The 2025 Federal election will be the most important election for the Muslim community in my memory. Groups like Muslim Votes Matter and The Muslim Vote are challenging Australian Muslims to be more strategic in their political engagement. Why is this?

In countries like Australia, where the political leadership continues to maintain a supportive stance towards Israel, there’s a growing disconnect between the government’s positions and the perspectives of its Muslim communities. Movements, like the two mentioned, aim to empower the community to have a more significant impact on public policy, ensuring that their voices are heard and acted upon in matters that affect them directly, such as foreign policy decisions impacting the Middle East.

In the last seven months Israel has killed over 35,000 Palestinians and injured more than 85,000, with over half being women and children. During this time, despite the rhetoric, there has been little movement by the Australian government in its continued support for Israel. The 2025 elections will be the first opportunity our community has to express its concerns about this in a tangible way.

The inability of the United Nations and other international bodies to curb these aggressions exposes critical weaknesses in the global governance structures that were designed to maintain peace and security. The international rules-based order, predicated on principles of sovereignty, human rights, and the peaceful resolution of disputes, seems increasingly fragile and ineffectual.

The continued support for Israel by major powers, despite widespread international condemnation of what the ICJ has called a ‘plausible genocide’, raises serious questions about the equity and effectiveness of the international legal framework. This situation sets a troubling precedent where geopolitical alliances and strategic interests overshadow commitments to uphold international law.

The Muslim community must begin to assert its political will and power more effectively. By organising effectively and showing up at the polls in strong numbers, the Muslim community can ensure that its needs and perspectives are no longer overlooked but are instead integral to the political dialogue and decision-making processes. Mobilising voter registration efforts, educating the community on key policy issues, and encouraging active participation in the electoral process are crucial steps. Initiatives like Muslim Votes Matter play a pivotal role in this process, empowering the community to leverage its collective influence to advocate for fair and equitable policies.

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