Anti-Muslim backlash not yet felt in New Zealand

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The fallout from radical Islam extremists is taking its toll on Kiwi Muslims who are being targeted on social media.

Social media backlash against Kiwi Muslims has increased over the past three months as a direct result of Australia’s largest “counter-terrorism” raids in Sydney and Brisbane and the horrific ISIS beheadings.

President of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand Inc, Dr Anwar Ghani said Kiwi Muslims are keeping silent on social media due to the comments being made.

Our moderators regularly have to block and delete hateful messages from people with pro-Islam viewpoints.  Not because of their views, but because of the way they are expressed.  The same thing happened with pro-Hamas readers losing the plot.

“They are keeping quiet and observing what is coming out, however in saying that the situation in New Zealand is far better than the situation in Australia because the community here is better connected.”

On September 18 Australia launched their largest counter-terrorism raids.

Australian Federal Police and ASIO officers raided homes across Sydney and Brisbane arresting 15 men, some as young as 17 or 18.

Ghani who does not support the actions of terrorist said the constant association with radicals is disheartening. “They [Muslims] are threatened, it’s just the comments that are made that associate us with terrorism. It’s really sad, because of the projections we are all painted with that brush.”

New Zealand Muslim League president Mohammed Hassan said Muslims living in Hamilton have not felt the backlash of incidences that have happened overseas.

“It’s not affecting anybody here. People haven’t been looking at Muslims different, not in Hamilton.” His kids have not been bullied at all because of this issue.

I wonder if the same can be said for Wellington and Christchurch?

“Islam is peace. What is happening overseas is not new.”

Pretending there is no backlash and going “oh well, you know, those Muslims overseas ‘n all” isn’t going to assist New Zealand’s Muslim population in the long run.  Without a doubt the majority are well integrated and fully functioning Kiwis.  But at times like these, playing dumb isn’t the answer.  Kiwis want to know which side they are on when things get serious, and if they can be relied on to actively act against radicalism when they have to choose between Islam and their fellow citizens.

 

– Florence Kerr, Emma James, Waikato Times


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