Two years ago an Auckland man called for Jews to be beheaded and nothing was said; today an Auckland man says Jews are the enemy and the worst people on Earth and there’s a public statement from Dame Susan Devoy.
Now, Sam Lotu-Iiga, the Ethnic Communities Minister, has also waded in:
Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has condemned anti-Semitic speeches by an Auckland Muslim cleric and says there is no place in New Zealand for such intolerance.
“Anti-Semitic attacks of the kind made by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib at an Auckland mosque, and online, are offensive and insulting. The comments are way out of step with New Zealand’s egalitarian values,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.
“The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 gives everyone the right to freedom of expression, including the right to seek, receive and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form. But hate speech is prohibited under Section 61 of the Human Rights Act.”
“Dr Sahib is the secretary of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand. I have spoken to FIANZ President Hazim Arafeh and he assures me Dr Sahib’s views do not represent the beliefs of that organisation or most Muslim New Zealanders.”
“New Zealand is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. We have people from more than 200 ethnicities living here and more than 160 different languages are spoken in New Zealand.”
“It disgusts me that anti-Semitic views are being recorded and posted online. It harms New Zealanders reputation as a tolerant and welcoming people. It also concerns me that New Zealanders could be influenced by this,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.
Nice strong words from Sam.
It was also good of Sam to mention that Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib is the secretary of FIANZ. Can’t wait to hear what they have to say about this without a filter.
There are a couple more people and organisations we need to hear from. The first is Louise Upston the Women’s Affairs Minister. I’d be interested in her views on Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib and his misogyny.
The next group we need to hear from are the media. Why the almost total silence? Why the attacks on Brian Tamaki, but not this hate-speech preacher? Are you afraid?
– NZ Government.