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نرفض استجلاب الديمقراطية العشائرية الی استراليا

ما ان كتبت مقالة انتقد فيها تصرفات احد الذين قفزوا علی ظهورنا وظهر جاليتنا الكريمة لعقود من الزمان ونصبوا انفسهم "قادة" لنا ولجاليتنا، بالرغم من اننا لم ننتخبهم ولم يستشيرونا في هذه المسالة المهمة، حتی قامت الدنيا ولم تقعد. فما ان نشرت لنا العنكبوت الالكترونية مقال ينتقد ممارسات السيد جمال الريفي علی مدی العقد الماضي، حتی انهالت علي وعلی صاحب العنكبوت مكالمات من كل حدب وصوب بعضها معاتب وآخر مرعد مزبد مهدد لنا بالويل والثبور ان لم نعد عن "غينا" ونعتذر عما ارتكبناه من "هجاء" لصاحب الظل العالي

لم يزد ما كتبناه في ذاك المقال عن نقد موثق لتصريحات مهينة بحق ابرياء هربوا من ظلم اوطانهم اطلقها السيد الريفي ووصفهم فيها بالمهاجرين غير الشرعيين وانه سيعمل من خلال نشاطه في اللجنة الاستشارية في وزارة الهجرة علی وقف تدفقهم لمنع تخطيهم للصفوف. وذكُرنا القارئ بالمواقف السابقة للسيد الريفي والتي كانت في مجملها معادية لمصالح الجالية وابنائها، كدليل علی الاجندات المخفية التي جاءت بالسيد الريفي الی اللجنة الاستشارية وهو لا يعرف في قضايا اللاجئين الكثير. والا فكيف يقفز السيد و…

جائزة ايفي الفنية تذهب الی طبيب "مسلم" من الضواحي

بقلم ريتشاردو كورباجو

١٢ كانون اول ٠٩

بعد ان حصل علی الكثير من الجوائز، فان الدكتور جمال الريفي، وهو طبيب من ضاحية بيلمور، قد اضاف جائزة ايفي الفنية الی مقتنياته من الجوائز العالمية. وقد استحق السيد الريفي هذه الجائزة كاحسن ممثل في المسلسل الطويل "قدح المسلمين - كل يغني علی ليلاه

ويعتبر السيد الريفي بطل في الفوز بهكذا جوائز – مفاجئات. فقد حصل السيد الريفي العام الماضي علی جائزة من مفوضية حقوق الانسان وتكافؤ الفرص لاسباب لم يقتنع بها حتی مانح الجائزة. كما فاز السيد الريفي بجوائز عدة من منظمات محلية، كجوائز الصحف المحلية وجوائز البلديات. كما فاز السيد الريفي مؤخرا بجائزه من منظمة اسلامية لم يسمع بها معظم المسلمين، ولاسباب لا يمكن ان تقنع طفلا رضيعا. ويبدو ان الخطوة القادمة ستكون بادراج السيد الريفي بكتاب جينيس للارقام القياسية لحصوله علی اكبر عدد من الجوائز التقديرية باقصر فترة زمنية منحت لاتفه الاسباب غير المقنعة حتی لمانحيها

وبعد حصول السيد الريفي علی الجائزة تدفقت كلمات التاييد لهذا الفوز من كل حدب وصوب. فقد صرحت رئيسة الولاية، السيدة كريستينا كينيلي، بانها تؤيد حصول السيد الريفي عل…

جمال الريفي يتفرغ لمعالجة الهجرة "غير الشرعية": "لم يبق في الخم الا ممعوط الذنب

واخيرا خلع السيد جمال الريفي القفازات والروب الطبي واربد وارعد وتوعد. ولا بد ان الذعر قد دب الآن في قلوب مهربي البشر، وطالبي اللجوء من عرب وعجم وبربر ومن والاهم من ذوي السلطان الاكبر

فاليوم اعلن السيد الريفي وبكل جراة انه قد استقال من عضوية الهيئة الادارية للجمعية الاسلامية اللبنانية للتفرغ لحل مشكلة لاجئي القوارب من خلال عمله ضمن الهيئة الاستشارية للهجرة

هذا التصريح الذي لا بد انه الآن في طور المناقشة المستمرة في كل عواصم العالم الذين اعيتهم الحيلة والوسيلة لوقف تدفق طالبي اللجوء وبمئات الآلاف من دول انهكتها الحروب والمحن

وكاننا لا نعرف ان هكذا لجان وهيئات استشارية ما هي الا خطوات رمزية من باب "ذر الرماد في العيون" لاضفاء شرعية علی الاجراءات التي تعتزم الحكومة اتخاذها، وانها لا تخيف لا مهربي البشر ولا نمور التاميل او حتی نمور زيمبابوي. بمعنی آخر، فان عمل هذه اللجان ما هي الا نوع من خدمات "شهادات زور" مقدمة من اعضاء اختارهم الوزير بدقة وعناية ليقدموا توصيات متفق عليها مع الوزير وعاملي مكتبه وان أي مقترح ستاتي به الهيئة قد يكون مخالفا لتوجهات الحكومة وسياساتها لن يكون…

اعضاء الهيئة الاستشارية الجديدة للهجرة: "شو جاب طز لمرحبا"؟

تطالعنا وزارة كيفن راد العمالية الجديدة بهرطقات يومية لم تكن على بال احد منا. وكل هرطقة جديدة تكون لها نتائج "اسخم" من التي قبلها. وهكذا دواليك الى ان اصبحت وزارة العجائب، وبلا منازع

آخر هذه "المساخر" هي تعيين هيئة استشارية جديدة للهجرة تعاون الوزير الجديد "كريس ايفانز" لاصلاح نظام الهجرة المتهرئ في استراليا. ليفاجئنا هذا الوزير بادراج اسم السيد جمال الريفي في هذه الهيئة، بدون احم او دستور

والسيد جمال الريفي اصلا هو متفاجئ مثلنا لهذا التعيين لاكثر من سبب

فالسيد الريفي قد يكون خبيرا باسباب عسر الهضم او كيفية علاج رمد العيون، لكنه بالتاكيد، وباعترافه لا يعرف في "مصائب" دائرة الهجرة المتراكمة منذ سيئ السمعة والصيت فيليب رادوك وصولا الى السيد ايفانز،اي شيئ الا ما تذكره وسائل الاعلام او عنصريي البرلمان في كانبرا

وعندما تم تعيين السيد الريفي مفوضا لشؤون التعددية الثقافية في عهد العنصري بوب كار، لم نعرف له اي انجاز خارق يذكر في تلك الحقبة العنصرية البغيضة التي "تنذكر وما تنعاد". وفي منصبه ذلك لم نراه يصحح اي خطا او خطيئة للسيد كار، السائر حينذاك …

AFI Award goes to Inner-West “Muslim” doctor

By Richardo Kurbajo

12 December 09

After reaping many awards, Mr Jamal Rifi, a doctor in the inner-west suburb of Belmore has surprisingly won the AFI Award for this year. He won the award as the best actor in the long running serial of “Bashing Muslims for own interests”.

Mr Rifi is no strange for such unexpected surprises. He won an award from Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission for no convincing reason. He also won many awards from local organisations, like local newspapers and local councils. He also won an award from unknown-to-Muslims Muslim organisation for non-related reasons. Mr Rifi could be soon listed in Guiness book for winning the largest numbers of awards in the shortest period for the silliest reasons.

The winning of AFI award has won Mr Rifi support from the NSW premiere, Kristina Keneally. She said that the best character she liked in Mr Rifi’s acting in that serial was his role as mountains’ climber on the Kokoda. “He was impressive with his abilities to chang…

Open letter to executives of Mission of Hope

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
"وقل اعملوا فسيری الله عملكم ورسوله والمؤمنون" صدق الله العظيم
Dear brothers and sisters in Mission of Hope
We read with deep shock, disbelieve and disappointment the names of people, organisations, projects and events that received your “Australian Muslim Achievement Awards”. Before going on with the reasons of these depressed feelings, let me note in this regard that we, as Muslims and Australians, do not know:
1- What is the extent of your organisation’s representativeness of Muslim community, to organise ceremony to award such seemingly high-profile awards (as their names suggest)?
2- The terms of reference of the professional conduct of the jury?
3- Who were the jury members? How were they appointed/elected? What are their qualifications to do such job?
4- The objectives of organising this ceremony?

After reading the names of the entities that have received these awards, we can note that it is either
1- There is no terms of reference for the jury’s profes…

Open letter to Mr Rudd: Please act now on racism before it’s too late

Dear Hon Kevin Rudd, PM of Australia
I am writing this letter to sincerely asking you to act immediately to kerb the waves of racism, Islamophobia and discrimination against marginalised people. What prompted me to write this sincere pledge is the mixture of repeated news items about Arabs and Muslims mistreated and my personal experience as one of these.

If you have watched 7 news last night at 6 pm, you would have noticed the documented report about racist cops who treated driver very badly. They did this only because he was driving in “Lebanese” suburb of Punchbowl and he looked like “wog”. The police department did not even show some remorse when asked about the news item by journalist.

I remember that I wrote a letter to the NSW police minister late 2003 about similar story in Bankstown. The then minister denied any racism within the rank of the police force.

I wish to let you know that racism and Islamophobia at the moment has become an epidemic, worse than swine flu one.

You remembe…

When racism and Islamophobia come to our ghettoes: My story with DSA management!

We all know that the first step for recovery from any medical, social or economical problem is the recognition of the existence of such problem. Any denial of existence would mean a lack of proper diagnosis, which in turn implies a lack of strategies to solve it.

This is exactly why we are witnessing increasing racism and Islamophobia in the society. The worrying trend is that the racism and Islamophobia is coming to “our” ghettoes. We are hearing now not only racist opposition to build Islamic schools in white dominant suburbs of Campbelltown or Liverpool, but also in the heart of Bankstown. We are not only witnessing attacks on veiled women in the north shore or Liverpool, but in the heart of Merrylands and Bankstown.

My story with DSA is very clear example of racists and Islamophobic people invading “our” suburbs. This invasion is currently going unrecognised and unresisted, mainly because of lack of multicultural representation in decision making bodies at all levels.

The story began…

Kevin Howard: Why resorting to old tactics of raising Islamophobia!

Mr Kevin Howard
We have got your message today. You are in hurry to go to early election before any total economic collapse.

We understand that you need to go to early election before the blood will be spelt heavily in the streets of Kabul, Tehran, Lebanon, Tel Aviv… including the blood of Australian soldiers sent to serve the American imperialist colonial adventures (the same as the old days during all imperialist wars of I & II World Wars, Korean war, Vietnam war, …).

We understand that with your government’s lack of any major success on any level, you need to open new front fighting against ghosts not seen to any (except to ASIO agents) in a bid to score some imagined victories.

Mr Kevin Howard
Our hopes on you to restore humanity to our nation had faded earlier than expected.

We hoped that you can:
1- Restore humanity to poor people on low income or on welfare system. The opposite had happened: we discovered that under your government Centrelink offices became hubs to torture p…

Climate change legislation: political opportunism or matter of principled stance!

We can assume that our prime minister is hoping that the opposition would make their biggest mistake and block the climate change legislation. Such move that could pave his way to call for double dissolution and have very early election. There is no doubt that he is watching very carefully the progress of the global and local recession. There is no doubt that the deterioration of the economic situation further (and there are many indications that the economy will deteriorate soon very drastically) would mix all cards and give the opposition more games to play on the claim of historic Labor incompetence in managing economy.

Would the opposition makes this biggest mistake, many political parties would dance from joy. This dance is not because they stick to their policies or that they have achieved major victory. On the contrary. Many political players would have shame in their history forever would they block this legislation. On the top of these would be the Greens party and Nick Xenoph…

Sectarian hate in Sydney: Why I will not fly with Etihad Airways, ever!!

The “political” money of Lebanese and Arabic regimes and political parties did not only destroy the sectarian tolerance in Lebanon, but has reached Australia and is affecting the lives of tens of thousands of Muslims living here. It is normal now to hear that there was fight here or there because of sectarian hate comments against the Shia or retaliatory attacks on Sunni.

We forget all our problems of deep racism, low representation in decision making bodies and high representation in the tabloid media. We forget all about crusade war on our homelands of Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Lebanon, ….etc. But we all discovered that we are either from this sect or from the other one.

The latest disgusting sectarian and racist attack I witnessed was on 16 June 09 at the Sydney International Terminal at Sydney Airport. My friend (Palestinian who was born in Syria) was traveling to Syria after 8 years without a visit. He was both very exited but deeply scared.

At the Etihad counter a lady called h…

Auburn Councilors’ demands: laughable arguments to justify greed!

We do not believe that any reasonable stable person would make comments or conflicting decisions as the Auburn councilors made lately. The council affairs have started to be not just a matter to be laughed at - but to be disgusted by too.

The councilors, especially the alliance of the left and far right (this is by itself is matter for deep disgust), were demanding changing the classification of the job they are doing. In simple words, they demanded a pay increase of 100% (Councilors put out hand for rise http://www.torchpublishing.com.au/read/index_assets/review_24_2_09/page_5.html.)


But then, and after they discovered that we are having deep financial troubles and a practical recession and that the council budget is in red, the same alliance demanded an increase of the residential rates by 7.2% (Council applying for residential rate rise http://www.torchpublishing.com.au/read/index_assets/review_14_4_09/page_1.html)

Then and before the Minister for Local Governments decided on changing…

The solution for Australian historical racism

The attacks on Indians in Australia were not the only racist discriminatory event that had happened in the last few weeks. Despite the persistent denial from the authorities and the counter insistence of community leaders and members, the facts are clear.

It was not only Indians who were discriminated against during the last few weeks.

Last month, it was the Hispanics in the form of “Adios” to Sol Trujillo. Also during the same week it was Muslims in Camden, where the whities claimed that “we are not racists” but “we do not want Muslims here in our area”.

The only strategy put by government to fight this escalating racism was the denial. Kevin Rudd claimed that he was not racist. But he was caught on all media outlets around the world laughing with his “adios” attitude.

And in Camden, the council was in full denial mood. The councillors had no Anti-Muslim discrimination, though the court had dismissed all council’s arguments as baseless. Then the judges were in full denial after they took…

Why the Greens did not discipline “unGreen” councillor in Auburn!!!

First of all let us assume that the Greens has indeed any clear “green” ideological agenda, that they will stick to it to get directions in taking any decision or when conducting any campaign. This assumption is very important to compare it with the reality of this “opportunist” party.

If this assumption is true, even for less extent, we would have expected that the Greens party would have taken major disciplinary steps against Greens councillor in Auburn, Ms Malikeh Michaels. So far during this term of the council she committed the followings:
1- She supported proposal to approve high-rise building in Queen St, Auburn (against her election campaign promises, and the Greens clear policy in opposing such buildings).
2- She supported the demolition of heritage-listed building in Harrow Rd, Auburn (again against the Greens clear policy on this issue)
3- She did not initiate any initiative to promote environmentally sustainable proposals to be implemented in Auburn development proposals.
4- Sh…

Ms Michaels: this time it is very dangerous.

This time we should all stand together and say: enough is enough and not in our name. I am talking here about the decision taken by 6 councilors to investigate possibility of allowing demolition of heritage listed former fire station in Auburn.

We should send a clear message that the trio Michele Michaels – Izzet Anmack – Ronney Oueik does not represent us as a community.

Firstly we should mention things as they are. Both Ms Michaels and Mr Ronney ran in the last election not as Muslim candidates, but on behalf of their parties. And both their parties are very far from representing the interests of the Muslim community, if not representing the opposite. I will give details on this later in this opinion piece.

We noticed that after Ms Michele Michaels missed out on becoming Mayor of Auburn and missed out on the $50,000 allowance, her attitude changed significantly. The latest change is very dangerous to the harmony in the community and could badly backlash against us as a community of rel…

The day Marat Aminov tried to end his life: the whole story!

I am writing this piece because I am appalld at the Australian treatment of this poor family. The treatment of this family could not be accepted by any nation with minimum of human rights respect. It especially appalld all of us the lack of compassion on all levels in dealing with this family.

The lack of media interest:
I will come to some of the reasons why Marat tried to end his life. One of the major reasons was the complete silence of the media outlets about reporting on this issue. It shocked Marat and his family the low level of interest on reporting on their case, even after many attempts by us to attract the attention of the media outlets which are constantly present in the Parliament House. It shocked us how the media would talk for days about torturing a cat at train station by irresponsible teenager, but are negligent about reporting on torturing whole family for years by adult ministers and department’s bureaucrats.


The eviction from Parliament:
The story started when we trav…

Never ending greed in the name of “helping the community”!

Before we wake up from the news about the greedy Green hubby who eats all the food at council meeting, we discover more “Green” greed. This time it happens in Auburn council.

We noted earlier the sacred alliance formed behind closed doors between the highly regressive Liberal – Unity parties and the “progressive” Greens party. During the election campaign the main slogan of the Greens candidates was “community needs, not developers greed”. After the ballot papers count was over, the “community needs defender” put her hands with the “greedy developers”. The full details of the deal are still unknown to all of us.

The “community needs” defender is ignoring the fact that Auburn council is going through very difficult financial times with an expected $5 millions deficit. The Greens councilor in Auburn is also disregarding the “community needs” of spending on infrastructure to both create local jobs and raise the life-style of mainly marginalised new-migrants, refugees and poor people of Au…