“Mohammed had issued a statement two days after the 13 November attacks saying he ‘mourn[ed] the loss of innocent lives’ and conveyed his ‘deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased.'” None of that constitutes a clear condemnation of the jihad attacks in Paris. He could be referring to the jihadis as the “innocent lives.”
He also said: “There are no words to truly describe the devastation of these acts but we will continue in solidarity and pray for peace.” In solidarity with whom? What kind of peace? Is the “devastation of these acts” a reference to the jihad terror attacks themselves, or the “Islamophobia” that supposedly provoked them? For he also pointed to the “causative factors” of the jihad massacre: “racism, Islamophobia, curtailing freedoms through securitisation, duplicitous foreign policies and military intervention”.
Every causative factor to which he points is the fault of non-Muslims. He is displacing responsibility from Muslims entirely, and implying, when he lists “curtailing freedoms through securitisation” as one of the causative factors, that counter-terror measures cause terrorism. If only we would surrender, all would be well.
“Grand mufti sues News Corp’s Daily Telegraph for defamation,” by Michael Safi, Guardian, April 22, 2016 (thanks to Kenneth):
The grand mufti of Australia is suing Sydney’s Daily Telegraph for defamation over two stories and a front page it ran in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks depicting him as the three “unwise” monkeys.
A statement of claim was filed in the New South Wales supreme court on Friday alleging the News Corp tabloid had suggested Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed was “an apologist for the terrorist attacks in Paris”, a supporter of “violent Islamic holy war” and had deliberately refused to attend a vigil after the attacks, among other claims.
The newspaper’s front page on 18 November depicted Mohammed, the most senior Sunni Muslim scholar in Australia, in three poses covering his eyes, ears and mouth, with the caption: “Sees no problems, hears no concerns, speaks no English.”
The two stories were headlined “The unwise mufti” and “Even Hamas condemn the Paris attacks so why won’t Australia’s Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohammed?”
Mohammed had issued a statement two days after the 13 November attacks saying he “mourn[ed] the loss of innocent lives” and conveyed his “deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased”.
A statement on his Facebook page the previous day had read, in relation to the attacks and another bombing in Beirut: “There are no words to truly describe the devastation of these acts but we will continue in solidarity and pray for peace.”
A line in his Monday statement also pointed to what he believed were the “causative factors” of terrorism, including “racism, Islamophobia, curtailing freedoms through securitisation, duplicitous foreign policies and military intervention”.
The Daily Telegraph claimed in both stories that Mohammed had shown a “stubborn refusal to condemn the Paris terror attacks” and accused him of “snubbing” a requiem mass held in the aftermath, attended on his behalf by the head of the Muslim Women’s Association, Maha Abdo….