I’m sure its all ‘out of context’, as usual…..
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is meeting Muslim community leaders in Sydney this afternoon in a bid to sell the Government’s proposed counter-terrorism laws…
Keysar Trad from the Islamic Friendship Association is attending the meeting and says Australian Muslim leaders are just as concerned about Australia’s national security… But Mr Trad says some of the Government’s proposals go too far, such as the move to make it illegal to travel to an area of terrorist activity, such as Iraq or Syria.
That’sÂ this same Keysar Trad, now claiming to be just as concerned as the rest of us about jihadists:
Trad was the former spokesman of the pro-Hezbollah Mufti of Australia, the extremist Sheik Taj Al-Din Al-Hilaly… [Trad] had been a translator for the pro-Osama bin Laden andÂ pro-jihadist Nida’ul Islam magazine, where he wrote: “The criminal dregs of white society colonised this country . . . and the descendants of these criminal dregs tell us that they are better than us.’’
Senator Cory Bernardi tells the Senate his views on Trad, now advising the Prime Minister on how to deal with national security:
In 2009, the New South Wales Supreme Court found that Mr Trad ‘incites people to commit acts of violence’, ‘incites people to have racist attitudes’ and is a ‘dangerous and disgraceful individual’. This stemmed from a defamation case that Mr Trad brought against Harbour Radio…
The courts based their finding that Mr Trad incites people to commit acts of violence on the following evidence: Mr Trad’s own website used to have a link to a website he touted as having ‘very good articles concerning Islam and Muslims’. But the courts found that this website held ‘significant anti-Semitic views’… When he was interviewed by a journalist, Mr Trad said words to the effect of, ‘There are many Jews who question how many died in the Holocaust’, which the judge saw as ‘an attempt to diminish the significance of those events.’ In the end, both courts deemed that this showed that Mr Keysar Trad incited violence against Jewish people…
Then there is the finding that Mr Trad is a ‘dangerous individual’… This was based on the following opinion of Mr Trad: When talking about the gang rape of young women in Sydney by a group of Lebanese men, in one interview Mr Trad chose to tell a joke and described these types of perpetrators as ‘stupid young boys’. The court said that his comments about the issue ‘demeaned the victims of the crime’, ‘did not condemn the perpetrators’ and ‘trivialised the responsibility of rapists.’ ..
The rape of infidel women is not a crime under Mohammedan law. The profit of Islam practised it and therefore rape is ‘halal’.
Mr Trad failed to condemn [Hilali’s] reference to ‘the blessings of the 11th of September’ and the Sheik’s condoning of the use of boys as martyrs in the cause of
radicalIslam. The court said that this ‘involved putting forward ideas which risk an unbalanced or fanatical person being encouraged, or encouraging others, to participate in such activities’…
In 2005, he wrote an article published in the Daily Telegraph that said ‘Australians should be more concerned with the United States than radical Islam.’ … And a year after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US, Mr Trad was reported in the Weekend Australian as saying:
Osama bin Laden would have trouble teaching someone to drive a car … how could a man living in a backward country mastermind the hijacking of several planes, with the whole operation going off like clockwork? … I just don’t want to believe Muslims were behind it.
But what I find most galling is that the once-proud Labor Party reportedly entertained for eight months the idea of having this man as a candidate for political office. And for years the media have lauded him as a national spokesman on Islamic matters.