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Jewish Community concern over Radical Group's visit

Jewish Community concern over Radical Group's visit

19 September 2011

The Jewish community has expressed its concern over a planned seminar of radical Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir. The group is virulently anti-Israel and the West, and has been banned in numerous countries overseas, including many in the Middle East. Its October 14 seminar, titled Afghanistan – 10 years of injustice, oppression and failure, will debate topics such as “Australian blood for an American war?” and “29 troops dead… how many more to come?”

Jewish Community Council of Victoria President John Searle said: “Hizb ut-Tahrir is an extremely dangerous group that promulgates the worst kinds of anti-Semitic and racist sentiments. Our concern is for those who may be influenced by their vile rhetoric under the guise of debating Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan.

“We have seen around the world the problem of home-grown terrorism and we certainly would not like to see the seeds of that type of behaviour sewn here on our shores.

“I call on police to monitor the seminar closely so that our way of life can be protected for the benefit of all Australians”.

For further information, please contact:

John Searle, President JCCV – (03) 9272 5566
Michelle Coleman, Executive Director JCCV – (03) 9272 5579

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