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A Jewish lobby group has condemned the peak body for Australian Muslims over its opposition to a speaking tour by prominent US Middle East expert Daniel Pipes.

Dr Pipes, the president of think tank Middle East Forum, has been brought to Australia for a series of talks in Melbourne and Sydney titled Winners and Losers in a Fractured Middle East by the Australia Israel and Jewish Affairs Council.

The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils released a statement urging Jewish representatives to withdraw support for the tour, describing Dr Pipes as espousing "anti-Islamic rhetoric".

"AFIC urges Jewish representative groups to reconsider their decision to host Daniel Pipes," the statement read.


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