This past Saturday an group called ‘Love Aotearoa Hate Racism’ organized a rally in Auckland’s Aotea Square for the victims of the Christchurch “terror” attack. However, things did not go as planned as one of the speakers “went off the reservation” and blamed jewish supremacists instead of hating on White people like everyone else.
One of the speakers, Ahmed Bhamji, chairman of the Mt Roskill Masjid E Umar, spoke his mind about who he thinks was behind the attacks, blaming “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.”
Someone in the crowd agreed with Ahmed Bhamji, and could be heard shouting:
It’s the truth. Israel is behind this. That’s right!”
Some of the people in attendance were apparently not as pleased, taking to social media to voice their concerns.
disappointed by some of the hate rhetoric.’
The speaker talking about Mossad conspiracy theories already left me speechless.”
Mentioning Mossad was deeply, deeply disappointing. And pretty racist.”
New Zealand Jewish Council spokesperson Juliet Moses told Newshub, “These conspiracy theories are dangerous lies. They put the Jewish community at risk, at a time of heightened security concerns.”
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.”
Joe Carolan, the organizer of the rally, told Newshub he does not agree with the views of Bhamji, but he was criticized by Moses for not publicly standing up to his “hate”.
“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. We must call out hateful dehumanising language, whatever the source, target and circumstances, and even when it is not politically expedient to do so.”
Bhamji was not apologetic about what he said.
I made a statement, a lot of other people made statements… Mossad is up to all these things. When I talk about Mossad, why should the Jews be upset about it? Give me an answer?”
The “gunman” did visit Israel on a visa in 2016, the shooting seemed reminiscent of the Baruch Goldstein massacre in Hebron, and a Mossad spyring was uncovered in Christchurch after the earthquake of 2011, so I could definitely see where Bhamji is coming from. I concur that this was indeed the work of the Mossad, though I do not think anyone was killed.