The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) expresses its unwavering support for the students and community members participating in the peaceful protests at Sydney University. The protestors, who are advocating for the rights and dignity of Palestinians, reflect the values of justice and human rights that are deeply reflected in the Islamic faith.

AFIC commends the protestors for their courage and resilience in the face of adversity. Despite the challenges posed by a range of obstacles from inclement weather to heated opposition, the encampment has remained steadfast in its mission to raise awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people.

As an organisation that stands for the principles of social justice, AFIC believes it is imperative to support movements that align with these values. The Sydney University protests are a testament to the power of collective action and the importance of standing up for what is right.’ Dr. Rateb Jneid, President of AFIC said.

AFIC calls on all Australians to understand the importance of these protests and to support the cause to protect lives. Where universities are places of academic freedom and diversity of opinions are encouraged and needed for our nation’s health, these voices must be listened to.

AFIC rejects the characterization that supporting Palestinians or denouncing Israel’s actions is inherently antisemitic or anti-Jewish. It is important to have valid debate and criticism of any authority or state.

AFIC also calls upon the University of Sydney to ensure engagement with the protestors is constructive. The university has a responsibility to foster an environment where open dialogue and the exchange of ideas are encouraged, and where students feel safe to express their views, which the University itself acknowledged in a statement on 24 April and the 1 May 2024.

In closing, the AFIC reiterates its support for the protestors and their peaceful efforts to bring about positive change.

We stand with you.

AFIC, established in 1964, stands as the Peak Muslim Organisation in Australia, with 170 members including 9 State and Territory Councils. It has a rich history of pioneering numerous community services and actively advocating for the rights and representation of the Muslim community.


Dr Rateb Jneid, President

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