A severed pig’s head has been dumped near a mosque at the University of Western Australia (UWA), sparking condemnation from students and the university.
The pig’s head was identified in a toilet subsequent to the Muslim prayer room at the University of Western Australia’s Nedlands campus.
Majdi Faleh, a PhD student from Tunisia, was preparing for his daily prayers yesterday when he discovered the head.
“The first feeling was the feeling of someone who’s getting threatened. I did not count on to see that,” Mr Faleh stated.
He stated the pig’s head had been left inside a standard toilet identified as a Turkish, Muslim or Arabic toilet.
“It was not the best start to the day,” he stated.
“It really is not due to the fact it was a pig’s head – it can be something, any other animal – it was the message that was clear.
“There clearly is motivation of these people trying to say you’re not welcome right here, or some equivalent message.
“The fact that it occurred at university, that is truly degrading and genuinely shocking to me.”
UWA described it as a deplorable act, adding it was saddened.
“It is regarding that folks employing the UWA Muslim prayer space have been targeted in this way,” a university spokesman said.
“The matter has been reported to police.
“We would like to reinforce that UWA strives to support a culturally inclusive and tolerant campus neighborhood and the university will offer you help and assistance to our Muslim students at this time.”
The UWA Student Guild also condemned the act.
“The UWA neighborhood has knowledgeable an unprecedented show of Islamophobia on campus,” the guild stated.
“The UWA Student Guild strongly condemns this deeply damaging and offensive incident which is totally unacceptable.
“Acts like this are designed only to incite religious and racial hatred.”
Mr Faleh stated the support he had received considering that posting his encounter on Facebook had been overwhelmingly good.
“There was really a lot of optimistic help from Australian men and women around the nation and it actually makes us really feel safe and welcomed in this country,” he stated.
“In each and every society you have a minority of folks – call them bigots – who do not necessarily comprehend what people’s beliefs are about.
“We just need to have to be united and tolerant as considerably as feasible so our community – as a entire – can thrive and prosper.”
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