ADB refers hate speech to Attorney-General

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies president Jeremy Spinak has lodged a complaint with the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB) against Islamist extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir in response to two virulently antisemitic speeches delivered by spiritual leader Ismail al-Wahwah. The complaint calls for Wahwah be prosecuted under Section 20D of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act, which prevents publicly threatening physical harm against a race of people or inciting others to threaten physical harm.

A video of a rally held in Lakemba on July 25, 2014 depicts Wahwah accusing Jews of corruption and referring to them as “a hidden evil”. He also encouraged jihad saying: “This mission will be accomplished by none but you, O Muslims … The ember of jihad against the Jews will continue to burn.” A second speech, posted on March 3, 2015, depicted Wahwah describing Jews as “the most evil creature of Allah”.

The ADB has recommended that the Attorney-General request the Director of Public Prosecutions to lay a charge against Wahwah.

Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane further added that “Racial hatred has no place in our society. It is deeply disturbing to see extremists spreading their messages of hate.”