Twenty-seven million dollars.
That’s a fair whack of cash.
And the authorities are now scrambling to work out exactly how much of that stash has been ‘donated’ to the Islamic State, via a government-funded Islamic childcare network.
But it does seem probable that your tax dollars have ended up in the hands of ‘holy warriors’ from the religion of peace. Even the ABC is admitting Australian taxpayers could now be, albeit unwittingly, one of the largest funders of the enemy that we are at war with.
If you are a stay-at-home mum reading this and feel discriminated against by the government’s childcare system that hands out to the Islamic State but not to you, please feel free to let rip in the comments below.
Unfortunately, this little farce only gets worse.
For a start, the childcare network at the centre of this little fraud was reportedly established by ‘Sheikh’ Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir, when he was previously known as Mostafa Mohamad. The good sheikh is Australia’s highest ranked terrorist. In 2013 he traded in his job caring for tots for the odd selfie in a machine gun nest in Syria.
So it’s only taken three years for the authorities to catch on to this massive scam.
Then there’s Hussain Dandachi. Last week he was arrested for his part in this fraud.
Dandachi’s in the childcare business as well. And he must be doing a pretty good job at it because the bureaucracy let him keep his ‘Absolutely-Safe-To-Work-With-Children’ license even though he was arrested in April for threatening to behead shoppers with a metre long sword at the Campbelltown Mall.
Unlike Man Haron Monis, Dandachi was not let loose via slack bail laws to terrorise an unsuspecting public. Instead, he was shirt-fronted with the full force of the law, convicted, placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond and then let loose on us again.
And this occurred even though he was pulled from a plane last year and had his passport cancelled after it was suspected that he wanted to join the jihad.
Obviously we have not learnt any lessons from the Lindt Café terrorist attack.
Just to cap off the Dandachi story, I should point out that The Australian ran an article in May 2015 as part of a series rambling on about how Muslims were under siege from generous taxpayers. It carried the headline: Meet the Dandachis, a modern Australian success story.
Gina Rushton was the proud author of this article and she spent some time talking up the Dandachi family as the model example of integration. She had this to say:
The eldest child, Syham, 30, now works as a schoolteacher, Nour, 26, is a mother of two, Hussain, 25, is employed as a waterproofer, Heba, 20, is a student journalist and 17-year-old Nadine is completing her HSC year.
That was a year ago.
Now the ABC is reporting this:
The AFP uncovered the network after Dandachi, a 26-year-old waterproofing contractor, was stopped from boarding an international flight from Sydney late last year and his passport was cancelled.
I think this little ‘success story’ needs retelling, Gina.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t end here.
Another member of this innovative crew, Ali Assad, was also arrested last week for his part in sending up to $27 million to the Islamic State. And he’s already on bail.
Given the way things are going, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the local Lakemba scimitar store put in a reference for him and a whinge to the judge about how he was needed to keep the business booming.
But please don’t worry. Assad’s had his passport seized, so now we can breathe freely: he won’t be able to travel overseas and kill other people.
It seems that when Assad isn’t scamming the taxpayer to donate funds to the Islamic State, he acts as the secretary for the Dar al Quran wa Sunnah Islamic Charity. It hit the headlines in July last year because the Lebanese government arrested an Australian involved with it.
His crime: recruiting and fundraising for the Islamic State.
Now there’s a pretty blunt pattern forming in all of this. Fortunately, our politicians, our government and our agencies are largely attuned to blocking out blunt patterns and looking for highly-nuanced multicultural sensitivities. It means that we can all be confident that there will be no knee-jerk reaction. Or even any reaction at all.
On the brighter side of all of this, it certainly seems like there has never been a more exciting time to be alive….