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Backgrounder: Muslim World League RULE Anti-Semitic & Extreme Anti-Israel Messages

Posted: May 19, 2009

Interfaith Efforts
Links to Terrorism
Anti-Semitic & Extreme Anti-Israel Messages

Despite its efforts to promote itself as an interfaith-advocacy organization, the Muslim World League's leaders and its institutions have a long history of providing a platform to known anti-Semites and promulgating virulent anti-Israel rhetoric. 

  • The May 2009 issue of The Muslim World League Journal, which is distributed worldwide, features a cover story propagating conspiracy theories about Jewish control of media. The cover story, titled "Six Companies Control the World's Media," names of individuals heading media companies with the epithet 'Jew' or 'Jewess.'
  • On February 27, 2009, the Muslim World League announced an "emphatic condemnation" against Israel Channel 10 for a television program where "one of the infidels attacked the Prophet (peace be upon Him) by pointing to his shoe and saying 'This is Mohammad.'" In his statement against the Israeli television station, MWL's secretary general Abdullah al Turki said, "its provocation of billions of emotions from people around the world suggests an evil plan to disperse civil strife and incitement of hatred and struggle between the nations, this new offense against the Prophet had come after several offenses a few days ago defaming Jesus the Messiah, son of Mary and his mother."
  • On January 10, 2009, Abdullah al Turki released a statement warning against the adverse impact of Israeli policy on regional peace and security, and condemned Israel's alleged use of "internationally prohibited weapons in shelling the people of Gaza."

  • On January 6, 2009, Abdullah al Turki wrote a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, in which he said, "[t]he Israeli shelling has led to the death of entire members of some families in Gaza." He described the Israeli operation "as the worst form of state-sponsored terrorism ever known to the mankind." According to a news report of the speech, Al-Turki alleged that there was a deliberate attempt of the part of Israeli forces to destroy mosques.

  • In June 2008, Sheik Yusef Qaradawi was invited to speak at the MWL's First International Islamic Conference on Dialogue and said he would "never sit with Jews on one platform and never hold dialogue with those Jews who have committed injustice against us and support Israel." Qaradawi openly calls for violent jihad against Jews and perceived threats by the West.

  • In August 2006, Abdullah Al-Turki issued a statement warning against "the Zionist plans to demolish Al-Aqsa Mosque," saying, "The act of arson that was perpetrated by one of the Zionist extremists on 21 August 1969 was a manifestation of the Zionist mindset that aims at demolishing this mosque." Every year, the MWL commemorates the act of arson committed by Dennis Michael Rohan, an Australian Protestant follower of an evangelical sect known as the Church of God, seeking to maintain the conspiracy that Israel orchestrated the attack on Al-Aqsa mosque.

  • November 28, 2004, the MWL held a meeting session where Saud bin 'Ali Shahrani, the executive director of the world forum of Muslim scholars discussed "The Dogmatic Roots of Zionist Terrorism."

  • On November 18-20, 2004, Abdul Rahman Abdullah Al-Zaid made a statement on behalf of Abdullah Al-Turki and the MWL at the International Symposium on Al-Quds [Jerusalem] in the Hague, Netherlands, "The MWL is of the opinion that the danger of Israel is not only confined to the boundaries of Palestine, but it also threatens the peace and security in the Arab region, and even in the world at large."

  • In January 2002, Muslim scholars convened by the Islamic Fiqh Academy of the MWL in Mecca drew up a statement condemning terrorism. At the meeting, however, participants called all acts by the Palestinians against the Israeli occupation a form of jihad and legitimate self-defense. The 'ulama (religious scholars) said anti-Muslim media campaigns after September 11th are being orchestrated by Zionist organizations, designed to "stir up prejudice, animosity, hatred and discrimination against Islam and Muslims by associating them with terrorism." At the end of the conference, the scholars said the best example of state terrorism is the "heinous terrorism currently perpetrated by Jews in Palestine."

  • In 2002, Dr. al Obeid, former secretary general of the MWL, wrote a letter to the U.S. congress with regard to the renewed Palestinian-Israeli conflict. According to Mr. al Obeid, the land of Israel has always been an Arab land and the Jews have very little moral and historical connection to it. Al Obeid claimed that the Canaanites and the Yabusid were Arabs and that while the "Hebrews" have merely invaded "Palestine" and colonized it for a brief 70 years time, similar to other invaders such as the Persians, the Palestinian Arabs have inhabited it continuously since long before the Jewish forefathers.

  • In 2001, the MWL issued a condemnation of a Hebrew translation of the Qur’an, claiming the translation deliberately distorts the original meaning of the holy book. According to news reports, the Secretariat General of the Muslim World League released a statement that the Hebrew translation of the Qur’an is “an attempt to realize their [Israelis] aims of enmity towards the religion of Islam and to plant the seeds of doubt in what the Prophet Mohammad revealed.” Secretary General of the MWL, Abdullah al-Turki, reportedly said in the statement: “The Jews’ distortion of the book of Allah…is not a new matter—it is the natural disposition of the Jews who inherited this deception from their forefathers and their ancestors who perverted the Torah and Zaboor and the Bible…The new Hebrew translation of the meaning of the Holy Qur’an adds a new perfidy to the perfidies of the Jews…”

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