Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Muslim communities isolated and vulnerable: report

A national report looking at the extent of prejudice against Arab and Muslim Australians has highlighted the fear, isolation and vulnerability it says many people in those communities are feeling.

Acting Race Discrimination Commissioner Doctor Bill Jonas today launched "Ismah" or the "Listen" report, which has taken 14 months of consultations around the country.

Dr Jonas says the report was done after anecdotal evidence of an increase in racism across Australia since the, [USA, CIA, reichstag, call to arms, false flag operation], September 11 attacks in the United States.

"We listened to stories of mostly Muslim women wearing the hijab anxious to walk their children to school in fear of being spat on, abused or ridiculed," he said.

"We listened to the stories of people who felt they had been refused employment because their name was Mohammed or spoke Arabic."

In addition the community has listened as well just in case you forgot about these other problems facing Muslims that may cause them to feel prejudiced, fearful, vulnerable and uncertain about their future.

We listened to stories of people who were locked up in solitary confinement and accused of being under suspicion for being terrorists.

We listened to stories of people who were and are detained in detention centres.

We listened to stories of children who were and are locked up in detention centres.

Quite normal if you ask me? You have to be sure these people are not a danger to our national insecurity.

By Phillip Ruddock 16 June 04


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