Media distortions of a recent protest by members of the Muslim community in Sydney, Australia, have ignited a new wave of racist abuse and vilification against Muslims and people of Middle Eastern background, who are being targeted for abuse on the basis of their clothing and appearance. This reaction has been egged on by media shock jocks and by far right, racist groups.
Racism is being used across the globe to divide workers and to deflect the blame for mounting economic insecurity away from the real enemy – the corporate fat cats.
We reject this new wave of racism, and stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters against these attacks.
Now more than ever, workers of all racial and religious backgrounds should unite against the cuts to jobs, health, education and welfare driven by the insatiable greed of the one percent.
Sam Watson (Brisbane Murri community activist)
Pat Eatock (veteran Aboriginal activist)
Ray Jackson (President Indigenous Social Justice Association)
Samah Sabawi (Palestinian writer and human rights advocate)
Sylvia Hale (former Greens NSW MLC)
John Pilger (journalist and film maker)
Kellie Tranter (lawyers and human rights activist)
Tim Gooden (Secretary, Geelong Trades Hall Council)
Ian Bray & Warren Smith (Assistant National Secretaries, Maritime Union of Australia)
Rev. David B Smith (Holy Trinity Church, Dulwich Hill NSW)
Terry Fitzpatrick (community leader, St Marys In Exile)
Antony Loewenstein (independent journalist and author)
Mohamad Tabbaa (researcher and Phd student, Melbourne University)
Susan Price and Peter Boyle
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