Attacks increase against Australia's Muslims

Warning issued against backlash as survey shows community experiencing racism three times the national average.

by

    Sydney - Two hostages and an armed man were killed during a siege at a cafe in Sydney, Australia last year. In the wake of that attack and others like it elsewhere - including most recently in Paris - Muslims in Australia say they are increasingly being viewed with suspicion.

    Some say they are being abused by strangers on the streets. Others say a security crackdown by police and government authorities unfairly targets their community.

    Duncan Lewis, chief of Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), has said the backlash against Muslims is dangerous and a threat to national security.

    He has asked politicians to tone down criticism of Islam.

    A November survey by two universities and a research centre suggests that Muslims in Australia experience racism three times the national average.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    Al Jazeera examines three weeks of war from which both Arabs and Israelis claimed to emerge victorious.