A Mulsim cleric who gave a sermon in Sydney telling followers to ‘kill Jews’ under the name Abu Ousayd has been revealed to be well known extremist Wissam Haddad.
Haddad, 43, who runs the Al Madina Dawah Centre in Bankstown, claimed in his speech on Monday he was a ‘Ustadh’, or teacher, and that Jews were ‘scheming’ to pit Muslim against Muslim because it was ‘good for their business’.
The cleric is the same man who formerly ran the al-Risalah Islamic Centre, also in Bankstown, which gained a reputation for promoting extremist ideology and recruiting young Australian Muslim men to fight in Syria, The Australian reported.
At least one sheik who lectured at that centre was tied to high ranking figures in terrorist group al-Qaeda, while two prominent members of ISIS who fought in Syria were regular visitors and personally known to Haddad.
That centre was investigated and later raided by Australian authorities in September 2013, closing a month later, which Haddad blamed on being unfairly targeted by ASIO and the media.
Abu Ousayd delivers his lecture on Jews at the Al Madina Dawah Centre in western Sydney
In 2016 Haddad was then kicked out of ASWJ Muslim Centre in Revesby over what he claimed were ‘unjust accusations’.
The Australian ASWJ movement was spearheaded by Mohammed Omran, also known as Sheikh Abu Ayman as a non-profit to service the Muslim community. There are multiple centres across Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
He is also the schoolfriend of one of Australia’s most notorious terrorists Khaled Sharrouf.
Sharrouf appeared in a picture while fighting for ISIS in Syria with a child, understood to be his son, holding up a severed head of an enemy combatant.
By preaching as Abu Ousayd and founding a new centre Haddad’s history is somewhat shrouded, but his recent sermons inciting hate have once again brought him under scrutiny.
In his most recent speech, Haddad said: ‘Peace is bad for the Jew (they say) ‘there is no business for us’,’ he said.
‘There goes our media, there goes our Hollywood blockbuster films.
‘They need the fighting and the infighting of the Muslims to continue in order to thrive in order to grow.’
He said there was no difference between Jews who did not support Israel and ‘Zionists’ who do.
‘Even these ultra-orthodox Jews that you see today that are against Israel and hate the Zionists… when the Messiah comes they are still going to fight Muslims,’ he said.
‘Don’t be fooled these people are still your friends.
‘Towards the end of times when the Muslims will be fighting the Jews, the trees will speak, the stones will speak and they will say ‘oh Muslim, oh believer, there is a Yahud (Jew) behind me, come and kill him’.’
He said Jews were always claiming ‘Muslims are making things up’ and ‘arrogantly’ think they are ‘better, they are the best’.
Authorities are concerned the Israel-Hamas war, instigated by the terrorist group’s surprise attack on October 7, could be used by extremist figures here to inflame tensions and cause a volatile situation in Australia.
A Pro-Palestine protest in Sydney in October turned nasty when it was hijacked by a small group yelling anti-Jewish slogans (pictured)
The small group of anti-Jewish protesters then tried to burn a Jewish Star of David flag
Security agencies and police are investigating the Al Madina Dawah centre after a guest Islamic preacher, known as Brother Ismail, warned the Australian government was ‘pushing Muslims into a corner’ over the conflict in Gaza, and called for Jihad.
NSW Police said they were looking at the Bankstown centre’s video and an investigation was under way.
Special Minister of State Don Farrell told the Senate on Monday that national security agencies were also investigating following the comments, which he described as ‘corrosive and irresponsible’.
However, Haddad has since claimed there is ‘nothing to condemn’ and said that it fell under free speech.
‘Last time I checked we were in Australia, not North Korea… He (Brother Ismail) didn’t say anything wrong (Islamically) or according to law,’ Haddad said.
Australia’s domestic spy chief previously condemned divisive rhetoric for inflaming community tensions over the Middle East conflict.
ASIO director-general Mike Burgess last month warned that ‘words matter’ and pointed out the direct links between divisive language and community hostility, which fuelled the possibility of ‘opportunistic violence’.
Foreign Minister Penny Wong has also cautioned Australia’s political and community leaders to end disturbing rhetoric about the Middle East conflict.
In a video posted to YouTube by the Al Madina Dawah Centre, Brother Ismail (pictured) said he does not care if his actions leads the government to deport him and called Anthony Albanese a ‘hypocrite’