AUSTRALIA: Visiting Jewish Professor, Raphael Israeli, Calls for Limit to Islamic Migration Because Muslims are Violent
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A Jewish academic from Hebrew University, Raphael Israeli, has called for a limit on Islamic migration to Australia, because Muslims were violent.
Raphael Israeli's extreme view was quoted in Australian Jewish news, where he said Australia should cap Muslim migration or risk being "swamped by Indonesians."
Ironically, the majority of Australia's Islamic migration is from the Middle East.
He said that Muslims had a reputation of "manipulating western values" and that Muslims are violent, "Greeks or Italians or Jews don't use violence."
He also said that Muslims wanted to create Islamic law in their adopted countries.
The Jewish professor was visiting Australia from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was brought here by Shalom Institute of the University of NSW. The Australia-Israel affairs Council helping sponsor his activities.
Keysar Trad of the Islamic friendship association said Professor Israeli should have been "screened before entering Australia."
He condemned the remarks and said "this type of academic does nothing but create hatred, suspicion and division."
There were also calls now from Keysar Trad to screen The Australia-Israel Affairs Council to make sure they don't endorse the comments made by the Professor.
The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council yesterday announced it had cancelled plans to co-host public appearances by Professor Raphael Israeli, including events in Melbourne next month.
"AIJAC is very concerned by Professor Israeli's implication that the Muslim community as a whole is a threat or a danger," the council's executive director, Colin Rubenstein, said. "His comments are both unacceptable and unhelpful and AIJAC cannot be associated with them."
The Jewish community immediately distanced themselves and condemned it, reminiscent of Jewish hardship in Europe in the early 1900s.
CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of deputies, Vic Alhadeff, condemned the remarks as "bigotry." He said in a statement yesterday, "The Jewish community dissociates itself from the comments by Israeli academic Raphael Israeli that Australia should limit the number of Muslim immigrants."
He said that the Jewish board and community does NOT believe in "racial or ethnic quotas or stereotyping."
In addition to the statement, he said "These comments do not reflect the position of the Jewish community and are unhelpful in the extreme. The Jewish community has a strong and proud record in fighting racism, and condemns all expressions of bigotry."
Opinion in Australia has been against the Professor, especially by the Jewish community, who say they are "appalled by the ignorant and racist Professor."
Jews in Australia tend to be more liberal than Jews in America.
One New York Jewish man said to Australia's Fairfax agency "has this professor been to NY or heard of the Russian Jewish Mafia?"
Immigration expert Dr James Jupp from the Australian National University said talk of limiting immigration for Muslims was the kind of idea "put forward by crackpots" — even though there is no legal barrier to doing so.
He said banning immigrants on religious grounds is possible as all migrant applications are done in other countries which are not subject to our racial vilification laws.
Proving religious discrimination “would be extremely difficult” as immigrants cannot access our legal system before they arrive in Australia. ”I don’t think you’d have a leg to stand on, you couldn’t prove it,” Dr Jupp said.
He added that officials could easily hide religious discrimination behind the various other requirements immigrants must meet to enter this country.
The Muslim population in Australia is approximately 2% and more than half of all these Muslims live in Sydney. Muslims in Sydney account for approximately 5% of Sydney's total population. Australia's largest and most high profile Muslim group is the Lebanese. More than three quarters of Lebanese Australians live in Sydney.