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Jews to ‘pay with blood’: extremist


By Anthony Klan

THE top Australian cleric of extremist Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir has ramped up his hate speech in a rant referring to Jews as “the most evil creature of Allah” who have “corrupted the world” and will “pay for blood with blood”.

In the latest tirade to surface, cleric Ismail al-Wahwah — representing an organisation whose stated aim is to take over the world — said recognising Jews constituted the “epitome of evil” because that would “strengthen the cancerous entity”.

The NSW government was quick to respond with Communities Minister Victor Dominello describing the speech, posted online on March 3 and understood to have been delivered in Sydney about three weeks ago, as “deeply disturbing”.

“The freedom of speech that we enjoy in Australia is precious and we cannot allow it to be ¬≠abused in this way,” Mr Dominello said. “Hateful and derisive speech has no place in our harmonious multicultural society.”

The latest statements from Hizb ut-Tahrir follow a wave of Islamist aggression in Europe, with the mass murder at the Paris Charlie Hebdo magazine offices and the attacks in Denmark.

On Monday, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies wrote to the NSW Anti-Discrimination commissioner calling for Mr al-¬≠Wahwah to be prosecuted for a separate speech from the middle of last year in which he called for Muslims to engage in jihad to “rid” the world of Jewish “hidden evil”.

Mr Dominello said he had written to the Anti-Discrimination Board yesterday to bring its attention to the latest video and ask that it be considered “concurrently and expeditiously” along with Monday’s complaint.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff yesterday said action was needed to prevent Hizb ut-Tahrir’s hate speech inspiring local terrorist attacks.

“This has nothing to do with Israel and is in the same vein of Islamic extremism and incitement that IS (Islamic State) peddles,” Mr Alhadeff said yesterday.

“It’s another wake-up call for the authorities to act before these hate preachers inspire the next (Sydney siege gunman) Man Monis.”

On Tuesday, Hizb ut-Tahrir released a statement defending Mr al-Wahwah’s comments in the initial video, which was recorded in July last year, and accusing the Jewish Board of Deputies of “falsely exploiting the words of Hizb ut-Tahrir”.

It said Mr al-Wahwah’s July comments had been “made at the time of the most recent offensive against the people of Gaza” in an “offensive that indiscriminately razed homes, schools, hospitals and mosques”.

“Any words expressed at that time must necessarily be viewed in the context of this aggression, and any references to Jews in this context must necessarily be viewed as reference to Jewish occupation,” the Hizb ut-Tahrir statement said.

Yesterday Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Hamzah Qureshi told The Australian that anything said by the group “has to be looked at in the context of an ongoing and bloody occupation of Palestine by the illegitimate Israeli army”.

He said Hizb ut-Tahrir “never advocates violence”.

In Mr al-Wahwah’s latest video speech, he says “refraining from fighting (Jews) constitutes widespread evil”.

“Jews are the most evil creature of Allah. Moral corruption is linked to the Jews, prostitution in the world began with the Israelites. Usury and gambling began with the Israelites, killing began with the Israelites.”

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