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Investigations into alleged hate speech by Islamic clerics against the Jewish population have been dropped completely by state and federal investigators.
Despite the Australian Federal Police referring one of the sermons – delivered by 'Brother Ismail' – to its terror squad for assessment in early November, investigators found that he had not committed any crimes.
Another cleric, Abu Ousayd, had also been accused of anti-Semitism after reciting parables which called for Jews to be killed.
Members of the Jewish community slammed the decision, including the former ambassador to Israel, Senator Dave Sharma, who feared 'anti-Semitism will continue'.
NSW Police confirmed on Wednesday that they had ended their investigations into two Sydney clerics, 'Brother Ismail' (pictured) and Abu Ousayd, who were accused of anti-Semitism in sermons to followers
Abu Ousayd (pictured) said that 'if all the Muslims in [the Middle East] spat on Israel, the people of Israel would drown, the Jews would drown' during a sermon on October 21
Police confirmed to The Australian that the investigations into complaints made against the clerics were stopped and would not continue.
'The content of the speeches were reviewed, with legal advice from parties independent of the investigators obtained,' a NSW Police spokesman said.
'The NSW Police Force understands it does not meet the threshold of any criminal offence. There will be no further investigation into the matter.'
A spokesperson from the AFP similarly confirmed that 'no Commonwealth criminal offences had been identified'.
Investigations into incitement have a notoriously high threshold in both state-based and Commonwealth terror legislation, but many believed that bar had been met by the clerics.
Ousayd claimed during an October 21 sermon that 'if all the Muslims in [the Middle East] spat on Israel, the people of Israel would drown, the Jews would drown'.
The cleric made the remarks during a sermon which was uploaded to the YouTube channel of his Bankstown Al Madina Dawah Centre.
It was previously revealed that Ousayd's real name was Wissam Haddad, 43, who had vocally supported terrorist groups in the past.
Terrorists Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar frequently