SHAFAQNA – Keysar Trad, the founder of the Islamic Friendship Association, says that young Australians are joining terror organizations because of the domestic persecution and pressure, along with the growing atrocities being committed by the West. He made these comments at a university forum saying that although his comments maybe labelled as “dangerous” and “politically incorrect”, they were something that need to be said in order for Australians to understand the reason behind 200 of their own joining terror groups like ISIS.
“Sections within the Australian media and sections within the international media have created an industry out of Islamophobia,” said Mr. Tyrad, at the forum for “Countering the Radicalisation of Muslim Youths”, which was held at University of Western Sydney.
“Denying the root causes is like applying a Band-Aid to an open wound before cleaning and disinfecting it”
He also said that Australian Muslims were being targeted by the government and were becoming a victim of “systemic discrimination”, unemployment and “duplicitous standards” in law enforcement.
“All the above factors compound to different extents the sense of victimisation and alienation amongst youths in general and Muslim youths in particular.” he added.
Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, a US citizen who resided in Australia for a year also claimed that the young Muslims of the country were being pressurized and pushed into joining terror groups, due to unemployment crisis and the new terror laws which are targeting Muslims in the community. Sulaiman is the author of the book, “Under Siege: Black Muslim Down Under”, in which he discusses the trials and tribulations he faced during his stay in Australia. He said that many unemployed young Muslims are tricked into working for radical groups as mercenaries. In his book he blamed the Australian government’s “cultural isolation and short-sightedness” in their treatment of the Muslim community.