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Henry Thornton - Politics: A discussion of economic, social and political issues Top Australia Muslim cleric says he backs Hizbollah Date 05/07/2007
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I spend ages trying to explain the poor put upon Shia and along comes Sheik Boofhead Abu Dunce to undo all my good work.
By Sir Wellington Boot Email / Print

Henry Ö this story from today's Australian is a bit of a black eye for me. I spend ages trying to explain the poor put upon Shia and along comes Sheik Boofhead Abu Dunce to undue all my good work. For the record not all Shia are certifiable lunatics who have sold themselves like slaves to the wily Persians. Hezbollah is a paid up division of the Iranian Army. They don't blow their noses without permission from Tehran; similarly in Gaza, the Hamas crew which has wrecked the show has been taken over by smarter, richer, better organised gentlemen from Tehran.

It is a worry for us that the Shia are stuck with such a foolish chap in such a big position in the community. My best advice to any Australian official who can do something about this is straightforward: have some uber senior Australian person speak very quietly to the non clerical leaders of the Shia community and suggest that Kamal Mousselmani needs to deal with some important matters in Lebanon by mid August. He can go by that date and never return. Problem solved and lesson demonstrated to all the Shia leaders in Australia. If he is still here after that date you have the Immigration Department stop processing all visa applications relating to Shias. (They are easily identified by their names). They will get the message quickly enough to be able to tell Mousselmani to go. He will go.

This story, uncovered by the estimable Richard Kerbaj a journalist with the Australian, reinforces my basic contention that problems will keep cropping up until we have a set and established bi-partisan POLICY to deal with Australian Islam and muslims of all stripes and hues. As I have been down in Canberra this week (and next) I have been able to see JWH close up. It is not a pretty sight. I don't think that there is any possibility of any policy being developed by him or his fellow officers on the Titanic concerning this muslim problem.

We must wait for the writs to be returned to the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Sir Wellington Boot.


Top Australia Muslim cleric says he backs Hizbollah

Source: Reuters

SYDNEY, June 23 (Reuters) - Australia's top Shia Muslim cleric has said he supports the Hizbollah militant group and attacked the Australian government for "defending terrorism" because of its support for Israel.

Kamal Mousselmani, head of the Supreme Islamic Shia Council of Australia, told the Weekend Australian newspaper in an interview published on Saturday that Australia was encouraging people to "kill our people daily".

"If Australia supports Israel, they are defending terrorism. Because we believe terrorists come from Israel -- not from our people. I support Hizbollah," Mousselmani said in the interview, which the paper said was conducted in Arabic.

The comments come after a series of controversies involving Australian Muslim clerics.

Earlier this month, Sheikh Taj El-Din Hilaly stepped down as mufti of Australia after comments seen as justifying rape and his anti-U.S. stance were blamed for inflaming anti-Muslim sentiment.

Hilaly had likened unveiled women to uncovered meat during a Ramadan sermon last November. He subsequently told Egyptian television that Muslims had a greater right to be in Australia than white Australians of convict heritage.

Australia has about 280,000 Muslims, of whom about 30,000 are Shia.

Mousselmani said Australia's Shia community avidly supported Hizbollah and hated Israel, but insisted neither he nor Hizbollah condoned suicide bombings.

"We are against the suicide bombings going on around the world. And Hizbollah is against it. Our opinion is that Hizbollah is not a terrorist group."

The newspaper said that the comments came as Australian security authorities were looking into transactions between the Shia community and groups overseas.

Mousselmani said the community had sent money to victims of last year's fighting between Hizbollah and Israel, but none of the money had gone to militants.

He said the Shia community would oppose any attack on Australia.

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