“One has to seriously question the guidelines which allow such offensive material to be allowed into our country and be distributed.”
The Federal Government is moving urgently to ban pro-terrorism films after the classification of a race-hate DVD urging children to martyr themselves.
The film, which calls for the murder of infidels and describes Jews as “pigs”, received a PG rating from the Office of Film and Literature Classification, making it suitable to be bought and watched by children.
News of the classification brought swift condemnation from the Federal Opposition, NSW Government and Jewish community, as well as Attorney-General Philip Ruddock.
The film is contained in a package of DVDs prepared by Australian-born Islamic cleric Sheik Feiz Mohammed, in exile in Lebanon, but reported to be still preaching jihad to his Australian followers by telephone.
His film calls for the murder of non-believers in Islam’s war on the west. Mr Ruddock said he had instructed his officials to seek agreement from the states within two weeks to change censorship laws so hate films praising terrorists could be banned.
He said Sheik Feiz’s film “clearly advocates terrorism acts” but the classification authority suggested “the law did not give them sufficient capacity to refuse classification of this particular product”.
The test of whether a publication promoted, incited or instructed people to perform a criminal act was inadequate and material which advocated terrorism should be refused classification, he said….
NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff said it was an “outrage” such material could be allowed into the country.
“One has to seriously question the guidelines which allow such offensive material to be allowed into our country and be distributed,” he said….
Federal Opposition legal affairs spokesman Senator Joe Ludwig said the PG rating was “completely unacceptable”.
“Mr Ruddock must explain how a jihad video by Sheik Feiz Mohammed was given the same rating as The Neverending Story and Back to the Future parts 1, 2 and 3,” Senator Ludwig said in a statement.
Yes, I for one would appreciate it if he not only explained, but immediately began working energetically against the distribution of such material, and for the deportation of those who distribute it.