Why Are Prominent Jewish Organizations Partnering With ISNA?

November 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - It would seem an illogical set of pairings, the Jewish Theological Seminary and the World Jewish Congress, adopting as a partner, one of the most problematic of the domestic Islamist organizations, the Islamic Society of North America, yet this is the case.

"This fall, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian leaders from North America gathered at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) to begin an unprecedented conversation. On October 25 and 26, JTS, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and Hartford Seminary convened a workshop on ?Judaism and Islam in America.? [source, ISNA, http://www.isna.net/articles/News/Tending-a-Cooperative-Spirit-Reflecting-on-a-Workshop-on-Judaism-and-Islam-in-America.aspx]

"Third edition of mosque and synagogue twinning held in 22 countries, 09 November 2010, In cooperation with the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and the Islamic Society of North America, the New York-based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) has held the third edition of the Weekend of Twinning of mosques and synagogues. This year's events involved more than 200 mosques, synagogues, communal and student groups in over 20 countries world-wide..." [source, WJC, http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en/news/9682]

Such is the world of interfaith dialogue, where parties with little in common, pose for public relations' sake, intent only in creating an impression of clearing the air and establishing a path towards mutual understanding and respect.

It's a nice sentiment, would that it be genuine outreach.

Why ISNA?

Well perhaps with the public sullying of the Council on American Islamic Relations' reputation a less polarizing entity was sought by the Jewish organizations, though ISNA decidedly is not the answer here.

What is ISNA?

Though it is common knowledge throughout the counter-terror community, it seems these Jewish groups are completely oblivious to the nature and Islamist entanglements of ISNA.

Six years ago, in 2004 the Chicago Tribune published what is still a seminal piece of work regarding the organizational goals of the Muslim Brotherhood [aka the Ikwhan here in North America. [see, Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Sam Roe and Laurie Cohen, Sept 19, 2004 Chicago Tribune, A rare look at secretive Muslim Brotherhood]

"As the MSA reached its mid-teens it began preparing for an expanded role in the service of Islam. It called an historic meeting of a cross-section of Islamic workers, in Plainfield, Indiana, in early 1397/1977. This meeting set up a task force to recommend a new organizational structure to respond to the increasing challenges and responsibilities emerging in the growing North American Muslim communities. The task force concluded that the new environment would be best served by establishing a broader umbrella organization called ?ISNA.? This was accomplished during Rabi? al-Awwal 1403/January 1983." [source, http://www.currenttrends.org/docLib/20090411_Merley.USBROTHERHOOD.pdf]

The goals of the Muslim Brotherhood are as confrontational as they are global in scope.

"While separation of church and state is a bedrock principle of American democracy, the international Brotherhood preaches that religion and politics cannot be separated and that governments eventually should be Islamic. The group also champions martyrdom and jihad, or holy war, as a means of self-defense and has provided the philosophical underpinnings for Muslim militants worldwide." [source, Chicago Tribune]

MB created the Muslim American Society as a front group in the U.S. in 1963.

"In recent years, the U.S. Brotherhood operated under the name Muslim American Society, according to documents and interviews. One of the nation's major Islamic groups, it was incorporated in Illinois in 1993 after a contentious debate among Brotherhood members."[source, Chicago Tribune]

Muslim brotherhood created the Muslim Student Association as a front group

"While the U.S. Brotherhood was influential from its beginning--in 1963 it helped establish the Muslim Students Association, one of the first national Islamic groups in the U.S." [source, Chicago Tribune]

"Some of those organizations eventually would distance themselves from the Brotherhood. The Islamic Society of North America, the umbrella group for the Muslim Youth of North America and the Muslim Students Association, says Brotherhood members helped form those groups but that their overall influence has been limited." [source, Chicago Tribune]

http://www.txnd.uscourts.gov/judges/hlf2.html

http://www.currenttrends.org/docLib/20090411_Merley.USBROTHERHOOD.pdf

Hudson Inst. study

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