The Muslim World League (MWL), which has been trying to position itself as the leading entity representing Muslims in international interfaith efforts, is tainted by the anti-Semitic themes it promotes through its English-language Journal.
The May 2009 issue of The Muslim World League Journal, which is distributed worldwide, features a shocking cover
story propagating conspiracy theories about Jewish control of media. The phrase 'Control of World Media' appears on the cover next to a large blue and white baseball cap - adorned with the Star of David - sitting atop a globe.
The cover story, titled "Six Companies Control the World's Media," appears to be an updated version of an article widely circulated on anti-Semitic Web sites for several years. Based on an original piece written by William Pierce, the former head of the neo-Nazi national Alliance, the article names individuals heading media companies with the epithet 'Jew' or 'Jewess,' reads:
One might conclude that the sheer number of different newspapers across America would provide a safeguard against Jewish control and distortion. However, this is not the case…it also illustrates the insatiable appetite Jews have shown for all the organs of opinion control on which they could fasten their grip.
The article claims that American newspapers "are so thoroughly dependent upon Jewish adverting revenue that their editorial and news reporting policies and largely constrained by Jewish likes and dislikes."
The editorial in the May issue of the Journal, written by Hassan Al-Ahdal, Chief Editor of the Journal, further endorses the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. "In this issue," Ahdal writes, "we carry an article that exposes the myth of neutral journalism. Through deception and deceit the world media is controlled by the few and what gets print is what they want."
Although the Journal includes a disclaimer saying that the views expressed in its pages do not necessarily represent those of the MWL, it consistently reports on the activities of the MWL and its secretary general, Abdullah Al-Turki, who is listed on masthead of each issue and is a contributing writer.
The Journal, first published in 1974, claims to be a "useful and authentic source of information on issues of concern to our worldwide community, providing Muslim viewpoints to its readers on the various developments taking place in today's world."
Despite paying lip service to themes of 'tolerance' and 'peace,' the Journal has a long record of demonizing Jews, Christians and Hindus by a number of regularly contributing writers for many years.
For example, in a September 2004 article, "Muslim World's Foremost Challenge," Journal contributor, Sidheeque M. Asainar, wrote:
The arrogance of the Jews has transgressed all limits; they have become obsessed with murder and bloodshed of innocent people; they have no conscience, and no sense of humanity in them. They are committing massacres in cities and refugee camps very frequently; they are deliberately mutilating bodies, thinking that this will end the determination and will of the Muslim national to struggle.
Another frequent contributor to the Journal, Nora Ahmed, alleged in a July 2004 article that the Israeli societal structure has its foundation in Nazism: "The Zionists managed to develop a racist society on the basis of the Nazi system, which believed in a superior race and people. In this case the Zionists saw non-Jews as lower races of people and that anything is justified to remove them from their newly established state."
The MWL is a Saudi-based international organization that promulgates a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam around the world through a large network of charities and affiliated organizations. Its ideological backbone, however, is based on an extremist interpretation of Islam and several of its affiliated groups and individuals have been linked to terror-related activity.