from the Australian The Age, “Muslims ‘vilified and dehumanised'”
with thanks to Nicolei:
Muslims in Australia suffer vilification comparable to that directed towards Jews under the Nazis, according to the former lawyer for released Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib.
Stephen Hopper, who was sacked by Habib earlier this month, told a seminar at RMIT yesterday that the public discourse surrounding terrorism served to dehumanise Muslims in the same way Nazis dehumanised Jews before World War II.
“All of the world seemed to be against Jewish people 100 or so years ago,” Mr Hopper said.
“Today, it seems like the whole world is against the Muslim people and the same sort of language and the same sorts of techniques are being used to dehumanise Muslim people . . . We should be aware of the consequences of where that will lead us.”
Mr Hopper fought to secure Mr Habib’s release from Guantanamo Bay, the US military base in Cuba. Mr Habib was held there until January for suspected links to al-Qaeda.
It is believed Mr Habib sacked Mr Hopper because he was upset with the tax that would be charged on $140,000 paid to Mr Habib by current affairs program 60 Minutes as payment for telling his story.
Another speaker at the seminar, Islamic Council of Victoria executive committee member Waleed Aly, was quick to say it was “immoral” to equate the genocide perpetrated by Hitler’s Germany with the problems of Muslims in Australia.
“For a Muslim to stand up now in Australia and say ‘we are the modern-day Jews in Nazi Germany’ would be not only offensive but untrue,” Mr Waleed said. Six million Jews died in German concentration camps during World War II…