Friday, May 22, 2015

Racism Alert


Is it racist to expect Muslims to show the same compassion for people in desperate distress as the rest of us?

Of course it is.

ALA calls on rich Gulf States to step up

We have criticised PM Tony Abbott on issues like failing to identify the cause of our security problems (he struggles to use the words Muslims or Islam) and on saying Australians are OK with halal. But on this issue he is correct.
Bill Shorten on the other hand has called for the Government to "engage" on the issue, whatever that means.

Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have refused entry and pushed back boats. Some have abandoned their journey and returned to Myanmar's western Arakan state.

UNHCR is making statements. US has said it will take some as part of an international effort.

But if these are genuine refugees fleeing persecution, why is there not an international outcry for the wealthy Muslim states, particularly the Gulf states like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar etc to help their brethren? They don't lack space, they don't lack funds.

There is an international precedent: Israel will accept Jewish migration from any situation in which Jews are persecuted and recently made a call to French Jews suffering anti-Semitic attacks from increasingly violent French Muslims.

There are 56 member states of the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) who have the capacity to offer safe harbour to their brethren.

The question must be asked loudly why they do not do so and why every effort is made to deflect this problem to western countries.
So this is where our PM falls short - he and other leaders should make such a call.

An Acehnese fisherman, lower left, help migrants to transfer to his boat on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.


Migrants on a packed wooden boat wait to be rescued off the coast of Malta on May 3, 2015.

Report in Sydney Morning Herald is here:

From Uncommon Sense

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