In October 2014, Mariam Veiszadeh, an Australian lawyer and human-rights activist noticed a vest on sale at Woolworths chain stores bearing anti-immigration slogan: If you don’t love it, leave. She tweeted a picture of the vest on sale in the shop, saying I’m outraged that #WOOLWORTHS are allegedly selling these bigoted singlets at their Cairns stores. Her message of anger began to trend online, and the retailer quickly pulled the item in question.
However, Woolworths back-down unleashed an anti-Muslim tsunami. Mariam Veiszadeh, since then, have been subjected to online hate from pro-Israel White racist groups. It began when the Australian Defence League, the pro-Israel anti-Arab White racist group, shared her comments with its 5,000 Facebook fans. One of them – a 22-year-old woman – tracked Veiszadeh down on Facebook where she posted a stream of racist abuse. The incident was reported to the police, and the woman was charged with harassment by police in Queensland.
Later, The article was seized on by the United States anti-Islam disguised as anti-Jew site, The Daily Stormer, which urged its vast readership to virtually harass her.
“Be as vulgar, hateful, hurtful, extreme and offensive as possible,” the blog advised its readers.
“As Americans, we still have freedom of speech and we still have the sacred right to call this creature exactly what she is: an ugly, worthless, disgusting, parasitical, rat-faced hadji piece of subhuman sewage who needs to be immediately deported right back to Afghanistan.”
Do these morons know that there is no “freedom of speech” in America when it comes to criticism of Holocaust or crimes committed by Jews?
Last year, in the face of a coordinated and sustained campaign initiated and led by Jewish activists, the Australian prime minister Tony Abbot abandoned his 2013 election promise to water down or remove Section 18C of Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act which makes it unlawful to act in a manner likely to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” someone on the basis of race.
Among the abuse hurled her way was five death threats. But the Canberra-based lawyer is determined not to cave to the haters.
“I am determined to fight on but publicly, I can’t let them defeat me, that’s their objective to get me off Twitter so I’m not active anymore and I’m not going to give them that. The issue of Islamophobia goes far beyond my own personal struggles. My experiences give a small insight into what many other Australian Muslims are facing. It’s not just about me, it’s standing up for the voiceless and the defenceless and standing up for those who have less opportunity to do so, so I’m certainly not going to give it up. This is a far greater cause than me, it’s not just about me, it’s standing up for the voiceless and the defenceless and standing up for those who have less opportunity to do so, so I’m certainly not going to give it up,” Veiszadeh said.
Last year, Woolworths management in both Australia and South Africa refused BDS demand to pull Israeli products from their stores.
Australia is home to less than half-million (2.2%) Muslims. Jews on the other hand make only 0.3% (100,000) of country’s total population.