The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) unequivocally condemns the recent comments made by the Australian Jewish Association (AJA) on social media, which portray the Muslim population in inflammatory and Islamophobic terms. The tweet in question has been viewed by thousands of people and is an outrageous statement from a body that purports to represent the Australian Jewish community.
At a time when the global community should be uniting to bring an end to the suffering in the Middle East, such statements do nothing but sow division and discord. The language used by the AJA is prejudiced and dangerously incendiary. This is especially concerning as it was released on the same day as the recent arson attack on a Muslim-owned business in Caulfield, Melbourne, in addition to numerous other incidents that have gone unreported.
Dr. Rateb Jneid, President of AFIC, states, “We are appalled by the irresponsible and divisive statements issued by the AJA. Their message stands in stark contrast to the shared Australian values of harmony we hold dear. At a time when we should be coming together to seek peace and offer support to those in need, such comments only fuel hatred and discord.”
- A full retraction of the statement by the AJA, along with a clear and unreserved apology to the Australian Muslim community.
- That law enforcement and relevant authorities to investigate the AJA and the individual author or approver of the tweet in question this as a potential incitement to hatred and violence.
Such rhetoric has no place in Australia, or any society that respects multiculturalism and mutual understanding. The Australian Muslim community stands firmly against all forms of bigotry and invites all Australians – regardless of background – to join us and continue to work towards fostering a peaceful and respectful society for all.
Dr Rateb Jneid President