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Minister condemns anti-Semitic posts

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/11/2016

File photo of Sam Lotu-Iiga. © Hannah Peters/Getty Images File photo of Sam Lotu-Iiga. Ethnic Communities Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga says he's disgusted by anti-Semitic views that are being recorded and posted online by an Auckland Muslim cleric.

Mr Lotu-Iiga says there's no place in New Zealand for such intolerance and hate speech is prohibited under the Human Rights Act.

"Anti-Semitic attacks of the kind made by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib at an Auckland mosque, and online, are offensive and insulting," the minister said in a statement.

"It disgusts me that anti-Semitic views are being recorded and posted online.

"It harms New Zealanders' reputation as a tolerant and welcoming people - it also concerns me that New Zealanders could be influenced by this."

Mr Lotu-Iiga says Dr Sahib is the secretary of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand.

"I have spoken to FIANZ president Hazim Arafeh and he assures me Dr Sahib's views do not represent the beliefs of that organisation of most Muslim New Zealanders."

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