Calls from Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir for Muslims to boycott Anzac Day as British colonialist aggression against the Ottoman empire drew howls of outrage yesterday from political leaders, and were rejected by moderate Muslim groups.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which wants a worldwide caliphate to rule Muslims under sharia, issued a press release yesterday headlined: "Anzac Day is not for Muslims". It describes the allies' 1915 Gallipoli campaign as a "major failure".

"From this arises the concept of the 'Anzac spirit', celebrated on Anzac Day, which suggests that the Australian soldiers who fought at Gallipoli exhibited positive qualities of endurance, courage, humour, egalitarianism, ingenuity and mateship, and these are said to also constitute the 'national character' of Australia," the release says.

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