Non-prosecution of hate speech “a travesty”

August 27, 2015 by J-Wire Staff
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The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies has slammed a decision not to prosecute Ismael Alwahwah following the posting of an anti-Semitic tirade on YouTube last year.

Vic Alhadeff

Vic Alhadeff

In the videos, the Sydney-based leader of  Hizb ut-Tahrir called for the destruction of Jews.

A police spokesman told J-Wire: “The NSW Police Force has investigated the complaint thoroughly and found that at this time, it is not possible to identify who uploaded the footage in question or charge him or her for uploading the offensive material.

hbtNSWJBD CEO Vic Alhadeff commented: “If no legal action occurs, it will mean a decision has been taken not to prosecute the most serious case of hate speech and incitement to violence that we have seen in NSW in a long time. This is a travesty. It means every ethnic group is at risk. It gives a free pass to people to publicly call for the death of fellow Australians on the basis of their ethnicity. No fair-minded Australian would accept that.

“The law needs to be fixed. Calling for the death of a group of Australians on the basis of their ethnicity needs to be regarded as a crime. It’s that clear and that important.”

Dr Colin Rubenstein

Dr Colin Rubenstein

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) is very disappointed and deeply concerned by the decision not to prosecute  Ismael Alwahwah.

Executive Director Dr.  Colin Rubenstein said: “Alwahwah’s statements are as clear-cut a case of an incitement to violence as anyone could expect to have the misfortune to witness, reflecting some of the most extremist and radical attitudes existing within Australia.

If NSW law as it stands does not have the capability to unequivocally establish the complete unacceptability of spreading such hatred, then it needs to be changed to provide adequate protection to all groups in multicultural Australia. Calling for the destruction of a people based on their religion and ethnicity should be a crime, pure and simple, and the law needs to be able to reflect this basic  requirement.”

Comments

One Response to “Non-prosecution of hate speech “a travesty””
  1. Erica Edelman says:

    A travesty – a criminal offense – so why are there race/hate laws?
    Maybe there’s more to the story
    Maybe the police department is complicit ?
    Maybe it’s plain incompetence ?
    Or is it plain anti-semitism, anti Jewish , anti Zionist
    Anti-Israel
    Maybe it’s pro something ?
    Whatever the reason – you can bet if it was the
    Other way around (and of course it wouldn’t be)
    The police would have done their job in
    A matter of days
    Good to know the cops are on the job – I don’t think

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