Muslim leaders vowed to boycott the dinner, you see, because it creates “a false image of co-operation, harmony and trust which could not be further from the truth.” It seems that “police have targeted Muslims in ‘phoney raids’ and the government has introduced legislation to ‘demonise, marginalise and victimise the Muslim community.'” How have they done that? By means of counter-terror efforts. If the Australian Federal Police would just stop trying to prevent jihad terror attacks, all the Muslim leaders would come to its Eid dinner, and everyone would be happy.
“Australian Federal Police cancel Eid dinner after backlash from Muslim community,” by Rachel Olding, Sydney Morning Herald, July 13, 2015 (thanks to Inexion):
The Australian Federal Police has cancelled an annual Ramadan dinner after Muslim community leaders vowed to boycott the event.
In a sign of deepening fractures between the Muslim community and Australian authorities, a petition was circulated on July 2, urging imams and other representatives to boycott dinners in Sydney and Melbourne because they were a tokenistic attempt “to create a false image of co-operation, harmony and trust which could not be further from the truth”.
“I can’t break fast with those who authorise flash bombs to be used against families,” said Australian Muslim Women’s Association spokeswoman Silma Ihram, who was one of 840 people to sign the petition.
The authors of the petition, a group called Concerned Muslims Australia, said police have targeted Muslims in “phoney raids” and the government has introduced legislation to “demonise, marginalise and victimise the Muslim community”.
“It is incredulous that the same agencies that harass, discriminate and target the Muslim community would expect it to break bread with them,” the group said. “We interpret these overtures as insult to injury.”
The AFP sent an email to community leaders last week, saying the Sydney Eid dinner on July 21 will not go ahead. The Melbourne dinner on July 24 is still going ahead.
“The AFP has consulted with community representatives and as a result has made the decision not to proceed with an event in Sydney this year,” the email from the Community Liaison Team said.
Among the leaders who supported the boycott were author and social justice campaigner Randa Abdel-Fattah and Sydney lawyers Mariam Veiszadeh and Lydia Shelly.
One community leader told Fairfax Media that so-called moderate voices were increasingly joining the calls to turn on the AFP and other government agencies.
Last year, the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, boycotted the AFP’s Eid dinner due to proposed anti-terrorism laws.
Ms Veiszadeh said previous efforts at community engagement had been disheartening and leaders felt like they were being used “as a rubber stamp for draconian legislation”.
“We have been continuously echoing our communities’ concerns to the Abbott Government but it largely seems to fall on deaf ears,” she said.
Ms Shelly said community leaders were suffering from “engagement fatigue”.
In a statement, Concerned Muslims Australia hailed the cancellation of the dinner as proof of the “abundant strength in the unity of the Muslim community”.
An AFP spokeswoman said they will conduct an alternative event at a later date.
“The decision not to host this year’s dinner shows that the AFP and its partner agencies are consulting with and responding to the community,” she said.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/australian-federal-police-cancel-eid-dinner-after-backlash-from-muslim-community-20150713-gib4ps.html#ixzz3foa5cxW2