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12 I ORLD NEWSW Passion Islam I December 2009
Aussie Govt celebrates
Muslim contributions
Detailing the success stories of 19th century.
many Australian Muslims, the federal The exhibition featured
government has launched a book photographs, camel saddles, clothing,
recognizing contributions of the textiles and original documents largely
Muslim minority to the society. borrowed from cameleer descendants
“Muslims were some of the very who came to Australia between 1860
first visitors to our shores,” reads the and 1930.
book “Australian Journey, Muslim The book celebrates the diversity
Communities”. of Australia’s Muslims, providing
“They bring with them a wealth of positive models for their participation
different ideas, skills and talents. in different fields.
“[They] have helped to build our “It proves to every child that you
country into the prosperous and can aspire to any occupation, in any
successful nation it is today.” field, and be a valued Australian
The 88-page book tells the success citizen,” parliamentary secretary for service “whether humanitarian aid or
stories of more than 40 Muslims, Multicultural Affairs Laurie Ferguson protecting Australia’s security.”
including prominent footballer Bachar said in a statement. The book cites Commander Mona
Houli. The publication cites examples of Shindy whose enthusiasm for the
Muslims, who have been in Muslims making inroads in Australian navy career reserved a place for
Australia for more than 200 years, society. her as a member of the Australian
make up 1.7 percent of its 20-million Among the most striking examples Defense Force.
population. is Bill Baarini, representing Muslims’ “I was two years into obtaining my
Islam is the country’s second active participation in politics. degree when I considered joining the
largest religion after Christianity. “Bill Baarini became Victoria’s Navy,” the Egyptian-born says.
The new government book is youngest mayor in 2003 at the age of “I viewed it as an admirable and
the latest effort to highlight Muslim 26,” the book says. worthwhile job to do,” the proud
contributions to Australian society. “He [was] awarded the Municipal Australian Muslims says.
In 2007, the National Library Association of Victoria Emeritus “I stay for the culture, the
in Canberra hosted an exhibition Mayoral Award.” community, the friendships and the
to highlight the neglected and Forming a fundamental part of
opportunities to undertake different
unrecorded great contributions of Australian defense forces, Muslims
types of work, and interesting work at
Muslim cameleers to Australia in the were always there at Australia
that.”
US views Israel exempted from law
recent motion by the US seven incidents in which Palestinian
congressmen against the civilians were shot during the war
Goldstone report, which while leaving their homes, trying to
accused Israel of war run for safety or waving white flags.
crimes during its December Only 5.43 percent of the
onslaught on Gaza which respondents regarded the UN report
killed 1,387 Palestinians. as “irredeemably biased”, while 38.23
The report was percent said that the US “advocacy for
published on September human rights” is mere propaganda.
25 by Richard Goldstone, In a letter to the House Committee
the head of the UN Fact- on Foreign Affairs, the American
Finding Mission on Gaza Israel Public Affairs Committee urged
Conflict. the House Committee to reject the
The US apparently views Israel as More than 56 percent of Goldstone report.
being exempted from abiding by respondents said Israel was viewed Iran has lashed out at certain veto-
international law, the results of a by the US as exempted from abiding wielding powers for opposing the UN
recent online opinion poll indicate. by international law. report on the Gaza war, blaming them
Press TV asked in an online poll The 575-page UN-ordered report for the ongoing Israeli crimes in the
about the respondents’ opinion on a on Israel’s offensive in Gaza detailed
region.
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