Last year, 2017 Yassmin Abdel Magied posted the following insult in reference to ANZAC day – Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
ANZAC Day is commemorated annually on April 25th in Australia and New Zealand and is held close to the heart of Australians.
In 1915, Australia and New Zealand witnessed an army of volunteer soldiers set sail to help the ‘mother country’ with the war being raged in Europe and the Middle East.. The brave forces went out to the Gallipoli Peninsula to claim Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire and one of Germany’s allies.
The ANZACs landed on April 25th. But the Ottoman Turkish defenders were ready for the attack… The soldiers knew that winning was impossible. Nevertheless, they continued to fight for 8 MONTHS…
Notwithstanding the hardships, bloodshed and the loss of over 8,000 lives, the end of 1915 marked the end of the battle for the ANZACS. They were successfully evacuated by the British.
The story of the soldiers, the ANZAC legends who gave their lives in Gallipoli, hit the hearts of the citizens of Australia and New Zealand. In 1916, April 25th was the day these heroes were to be remembered for their sacrifices and their commitment to uphold liberty at all costs.
Today it stands to commemorate all the courageous men and women who fought and died in armed conflict everywhere.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s ‘comment’ was a reference to Manus Island and Nauru, where people who attempt to enter our shores illegally by boat, from goodness-only-knows-where, are housed until they are thoroughly assessed. If they are not what, or who they claim to be, they are send back to where they came from.
It has been a good solution to the problem and saved countless lives. Prior to this many people were lost at sea.
Comparing this to ANZAC Day, and denigrating the memory of thousands of courageous men and women killed in armed conflict, is beyond insult and as you can imagine she caused a good deal of anger amongst the population.
The ABC – Australian Broadcasting Corporation said they wouldn’t take any action against the Muslim activist.
A spokesperson for the public broadcaster said the “part-time presenter” was also engaged in other activities that did not relate to the organisation.
“Her views and opinions in that capacity are her own and do not represent those of the ABC.”
Michael Smith and outspoken radio commentator said..
Beyond the offensive nature of her post itself, the term Lest We Forget is a registered Trade Mark.
It’s owned by the RSL for, and on behalf of, our returned men and women.
It’s permitted to be used on floral wreaths, messages of condolence for service men’s families and the like.
It’s registered and protect for a reason – precisely so it can’t be abused in the way Ms smart-arse has done.
It’s not the plaything of Muslim shit-stirrers.
The acting Veterans’ Affairs Minister Troy Grant slammed Abdel-Magied saying,
“The public were absolutely right to demand Ms Abdel-Magied apologise for her comments.”
She retracted the comment by removing Manus, Narau, Syria, Palestine. Saying..
“It was brought to my attention that my last post was disrespectful, and for that, I apologised unreservedly.”
In November 2017 yet again she caused an uproar for Remembrance day by tweeting..
She was applauded by some of her followers for her “bravery”, while others were confused as to why she was once again raising asylum-seeker politics on a day of commemoration after facing such intense scrutiny earlier in the year.
“Did this disrespectful woman not learn the first time she made a disparaging tweet?”
one Twitter user commented on the post.
This young woman has a habit of drawing attention to herself on television. Amongst other things she has called Islam the most feminist religion and agreeing with Sharia law. Just search her name. Last week she was refused entry to the USA, though she claimed she “was deported”.
As it turned out she was going into the USA to work, but she was on a tourist visa which is unacceptable. I wouldn’t be surprised if she isn’t allowed in in the future, because she has done this before!!
As if we have forgotten last year’s performance, she is at it again.
A week ago she posted apropos today’s ANZAC Day ..
Four days ago Abdel-Magied endorsed a former GetUp! director’s call on Twitter for thousands of people to tweet “Lest we forget (Manus)” on Anzac Day today.
Then incoming Change.org national director Sally Rugg tweeted :
The statement was was retweeted hundreds of times in less than 24 hours.
Sally Rugg followed up her initial tweet with a statement saying:
Yassmin Abdel-Magied then retweeted the statement Sally Rugg first posted with her own words: