Yassmin Abdel-Magied, 31, fled Australia in 2017 after sparking fury on TV and social media with her views attacking Australia and promoting Islamic Sharia law. Now the dual Sudanese-Aussie citizen has revealed she dreams of ‘un-belonging’ from Australia – but she has already insulted her newly-adopted British homeland.
Daily Mail (h/t Dave T) Abdel-Magied says she still wants to scrap her Australian citizenship – but moans her Sudanese passport won’t give her nearly as many opportunities. ‘I fantasise about giving up my Australian passport,’ she writes in her new book, Talking About A Revolution.
‘My dreams are filled with warm golden hues, the imagined release of renunciation the moment I hand in my papers and walk away. ‘Away from the country (Australia) responsible for trauma that still wakes me up in sweats. Away from the false promises of fairness and equality I had so wholeheartedly bought into. ‘If I hand in the little blue book, I think, I will at last be free. Maybe if I walk away, I can breathe again.’
But she admits her current life is only possible because Australia welcomed her family when they escaped the civil war-torn Sudanese capital of Khartoum in 1992. ‘I am grateful, sure. But to my parents, not to the system,’ she writes.
‘And that gratitude exists alongside an understanding that my privilege sprouts from blood-drenched soil in so-called Australia.’ Ms Abdel-Magied branded herself ‘the most publicly hated Muslim’ when she fled Australia for London five years ago after sparking two furious rows.
But appearing on ABC News Breakfast this week, Abdel-Magied said renouncing her citizenship would be “very impractical” for travel purposes as it would leave her with only Sudanese citizenship.
“The Sudanese citizenship that I have doesn’t get me very far travelling in the world,” she said.
In February 2017, she appeared on the ABC’s Q+A show and insisted: ‘Islam to me is the most feminist religion.’ Two months later, she was blasted for a Facebook post on Anzac Day 2017 which read: ‘LEST. WE. FORGET. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine…)’
In her book, she compares herself to dolphins lured into a quiet cove before being ambushed by Japanese fishermen. ‘I had swum into cool calm waters, trustingly and willingly, only to be taken to slaughter,’ she writes.
The backlash led her to move to the UK where she has since met and married her British husband after spending six months hammering out a marriage contract. ‘I’m a big proponent of the marriage contract, and I tell all my friends to do it,’ she told the Sydney Morning Herald in June.
‘I was very clear about what I wanted from a relationship: that my money is my money, and that I did not want to give up my life. ‘I had certain expectations of what a life would look like, and if he wasn’t on board, then he didn’t get me.’
But her hopes of a quiet life in London have been dashed after her outburst over the British celebrations of Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne in June.
Ms Abdel-Magied sparked another firestorm with her ‘waking nightmare’ comment.
She’s been bombarded with abuse after branding the sea of Union Jack flags celebrating the Queen‘s Jubilee as a ‘waking nightmare’.
She revealed ‘one indigenous British woman’ slammed her as an ‘engineer of social discord and division’.
‘This country, that you insult, has given you a home and opportunities and the freedom to sprout your disgusting comments – which I found very offensive,’ the letter read.
Ms Abdel-Magied tweeted a picture of the anonymous letter which demanded why she didn’t just move if she was so offended by the presence of British flags.
She now says she wants to ‘un-belong’ to Australia and ditch her blue Australian passport – but admits the idea has infuriated many. ‘Is un-belonging a rejection?’ she added. ‘I can understand how it feels that way.
‘I see it in the flickers of betrayal behind the eyes of fellow Australians who ask when I am coming back, hear it in the pitch of their voices, the sudden slips of their smiles.
‘In these moments, I feel compelled to apologise, equivocate, or silently turn away from their naked displays of vulnerability.