Ahmed Bhamji spreads baseless conspiracy theory & causes outrage & revulsion *UPDATED

The anti-Semitism, slander and the incitement to disharmony by Ahmed Bhamji, chairman of the Mt Roskill Masjid E Umar when he publically aired his baseless, fact-free, conspiracy theory, must be universally condemned.

He has put the New Zealand Jewish community at risk at a time of heightened emotion.

To make matters worse, Ahmed Bhamji is a former Fijian MP, mayor and a former chair of FIANZ so his appalling actions hold even more weight because he has previously been in a positions of power and influence over others; and he still is, as chairman of the Mt Roskill Masjid E Umar.

Bhamji was Chair of the FIANZ business committee in 2006 and he is an officer of the Muslim Council of Auckland Burial Society Incorporated. FIANZ have not responded to an IINZ request for comment and the Human Rights Commission is yet to respond also. Bhamji was also a Fijian parliamentarian and the youngest mayor in Fiji some years back.

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His public comments may be a breach of Section 63 of the Human Rights Act 1993. He has the right to spread these lies because of free speech but, if his speech is illegal under our existing laws regarding incitement or defamation, then there could be consequences.

Section 63 of the 1993 Human Rights Act is about racial harassment. quote.

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to use language (whether written or spoken), or visual material, or physical behaviour that?
(a) expresses hostility against, or brings into contempt or ridicule, any other person on the ground of the colour, race, or ethnic or national origins of that person; and
(b) is hurtful or offensive to that other person (whether or not that is conveyed to the first-mentioned person); and
(c) is either repeated, or of such a significant nature, that it has a detrimental effect on that other person in respect of any of the areas to which this subsection is applied by subsection (2). end of quote

Imagine if the roles were reversed and a Jewish person who was the chair of a Jewish synagogue made the same slanderous accusation publicly about Turkey and Muslims for example and then it was spread on social media. The MSM would be calling for that person to lose their job and would be hounding them.

Everyone, apart from the guy who actually was responsible for it, seems to be blamed for the terror attack on social media these days; but to stir up and incite hostility against, and to attempt to bring into contempt or ridicule, Jews and the Nation of Israel by blaming them for the actions of the terrorist is beneath contempt.

I call upon the Mt Roskill Masjid E Umar, of which Ahmed Bhamji is the chair, to condemn and repudiate his anti-Semitism, slander and hostility towards the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. Quote.

Ahmed Bhamji chairman of the Mt Roskill Masjid E Umar

“I am not afraid to say I feel Mossad is behind this.” […]

Ahmed Bhamji, chairman of the Mt Roskill Masjid E Umar, gave a speech questioning where the gunman got his funding from. He said he suspected it came from “Mossad” and “Zionist business”.

“I really want to say one thing today. Do you think this guy was alone? I want to ask you – where did he get the funding from?” he can be heard saying in video footage.

“I stand here and I say I have a very very strong suspicion that there’s some group behind him and I am not afraid to say I feel Mossad is behind this.”

One person can be heard shouting in support: “It’s the truth. Israel is behind this. That’s right!” end quote.

The extreme irony is that Ahmed Bhamji spoke at a rally organised by a group that calls itself “Love Aotearoa Hate Racism” quote.

A video of the speech was posted to Twitter, where it’s caused outrage in the Jewish community.

“These conspiracy theories are dangerous lies. They put the Jewish community at risk, at a time of heightened security concerns,” New Zealand Jewish Council spokesperson Juliet Moses told Newshub.

“Conspiracy theories – particularly the idea that Jews (whether through the Jewish state or otherwise) are a malevolent controlling force in the world – are at the very core of anti-Semitism.”

Several attendees at the event have already called out the event, saying they were “disappointed by some of the hate rhetoric”.

“The speaker talking about Mossad conspiracy theories already left me speechless,” one person wrote on the event’s Facebook page.

“Mentioning Mossad was deeply, deeply disappointing. And pretty racist,” another person said.

Newshub spoke to Love Aotearoa Hate Racism co-founder Joe Carolan, who said Bhamji was one speaker out of 30 and there were many different points of view at the event.

When asked whether he agreed with or believed the theory that Mossad were behind the attack, Carolan told Newshub “absolutely not”.
But Moses says the event organisers should have publicly disagreed with Bhamji.

“It is unfortunate that they did not appear to put its anti-racism message into practice, by challenging or condemning the racism in their midst,” she told Newshub.

“We must call out hateful dehumanising language, whatever the source, target and circumstances, and even when it is not politically expedient to do so.”

Newshub contacted Bhamji, who accused Newshub of singling him out.

[…] He continued to defend his speech, saying we need an inquiry into where the gunman got his money from. He didn’t offer any proof to his speculation Mossad had given him it. end quote.

Not only did Ahmed Bhamji not apologise for his lies he doubled down. quote.

“Mossad is up to all these things,” he said. “When I talk about Mossad, why should the Jews be upset about it? Give me an answer?”


Over at the Honest Reporting website they sum up the situation well. quote.

Especially at times when emotions are high and various extremist groups are calling for violence, the spreading of unfounded allegations is dangerous and inflammatory. All of this at a time when the levels of antisemitism have been rising sharply across Europe, the USA, and Australia.

What makes the lies even more grotesque is the fact that the Israeli government sent messages of condolenceto the victims and clearly condemned the terror. Furthermore, the New Zealand Jewish community sent representatives to Christchurch and are fundraising; the Pittsburgh synagogue, where another white supremacist murdered 11 congregants raised more than $50,000 to Christchurch victims; and there were many other acts of Jewish and Israeli solidarity with New Zealand, and the Muslim community in particular.

The comments made and the Stuff headline also breach the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism as they allege Israel committed a modern-day blood-libel and single out the Jewish state. It is sadly ironic that the hatred has been expressed at a time when so many are calling out exactly that. Is there a double standard when it comes to Jews?

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**UPDATE Here is a photo taken before the rally of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with Ahmed Bhamji. Ardern was quick to publicly condemn Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux who said nothing hateful at all and to celebrate them being deplatformed and their freedom of speech being taken away by Phil Goff.

Will she now condemn the actual hateful and divisive words of Ahmed Bhamji?