SUNRAYSIA Mallee Ethnic Communities Council (SMECC) is urging calm among localMuslims in the wake of rising tensions between the Middle East and the West.
Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie attacked Sharia law on national television at theweekend, saying it was linked to terrorism and had no place in Australia.
Her comments come asAustralian troops join other Western forces to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq.
SMECC chief executive Dean Wickham said the “forefront” of the debate needed to focus on the majority of Muslims whorejected the actions ofextremists
Mr Wickham said it wasimportant for those inpublic positions to properlyunderstand the Muslim faithbefore criticising it.
He planned to meet with members of Mildura’s Muslim community tomorrow to offer support and discuss recent events, including the Federal Government’s raising of the terror alert to high.
“Everyone’s getting a little bit nervous about some issues that may pop up because of what’s playing out overseas,” he said.
“But I don’t think they have anything to worry about at alocal level and that’s why we’re sitting down with Muslim leaders to see how they’re feeling.”
Representatives from the Turkish and Hazara communities are expected to meet with SMECC tomorrow.
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