American Jewish Committee rabbi to attend terror linked Muslim World League interfaith as da'wa conference
July 7, 2008
AJC Rabbi Ill Advised To Attend Interfaith Conference With Terror Linked Muslim World League
July 7, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The American Jewish Committee's director of interfaith relations, rabbi David Rosen has accepted an invitation from the Muslim World League - a Saudi backed terror linked Islamist group - to attend what is being billed as an, "interfaith summit," in Spain scheduled to begin on July 16th. According to the AP Rosen is not identified as an Israeli on the conference list but rather as "an American Jewish Committee official," a move which is apparently being done since the Saudi kingdom shuns dealings with Israel in any official capacity.
This is not the first time that the AJC has participated in forums with Islamists. In a piece entitled, Why Are Prominent Jewish Groups Represented On Bernardin Center's Board Alongside Notorious Islamists? we documented how AJC's presence on the Bernardin Center's Board alongside Islamists served to legitimize them. An accompanying article Muslim World League Behind Saudi "Interfaith" Da'wa Conference shows how Saudi interfaith efforts are in actuality Wahhabist da'wa exercises, a fact as much admitted to by King Abdullah who has openly proclaimed that interfaith was the best way to recruit converts to Islam.
Abdullah's understanding of interfaith dialogue aligns with that of the Grand Mufti [head religious leader] of Saudi Arabia, Abdul Aziz Al al-Sheikh, who has stated that dialogue with other religions was a way to bring non-Muslims into Islam. The cleric, who is the highest official of religious law, believes that converting people to Islam was the ultimate goal of dialogue, a point he has repeatedly made, "It is the opportunity to disseminate the principles of Islam. Islam advocates dialogue among people, especially calling them to the path of Allah."
The brochure advertising a recent interfaith strategy conference in Saudi Arabia cites verses from the Qur'an that tell Muslims to "invite all to the way of the lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching and argue with them in the ways that are best and most gracious."
At that conference the Grand Mufti endorsed the king's project and said the whole Ummah [the world's Muslim population] was looking up to the benevolent king to take the lead and bring different communities of the world together with the words, "He has taken this step with good intention and this is the only way of propagating the real values of Islam...We cannot live in an isolation. We need to cooperate with others to make the most of advancement in all aspects of life."
The MWL conference in Spain is not the first time that rabbi Rosen and the AJC has had worked closely with Islamists. He is on the board of the "World Economic Forum Council of 100 Leaders," another Saudi funded da'wa enterprise. For more on the WEF see, Pimping for the Profit :World Economic Forum as Saudi Da'wa.
The Muslim World League's ties to terrorism are well documented. According to Dore Gold, author of "Hatreds Kingdom", a book documenting Saudi terror funding, the Al Haramain Foundation is the hub of the Saudi terror funding network which includes the Muslim World League and the World Assembly of Muslim Youth. Other authoritative sources reach the same conclusion:
"MWL promotes Wahhabism, the extremist form of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia. In the 1980s, the League's Pakistan office was run by Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood and brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden. Khalifa was the co-founder of the Benevolence International Foundation and he helped to finance Operation Bojinka, a foiled 1995 plot that would have simultaneously detonated bombs aboard eleven U.S.-bound airliners, blowing them up in mid-flight over the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea.
By participating in the Muslim World League interfaith symposium rabbi Rosen is running the very real risk of allowing the AJC to be used as a stooge of the Saudis, who seek only to legitimize their faith spreading efforts under cloak of interfaith dialogue.
Though Rosen seems to be aware that this conference might well be just another Saudi sleight-of-hand exercise, having said that if the Saudis are not looking at this process as a means to restrain Islamic fundamentalism, "then I have no great expectations, and it will be another one-off event of very limited consequence," his presence will undoubtedly lend undeserved legitimacy to organizations and groups who are enemies of the West. Therefore we once again call upon the American Jewish Committee and its representative, David Rosen, to become more thoughtful about the Muslim interfaith charade and cease participation in these Saudi sponsored da'wa exercises . http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=rosenid=7708%2Ehtm
MIM: Nihad Awad the chairman of The Council on American Islamic Relations and Ibrahim Hooper the CAIR national spokesman, will also be attending the conference, as well as Ingrid Mattson and Sayyed Syeed the present and past presidents of the Islamic Society of North America.
Other attendees "include Mustafa Ceric, mufti of Bosnia; Abdullah Omar Naseef, secretary-general of the International Islamic Council for Dawa and Relief; Muhammad Al-Sammak, secretary-general of the Islamic Spiritual Summit in Lebanon; Badr Al-Qassimi, deputy chairman of the Indian Fiqh Council; Fouzi Al-Zafaf, former deputy director of Al-Azhar; and Mahmoud Ghazi of the College of Islamic Studies in Qatar". http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1§ion=0&article=110367&d=29&m=5&y=2008
Religious leaders welcome interfaith meet in Madrid
MADRID: The interfaith conference that begins here tomorrow received unprecedented welcomes from the leaders of different religions across the world.
"The conference will contribute to finding solutions that are in the interest of all, especially in the Middle East," David Rosen, chairman of the International Jewish Committee on Inter-Religious Consultations, a broad-based coalition of Jewish organizations, said.
Ali Al-Samman, head of the Interfaith Committee of the Supreme Islamic Affairs Council at Al-Azhar in Egypt, expressed his happiness at the fact that the call for dialogue comes from Muslims themselves.
Nihad Awad, chairman of the Islamic-American Relations Council in Washington, said Muslims in the West highly appreciated Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah's initiative on interfaith dialogue.
"King Abdullah's initiative for the conference receives strong support from the Muslim community because it is the true reflection of the desire of the Muslim scholars and thinkers who participated in the recent Makkah conference," Secretary-General of the Muslim World League Abdullah Al-Turki told a press conference in Madrid yesterday.
While King Abdullah will open the conference, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will address the opening session.
Al-Turki said the MWL invited leading personalities without considering which group or country they belonged to. "Participants would not represent any political party or organization and special care was taken to select only people who view dialogue as a means to overcome the obstacles that stood in the way of the future of the humanity," he added.
He stressed the significance of choosing Madrid as the venue for an interfaith conference.
"Madrid, with its unique heritage of cultural and religious coexistence, served as a transit point between Islamic culture and the Western world," Al-Turki said. "At this conference, we will aim to focus on a shared world vision far removed from the religious discords and political differences, and lay the basis for the followers of various heavenly religions to initiate dialogue over matters of common concern."
Al-Turki said the conference would be an opportunity for Muslims to highlight the Islamic vision of solving the problems faced by the humanity as a whole. http://www.arabnews.com/?page=4§ion=0&article=111824&d=15&m=7&y=2008
MIM: For more on the terror connections of the conference organiser Abdullah Al-Turki see:
Organizer's Past Raises Questions About Madrid Interfaith Conference
by Steven Emerson
In an ironic twist, an international interfaith conference set to start Wednesday in Madrid was organized by a man accused of working with a senior Al Qaeda financier and who unabashedly supports Palestinian suicide bombings.
Abdullah al-Turki is organizing the conference on behalf of the Muslim World League (MWL), where he is secretary general. The MWL was created by the Saudi royal family in 1962 to "promote Islamic unity" and spread Wahhabi doctrine...
Organizers of this week's gathering say it is expected to attract dozens of American-based Muslims, including Sayyed Syeed and Ingrid Mattson from the Islamic Society of North America, Ibrahim Hooper, Nihad Awad from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, as well as six U.S. rabbis, including Marc Schneier of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and Steven Jacobs of Los Angeles. In addition, John Esposito, director of Georgetown University's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding is among a few American academics invited to attend.