Many Australian Muslims Scared After Christchurch Terrorist Attack – Investigation | 1 NEWS
The vast majority of Australian Muslims said they feared for their community after the terrorist attack in Christchurch.
Al Noor Mosque. Source: 1 NEWS
This is one of the findings of Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims, a new report from the country’s Human Rights Commission.
More than 1,000 Muslims were interviewed across Australia, with the report revealing that 79% of them feared more for their community as a direct result of the attack.
“I was emotionally upset for weeks. I unfortunately and accidentally stumbled across the online video of the shooting after it was posted on social media and watched it. I couldn’t stop crying and crying. panic attacks were total. rush time, ”one survey participant said.
“We are afraid as we stand for Friday prayer that this will be our last prayer,” said one survey participant.
“I felt like a target with my hijab on. I didn’t want my family to come out. I just didn’t know how to keep anyone safe, but at the same time I was too scared to do nothing.” said another woman interviewed. participant.
Australian Racial Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan said the Christchurch terror attack was “doubly gruesome” because the gunman was “one of us”.
“The stories shared by members of the Australian Muslim community for this project made me understand that the underlying currents of religious discrimination, disparagement and hatred that so gruesomely manifested in the attack on Christchurch are not an aberration, ”Tan said.
“They are consistent with the experiences of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred that are regularly experienced in Australia.”
The report concludes by saying that the Australian government and the Australian community must take a zero tolerance approach to all forms of discrimination, hatred and Islamophobia.
“The Christchurch terrorist attack is a heartbreaking example of the consequences of undetected and unresolved anti-Muslim hatred.”