An Egyptian Muslim cleric who described September 11 as a ‘comedy film’ is touring Australia.
Dr Omar Abdelkafy made the comments in January 2015 shortly after 12 staff of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were killed in Paris after it published a front-page cartoon mocking the Prophet Mohammad.
The 67-year-old sheikh with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood described the French terrorist attack four years ago, by Muslim extremist brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, as a sequel to September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.
‘This play to which Muslims are subjected to ad nauseum across the world is the sequel to the comedy film of 9/11,’ he said in a video translated from Arabic by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
‘The first part took place in New York and the sequel is taking place in Paris.’
Despite his inflammatory comments, Dr Abdelkafy has been touring Australia, as a guest of the Australian Egyptian Society, which organised for him to speak at the Wandana Mosque in Adelaide on Sunday.
The hardline Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah Association, a fundamentalist Muslim Salafist group, has also been promoting his tour on its Facebook page, highlighting ‘free community’ events in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, where he is speaking tonight in Granville and Lakemba.
The Saudi-funded ASWJ also runs the Hume Islamic Youth Centre at Coolaroo in Melbourne’s north, which was attended by Somali-born Bourke Street terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, who last year stabbed to death cafe owner Sisto Malaspina.
Adelaide-based Shia imam Mohammad Tawhidi, who speaks out against Islamic extremism, criticised the Australian government for giving him a visa to enter the country.
‘How is this helping national security?,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on Friday.
‘We already have 400-plus extremists under police watch.’
The Department of Home Affairs, which is in charge of granting visas to foreign visitors, declined to comment on this particular case but said it valued religious freedom.
‘Any application lodged with the department by visitors who may hold controversial views will be considered, balancing any risk they may pose with Australia’s well-established freedom of speech and freedom of beliefs,’ a spokesman told Daily Mail Australia on Friday.
‘All applicants are required to be assessed against and to meet identity, security, character and health requirements.’
Meanwhile, pro-western advocate, Tommy Robinson, has not been granted a visa to tour Australia.
Source: Daily Mail
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