‘We’re not immune’: The Project’s host Waleed Aly warns Australian Muslims could be killed by terrorists and claims far-right extremists are like Islamists after London mosque attack
- The Project’s Waleed Aly asked about an Australian anti-Muslim terror attack
- The Muslim TV presenter likened London mosque attack to Islamist terrorism
- Conservative Jewish activist Avi Yemini said it was wrong to compare the two
- Muslim Labor MP Anne Aly said attacks on Muslims shouldn’t be called ‘revenge’
The Project’s Waleed Aly has suggested far-right extremists could soon kill Muslims in Australia.
In his daily editorial, the Muslim host said this week’s suspected terrorist attack on the Finsbury Park Mosque in London could be a sign of things to come locally.
‘Fear and hatred are powerful, destructive forces and in Australia we’re not immune,’ he told the Ten Network program.
‘So could a violent, anti-Islamic attack happen here?’
The Project’s Waleed Aly asked if a terrorist attack on Muslims could happen in Australia. Waleed claims claims far-right extremists are just like Islamists
Aly also likened the alleged UK terrorist attack by anti-Muslim father-of-four Darren Osborne, 47, to Islamist extremism.
‘It seems like that on the wings of our society we’ve got extremists, whether they’re Islamist extremists or, in these recent cases, far-right extremists that are kind of tearing away the centre, they’re making it so that there is nothing in the middle, nothing can hold and everyone has to choose a side in this fight,’ he said.
Avi Yemini, a former Israeli solider and conservative political activist, said it was outrageous for Mr Aly to suggest one far-right terrorist attack was comparable with the thousands of Islamist terrorist attacks that have occurred in the West since 2001.
‘We’ve had one, one, terror attack against the Islamic community,’ he said.
‘In fact, since that terror attack there’s been half a dozen others against other people by Muslims in the name of Islam.
‘You cannot justify it. You cannot minimise it, Waleed and you cannot put it on the same level. It’s not.’
The Project also featured Australia’s first female Muslim federal MP Anne Aly, a former counter-terrorism expert, who suggested the media had failed to use the term ‘terrorist’ to describe the Finsbury mosque attack.
‘If we start calling these revenge attacks instead of calling them for what they are which is terrorism, we feed right into that whole construction of justifying them,’ she said.
The Egyptian-born Labor politician said far-right extremists had a lot in common with Islamist terrorists, who killed eight people in central London earlier this month.
‘Sometimes I wish they’d go and have a picnic together, share some fried chicken,’ she said.
Mr Yemini, who has faced death threats for publicly criticising Islamist extremism, said both Egyptian-born Alies needed to actually condemn the Islamist ideology behind terrorism.
‘You have a problem within your religion that needs hard looking at. You need reformation,’ he said.
‘At the moment, terror is 99.995 per cent Islamic.’
And it always will be..
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Aly may well be right. When people see their way of life under threat with no one taking a stand, they may well turn to violence. It is not right but it is understandable. No one asked for this country to become a dumping ground for Islam. Yet it is force fed down our throats, like it or not. There is a difference between protecting one’s way of life and attempting to enforce Islam by violence. I would not be surprised to see a military coup in a European nation as all hope in democratic institutions is lost. Islam declared war on us, not the reverse.
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