Sydney’s Iraqi community condemns ISIS

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Memebrs from Iraqi organisations across Sydney met in Mt Pritchard to discuss a response tot he situation in Iraq. Image source: Fairfield Advance

Memebrs from Iraqi organisations across Sydney met in Mt Pritchard to discuss a response tot he situation in Iraq.
Image source: Fairfield Advance

One of the organisers, Husam Shkara, said about 80 people attended last week’s Wednesday meeting, where community leaders discussed how to prevent ISIS’s messages from influencing vulnerable Iraqi-Australians.

“It is a concern,” Mr Shkara said, “We haven’t experienced anything so far … we are holding this meeting as a proactive action.”

ISIS is a militant organisation seeking to establish an Islamic state.

At the meeting, community leaders condemned ISIS’s actions and declared it had no relation to true Islam.

Members of more than 21 community organisations attended, resolving to work with state and federal agencies to promote peace.

Mr Shkara said the Fairfield local area command had been particularly helpful: “We would like to continue this collaboration … to mitigate any risk that might arise from this conflict.”

The Iraqi community is planning more meetings in the months to come.

Mr Shkara asked any people who may be tempted by ISIS’s messages to get in contact with their community elders.

“We live in a peaceful ­society and it is based on respect for others,” he said.