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Parrort Press | 22.04.2007 23:57 | Anti-racism | Repression | Terror War | World

But in an interview on SBS [AIPAC] the sheikh said all the funds went directly to needy families.

Sheikh Taj el-din Al Hilali
Sheikh Taj el-din Al Hilali

[Corporate media savvy] 'Controversial' Muslim cleric Sheikh Taj el-din Al Hilali has denied giving money raised by the Australian-Lebanese community to the militant group Hezbollah.

Sheikh Al Hilali spoke last night in his first formal Australian interview since his return from an overseas trip.

[Wound up by a corporate mass media frenzy] prominent members of Australia's Lebanese community have demanded answers over claims that the sheikh gave money intended for victims of last year's Hezbollah-Israel war to the militant group.

But in an interview on SBS [AIPAC] the sheikh said all the funds went directly to needy families.

"I got to [a] poor village in north Lebanon and about 30-35 families," he said.

On the issue of leadership, Sheikh Al Hilali says he will wait and see who the National Imams Council picks as the next mufti of Australia before he decides what to do.

The council is expected to make an announcement on Sheikh Al Hilali's future as mufti in June.

Meanwhile Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty says it is too early to speculate about whether any offences were committed regarding the donations.

Commissioner [Guilty] says it appears to be more a governance issue about how the money was handled.

[But more likely than not appears to be more a propaganda issue about, racism and xenophobia.]


In Other Developments:


NSW Justice Minister Hatzistergos is trying to frighten us with the threat of domestic terrorism to justify spending almost $1 billion a year and still having the highest recidivist rate in the country² said Mr Collins.


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NSW Justice Minister Hatzistergos is trying to frighten us with the threat of domestic terrorism to justify spending almost $1 billion a year and still having the highest recidivist rate in the country² said Mr Collins.

Al Hilali denies supporting terrorism

Sydney Muslim cleric, Sheikh Taj El din Al Hilali, has arrived back in Australia from overseas, insisting he is not a supporter of terrorism.

Jones fined for naming child witness

Sydney-based commercial radio broadcaster Alan Jones has been placed on a nine-month good behaviour bond, fined $1,000 and had a conviction recorded for breaching a law which prohibits the naming of child court witnesses.

Australia: bipartisan support for media instigator of Cronulla race riot

The unanimity with which the entire official establishment has come together to condone Jones and condemn Hilali demonstrates the real agenda behind the ongoing anti-Muslim campaign—to stoke racialist prejudices and fears that will be used to justify further crimes committed under the aegis of the “war on terror”—in particular, an assault on Iran.

Ruddock asks states, territories to 'urgently' approve censorship law changes

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock says he has asked the states and territories to urgently approve changes to censorship laws so that material that advocates terrorism can be banned.

PM urged to take action over PG rating on radical Islamic films

Acting New South Wales Premier John Watkins says the Prime Minister should step-in over the decision to give a series of radical Islamic films a PG rating.

Jones 'lashes out' at Cronulla ruling

Now Jones, speaking on his program on 2GB this morning, has lashed out at the ruling and it goes without saying the authorities that made that ruling. Where's the remorse?

Howard says Jones voices Australians' views?

Prime Minister John Howard says Alan Jones is an outstanding broadcaster who says what a lot of Australians are thinking.

Would you believe, he also says a lot about what John Howard wants people to think? So it makes sense for John Howard to back up Alan Jones and say... that what Alan Jones says is what everone else is thinking, especially if it's coming from Howard himself. If he's thinking like that it's criminal. Even if some Australians are or were just thinking about how to kick the shit out of some middle eastern people on the train station, then they are illegal degrading thoughts.
Similarly perhaps this is what Australians are thinking too by now anyway? And would it be any wonder why they would be thinking like that?

ACMA links Alan Jones to Cronulla violence

The Sydney radio station 2GB and its breakfast host Alan Jones have been found to have breached the commercial radio code by broadcasting material that was likely to encourage violence, in the lead-up to the Cronulla riot.

Hilali to 'clarify' Iran comments

A spokesman for Muslim cleric Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilali says politicians should hold off judging comments the Sheikh reportedly made about Iran.

Iran comments could increase support for Sheikh: Trad

Islamic Friendship Association founder Keysar Trad says he believes Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilali will garner more support from Australian Muslims following his controversial latest comments in Iran.

Downer says Hilali should be replaced?

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says Australian Muslims deserve a new mufti.

Bring on the war criminal headkickers!

Hilali sacking claims are 'a gross exaggeration'

The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils says speculation that the senior Muslim cleric, Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilali, has been sacked are a gross exaggeration.

Islamic speaker condemns media 'Islamaphobia'

A 'controversial' speaker at an Islamic conference in Melbourne this weekend has lashed out at the media, accusing reporters of whipping up hysteria over Muslims.

AFP continues to hunt down Al Hilali funds

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) are still examining material to determine if it will investigate whether the Islamic cleric Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilali broke Commonwealth laws by allegedly giving charity funds to a terrorist supporter.

Our Fascist Welcome Mat John Howard's ABC

Anger as Beslan massacre apologist arrives in Aust

A British reporter who converted to Islam after being kidnapped by the Taliban is set to address a controversial Islamic conference beginning in Melbourne today.

Yvonne Ridleys article

Opposition questions Ridley's character test

The Federal Opposition says the Government should explain how high-profile British Muslim Yvonne Ridley passed the character test to visit Australia for a conference this weekend.

Muslim group rejects visa ban on sheikh

The Islamic community has questioned the Government's ban on Canadian Sheikh Bilal Philips, who was to speak at the first Australian Islamic Conference.

Trade Centre sheikh barred from entering Australia

A Canadian Muslim cleric linked by the US Government to the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing has been refused entry to Australia on security grounds.

ABC Repeat offenders: I just can't help myself?

LMA to refund Al Hilali's donations

Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) president Tom Zreika says controversial cleric Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilali gave Australian aid donations to a Lebanese radio station with suspected links to Iraqi insurgents.


What about the links to Bin Laden? How many cups of coffee did Hilali have with him hey?

Jihad coffee?


Al Hilali under pressure to provide donations paper trail

The Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) has asked Sheikh Taj el
Din Al Hilali to provide proof that he did not mishandle charity funding meant for victims of last year's Israel-Hezbollah war in Lebanon.

Politics, Corporations and Religion Don't Mix?

Praise the Lord what religion is this? What do we do about the MONSTER and war criminals that argue that there is something wrong with selected Muslims? And imply that all other religions must be better than Islam because some Muslims are Islamic fundamentalists? Like there are no fundamentalists in any other religion?

Ruddock wants answers to Hilali donations in Lebanon

Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock says he is anxious to receive information about how money raised by Australia's Lebanese Muslim community has been spent in Lebanon.

Sheikh asked to account for Lebanon aid cash

Questions are being asked about how controversial Muslim cleric Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilali spent money raised for victims of last year's war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Impact of Al Hilali decision extremely negative: PM

Prime Minister John Howard says Islamic leaders are doing damage to their community by not taking decisive action against Sydney's Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilali.

Even though the war criminal John Howard is one of the most negative people on the planet! How does he get away with it? Bullshit!

Muslim leaders mull replacing Sheikh Hilali

The first conference of the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) has voted to set up two committees to determine their spiritual leader or mufti.


Muslim leaders or the ABC? I say that John Howard's ABC mull divide and conquer! How about SBS and John Howard's ABC just accept the decision? Fair?

Now go away! Worse than the flies!

Hilaly stays on as Mufti

The inaugural meeting of the Australian National Imams Council has decided controversial Sydney Muslim cleric Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilaly will stay on as the head of Australia's Muslims for now.


Nile claims NSW election win for Muslim bashing

Christian Democratic Party leader Fred Nile says he has been re-elected to the Upper House for a fourth term in the New South Wales election, after proposing to freeze Muslim immigration.

divide and conquer

Clerics to decide on Hilali's future as mufti

An historic meeting tomorrow of more than 60 of the nation's Islamic clerics will decide if Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilali should continue as mufti at the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney.


Muslim leaders call for Sharia divorce court in Perth

ELEANOR HALL: To religious issues in Australia now, and Muslim leaders in Perth are planning to set up a special court under Sharia law to settle disputes in divorce proceedings.

At the moment, anyone whose marriage is registered in their country of origin has to go there to get an annulment.

But Abdul Jalil Ahmad, of the Islamic Council of Western Australia, says the Sharia court is needed here.

However, he says it would not be a replacement for the Australian legal system.

This report from David Weber in Perth.

DAVID WEBER: Abdul Jalil Ahmad says a board of 10 Islamic leaders may be required to make up the court. He says the court would protect the interests of women going through a separation or a divorce.

ABDUL JALIL AHMAD: Sometime, you know, if they come to me as individual first, you know, it is not right for me like to decide anything because I am not a judge. I can advise them. Or if the problem is not so big, I can try to solve their problem, but sometimes big problem, especially when the husband, you know… for example, the wife has been suffering, the husband refuses to divorce here or something like that. So there's no way for them to explain it to the Sharia court, you know.

DAVID WEBER: So a Sharia court would take the place of mediator, I suppose?

ABDUL JALIL AHMAD: Yeah, something like that, like, you know, court of arbitration, you see.

DAVID WEBER: A Sharia court would not take the place of the Australian legal system?

ABDUL JALIL AHMAD: No, no, no. You know, the most we expect or we hope is that it can be recognised, you know.

DAVID WEBER: Is it possible that a court, a Sharia court, could deal with other aspects of Sharia law?

ABDUL JALIL AHMAD: You see, when we live in any country as minority you always, you know, what do you call… abide by the law of the land, you see.

Only in areas where we are legally allowed to implement our Islamic teaching we do, otherwise we cannot do because it is illegal, you understand. Especially, like, where it got to marriage, divorce and funeral, that all we have – what we have been doing so far, you know. But it doesn't extend to, like, criminal law or something like that, because you have to follow the law of the land because we are a minority.

DAVID WEBER: What would you hope to say to people in Australia who may be concerned about some of the more extreme aspects of Sharia law that are in place in some parts of the world, like Sudan for instance, and the idea that that may be coming into play here?

ABDUL JALIL AHMAD: We are a minority here, we cannot do anything against the law, you see. So we can only demand or practice our diligence, you know, in the areas or the aspects in which we are allowed legally.

DAVID WEBER: The WA Ethnic Communities' Council does not support the move.

The President, Suresh Rajan, says there could be problems where two sets of laws exist.

The Chief Executive of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Amjad Mehboob, says an imam has a mediating role where marriages are breaking down.

But he says a Sharia court would be useful in some circumstances, because it would provide a legal framework.

AMJAD MEHBOOB: Maybe where a husband is refusing to grant divorce, where the woman is asking for one, and then she could perhaps approach an avenue that has some legal powers. But the imam hasn't got directly very many legal powers in the normal sense.

ELEANOR HALL: Amjad Mehboob, the Chief Executive of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, speaking to David Weber in Perth

Break it down, lay it down he said?

Let's review this report:

ELEANOR HALL: He says, "But Abdul Jalil Ahmad, of the Islamic Council of Western Australia, says the Sharia court is needed here.

"However, he says it would not be a replacement for the Australian legal system."

This report from David Weber in Perth.


DAVID WEBER: "A Sharia court would not take the place of the
Australian legal system?"

ABDUL JALIL AHMAD: No, no, no. You know, the most we expect or we hope is that it can be recognised, you know.

Now we have to be very certain about this don't we?

So whose Idea was it? David 'divide and conquer' tactics' Weber?

Eleanor Hall?

John Howard?

Maybe they just send the file to ASIO like they did to Jack Thomas? And say that he said it now? But they didn't instigate it? Oh no!

Fact is they make it sound like ABDUL JALIL AHMAD is trying to take over Australia therefore we should all live in fear of Isamophobia, and divide and conquer rules best?

"DAVID WEBER: What would you hope to say to people in Australia who may be concerned about some of the more extreme aspects of Sharia law that are in place in some parts of the world, like Sudan for instance, and the idea that that may be coming into play here?"
The 655,000 dead people in Iraq you mean? That's a holocaust and very extreme yes but perhaps you don't wish to talk about that David?

Some advice for John Howard, Eleanor Hall, David Weber, and the ants: However, there are two truths that are ignored in such a pessimistic assessment. One is that while it is easy to control individual citizens, it is impossible for a relatively few officials, police, or whoever, to control many citizens. Try it with some ants, you can use a small twig or a pencil to block the path or a single ant, and you can do so for five or six at once. But once there are 20 or 30 ants, let alone two or three thousand, control of the routes they take becomes impossible. That is why the authorities of the old order fear mobs, and why they always adopt 'divide and conquer' tactics within their national control strategies.


Islamic association denies claims Hilali pensioned off

A spokesman for Australia's most [mass media savy agent provocateur] controversial Muslim cleric, Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali, has rejected claims that the mufti has been given a golden handshake in return for abandoning claims to leadership positions.



Baptists stand by 'Jesus loves Osama' sign

Baptist leaders say a sign displayed on many of its churches, reading "Jesus loves Osama", is not meant to cause offence.

[What about a distraction?]

A number of churches have displayed the sign that also quotes the Bible saying "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you".

[Even the John Howard govt, his cronies, and the Coalition of the Killing?]

New South Wales Baptist Union spokesman Alan Soden says while he can understand people may be offended, the sign reflects Christian teachings.

"[Jesus] said we should love our enemies as controversial as that may be," he said.

[We must really love the Coalition of the Killing then because some people were stupid enough to elect them back into public office? That's how much they love them? See!]

Alan Soden "The bottom line to me is we're all sinners.

[Some a lot worse than others hey Alan? Like 655,000 dead in the Iraq war. Then why are some people sent to jail and other not so unlucky?]

Alan Soden "He loves us all, no matter who we are or what we may've done."

[Even a holocaust in Iraq? Hey Alan? And even if you blamed the wrong bloke, Osama 'where has he bin lately?' And whose just the scapegoat demonic and a figment of George W Bush's sinister imagination? And even if your Christian church is just a 'propaganda distraction for the mass media and mass murderers, hey Alan?]

[You there Alan?]


Agencies asked to 'review status' of Islamic group
Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has asked the relevant agencies to review the status of the controversial Islamic group, Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Ruddock won't do it and the State won't do it then the police might do it? As long as it stays on the front page? Notice no one will arrest those war criminals like John Howard and his cronies either? Because one of them is Phillip Ruddock. That makes everyone else a potential witch!

Islamic group could face legal action: NSW Neo-Liberals

The New South Wales Opposition says a radical Islamic group in Sydney could face court over what it says is the racial vilification of non-Muslims.

The group, called Hizb ut Tahrir, held a conference in south-west Sydney yesterday and called for the establishment of an Islamic state under sharia law somewhere in the world.

Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock says there is insufficient evidence to ban the group.

But the NSW Liberal's justice spokesman, Chris Hartcher, says the State Government has the power to prosecute Hizb ut Tahrir separate to the Commonwealth.

"The whole thrust of Islamic extremism in Australia is to vilify the races in Australia who are not adherents to Islam," he said.

[But some might say that Neo-Liberal conservatism 'stick' and mass media 'power' in Australia is to vilify the races in Australia who are not adherents to Christianity?]

"That clearly constitutes vilification under the racial discrimination sections of the racial discrimination act."

Mr Ruddock says NSW will have to decide itself if it wants to ban the controversial Islamic group.

[NSW Yes!]

"If the State Government believes it should be banned as an organisation simply because they don't like their views, I would suggest they've got power to do it," he said.

"The Commonwealth doesn't and we know that from the Communist Party dissolution case."

[But this is just another way to change their mind by using the State as a different entity than that of the federal regime and somehow not connected to the same constitution? We can't do it but someone else can I think?] Sure someone else can most likely Morris Iemma. But Peter Debnam would have to push him into it so that he gets the credit?]

In anycase it's just another round of Islamophobic bashing that's going on in Australia and in particular NSW. Must be electioneering? War related? It would still be happening even if there weren't and election looming in NSW or in Federal arena so it's war related electioneering? It's also another in the very long list of Australian Islamophobic webblogs or should I say webwogs?

Islamic super state

How to wind up the community with nonsense!

Banning Muslim group 'would be dangerous'

A leading Muslim says the Federal Government is right to allow the controversial Islamic group, Hizb ut Tahrir, to practice in Australia.


Tell me what line I crossed?

2nd Renaissance - Beyond Industrial Capitalism and Nation States

Go forward in peace. And always remember the line from Gravity's Rainbow: "If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers."

Sydney conference speaker demands Islamic state

A speaker at a conference in Sydney's south-west says a revolution or a civil war may be necessary in order to create an Islamic state, or caliphate.

The article describes what someone is alleged to have said but fails to provide the context. Typical rubbish beamed into our Sunday lunch.

Islamic group moves meeting after council ban

A controversial Islamic group that was banned from holding a conference at a Sydney town hall is today meeting at an alternate venue in the city's south-west.


In addition this seems to be where the witch-hunt started.


Sheikh Hilali warned off sermon

Controversial cleric Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali pulled out of his weekly sermon at the Lakemba Mosque yesterday after he was told his address would have to be apolitical.

Even though Islamic cleric Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilali never offered himself up as a personal candidate for the State foregone conclusion? Does Peter Debnam, john hoWARd's bum boy, think everyone was born yesterday? Why? Because he's a racist scumbag that's why! If you want to make some trouble ask Peter Debnam about this:

Sheikh urged to end election speculation

New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma says Islamic cleric Sheikh Taj el-din Al Hilali should announce whether he is going to run in the state election.


Group won't support Sheikh's MP push

The president of Australia's Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA), Tom Zreika, has distanced himself from Muslim cleric Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilali, who reportedly wants to field three candidates in the south-west Sydney seats of Lakemba, Bankstown and Auburn in the state election.


You say, "Muslim cleric Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilali, who reportedly wants to field three candidates in the south-west Sydney seats of Lakemba, Bankstown and Auburn in the state election."

Then why didn't anyone including the ABC tell the New South Wales Deputy Premier John Watkins?

Debnam urged to rule out Hilali preference deal

New South Wales Deputy Premier John Watkins is calling on the State Opposition to rule out preference deals with Islamic cleric Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilali if he decides to run as a candidate in the state election.

Does New South Wales Deputy Premier John Watkins think we don't know that Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilali publicly declared on National TV that he was not offering himself up personally as a NSW candidate? Or is he just acting dumb? Perhaps no one told him? Nah! So what would he have against any other Muslim candidate anyways? Islamophobia?

What would Peter Debnam Say? I love you I love you all?


slamophobic Australians attack peaceful Aussie mufti

January 15, 2007 - Aussie mufti Sheik Taj al-Din Hilali's recent comments during an Egyptian TV interview have triggered more Islamaphobic outrage in Australia, with a number of politicians, including Federal Immigration Minister Senator Amanda Vanstone, laughing him off as an "irrelevance" or demanding he "stay in his native Egypt if did not like Australia."


Sheik's comments spur calls to Immigration Dept?

Now it's alleged that the Sheik Taj el-Din Al Hilali comments spurred calls to the Immigration Department? What was the point of the pr exercise if people weren't going to call her? Why does she distance herself from her government and political media establishment's xenophobic pr campaigns?


debnam has got to go!

The New South Wales Flopposition Leader, peter debnam, says an anti-American statement made by Sydney cleric Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilaly was a virtual declaration of war on Western society. So debnam actually thinks war crimes against humanity and the death of 665,000 Iraqi men, women and children for democracy is a fair argument? Sack him before it's too late, please!

Xenophobic rocket launcher, so why was it reported really?

Police say they are unsure if the claims, published in a 'Sunday newspaper', are true and they are now being investigated. [So why was it reported today by howard's 'abc' and the 'Melbourne age'?]


Man refused bail over rocket launcher charges, discrepancies?

Peter Debnam is also a 'chip off' the old neo-liberal rocket launcher 'war criminal', block, John Howard, who has a very good reason to hype up and generate fear in the community for an illegal and degrading war in Iraq. Sinister?

Australian media seizes upon Muslim cleric’s comments to whip up xenophobia

There is now an inescapable necessity for all those opposed to militarism and war, and committed to the defence of democratic rights, to develop an independent political opposition to the xenophobic campaign being directed against Muslims. No faction of the media or political establishment has any opposition to the drive to militarise society under the banner of “Australian values”, and all are complicit in the cultivation of anti-Muslim communalism.


Bill Moyers: "Big Media is Ravenous

Bill Moyers: "Big Media is Ravenous. It Never Gets Enough. Always Wants More. And it Will Stop at Nothing to Get It. These Conglomerates are an Empire, and they are Imperial."

Christians United for Israel: New Christian Zionism Lobby Hopes to Rival AIPAC

We take a look at a new recently established group called Christians United for Israel - an evangelical organization that believes supporting expansionist policies of the Israeli government is: "a biblical imperative." We speak with investigative journalist Max Blumenthal who reports they lobbied the Bush administration to adopt a confrontational posture toward Iran, refuse aid to the Palestinians and give Israel a free hand in its attack on Lebanon.

Sen. Hillary Clinton Refuses to Acknowledge Making Mistake Over Voting for Iraq War

At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire resident Roger Tilton asked Clinton: "I want to know if right here, right now, once and for all and without nuance, you can say that war authorization was a mistake." Anne Miller later asked Clinton about her views on Iran.


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