Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Down Under, The Gentleman From Hizb ut-Tahrir Meets The Press (video)

The Islamic extremist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir, which aims to turn its host nations into Islamic states in preparation for its ultimate objective of a worldwide Caliphate obeisant to sharia law, is banned in most Middle Eastern countries but operates in about 40 countries including Australia.  Although it does not represent the majority of Australia's Muslims, it is increasing in visibility Down Under, and is enjoying a spate of influence in nearby Indonesia.

Not long ago I posted a hair-raising video showing some of its Sydney adherents demonstrating against Israel.

At the weekend, Hizb ut-Tahrir held a  conference in the Sydney suburb of Lidcombe, attended by hundreds (see this trailer).

 Here's a press conference with Hizb's media spokesman Uthman Badar.

A Sydney newspaper reports (hat tip: reader Michelle):
'Outside the [main] conference, police were forced to call for reinforcements, including the dog squad, when a group of about a dozen members of the Australian Protectionist Party chanting "no sharia law in Australia" almost came to blows with young men from the Hizb ut-Tahrir event.
Protest organiser and APP NSW chairman Darrin Hodges said: "Hizb ut-Tahrir have been banned in most Islamic countries in the Middle East. We don't understand why they have not been banned here."'

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