It is the height of depravity to seek to delegitimise the real and deadly concerns of the victims of Jewish barbarity in Palestine by portraying their opposition to Jewish occupation as opposition to Jews themselves. The criticisms directed towards Hizb ut-Tahrir are the in fact the same criticisms directed to all Muslims who principally oppose the criminality of Jewish occupation in Palestine....
It is well known to all that Jews have always historically turned to Muslims in times of their most desperate need. Jews have only flourished under Islam; indeed their golden age was realised only under Islam.
So declares the Australian wing of the Caliphate-seeking Islamic extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir in response to revelations that the New South Wales Board of Deputies has written as follows to the president of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board:To attempt to reconstruct history by portraying Muslims as anti-Semitic is not only disingenuous but criminal...."
"We write to refer a matter to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board with a request that the ADB prepare a brief for the Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecute Ismail al-Wahwah and Wassim Dureihi under S.20D of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act.
An inflammatory speech was delivered in [the Sydney suburb of Lakemba in Arabic on July 25, 2014 by Wahwah, the local spiritual head of Hizb ut-Tahrir – an organisation which advocates sharia and the destruction of the democratic way of life.
A translated extract follows:
“The entire world suffers from the children of Israel today and complains about them. Who will set the world free from the children of Israel so that the world will be able to say that it has rid itself of that hidden evil? This mission will be accomplished by none but you, O Muslims … The ember of jihad against the Jews will continue to burn. The struggle and the jihad will continue until the words of Allah come true. Judgment day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews … Tomorrow you Jews will see what will become of you — an eye for an eye, blood for blood, destruction for destruction.”
Reinforcing his message, the unseen crowd interjected with a chant of “Khaybar, Khaybar” — the full war-cry being “Khaybar Khaybar Ya Yahud jaysh Muhammad saya’ud ” (Khaybar, Khaybar O Jews,the army of Muhammad will return).
This is a blatant call for violence against Jews on the basis of their race as Khaybar was the scene of a 7th-century massacre of Jews in what is now Saudi Arabia.
The following observations will be of assistance:
Ismail al-Wahwah gave the speech in public to a live audience.
The speech incited hatred towards, serious contempt for, and severe ridicule of, Jews on theground of them being Jewish. The speaker clearly refers to “the children of Israel” – ie Jews – as a people.
It is clear that the speech threatened physical harm towards Jews. It also incited others to threaten physical harm towards Jews.
Each of these elements was done intentionally.
The intent extends beyond that of the main speaker to the host, Wassim Dureihi, a spokesperson for Hizb ut-Tahrir.
It is important to note that the diatribe was crude Jew-hatred reminiscent of last year’s anti-Israel rallies in Sydney that descended into blatant antisemitism, complete with Nazi swastikas and placards evoking racist images that had nothing to do with any Middle East conflict.
Wahwah’s speech was delivered in Arabic and a subtitled video was recently released...."(Hat tip: J-Wire) See also Shirlee Finn's excellent detailed post on this topic here
Also of interest on J-Wire, barrister Geoff Bloch's riposte to a Guardian article by a prominent Aussie human rights lawyer, Julian Burnside, who averred, inter alia, that "Right now, Islamophobia is the new anti-Semitism ..." See Bloch's winning (game, set, and match) piece here