Concerns Raised Over 'Holy War' Book Sales, Citing Racial and Religious Tolerance Act

July 19, 2005

Source: The Age

On July 19, 2005 The Age reported, "Books promoting Islamic holy war and the killing of non-Muslims who insult the prophet Muhammad are being examined for possible breaches of the Crimes Act following complaints from the Australia-Israel Jewish Affairs Council. [Ted Lapkin, the council's director of policy analysis]... suggested the books promoted attitudes that would not be out of place in an Osama bin Laden video but were misplaced in a Melbourne bookshop... He said the council had referred the publications to Victoria Police's security intelligence unit. Last week the Jewish Community Council said it could seek an order preventing the sale of the books under the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act... A spokesman for the Islamic Council of Victoria, Waleed Aly, said the ICV was trying to mediate between the Jewish community and the Islamic group selling the books. He said the ICV supported racial vilification laws. 'Hate speech does not serve the interests of the community. It's not about just protecting Muslims from vilification,' Mr Aly said."