Interfaith Muslim Group Tainted By Anti-Semitism
Update: The Muslim World League issued an "urgent clarification" of its journal article in advance of a September 30, 2009 interfaith gathering in Geneva, saying it was "not responsible" for the contents of the article. Read ADL's response.
New York, NY, September 14, 2009 … An international Muslim organization that seeks to play a major role in interfaith dialogue is tainted by the anti-Semitic themes it promotes through its English-language journal, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
The Muslim World League (MWL), based in Saudi Arabia, promotes virulently anti-Semitic rhetoric in statements made by its leaders and through its English-language journal. A recent issue of The Muslim World League Journal featured a cover story propagating anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish Control of the news media.
The League is calling on interfaith leaders around the world to condemn the anti-Semitism of the Muslim World League and to not participate in their interfaith gatherings.
"The Muslim World League's effort to position itself as the leading representative of the Muslim world in international interfaith efforts is tainted by the virulently anti-Semitic rhetoric of some of its leaders and themes promoted through its English-language journal," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.
"At a time when understanding and respect among different faiths is so critical to efforts to improve humanity and reduce the suffering caused by so many conflicts in the world, there is no place in the movement for interfaith dialogue for proponents of ages old anti-Semitic myths, whose vile anti-Jewish rhetoric and conspiracy theories serve only to deepen the divides and widen the gulfs between peoples," he added.
"Control of World Media," the cover story of the May 2009 Muslim World League Journal, appears to be an updated version of an article widely circulated on anti-Semitic Web sites and based on an original piece written by William Pierce, the former head of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, according to ADL.
The MWL's interfaith efforts have been tainted by speakers invited by MWL to the international interfaith conferences they have organized, according to ADL. For example, William Baker, a known anti-Semite and former chairman of the extreme-right Populist Party, spoke in the session at the world conference held in Madrid, Spain, in July 2008. This conference was a follow-up to the "First International Islamic Conference on Dialogue" which also gave voice to anti-Semitic remarks without censure.
At the first conference, Sheik Yusef Qaradawi, a radical Muslim Brotherhood ideologue who openly calls for violent jihad against Jews, said he would "never sit with Jews on one platform and will never hold dialogue with those Jews who have committed injustice against us and support Israel" but would have dialogue with those Jews who are against Israel.
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