Australian Senator Blames Muslims For New Zealand Mosque Shooting

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 16, 2019

Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid has criticised an Australian Senator who appeared to suggest that Muslim immigration was the cause of a mass shooting at mosques in New Zealand that has left 49 dead.

Mr Shorten said Senator Anning was "chasing a headline" and wondered whether his comments had made Australians less safe overseas.

"However, whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence".

"The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place". In his statement, he said that Islam is a religion equivalent to fascism.

Citing a verse from the Bible, he added that "those who follow a violent religion that calls on them to murder us, can not be too surprised when someone takes them at their word and responds in kind".

Anning's entire persona was born of Islamophobia, and almost every tweet and speech he makes contains anti-Muslim tirades.

Australia's prime minister, Scott Morrison, called Anning's comments "disgusting".

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"Parliament, I'm sure, will express a very clear view about what he's had to say", Mr Morrison said.

A staffer for Senator Anning then separates the senator from the young man, while supporters of the senator tackle his attacker to the ground.

Dr Jneid urged all governments to give extra attention to the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment and extremism and also encouraged all mosques and places of worship and Muslims in Australia to be extra vigilant in the coming days.

"Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?" he tweeted later Friday. "He is a disgrace to the Senate, and what is worse, by spreading hatred and turning Australians against each other, he is doing exactly what the terrorists want".

"It is heart-breaking that people, praying in a mosque, should be mowed down".

In another tweet he doubled down saying Friday was not an "excuse" to forget lives lost to "Islamic terrorist attacks".

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