Inspiring acts

This statement was issued by the Australian Jewish Democratic Society after an arson attack at an Islamic Centre in Melbourne in December 2016:

We are saddened by the recent arson attack against the Imam Ali Islamic Centre in Fawkner on Sunday and wish to convey our sympathies and solidarity with the communities affected by this attack.   We stand firmly opposed to such violence, whether directed at people, buildings or institutions. All people, whatever their religious, cultural, or national origin, deserve the right to meet and pray peacefully, free of fear.
 
Although the arsonist has not yet been identified, the AJDS is particularly concerned that this incident will be exploited by politicians and media wishing to fan Islamophobia and vilify members of the diverse Muslim community. The attack has happened in a climate of a sickening rise of violence directed towards Muslim people in Australia and internationally. There has been a clear link between acts of violence towards Muslims and Islamophobic and racist discourse in political and media institutions which needs to be challenged and countered.

This great letter from 67 academics calls for political leadership on anti-Muslim hate speech
academics bigotry letter

Incredible letter from the son of Curtis Cheng, who was killed by a Muslim teenager in Sydney, asking Pauline Hanson to stop invoking his father’s death to demonise the entire Muslim population
http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/curtis-chengs-son-calls-on-pauline-hanson-to-stop-referencing-his-dad-in-racial-comments-20160725-gqcx7o.html

Jewish organisation condemns Pauline Hanson’s hate speech against Muslims, Asians and Aboriginal people
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/07/06/jewish-organisation-condemns-hanson

Moving article detailing many acts of solidarity with Muslims in the US
http://qz.com/579991/we-must-remember-acts-of-kindness-and-solidarity-in-the-face-of-islamophobia/

Dozens of National Organizations Run Full-Page ‘We Are Better Than This’ Ad in New York Times, Urge Politicians to Denounce Hate and Division
http://front.moveon.org/we-are-better-than-this-nyt-ad/#.Vs174fl97IV

US comedian Michael Moore writes a personal letter to Donald Trump and launches  campaign
http://michaelmoore.com/WeAreAllMuslim/

Federal Labor MP Andrew Giles condemns politicians fueling Islamophobia
http://www.andrewgiles.com.au/islamic_community_speech_in_parliament

Federal Labor MP Tim Watts speaks out against anti-Muslim bigotry
https://www.facebook.com/timwattsmp/videos/955931844442701/

Labor frontbencher Tony Burke slams Liberal MPs creating division, defends Grand Mufti
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/labor-frontbencher-tony-burke-launches-impassioned-defence-of-embattled-grand-mufti-20151130-glc3l1.html

Dutch comedians expose prejudice by pretending Bible verses are from Koran

This must watch video is a great initiative of the Electrical Trades Union QLD and NT

Mark Seymour condemns Reclaim Australia’s use of his music http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/hunters–collectors-frontman-mark-seymour-condemns-use-of-holy-grail-at-reclaim-australia-antimuslim-rallies-20151122-gl5ad1.html

Cessnock councillor slams Reclaim Australia rally
http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3499346/reclaim-australia-dont-represent-cessnock-councillor-says/

Rabbi Joshua Stanton writes against Donald Trump’s Muslim register proposal
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joshua-stanton/register-me-too-mr-trump_b_8618152.html?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000055&ir=Australia

US faith leaders speak up for Muslims and refugees
https://medium.com/@amprog/we-protect-our-nation-s-values-and-safety-by-continuing-to-strive-to-live-up-to-our-ideals-d0ab27b8896e#.sh8o7babo

WA Premier Colin Barnett bans Geert Wilders from using government venues
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-13/aha-security-needed-dutch-mp-geert-wilders-visit/6848454

A hug from a Muslim woman ends US anti-Islam protest
http://www.theage.com.au/world/a-conversation-and-then-a-hug-from-a-muslim-woman-ends-an-antiislam-protest-20151014-gk9c8h.html?stb=twt

Muslim man attacked at Langwarin mosque invites offenders for BBQ
http://leader.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

Stacey Eden stands up against anti-Muslim abuse on a Sydney train
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/antiislamic-abuse-on-sydney-train-victim-hafeez-ahmed-bhatti-thanks-stacey-eden-for-standing-up-for-him-20150417-1mn138.html

The # I’ll ride with you story
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/martin-place-siege-illridewithyou-hashtag-goes-viral-20141216-127rm1.html

Richmond club official reports vilification of AFL footballer Bachar Houli
http://www.afl.com.au/news/2015-04-27/richmonds-bachar-houli-allegedly-villified-as-terrorist

Defence of Muslims by senior Rabbi Moshe Gutnick
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/senior-rabbi-moshe-gutnick-says-antihalal-campaign-ignorant-and-prejudiced-20150425-1mrkig.html

Australian Jewish News editorial on anti-halal campaign
https://www.facebook.com/australianjewishnews/posts/10152780604985474

Jewish Community Council of Victoria denounces Reclaim Australia anti-Muslim rallies
http://www.jccv.org.au/news/1216/59/JCCV-Condemns-Racism-and-Religious-Intolerance.html

Jewish leaders support Bendigo’s Muslims in Q society anti-mosque campaign
http://www.jewishnews.net.au/leaders-back-bendigos-muslims/35864

Orthodox Jews protect London mosques
http://www.timesofisrael.com/crime-fighting-london-jews-provide-model-for-muslim-cooperation/

Non-Muslim Australians organise against Islamophobia
http://www.smh.com.au/national/australians-band-together-to-show-support-for-muslim-community-20140927-10mjxu.html

Jason Cias stands up to bigots on a Melbourne train
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/good-samaritan-assaulted-after-standing-up-for-muslim-women-who-were-abused-on-melbourne-train-20150526-gh9j6x.html

Faith Communities Council of Victoria statement against Reclaim Australia rallies
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/baf6d50953be65b638141c64c/files/FCCV_Statement_on_Nationwide_20Rally_18_07_15.pdf

Sikhs condemn anti-Muslim rallies
http://singhstation.net/2015/05/reclaim-australia-should-sikhs-support-or-challenge-this-rally/

American Muslim groups raise money to rebuild black churches damaged in spate of arson attacks
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/07/09/muslim-charities-raise-nearly-45000-to-rebuild-burned-down-black-churches/

Jimmy Barnes and John Schumann ask anti-Muslim groups to stop playing their music
http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/music/jimmy-barnes-urges-antiislam-rallies-to-stop-playing-his-songs-20150721-gihjww.html

John Farnham condemns use of his music at anti-Muslim rallies
http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/music/john-farnham-disgusted-by-reclaim-australias-use-of-youre-the-voice-20150722-gii2ba.html

John Williamson and other musicians take a stand against anti-Muslim bigotry
http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/music/john-williamson-on-reclaim-australias-use-of-true-blue-how-about-a-rally-for-love-20150727-gil0sr.html

Bendigo leaders come together against bigots who oppose a new mosque
http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/3296578/bendigo-united-against-racism/
https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/bendigowelcomeseveryone

Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police on Bendigo anti-mosque protests
http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/3412109/lucky-country-needs-all-faiths-standing-up/?cs=82

This excellent clip from Charlie Pickering’s The Weekly exposes the anti-halal campaign with humour and common sense.