| Australia’s Muslim migrants on edge, race relations falter with rise of the right - Australians getting wiser, anyway what race is Islam?
| Saturday, July 30, 2016
|Reuters has changed Islam into a race? Race relations in
Australia have deteriorated so badly that some community leaders fear
violence will erupt in a political vacuum where the new government,
elected with a bare majority, must rely on the support of parties that
have fomented the discord.
Race relations in Australia have deteriorated so badly that some community leaders fear violence will erupt in a political vacuum where the new government, elected with a bare majority, must rely on the support of parties that have fomented the discord.
The potential for violence after a bitter election campaign, which featured calls for a ban on Muslim immigration, is palpable for people like Afghan-born Muhammad Taqi Haidari.
Haidari, from Afghanistan's Shi'ite Muslim Hazara minority, no longer tells people his name is Muhammad, preferring to use Taqi.
"When there is a problem like in Paris and now in Nice they hear the name Muhammad. They include me as one of those Muhammads," Haidari, who lives in Sydney's less affluent western suburbs, told Reuters.
Australia, a staunch U.S. ally with troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, has been spared the mass violence that has become commonplace among other U.S. allies, particularly in Europe.
In barely more than a month, scores of people have been killed in Paris, in smaller French towns such as Nice, and across Germany, many of them in attacks claimed by the militant Islamic State group.
Machete-wielding attackers and suicide bombers have also struck with devastating effect in Bangladesh and Kabul.
In Australia, once
fringe parties such as Pauline Hanson's One Nation, which first gained international notoriety in the late 1990s, have exploited the fear such attacks have generated by saying that Muslim immigration must be stopped.
However, community leaders such as Stepan Kerkyasharian, a veteran former head of a government anti-discrimination board, fear their rhetoric will also generate retaliatory acts against Muslim migrants.
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|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 6:50 PM