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Muslim journalist slams 'racist Australia' for trying to help white South African farmers he says 'aren't being persecuted' despite law being passed to seize their land

March 22, 2018 3:12 AM
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A Muslim journalist has slammed Australia as racist for wanting to rescue white South African farmers who he says 'aren't being persecuted'.

Tabish Talib, a senior producer and presenter with the Qatar-government owned Al Jazeera network, fronted a five-minute editorial video condemning Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Despite South Africa's parliament voting last month to seize the land of white farmers without compensation, the New York-based journalist claimed they weren't being targeted.

'What about the "persecuted" white farmers of South Africa that Australia is so desperate to welcome?,' he said.

Talib, whose state-owned employer is based in a Muslim nation with Sharia law, compared Mr Dutton's plan to bring white South African farmers to Australia as refugees with the plight of asylum seekers on Christmas Island and Nauru.

'So why the double standard? What makes white South Africans more deserving of Australia’s attention?,' he said.

His video also featured an asylum seeker at Christmas Island, who fled Afghanistan two years ago, describing Australia as racist for wanting to help South African farmers.

While the video argued white South African farmers were less likely to be murdered than black men, it made no mention of radical Marxist MP Julius Malema who said he wanted to 'cut the throat of whiteness'.

The Economic Freedom Fighters firebrand last month moved a motion in South Africa's national parliament in Cape Town to seize land from white farmers, which passed 241 votes to 83.

The policy had the support of the ruling African National Congress, led by new president Cyril Ramaphosa, but it was opposed by the Opposition Democratic Alliance.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the South African farmers were the sorts of migrants he wanted to 'bring into our country'.

'They work hard. They integrate well into Australian society,' he said earlier this month.

Talib was active in the Muslim Student Association at Rutgers University in New Jersey before he graduated in 2012 and joined Al Jazeera at Doha three years later.


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