Wassim Doureihi

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Wassim Doureihi (Arabic: وسيم دوريهي‎; born in Sydney, Australia) is a prominent member of Hizb ut-Tahrir (Australia) (The Party of Liberation), a global Islamic political party that advocates the re-establishment of the Caliphate in the Muslim world. He is a spokesman for the organisation.[1]

At a July 2014 demonstration in Sydney, Doureihi described the conflict against Israel as, "a civilizational struggle between Islam and between kufir," further saying that, "this is an Islamic struggle to liberate Islamic lands, to re-institute Islamic rule over what is, and will always be, Islamic land." Regarding Jews who currently live in Israel, Doureihi said, "our advice, very clearly, is to return to the lands from which you immigrated, to do so peacefully before you will do so forcefully."[2]

In September 2014, in a speech to supporters at Lakemba, he said, "Let me say clearly, even if a single bomb went off, even if a thousand bombs went off in this country, all it will prove is that Muslims are angry".[3]

In an October 2014 interview with ABC's Emma Alberici, Doureihi was asked his opinion on tactics employed by ISIS but instead he repeatedly diverted the topic in question[4] to discuss Hizb ut-Tahrir's view about the origins of the crisis in Iraq and Syria and to express his condemnation of the role of Western nations in the Muslim world.[1][5] Following the interview, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, "Hizb ut-Tahrir is an organisation with an ideology which justifies terrorism, and that's why I say it's un-Australian, it's also un-Islamic."[6]

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  1. ^ a b Chambers, Geoff (10 October 2014). "Sheikh Ismail al-Wahwah: A sinister player in a world of radicals". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Australian Islamist Leaders Incite to Jihad to Expel Jews from Palestine, MEMRI, Clip. No. 4403, (video clip available here), July 25, 2014.
  3. ^ Chambers, Geoff (9 October 2014). "Firebrand spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir Wassim Doureihi refuses to denounce IS in two interviews". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Cormack, Lucy (9 October 2014). "Lateline host Emma Alberici's only regret over Hizb ut-Tahrir interview". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Alberici, Emma (8 October 2014). "IS a reaction to unjust occupation". ABC. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Burke, Latika (9 October 2014). "Tony Abbott backs Lateline host Emma Alberici over fiery Hizb ut-Tahrir interview". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 January 2015.