NSW Muslim MP Shaoquett Moselmane blocks Vic Alhadeff from Labor event

The Australian
August 14, 2018

By Andrew Clennell, National Political Editor

The first Muslim MP in the NSW parliament has sparked a row overnight, refusing entry to a respected Jewish leader to a Labor party multicultural launch.

Upper House MP Shaoquett Moselmane refused entry to Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff at the launch of the Labor Union Multicultural Action Committee launch last night saying, according to Mr Alhadeff, that he was not a Labor party member before offering him a baklava on the way out.

The baklava was declined.

Mr Alhadeff had had an invitation to the Sussex Street event by Labor General secretary Kaila Murnain and Unions NSW chief Mark Morey.

But his invitation only came after Mr Alhadeff had questioned why Mr Moselmane had not invited him in the first place.

“While I appreciated the goodwill in receiving an invitation from Kaila Murnain and Mark Morey, it is unfortunate that Mr Moselmane would defy his party leadership and deny entry to a leader of the Jewish community,” Mr Alhadeff said.

“Given that the invitation which Mr Moselmane sent to others specifically said he hoped this new organisation would become a conduit between the multicultural community and Labor and the union movement, it made no sense to exclude the CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies when we represent the Jewish community and are an active component of multicultural NSW.”

Labor deputy upper house leader Walt Secord condemned Mr Moselmane.

“Vic Alhadeff had an official personal invitation from the NSW Labor General Secretary and was welcome to attend,’’ Mr Secord said.

“It was stupid, malicious and vindictive to refuse him entry into a multicultural event.

“The actions do not reflect the views of NSW Labor.”

Mr Moselmane confirmed he had told Mr Alhadeff that only Labor party members were present and said after that Mr Alhadeff had left.

“He came into last night’s event, it was not a function .. it was a meeting of the Labor party action committee.

“He was offered some refreshments and he left.

“He came in with the impression it was a multicultural … committee meeting.”

Mr Moselmane sparked outrage in 2013 when he gave a speech in parliament comparing resistance to the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon with that against Nazi Germany.