22 November 2016

Muslim cleric criticised for anti-Semitic speech

.... The comments were made by Shaykh Mohammad Anwar Sahib at the At-Taqwa mosque in Manukau earlier this month, where he also made derogatory comments about women.

They emerged in video footage published on the blog Whale Oil, which Dr Sahib said had been compiled from several different sermons and taken out of context.

In a written statement posted on his website, Dr Sahib said that he had not delivered hate speech about people of other faiths, and that he did not hate any human being regardless of their faith, place of origin, race, colour or political affiliation.

.... The Human Rights Commission said Dr Sahib's comments condemning Jewish people were appalling and had no place in New Zealand.

The commission has received at least one complaint about the speeches.

Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy said both the Jewish Council and the Federation of Islamic Associations had told her they were deeply concerned about the speeches. [Radio New Zealand] Read more