Jewish-Australian Leadership Condemns Mufti’s Visit to Hamas in Gaza

The mufti of Australia visited Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in the Gaza Strip last Wednesday, sparking condemnation among the country’s Jewish leadership.

Dr. Ibrahim “Abu Mohammed” Salem led a delegation of Australian sheikhs and scholars to Gaza last week, saying he wanted to learn from Hamas’ leaders.

Peter Wertheim, the executive director of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, said, “There is nothing he can learn from Gaza and its Hamas rulers that can possibly have any legitimate application in Australia. His visit and his comments undermine Australia’s efforts to build a peaceful, inclusive and democratic multicultural society.”

“We feel like we are on cloud nine, we feel like we are on top of the world,” Salem said, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute.


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