Australian Muslims 'targeted' by new anti-terror laws

The Islamic Council of Victoria secretary Ghaith Krayem described the new measures as "ludicrous."

Australian Muslims 'targeted' by new anti-terror laws

World Bulletin / News Desk

Australian Muslims have expressed their concern over new anti-terror measures in the country, fearing that they may increase hostility and prejudice towards them.

The Islamic Council of Victoria secretary Ghaith Krayem said raising the country's threat level from medium to high will just make the average Australian look at Muslims with more suspicion than usual.

Ghaith Krayem also told SBS that new plans to increase airport security with measures announced by the federal government to single out those suspected of traveling to or from conflict zones will only increase the unfair treatment Australian Muslims are already experiencing.

"In the last fortnight there have been well over a dozen cases of people heading to the Middle East who have literally been taken off planes for reasons that are not apparent whatsoever. They are then reported in the press as being suspects when in reality there's no basis to it at all and they're detained for four or five hours and then they're put on another flight and allowed to continue on their way. It's just ludicrous what's been happening," he said.

Under the proposals, Australians who are suspected of traveling to join extremist groups could have their passports cancelled and face arrest on their return after Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned of dozens of Australians fighting in Syria and Iraq.

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