An Israeli scholar advises Australia to restrict Indonesian immigration.
Raphael Israeli, professor in Islamic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said Australia was in danger of being swamped by Indonesian Muslim immigrants and advised a preventative policy to protect Australian security and ensure that Muslim residents remained only small in number. Currently between 2 and 2.5% of Australians are Muslims.
Professor Israeli, who has written twenty books on the Muslim, Arab and Chinese worlds, is in Australia to teach a six-week course at the Shalom Institute in Sydney, on "Understanding Islam".
Radical Islam had to be tackled in a practical way, he said, and one of the best ways was to:
limit immigration into western countries where these Muslims, who are bent on destroying western civilisation, to limit immigration, even students who apply to come from Islamic countries to the West
Israeli warned Australia of going down the same route as France, where Muslims are at about 9% of the population and growing. Muslim communities, once established in a country and with substantial numbers, could fundamentally alter the political, economic, and cultural fabric of a country, he said. France might already be lost, he went on.
The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC), which was partly sponsoring professor Israeli's visit, has withdrawn its support of him in light of his comments about Muslim immigration. AIJAC executive director Dr Colin Rubenstein issued a statement distancing the organisation from Israeli. He said:
Islamist extremism is a genuine and serious global problem, but it is completely wrong to single out all Muslims for suspicion or negatively stereotype the Muslim community as a whole in this way.
Meanwhile the Shalom Institute's CEO Hilton Immerman said that while Professor Israeli's views do not necessarily represent those of the Shalom Institute, which "rejects any form of racial stereotyping or ethnic quotas", the course would proceed. judeoscope
I became a celebrity two days after I arrived, and that subsumed all the rest of my activities. When the storm erupted, the dhimmi-like Jewish leadership cancelled all activities, in a shameful submisssion to the Muslim thugs and under the false claims of a "multi-cultural society" in Australia, which they know is not true.
The story is two-sided: I gave an interview and said many harsh words about Islam in Europe, which the reporter extrapolated as applying to Australia too. The other issue is the political correctness which does not allow those things to be said, though privately everyone supports what I said.
In any case, my teaching on Islam stands and it even increased interest in my lectures, but the public lecture tour was cancelled and the Jewish leadership shamefully disowned me instead of standing up for me. I blamed the violence of Muslims in the world (and by implication here) for the troubles they are having, but they chose to accuse the messenger. They apologized to the thugs and brought upon themselves the disgrace of unconditional submission.
They do not want to rock the boat. They are scared to stir things up. The easiest way for them was to sacrifice the guest they invited, thus punishing not me, but the Jewish audiences who need the education for which I was brought here.
I was also struck by the provinciality of the place, where a minor item of gossip about one individual who said something becomes a national issue. I am not the Minister of Immigration. Before me the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Costello have said harsher things after Muslim riots, but someone elected to seize upon this opportunity now and sweep Australia into a storm in a tea-cup.