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VIOLENT THREATS MADE AGAINST KURABY MOSQUE

VIOLENT THREATS MADE AGAINST KURABY MOSQUE

MEDIA STATEMENT

The Queensland Muslim community is shocked by reports that the perpetrator who made violent threats against Kuraby mosque yesterday afternoon was apprehended by police but has now been released on bail.

Queensland Muslims Inc (QMI), a peak body representing Muslims across Queensland, including Kuraby mosque, and the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN), a national advocacy organisation, today called on state and federal authorities to strive for and demonstrate consistent standards.

QMI President, Mr. Habib Jamal, said the management, staff and volunteers heard the voicemail at the Kuraby mosque shortly after at 1:25 pm yesterday.

The message went for a full minute, repeating that he wanted to kill all Muslims and providing a range of hate speech and white supremacist rhetoric to justify his violence.

It is understood that the man has been charged with using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence under the Commonwealth Criminal Code.

‘We are very glad that the perpetrator was quickly apprehended, but the broader community is concerned about why this person was not held and questioned longer and why more serious charges were not considered.’

‘It pains our community that violent threats against our community do not seem to be regarded as terrorism,’ said Mr. Jamal.

‘This act was an act of psychological violence to our community.’

‘There must be serious deterrence, community protections and measures to disengage persons from violent beliefs – none of this seems possible under the charge used by police.’

‘Sadly, law enforcement has a pattern of making excuses for individuals harbouring hateful, racist views, and applying more minor charges.’

Mr. Jamal said this situation contrasted starkly with how young Muslims and their families were constantly ‘engaged’ and pursued by counterterrorism police, even without a basis for investigation.

‘Police must break the cycle of continually targeting young people in our community while playing down the obvious violence of others,’ he said.

A spokesperson for the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN) said the audio supports the inference that the perpetrator urged violence, motivated by a racial supremacist ideology grounded in dehumanising and demonising beliefs about Muslims. It is illegal to urge violence intentionally under Division 80 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

‘We have documented a history of undercharging white supremacist activity across Australia over more than a decade,’ said a spokesperson for AMAN.

‘The perpetrator’s words absolutely mirrored those online in white supremacist and racist nationalist movements.’

‘The perpetrator stated that Australia is a country for white people.’

‘When terrorism law is used for one community but not another and is used to protect one community but not another, it has a devastating effect.’

AMAN said that more preventative action also needed to be taken at the national level to decouple the Islamic religion from discourse on terrorism by doing away with the category of ‘religiously motivated’ terrorism.’

‘One of the justifications by the perpetrator for his threats was that Muslims are terrorists.’

The organisation said that the Australian Government must also take leadership to reign in bad actors who serially dehumanise Muslims and other communities and to penalise the digital platforms that profit from them.

4 October 2022
For media inquiries or to obtain a copy of the audio, contact: QMI: secretary@qmi.org.au
AMAN: advocacy@aman.net.au

 

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