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Rebecca Abrahamson - 'Useful Idiot' Propagandizing For Radical Islamists - Omer Salem, Tablighi Jamaat, Adnan Oktar And Shamsi Ali's Nusantra
July 11, 2015
Rebecca Abrahamson is the editor of "Divine Diversity - An Orthodox Rabbi Engages With Muslims". The Rabbi author is her husband Ben Abrahamson, a crackpot cleric who founded Alsadiqin.org run by "The Committee For Historical Research In Islam And Judaism" which promotes the fallacy that Islam and Judaism can coexist by making false claims that they have the same culture, traditions and humanistic worldview. Below are some excerpts from the Alsadiqin website.
"As-salamu 'alaykum wa rahmat-Ullah wa barakatuH"
"alsadiqin.org is a website that researches, explores and explains the common heritage of Islam and Judaism. Insha Allah, it strives to conform in every way to sharia and accepted convention according to the doctrine of Ahlu-s-Sunnah wa-l-Jama'ah. Its visitors include Muslims and Jews looking for an alternative conceptual framework to understand the history of Islam and the Banu Israel: One that doesn't assume fundamental, eternal opposition between them..."
"This website is run by the Committee for Historical Research in Islam and Judaism in Jerusalem, Israel. We hope that is some small way we can contribute to helping bring lasting peace to the Middle East by sharing some articles which call for studying and understanding the shared common heritage of Islam and Judaism..."
"Additional projects include putting the Qur'an, Hadith, Tafsir and Fiqh collections online, as well as English translations where available. Please support the work by clicking the links below, and pledging your support. Our Budget is only supported though your generous contributions."
MIM: Ben Abrahamson is friends on his Facebook page with radical Islamist Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout. He is the head of AMANA (American Muslim Association of North America) and posts videos of David Duke, in support of Hamas refers to Jews as 'pigs and monkeys' and claims that Israel was behind the 9/11 attacks.
MIM:The very name and emphasis on Islamic traditions is more proof that both Rebecca and Ben Abrahamson are shilling for Islam under the guise of promoting faux moderate Muslims. To that end Rebecca Abrahamson has written a series of 4 articles to date for the Israeli News site Arutz 7 in which she promotes the dawa (proseltysing) efforts of radical Islamist individuals and groups,
Her first article lauded Omer Salam an Al Azhar graduate who was hosted as a speaker by child suicide bomber martrydom supporter Sheikh Ekrima Sabri and Raed Salah The head of the Hamas aligned Islamic Movement in Israel.
Her second article was in praise of the work of the radical Islamist dawa (proseltytising) organisation Tablighi Jamaat (society for spreading the faith), which has been described by counter terrrorism experts as a "conveyor belt to Al Qaeda".At the end of her piece she includes a phone number for Tablighi Jamaat's HQ in Israel urging Jews to contact them 'to learn more about Islam' and outrageously states that "Jews are welcome to contact Tablighi Jamaat...rest assured that you will not be proselytised".
Her third article was in praise of Adnan Oktar aka Harun Yahya and his "Oktar Movement" which claims to promote Muslim moderation. It was entitled "The Adnan Oktar Movement: Peaceful Islam for the fashionable and upwardly
According to an article entitled "The Mahdi Wears Armani- the bizarre world of Adnan Oktar"
"The movement of Adnan Oktar, aka Harun Yahya, has been described as an "Islamic sex cult supporting Turkey's prime minister" peddling a "sexed-up Disney version of Islam." Presiding over a network of surgically-enhanced Gucci-clad followers, Oktar is perhaps the world's foremost Islamic creationist, and is widely ridiculed by social scientists as little more than a "charlatan" or a "crackpot." ...
First gaining a following as the leader of a small religious group at an Istanbul university in the 1980s, Oktar sought to attract wealthy and influential Istanbul youths with a materially fulfilling brand of Islam. He made a name for himself penning anti-Semitic, anti-Freemasonry, anti-Communist, conspiracy theory-laden tracts, which culminated in his 1987 opus "Judaism and Freemasonry." This mammoth 550-page treatise argued that Jews and Freemasons had infiltrated state institutions in Turkey aiming "to erode the spiritual, religious, and moral values of the Turkish people and make them like animals." It was printed close to 100,000 times, but soon after the book's appearance Oktar was prosecuted in Turkey on charges of promoting a theocratic revolution. He ended up serving 19 months in jail, 10 of which he spent in a mental institute diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and schizophrenia..."
MIM: In a recent article Oktar aka Yahya propagates the lie that "Quranic verses taken out of context and therefore misinterpreted are used as a pretense for Muslim hatred of Jews." In reality Muslims who kill and maim Jews are acting in total accordance with the Quran and by extension are behaving as 'good Muslims' should.
For more on this see Dr. Stephen M. Kirby's article "Fantasy Islam Comes To The Knesset"
Koran Verses Made For The Knesset
(It is inadvisable to access his websites due to the possible danger of a virus or malware)
MIM: Abrahamson's fourth article was in praise of Imam Shamsi Ali, a faux moderate and stealth jihadist who runs a madrassa in New York and has been a featured speaker for ICNA ,The Islamic Circle of North America a radical Islamic group linked to Al Qaeda which held "Jihad Camps" and urged parents to send their children to die as martyrs in the global jihad.
Abrahamson's first article is entitled:
"Op-Ed: Giving voice to Muslims who support Peace: Omer Salem
The first in a series on Muslims who are interested in peace with the State of Israel - the Muslims we never hear about.
"...Omer Salem is a devout Muslim who has his master's degree from Yale University and has defended his PhD at the oldest university that is still operating in the world - Al Azhar University, Cairo. There in his native land, he defended basic Qur'anic principals and is insisting they become part of mainstream Islam as we know it today..."http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/16892
MIM:Dr. Stephen Kirby published a rebuttal to Omer Salem entitled "Real Islam Is Not Based On Personal Interpretation"
MIM:Omer Salem is the head of the Ibn Rushd Institute in New Haven Connecticut. In his CV under lectures and speeches we learn that he has been hosted by child suicide bomber supporter Ekrima Sabri and Raed Salah a leading Hamas operative and head of the Islamic Movement in Israel. http://www.ibnrushd.org/uploads/omer_resume22.pdf
MIM:"Speaking to the Egyptian weekly, Al-Ahram Al-Arabi, Sheik 'Ikrima Sabri, the Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, addressed several issues regarding the Israeli-Arab conflict -- including his admiration for the child "martyrs...."
July 27 2012, Holy Land Is a Quranic Term" the importance of calling Palestine the Holy Land. Guest Speaker of Dr. Ekrema Sabry, Former Grand Mufti Of Jerusalem, Holy Land.
July 28, 2012, "Do Not Focus On The Jews" the importance of addressing concerns by the hidden party in the conflict - the Christian Zionists. Guest Speaker of Raed Salah, National Islamic Movement of Philistine (sic) Um Fahm, Holy Land.
MIM:Omer Salem is also a signatory to the mission of "A Common Word" which aims to sugar coat radical Islam together with numerous stealth jihadists. http://www.acommonword.com/sigtype/newsig/
ACW makes the disingenuous claim that Christianity and Islam are basically one and the same. http://www.acommonword.com/the-acw-document/
MIM:Perhaps the most egregious and dangerous op ed which has emanated from Rebecca Abrahamson thus far is the one which lauds the Tablighi Jamaat movement entitled: "Giving Voice To Muslims Who Support Peace" Second in A Series : The Tablighi Jamaat Movement - Pacifists in Hijab With A Dose of Feminism" http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/17030 in which she undermines her own claims about TJ's not being a proselytising movement by citing the following:
Tablighi Jamaat on Jihad:
"It is true that Muslims are enjoined to fight non Muslims if the government forbids dawah-proselytising..."
A NYTimes article about TJ entitled "A Muslim Missionary Group Draws New Scrutiny in the US" states that:
"Founded in rural India 75 years ago, Tablighi Jamaat is one of the most widespread and conservative Islamic movements in the world. It describes itself as a nonpolitical, and nonviolent, group interested in nothing more than proselytizing and bringing wayward Muslims back to Islam.
But since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Tablighi Jamaat, once little known outside Muslim countries, has increasingly attracted the interest of federal investigators, cropping up on the margins of at least four high-profile terrorism cases...
"...The name Tablighi Jamaat is Arabic for the "group that propagates the faith," and its members visit mosques and college campuses in small missionary bands, preaching a return to purist Islamic values and recruiting other Muslim men -- often young men searching for identity -- to join them for a few days or weeks on the road.
"....We have a significant presence of Tablighi Jamaat in the United States, and we have found that Al Qaeda used them for recruiting, now and in the past," said Michael J. Heimbach, the deputy chief of the F.B.I.'s international terrorism section..."
"...Some people drawn to the Tablighi Jamaat were also drawn to the Taliban, Mr. Esack said. The Tablighi Jamaat, he said, "attracts angry people -- people who need absolutes, who can't stand the grayness of life." In turn, that mentality "lends itself to being recruited by a Taliban-type project." ..."
Excerpt from "Tablighi Jamaat- Jihad's Stealthy Legions" by Alex Alexiev:
"Every fall, over a million almost identically dressed, bearded Muslim men from around the world descend on the small Pakistani town of Raiwind for a three-day celebration of faith. Similar gatherings take place annually outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Bhopal, India. These pilgrims are no ordinary Muslims, though; they belong to a movement called Tablighi Jamaat ("Proselytizing Group"). They are trained missionaries who have dedicated much of their lives to spreading Islam across the globe. The largest group of religious proselytizers of any faith, they are part of the reason for the explosive growth of Islamic religious fervor and conversion.,,"
",,,Tablighi Jamaat has long been directly involved in the sponsorship of terrorist groups. Pakistani and Indian observers believe, for instance, that Tablighi Jamaat was instrumental in founding Harakat ul-Mujahideen. Founded at Raiwind in 1980, almost all of the Harakat ul-Mujahideen's original members were Tablighis. Famous for the December 1998 hijacking of an Air India passenger jet and the May 8, 2002 murder of a busload of French engineers in Karachi, Harakat members make no secret of their ties. "The two organizations together make up a truly international network of genuine jihadi Muslims," one senior Harakat ul-Mujahideen official said. More than 6,000 Tablighis have trained in Harakat ul-Mujahideen camps. Many fought in Afghanistan in the 1980s and readily joined Al-Qaeda after the Taliban defeated Afghanistan's anti-Soviet mujahideen.,,,"
U.S. officials should focus on reality rather than rhetoric. Pakistani and Saudi support for Tablighi Jamaat is incompatible with their claims to be key allies in the war on terror. While law enforcement focuses attention on Osama bin Laden, the war on terrorism cannot be won unless al-Qaeda terrorists are understood to be the products of Islamist ideology preached by groups like Tablighi Jamaat. If the West chooses to turn a blind eye to the problem, Tablighi involvement in future terrorist activities at home and abroad is not a matter of conjecture; it is a certainty. http://www.meforum.org/686/tablighi-jamaat-jihads-stealthy-legions
MIM: The last two paragraphs of Abrahamsons article on TJ would be laughable if they werent so misleading and dangerous:
"...Thus, the quiet but persistent presence of a world wide pacifist Muslim movement, which has a dose of feminist egalitarianism, nearly a century strong, should be welcome information.
Jews are welcome to contact the Tablighi Jammat Center in Lod where they can learn more about the movement, rest assured you will not be proselyzed. 08-xxxxxx..."
MIM:In her latest Op ed: Muslims who advocate for peace Article IV Nusantra- Diverse Cluster Advocating for Each Other Abrahamson sings the praises of radical cleric Shamsi Ali and his Nusantra organisation. She appears oblivious to the fact that "outreach" is a euphemism for dawa.
"Nusantara – an Indonesian word for archipelago, or cluster of islands. Composed of six thousand islands, Indonesia hosts three hundred ethnic groups and seven hundred and forty languages all under one flag. Echoing its all-inclusive connotations, Imam Shamsi Ali chose this term when he founded a Muslim charitable and outreach organization based in New York City..." http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/17207
MIM:Shamsi Ali runs a madrassa for Muslim youth in New York City and has been a featured speaker at ICNA Islamic Circle of North America conferences and in their promotional videos:
MIM: Imam Shamsi Ali is among the radical speakers at the upcoming ICNA/MAS conference together with Siraj Wahhaj an unindicted co conspirator in the 1993 WTC bombings. The conference is entitled "Defending Religious Freedom- Understanding Shariah". Shamsi Ali has spoken at other ICNA events. The Islamic Circle of North America and the Muslim American Society is tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and Jamaat al-Islami. Shamsi Ali runs a madrassa where young boys study Koranic recitation all day.
"At the Muslim Center of New York, in Queens, boys aged from seven to 14 rock back and forth as they memorise the Koran. It is a scene from thousands of mosques in the Pakistan many of their families left - except this is the US, with a very American attitude at the top. The imam, Syamsi Ali..." [source http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5277732.stm]
He exploits interfaith events as da'wa (Islamic proseltysing) opportunities. Note that Shamsi Ali used the forum on "Islamophobia" to call for "Muslim consultants" to monitor NYPD counter terrorism training materials.
Imam Shamsi Ali bio on the ICNA speakers list.
Imam Shamsi Ali is director ofthe Jamaica Muslim Center and President of Masjid Al-Hikmah in Astoria, NY.
According to Discover The Networks ICNA is a :
The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) was founded in 1971 as a "non-ethnic, non-sectarian, open-to-all, independent" grassroots organization. Its goal is "to seek the pleasure of Allah … through the … establishment of the Islamic system of life as spelled out in the Qur'an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad." Toward this end, ICNA endeavors to: "invite mankind to submit to the Creator by using all means of communications"; "motivate Muslims to perform their duty of being witnesses unto mankind by their words and deeds"; "organize those who agree to work for this cause in the discipline of ICNA"; offer educational and training opportunities to increase Islamic knowledge, to enhance character, and to develop skills for all those who are associated with ICNA"; "oppose immorality and oppression in all forms, and support efforts for civil liberties and socio-economic justice in the society"; "strengthen the bond of humanity by serving all those in need anywhere in the world, with special focus on our neighborhood across North America"; and "cooperate with other organizations for the implementation of this program and unity in the ummah [Muslim community]."
"...ICNA has established a reputation for bringing anti-American radicals to speak at its annual conferences. Moreover, experts have long documented the organization's ties to Islamic terrorist groups. Yehudit Barsky, a terrorism expert at the American Jewish Committee, has said that ICNA "is composed of members of Jamaat e-Islami, a Pakistani Islamic radical organization similar to the Muslim Brotherhood that helped to establish the Taliban." (Pakistani newspapers have reported that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a leading architect of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was offered refuge in the home of Jamaat e-Islami's leader, Ahmed Quddoos.) On September 27, 1997, another Pakistani Islamist leader, Maulana Shafayat Mohamed, played host to an ICNA conference at his Florida-based fundamentalist madrassa (religious school), which served as a recruitment center for Taliban fighters..." http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/printgroupProfile.asp?grpid=6380
MIM: In her 5th article entitled " Muslims Who Advocate For Peace, Article V: Diverse Culture""The Nusantara Foundation works with Jews to accomplish mutual goals", Rebecca Abrahamson defends the implementation of sharia law in the United States as a good thing lauding the Islamist attorney Abed Awad's efforts to achieve this.
"What is of concern is that sharia-based contracts could be automatically excluded from judicial consideration just because they are "foreign", even if they do not contradict American law.
Attorney Abed Awad notes two cases in which sharia-based law was indeed upheld in American courts because it did not conflict with American law, and in the end, actually better served the interests of one American company. He states, "The true story of sharia in American courts is not one of a plot for imminent takeover but rather another part of the tale of globalization. Marriages, divorces, corporations and commercial transactions are global, meaning that US courts must regularly interpret and apply foreign law." 
"Go online for Abed Awad, and you will discover the following:
Combining academic knowledge of sharia (Islamic law) and the laws of Arab countries with practical litigation acumen and strategy, our expert opinions provide our clients with a decisive edge.
For cases involving knowledge and interpretation of Islamic Law and the laws of Arab countries, contact the Office of Sharia Experts[.]
Furthermore, as exposed at the American Public Policy Alliance site, Mr. Awad maintains that "American judges should not be prevented from considering sharia or any foreign law, for that matter, in deciding their cases." According to Awad, anyone who denies the intrusion of foreign law or sharia law into American jurisprudence "fuels Islamophobia."
Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/whitewashing_religious_law_for_youngsters.html#ixzz3gXmkWHZL
MIM Update 8/18/15: Abrahamson has just published a new with the kumbaya title "Lets Work It Out Ourselves - Just Muslims And Jews" Part I. In it she praises a professor Dr. Mohammed Abu Zaid Alfiqui at Al Azhar Universit the Muslim Brotherhood hub which spawned Hamas and Al Qaeda. Alfiqui teaches jihad through dawa.
"Dr. Mohammed Abu Zaid Alfiqui is former Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Studies and Arabic, and professor of Islamic culture Al Azhar University, Cairo. Al Azhar university was founded by the Fatimids in the tenth century CE and is the oldest university in the world that is still functioning. Today it is considered the center of Islamic and Arabic scholarship. Additionally, the university administers about 4000 teaching institutes and a system of schools with about two million students nation-wide.
Dr. Alfiqui's focus is on dawa – proselytizing. He was appointed professor of dawa in 2002."
For more on Jihad through dawa see:
"Jihad through "Con"version : Exploiting good faith, and the Constitution, to recruit converts to Islam"
This from Jihad Watch on jihad through dawa (proselytising).
A leading Islamic cleric , al-Qaradawi also promises that eventually Islam will prevail over all other religions and a single Islamic state will rule the world.
Al-Qaradawi says some countries will fall to the armed Islamic jihad, but in others, such as the United States, victory will come through Da'awa - the teaching of Islam to non-Muslims - which will trigger Westerners to convert to Islam "in droves."
"We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America! Not through (the) sword, but through Da'awa," al-Qaradawi told members of the Muslim Arab Youth Association at the group's 1995 convention in Toledo, Ohio. http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/001104.php
"Jihad can be with the pen and the tongue just as it can be with the sword and the spear. Islamic Jihad is not limited to military efforts only; it extends beyond this, including several means that Muslims need to utilize now more than ever."
MIM: At the beginning of the article Abrahamson mentions the widow of Menachem Froman whose 'dialouge and peace initiatives' she lauds. Froman, like her husband Ben, is another crackpot cleric who met with terrorists and was the 'Rabbi' of Tekoa the community where two Israeli youngsters Yossi Ishran and Koby Mandell were found dead in a cave with their heads smashed in by Muslim terrorists. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Koby_Mandell_and_Yosef_Ishran
The pathological drive to be loved by ones enemies and be "better but deader" which is epitomised in Abrahamson's articles and is well illustrated by the perverse "interfaith" efforts made by Menachem Froman.
"Rabbi Froman was involved in interfaith dialogue with Palestinians and Muslims, and participated in informal negotiations with many Palestinian leaders as he argued that peacemaking efforts between Israelis and Palestinians must include the religious sectors of both societies. Rabbi Froman conducted meetings with controversial Palestinian leaders, including with the late PLO Chairman and President of Palestinian National Authority Yasser Arafat, and the Hamas leaders Sheikh Ahmad Yassin and Mahmoud Al-Zahar. Rabbi Froman had close ties with Palestinian leaders, as evidenced by a letter he sent to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about his last conversation with Yasser Arafat:"
Update: September 21, 2015:
MIM: Rebecca Abrahamson is dissembling yet again. She has just published a new op ed entitled "An Arab Voice To Hear, Especially Now" The Shlomo Carlebach Of The Muslim World?
In it she highlights a self styled Bedouin Sheikh cum peace guru named Sheikh Ibrahim Ahmad Abu El-Hawa, of the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem of whom she gushes in cloying kumbaya fashion:
"Please pause for a moment and witness real grassroots conciliatory efforts as I introduce you to the Shlomo Carlebach of the Arab world, Sheikh Ibrahim Ahmad Abu El-Hawa, of the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem.
"It's all about love here, and in Sheikh Ibrahim's mind, love means giving freely."
"I entitled this article, "The Shlomo Carlebach of the Arab World." But I do not know if Sheikh Ibrahim sings. A better title would have been, "A Living Link to Avraham Avinu." Meet him. I need not supply the address, just wander up the Mount of Olives, either you will find him or he will find you."
Again Abrahamson "neglects" to mention the "giving" of dawa and that the Mount of Olives is one of the most dangerous places for Jews in Jerusalem. It is essentially a "No Go" area and has been the scene of scores of vicious and near deadly Muslim attacks on Jews who go to visit graves at the large Jewish cemetary situated there.
In yet another fawning and disingenuous article Rebbeca Abrahamson has dug up another self proclaimed "moderate" Muslim "theologian" who specializes in jihad through dawah. So far her harem of "moderates" amounts to 8. In her warped view we should ignore the terrorists who "cynically" try to sow discord between Jews and Arabs.
"Javed Ahmad Ghamidi – Muslim intellectual, a noble voice for peace"
"..Javed Ahmad Ghamidi is a Muslim theologian, educator, and former advisor to the Pakistani parliament on Islam. He taught at the Civil Services Academy in Lahore, Pakistan, which trains civil servants, and is founder of the Al Mawrid institute, which disseminates information about Islam. He just completed a tour in North America and is now on tour in the Far East. In other words, Dr. Ghamidi occupies an influential position in the Muslim world, and he is making his voice heard...
"...His condemnations of terror: "(His) movement emphasized that only a Muslim state could declare jihad (war) and therefore dismissed the Taliban-led Afghan resistance, the Palestinian struggle, the Iraqi resistance and all other Muslim struggles, saying they were not jihad.".."
MIM: Ghamidi's "Jihad Through Dawah" tour in 2015 is proof that he is a stealth Islamist who is propagating Islam to non Muslims by exploiting his phony designation as "moderate".
Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Dawah Tour
What is Dawah? In Context of AlMawrid's Fikr - By Javed Ahmad Ghamidi - Part 1
What is Dawah? In Context of AlMawrid's Fikr - By Javed Ahmad Ghamidi - Part 2
Interactive Session with Javed Ahmad Ghamidi and Dr Khalid Zaheer at Symphony Event Centre Mississauaga
Interactive Session with Javed Ahmad Ghamidi and Dr Khalid Zaheer at Living Art Centre Mississauaga
Interactive Session with Javed Ahmad Ghamidi at Hilton Hotel Mississauga, Attendees: Tariq Hussain's Group (Islamic Study Circle)
Javed Admad Ghamidi and Dr Khalid Zaheer at QA Session at Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International Toronto Downtown
MIM: Ghamidi outlines the basis for 'a sucessful dawah mission':
It is of paramount importance to very clearly understand the basis and foundation of the message Al-Mawrid wants to deliver. The intellectual arguments behind this message should be fully grasped so that its bearers are able to cogently present it to their addressees. It also needs to be understood that the foremost addressees of this message are the bearers themselves. They should first comprehend it and then deliver it to others. Besides understanding the message, they should also try to have a true comprehension of God. In the absence of this comprehension, no Dawah mission can be truly successful.
MIM: 1/4/2016 Update: Abrahamson has penned a new screed about Ghamidi entitled: A Muslim Counter Narrative in which she opinies "Even in war and jihad there are ethical limits." and "peacenik" Ghamidi asserts jihad against military targets is in accordance with the instructions in the Quran.
MIM: In 2017 Ghamidi's Al-Mawrid organization participated in the Islamic Society of North America's conference. ISNA is a Saudi funded Muslim Brotherhood terror tied group.
1/7/16 Update MIM: "Useful Idiot" Rebecca Abrahamson has published a second fawning screed on Omar Salem (see entry above) entitled "Omar Salem- A Bridge For Peace?-An Egyptian Muslim sheikh is on his own peace drive" The question mark being highly appropriate. Apparently she has exhausted her stock of "moderate Muslims" and is now recycling them. According to Salem all Jews need to do is adhere to the Torah which in turn would make Muslims respect them and everyone would live happily ever after! Salem claims that the Muslims would even help the Jews rebuild the Temple!!
. Below some 'highlights':
"...Determined to pursue peace with the Jewish people, Egyptian Muslim sheikh, Dr. Omer Salem, just completed a whirlwind tour of Israel. He spoke in venues including a Young Ambassador's high school program, yeshivot in the west bank, the Jewish Agency, and in a wide spectrum of synagogues and mosques. He was presenting a call for peace based upon scripture, and in this regard could almost be mistaken for a Jewish revivalist, with his call to Jewish people to deepen their attachment to Torah and mitzvos. The closer Jews are to their book, he insists, the more they will be viewed as Ahlul Kitab – people of the book – by Muslims, and the more they will earn respect in the Muslim world.
"...Salem demands recognition by Muslims that Jews are people of the book and deserve the respect and protection of Muslims. Once this is established in the Muslim psyche, all else falls into place – Jews are no longer "kafr" – heretics – but coreligionists..."
"...He boldly stated at his speech at the Jewish Agency that Muslims will actually help the Jews build their Temple once they see the Jewish people as loyal to Torah...."
"...He was asked if Israel were run according to halacha, would it be more acceptable in the Muslim world? Perhaps even be considered a Muslim state? "Yes!" Salem responded unequivocally. It would show the Muslim world that we are truly people of the book..."
"...His second point - Muslims are dreaming of a world wide Caliphate. He declared that in the minds of many Muslims, this is an inevitability and that just like the Jewish people yearned for political emancipation with the Zionist movement, Muslims yearn for a Caliphate. He insists it need not be a threat to the Jewish people, as long as they cleave to Torah and are seen as coreligionists..."
"...in terms of condemning terror and in cooling aspirations of political Islam, which certainly are of concern. Can't he say something to his brethren on these two points? "I cannot stop a moving train," he can only enhance the status of Jews in the eyes of any future Caliphate, adding that he has never seen a situation in which condemning terror reduces it. 
MIM: Rebecca Abrahamson is obviously and dangerously delusional. Here are two of her comments on her Facebook page. The first one refers to Musawi Muslim and is a perverted reference to Moses who is called Musa by Muslims. The second statement speaks for itself.
"Where can I register? "Musawi Muslim" is a recognized category, right?"
"If Muslims get smeared and suffer at the hands of thosee who would blame Islam and all Muslims for all violence , then guess what? Christians and Jews will also be targeted! "If they go we are next!"- I quote Russell Simmons. So profile me, for I am a Muslim too."
MIM:Abrahamson is also an apologist for jihadist violence. Here is what she had to say about the Muslim terrorist massacre in San Bernadino.
"The recent terrorist murder of fourteen people in California was indeed carried out by two people who are Muslims who claim allegiance to ISIS. Yes, they are Muslims, but they do not represent maintsteam Islam. Until ISIS condemns them, then they represent ISIS alone, which is Islamofascism and not mainstream classical and G-d fearing Islam..."
MIM: In reality the San Bernadino couple who carried out the jihad massacre were devout Muslims acting upon the Koranic injunction to kill infidels and martyr themselves for the sake of Allah.
MIM: According to Salem "The closer Jews are to their book, he insists, the more they will be viewed as Ahlul Kitab – people of the book – by Muslims, and the more they will earn respect in the Muslim world."
Maybe he and Abrahamson could explain why the majority of attacks by Muslims on Jews is directed at orthodox ones and Jews who are studying or at prayer.
To name but a very few: The Har Nof massacre, The attack on worshippers at a synagouge in Tel Aviv and the gunning down of students during Torah study at Merkaz Ha Rav.
4/10/ 16 Update MIM: Rebecca Abrahamson the perverted Islamophile is at it again - this time in the Jewish Press.
Her latest screed is entitled: "Egypt Is Colorful And Full Of Love" Part I
It contains this gem of sick and convoluted "reasoning" on the part of Rabbi Yaakov Nagen one of her interfaith cronies which gives an excellent illustration of how deranged and delusional these people are. It is worth noting how Abrahamson describes herself and how she boasts that Rabbi Yaakov Nagen was a "student" of the late Rabbi Menachem Froman a demented cleric who met with Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin,leader Mahmoud al Zahar and other terrorists with Jewish blood on their hands.His widow Hadassah ,an Abrahamson crony ,continues his perverse work and even justified the terrorist stabbing of her daughter in law who said she felt sorry for her attacker! http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/7270
"...I have been referred to as "ultra-orthodox peace activist", and traveled as a journalist, along with Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Nagen of the Otniel Yeshiva, Israel, and Fullbright scholar Dr Joseph Ringel of Haifa University. A student of the late Rabbi Menachem Froman, Rabbi of Tekoa and peace activist, Rabbi Nagen is active in Israeli – Palestinian conciliation.1..."
"...Rabbi Yaakov Nagen has an energetic demeanor and the youthful smile of one who has just fallen in love. Constantly emphasizing the need to connect the head with the heart in cross cultural relations, he took Dr el-Samman's cue, "Sadat opened the hearts of the Israeli public when he went to the Knesset."
Still, Dr. el-Samman said that regardless of the strides that dialogue can make, a real stumbling block for Egyptians in normalization with Israel is any mistreatment of Palestinians,
Rabbi Nagen responded, "I work with many Palestinian sheikhs. Oslo did not work for anyone. We want Abrahamic union – citizens of the Holy Land would be both Israeli and Abrahamic or Palestinian and Abrahamic, just like a European can be both French and European or Spanish and European. Palestine and Israel can have a border, but an open one. We propose taking turns concerning who governs the entire area, and all can live anywhere they wish."
Dr el-Samman responded that union at this point is premature. The Palestinians crave identity. Start with two states, then work towards – "how did you refer to it?"
"Abrahamic Union," responded Rabbi Nagen, but he reasserted his objection to two states, "there are 120,000 Palestinians who work daily in Israel. If we fully separate, they may build a huge wall and not ever unite."
Brigitte, el-Samman's wife, piped in brilliantly, "The future of a wall is to be destroyed." But Rabbi Nagen was not so sure. "Two states may mean closed borders and I have Palestinian friends who fear that."..."
"...PS. It is hard, I admit, leaving your heart scattered around the world as you grow to love more and more. Egypt is colorful and full of love, go there and touch the people."
MIM: On July 3rd Useful Idiot Rebecca Abrahamson published an "interview" with Magda Haroun, the "President" of the Egyptian Jewish community a pants wearing bare headed avowed secularist who had been married to a Muslim who told her that she lamented that Israel was created as a Jewish state.
"...Magda does not take money from Israel nor does she use a Rabbi from Israel. Her position against Zionism is part of her conviction in a cosmopolitan, varied society, and that a state in the modern ages should not be based on religion. "Maybe it made sense in the sixth century, but not today." http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/interviews-and-profiles/egypt-is-colorful-and-full-of-love-conciliations-ebb-and-flow-a-meeting-with-magda-haroun-head-of-egypts-jewish-community/2016/07/03/
MIM: On July 4th a delusional Abrahamson posted her and hubby Ben's 'mission statement' on her Facebook page.
July 4 at 4:49 pm
You need to know your core goals, so let me post them here!
A - To deepen our understanding of Islamic and Jewish history and theology.
B - To expand the narrative of the West, getting the contributions of Islam and Muslims on the map. The expanded narrative will be along the lines of the Islamic concept of Umma Wahida - all People of the Book have something to contribute, we are meant to live in harmony.
Actions to meet this goal - my columns in the Israel National News and Jewish Press, publishing more books, getting introduced to Muslims about whom I can write, attend Muslim-Jewish conferences and meetings.
MIM: This exchange which crackpot cleric Ben Abrahamson published on his Facebook page shows how delusional both he and his wife are.
July 17 at 11:45am
Q. Whats ur religion? Islam or judaism?
Q. I don't get it sir, u know so much about islam, more than i do apparently..... Could you at least explain why sir, why aren't you a muslim??? i respect your belief, i just want to know...
Q. So, do you pray 5 times a day??
Q. You pray using arabic or hebrew?
Q. U follow Moses more than Muhammad or the other way around?