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Keysar Trad

Whenever there is an Islamic atrocity or Muslims are shown in a bad light, the founder of the Islamic Friendship Association, Keysar Trad bobs up to announce that “Islam is a religion of peace”, or that the atrocity has nothing to do with Islam.

At other times he blames the media or governments for atrocities and crimes committed by Muslims – it seems it is never the fault of any Muslim or of Islamic teachings.

Keysatr Trad elevated to Australia's peak Muslim body

The president of Australia’s peak Muslim body has stepped down and been ­replaced by community spokesman Keysar Trad amid a battle against one of its largest schools, Malek Fahd, over $13 million.

After repeat attempts had been made to oust him from the role, Hafez Kassem sent the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils executive committee notice of his resignation, suggesting Mr Trad as his successor. On July 27, 2016, Mr Trad, a former treasurer of the organisation, was unanimously elected its president.

Trad was the former spokesman of the pro-Hezbollah Mufti of Australia, the extremist Sheik Taj Al-Din Al-Hilaly… Trad had been a translator for the pro-Osama bin Laden and pro-jihadist Nida’ul Islam magazine, where he wrote: ``The criminal dregs of white society colonised this country . . . and the descendants of these criminal dregs tell us that they are better than us.’’ ’’

On 9 April 2015, Trad told a forum in Sydney’s west  that Australia has a lot to learn before it understands the concept of Muslim radicalisation.

The forum, Countering the Radicalisation of Muslim Youths was held at the University of Western Sydney’s Parramatta campus, attracting a capacity crowd of students, community leaders and academics.

Keysar Trad, who has long been outspoken about issues relating to Australia’s Muslim community was the keynote speaker.

Trad told the forum some mainstream media outlets were pushing young Muslims to “the margins of society”.

“Sections within the Australian media and sections within the international media have created an industry out of Islamophobia,” Trad said.

“This vitriolic media adds to the sense of victimisation, it adds to the sense of alienation, it adds to the sense of Islamophobia in broader society.”

Although he began his speech by telling the crowd that the group Islamic State “is neither Islamic, nor can it be described as a state”, Trad also said he understood why the blood in some young Muslims “boils”.

It should be remembered what a Supreme Court Judge said about Keysar Trad when he dismissed a defamation case against 2GB’s Jason Morrison which was brought by Islamic Friendship Association president Keysar Trad.  Justice Peter McClelland said Keysar Trad was “dangerous” and “encouraged hostility between Muslims and non-Muslims.”

And for years the media have lauded Trad as a national spokesman on Islamic matters.

Waleed Aly

Waleed Aly is one of the most prominent apologists for Muslim extremism.

He will never use the words Muslim or Islam in the same sentence as terrorists or terrorism.

Waleed Aly is the model moderate Muslim, used by the media to persuade us we have little to fear from Islam but our own bigotry.

He does not openly support Jihadism but does attack its critics and rationalise or wilfully overlooks its excesses.

His rewards have been great. Once the spokesman for the Islamic Council of Victoria, he is now an ABC radio host, a Channel 10 co-presenter and an Age columnist.

He is even a politics lecturer at Monash University’s Global Terrorism Research Centre, despite having no doctorate and having qualified in engineering and law.

When  Nigeria’s Boko Haram group kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from a boarding school and its leader announced they were “slaves” he would sell, Aly was brought on by Channel Ten’s The Project to explain away our fears as “an expert in terrorism”.

“So who is this group exactly?” he was asked.

Not once in his answer did “Muslim” or “Islamic” pass Aly’s lips.

“They are a really, really hard group to define because they are so splintered and so diverse,” he said.

“What we do know though is that the broader movement is a terrorist movement and they’ve been wanting to overthrow the Nigerian government and establish a government of their own.

“But beyond that, this particular group, who have done this particular thing, it’s hard to identify who they are and they might just be vigilantes.”

This from a lecturer at thea Global Terrorism Research Centre.

There is no mystery about who took the girls.

Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, has already shot a video of himself — part of which The Project showed — saying “I abducted your girls”, a boast not doubted by the Nigerian government.

Some girls who escaped confirm the kidnappers were Boko Haram terrorists who shouted “Allahu Akhbar,’ (God is great)” as they attacked the school.

Aly also assured 3AW the then Mufti of Australia, Sheik Taj el-Din el-Hilali, was not a worry even though he’d praised suicide bombers as “heroes” and called the September 11 attacks “God’s work against oppressors”.

Aly said he had no idea who had made Hilali mufti and he represented no one. In fact, Aly’s own Islamic Council of Victoria had voted with other members of the Federation of Islamic Councils of Australia for Hilali to represent their faith.

 

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