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-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.
In addition, two members of an al Qaeda sleeper cell based in Boston worked at MWL's Pakistan office. One worker, Nabil al-Marabh, number 27 on the FBI's list of wanted terrorists, was arrested by federal agents in Detroit shortly after 9/11; it was reported that he "intended to martyr himself in an attack against the United States." The other operative, Raed Hijazi, was apprehended and tried in Jordan on charges that he planned to blow up a hotel filled with Americans and Israelis on New Year's Eve in 2000...MWL at one time oversaw Rabita Trust, a now-defunct charity whose professed purpose was to give aid to Afghani refugees in Pakistan. The Trust came under investigation by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee based on evidence that it had knowingly funded terrorist groups.
Today MWL oversees the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), one of the vehicles through which the Saudi government finances Islamic extremism and international terrorism." [source, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7347]
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.
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