest to proceed.
And now, in federal parliament, Australia's ruling Labour Party has failed to uphold a Coalition motion deploring both Marrickville Council for its boycott and Moreland Council for hosting Hizb ut-Tahrir.
A press release of today, by Australian Shadow Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (pictured), who's the Liberal Party's Deputy Leader, tells the story:
With the support of key independents, Labor voted to remove the section of the motion which condemned the joint anti-Israel actions of Greens and Labor councillors.
Labor has provided support to Greens and Labor members of Marrickville Council, protecting them from Parliamentary criticism about their decision to support the BDS campaign.
This exposes the hollow and empty rhetoric of Federal Labor MPs who publicly profess support for the State of Israel, but then fail to condemn the anti-Israel stance of the Greens/Labor Marrickville Council.Labor also voted to block the Coalition’s criticism of the anti-Semitic group Hizb ut-Tahrir which has called for the slaughter of Jewish people.
The actions of Federal Labor MPs in Parliament today can only further embolden the anti-Israel elements within the Labor and union movement.Labor stands condemned for its double standards and hypocrisy. "(Hat tips Rita and Shirlee)
See also http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/bishop-ties-labor-to-greens-israel-boycott/story-fn59niix-1226068257403
Ms Bishop has a highly cordial attitude to Israel - during the "Forged Passports Affair, " when Kevin Rudd's government peremptorily expelled an Israeli representative, she condemned his high-handed action and declared that Australia itself uses forged passports when occasion warrants.
And the previous year she demanded that Australia shun the second Durban Conference:
"Given that the first Durban conference was marred by anti-Israeli bias and rampant anti-Semitism, this paragraph provides the platform for a repeat of the same bias and should provide no comfort to principled Governments."
What makes the anti-Israel Left's refusal to condemn Hizb ut-Tahrir all the more startling is that so many of the anti-Israel activists, especially among the Greens, are women.
It's baffling how those who are the first and the loudest to excoriate sexism and male chauvinism among Western men are so prone to ignore the truly evil subjugation of women practised in parts of the East, and to overlook the misogynistic ideology of Islamic organisations like Hizb ut-Tahrir.
For the Greens have long since slid away from the party's foundation priorities into concentrating on doing their utmost to demonise and delegitimise the Jewish State.
And women are in the vanguard of that antisemitic aim.
Read allegations about the Aussie Greens' antisemitism here: http://www.vexnews.com/news/12754/backlash-greens-in-crisis-lash-these-jews/