A Palestinian refugee who received a visa from the Albanian government to resettle in Australia reportedly liked tweets supporting the horrific Hamas attacks of October 7.
Opposition Home Affairs spokesman James Paterson accused the government of not taking enough care in granting visas after it was revealed that more than 2,200 visas have been issued to Palestinians since the outbreak of Israel’s war against Hamas.
Despite government assurances that the visa vetting process has been thorough, Immigration Undersecretary Michael Willard said the average processing time for approvals was 24 hours and some visas were reportedly They approved in just one hour.
A Palestinian refugee, Zahar Abuamro, 21, who lives in Melbourne, liked a post showing Palestinians celebrating in the street on the day of the October 7 Hamas terrorist attacks that killed 1,200 Israelis, reports News from heaven.
“At this crucial moment, we stand with our brothers and sisters in Palestine and emphasize the need to support their cause and work to end the occupation and establish their independent State,” the post said.
The Albanese government’s refugee visa process is under scrutiny after it was revealed at a Senate estimates hearing that approvals were often made in less than a day.
Opposition home affairs spokesman James Paterson accused the government of not being careful enough when it was revealed that a refugee had expressed support for Hamas.
On October 7, Abuamro also liked another post of an image that appeared to show a kidnapped Israeli next to two Hamas members dressed in military uniform.
The next day he liked a post showing Hamas paragliders crossing the Israeli border and another that said: “Enter against them through the door, because when you enter, you will surely emerge victorious.”
Abuamro has also launched a crowdfunding page asking people to donate funds to help facilitate the “quick and safe relocation of his father from Gaza.”
Following the October 7 terrorist attacks, Israel launched a retaliation in Gaza that the Palestinian Health Ministry said this week has claimed 29,000 lives.
This week, the United States vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, instead calling for an end to the fighting “as soon as possible.”
Abuamro told Sky News that he did not support the Hamas attacks of October 7 and that his account may have been hacked.
On October 7, Abuamro liked a tweet showing Palestinians celebrating in the streets.
Abuamro also liked tweets from October 7 and 8 showing a captured Israeli (left) and Hamas paragliders crossing the Israeli border (right).
Defending the visa approval process, Willard said information on applicants was already available through international cooperation.
“We apply that wide range of information to the consideration of visitor visas, so if we look globally, a large number of our visitor visas are processed within an hour,” he said.
“Evaluation is essentially looking at all the information we have and applying it in various ways.”
Foreign Minister Penny Wong said in November, when Australia opened its doors to genuine Palestinian refugees: “We are following the advice of the agencies, and the advice I have been given is that all security checks have been carried out. , of appropriate character and identity”.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Department of Home Affairs for comment.