Jew-Hating Imam not to be a speaker
A headline in today’s “The Australian” proclaiming that a “Jew-hating” Imam was to be a speaker at Australian Islamic Peace Conference is unlikely to carry any truth as the man in question has not applied for a visa.
Iman Riad Galil, president of the Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia told J-Wire: “In the Middle East much of what is said is for local consumption. There are two standards in play…two ways of saying the same thing. Had he come here, I am sure he would have a different dialogue although I doubt if he would speak in English. I do not know him and have only heard his utterances.”
The Australian reported that the 53-yr-old cleric had described Jews as “the scum of humanity”. On the flyer he is depicted in profile with his face covered and names as “Imam of Makkah”. He has been refused entry into the U.S. and Canada according to the broadsheet.
A spokesperson for Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor said: “We have checked our records and no visa application has been made for the person in question.”
The flyer does state that some speakers’ attendance may by subject to visa approval.
Dr Danny Lamm and Peter Wertheim, the President and the Executive Director of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, responded to the news reports.
“We were surprised by Rachel Baxendale’s story in The Australian asserting that we had called for Abdul Rahman al-Sudais to be denied entry to Australia to attend an Islamic conference in Melbourne. We have not previously issued any statement about al-Sudais or the conference.”
“Whilst it is true that al-Sudais and several other advertised speakers from overseas have an appalling record of spreading bigotry and hatred against Jews, Sikhs and gays, and have been barred entry to Canada and the UK, we understand that alSudais at least is not in fact coming to Australia. It appears that a number of false claims have been made about who will be attending the conference.”
“Our approach all along has been to wait and see which speakers actually turn up and to assess what they say before we comment. We share the concerns expressed in the statement issued by the Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia opposing the introduction of hatreds from overseas into Australia. We agree that such hatreds have no place in our country, or indeed anywhere.”
Federal MP Michael Danby added: “Bigotry spewed out by Saudi extremist preacher Dr al-Sudais was un-Australian.”
When condemning the Anti-Jewish prejudice ascribed to the Saudi Islamist Michael Danby released a letter from the Immigration Minister the Hon. Brendan O’Connor to the Shadow Minister for Immigration.
Danby revealed: Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais has not lodged a visa application for Australia!
He said: “Given the fact that character are criteria under Australia migration law the Saudi was unlikely to be granted such a visa. Dr al-Sudais’ incitement against a respected minority in Australia means he is an
unsuitable person to enter our pluralist democracy where all Australian’s are considered equal.”
Danby said it was instructive that al-Sudais had been barred from obtaining visas in Canada and the United States (see: http://www.antisemitism.org.il/article/52808/canada-–-saudi-imam-bannedentering-country and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Rahman_Al-Sudais).“ I doubt whether he will even apply to enter Australia despite the publicity given to him by the conference and the Australian newspaper.” Mr Danby said.