AUSTRALIA’S LEAD QATARIST
Annoyed by coverage of his Doha International Award for Interfaith Dialogue, Gosford god botherer Fr Rod Bower smites me with his mighty Noticeboard of Shame.
Australia’s lead Qatarist really doesn’t care for examination of his inconsistency on human rights issues:
“Tabloid entertainment is not journalism,” declares Bower. That’s rich, coming from the NSW central coast’s primary generator of leftist slogan candy. (Incidentally, the “people most to be pitied” are those unable to properly punctuate.)
Razvi moves in interesting circles, as Fairfax reported in 2015:
The organiser of an Islamic conference to be held in Melbourne has met a sheikh who supported jihad in Syria and the use of suicide bombers against Israelis.
Waseem Razvi will hold the second Peace Conference on Sunday, two years after a similar event was criticised for supporting anti-Semitic and sexist views.
It can be revealed that Mr Razvi met Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, head of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, after the “great success” of the previous conference.
Qaradawi has been widely condemned for issuing fatwas in support of suicide bombing in Israel in the 1990s, and the travel of Muslims to Syria to fight against the Assad regime.
Last year, Interpol issued an arrest warrant for Qaradawi, who is wanted by Egyptian authorities for incitement and assistance to commit murder, helping prisoners to escape, arson, vandalism and theft. According to Egyptian media, the charges relate to a prison escape during the 2011 uprising that ousted president Hosni Mubarak …
Mr Razvi, the president and founder of the Islamic Research and Educational Academy (IREA), wrote on the group’s Facebook page in November 2013 that he visited Qaradawi in Qatar, where he has lived since fleeing his native Egypt.
In 2013, The Age reported that Mr Razvi hoped his three-day conference would attract 20,000 people and be the “largest, the biggest and the best-ever Islamic event in the history of Australia”.
But the star speaker, Dr Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, never showed, after it was revealed he called for the annihilation of Jews, whom he described as the “scum of humanity”, “rats of the world”, “prophet killers” and “pigs and monkeys”.
Have a look at those comments, Rod. Look deeply at them. Try and get a sense of the hearts, souls and minds that they emanate from. Look at the comments, Rod, and seek to understand the ‘spirit’ behind the words. Then you are faced with a choice: what kind of person do you really want to be?
More disturbingly, he suggests that I came away with $134,000.00. This is a serious misrepresentation of the truth. The US$100,000.00 prize was split between two individuals (myself one them), and three organizations …
Hey, don’t blame me just because your billionaire Qatari oil mates are so stingy. Still, twenty grand might buy something to replace that missing preposition in the above paragraph.