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AIJAC Calls for Decisive Action on Hate Literature

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27 June 2005


The 24 June 2005 edition of the Herald Sun reported that a mosque in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick was propagating extremist Islamic hate literature. These books and pamphlets encoura ged Muslims to wage jihad against non-Muslims and advocated hatred and violence towards Christians and Jews.

"The material cited in the Herald Sun is so extreme that it would not be out of place in one of Osama bin Laden's videos," said AIJAC Executive Director Dr. Colin Rubenstein. "It is so offensive that it could sow the seeds of communal discord and even incite terrorism," Rubenstein continued.

"We urge the appropriate governmental authorities to examine this material closely in order to determine whether a violation of the law has occurred.

"This toxic combination of unregenerate bigotry and the promotion of violence threatens the multicultural fabric of Victorian society and thus endangers us all," concluded Rubenstein.

For further information please contact Dr Colin Rubenstein on (03) 9681 6660 or 0418 339 721.

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