SA Muslim council warns of growing hatred

2011-07-26 14:38

The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) in South Africa has warned that the growing hatred towards Muslims in Europe could give rise to more attacks and terror.

The bomb and shooting attack in Norway on Friday, allegedly by Norwegian national Anders Behring Breivik (32), has claimed 76 lives.

MJC spokesperson Nabeweya Malick said even though South Africa is a multi-cultural society, the growing hatred and intolerance towards Muslims in the West will not leave it unscathed.

“Breivik used six tons of fertilizer to carry out a terrorist attack against political left-wing liberalists who worked towards establishing good relations with Muslims. It is a shocking display of the levels of hatred and intolerance displayed by fundamentalist Christians towards other nations and religions.

“South Africa as a nation had first-hand experience of the extent to which fascist racists and their supremacist ideologies will go to subjugate, terrorise and even massacre other groups or its supporters,” she said.

She said it was heart-warming to walk into a restaurant in South Africa and see people from different cultures laughing and enjoying each other’s company.
“It is beautiful to see that. But, we are all part of the global village and cannot escape the rise of these hate ideologies.”

Malick said it was vital to start to understand how intolerant ideologies from individuals such as the Dutch right-wing fascist Geert Wilders, who propagates anti-Muslim hatred and whom Breivik is said to be a fan off, can drive people like Breivik to commit such atrocities.

“The perpetrator’s ‘right-wing traits’ and ‘anti-Muslim views’, or even links with ‘Christian fundamentalist’ websites are relevant information towards understanding the effect that right-wing ideology had towards brainwashing Breivik,” Malick said.

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