Rabi' al-Awwal 3,1427/April 2, 2006 #22
NEW TREND HAILS YOUNG BRITISH MUSLIMS:
On March 31, 2006, U.S. Secretary of State Condileeza
Rice visited Blackburn in northern "Great" Britain.
She was "welcomed" by hundreds of young British Muslims,
led by a young Muslim woman, who were chanting in a
crescendo, thus, in a fast moving chant:
* Condi Rice Terrorist!
* Condi Rice Terrorist!
* Condi Rice Terrorist!
[Editor's comment: Allahu Akbar, wa lillahil hamd!
The audio of the demonstration indicates the voice of the
young sister leading the chant, loud and clear and FAST
MOVING! Alhamdulillah, there are quite a few
potential 'Ayeshas [r.a.] among Muslim women. Remember
how 'Ayesha Siddiqa, r.a. spoke on the battlefield of
Jammal? Her voice rose above the din of the two armies
as she called for punishment for the murderers of Usman
ibn Affan, r.a.]
Jamaat al-Muslimeen News [4 items]
For Islamic Change, Uncompromising but Peaceful
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
1. African-American Muslims urged to Support Imam
Jamil/Prof.Al-Arian & Boycott Zionist Businesses
March 31, 2006. Large-sized cards depicting Imam Jamil
on one side and Prof-Sami al-Arian on the other were
given to 145 people at Masjid al-Haqq in Baltimore,
Maryland. The cards list the charges against the two
leaders, note weakness in the charges and the way to
help the two, along with prison and support
In addition small cards calling for boycott of businesses
which support Israel were given separately to 75 people.
Thus a total of 220 people were reached.
Masjid al-Haqq is a 95% African-American masjid on the west
side of Baltimore city. It broke away from W.D. Muhammad's
group more than 6 years back. Most of the people here have
accepted Islam as their choice [not by birth].
2. Abu Ali: U.S. Citizen Given 30 Years in Prison
on Conspiracy Charges. Tragic Punishment of Islamic
Youth who "Confessed" Under Saudi Torture.
Alexandria, Virginia. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was sentenced
on March 29, 2006 to THIRTY YEARS in prison followed by
30 years of probation! The U.S. media ignored the sentence.
It was totally censored by cable TV.
A peaceful young man of 24, Abu Ali, a U.S. citizen, went
to study in the holy city of Medina in "Saudi" Arabia.
Suddenly one day in June 2003 he was dragged out of his
class during exams and imprisoned. No charges were brought
against him for ONE YEAR. His family pleaded with the U.S.
to rescue him from "Saudi" Arabia and bring him home. He
was brought back but much to his horror and that of the
Muslim community, he was charged with bizarre conspiracies
to harm the President of the U.S. as well as members of
Congress and for connections to al-Qaidah.
The whole trial was a nightmarish joke as Saudi authorities
were allowed to testify against him FROM "Saudi" Arabia
ANONYMOUSLY. Abu Ali pleaded that his "confessions" had been
forced out of him under torture, and showed marks of torture
on his back, but all in vain. A man who has never been
involved in any violence has been sentenced to spend the
next 30 years in prison!
Unbelievable but true! This is the fate of innocent
Muslim citizens of the U.S.
3. Jill Carroll's Release is Welcome but a Great
Chance for peace was missed.
Muslims should be cautious about kidnapings and other
atrocities in the war between Islam and the United
States. It's difficult to verify the actions behind
the appearances. This would have been a great
opportunity for peace if Iraqi women prisoners had
been released too, after Jill was released. How come
we never see Iraqi women on U.S. TV? There have been
allegations of misbehavior by U.S. troops. The release
of Jill Carrol should naturally be followed up by the
release of Iraqi women in U.S. prisons. They should then
be asked how they were treated by the U.S. Such
humanitarian releases would ease the horrors of war.
Is there no Iraqi woman who can be seen as human and
allowed to be on U.S. TV screens?
There have been serious allegations that the U.S.
kidnaps Islamic activists and sends them to be
tortured in East European and Arab regime prisons.
Human rights activists should work to end ALL
kidnapings, be they of Muslims or of non-Muslims.
4. Jill Carroll and Propaganda War: Deep
Contradictions between her Statements.
After her captors let her go, she stated in Iraq that
she had never been threatened or beaten, and that she
had showers and plenty of food during her captivity.
She seemed to be in full control of her faculties when
she made those statements. After leaving Iraq, she stated,
according to her editor, that she was threatened into
participation in a video and that she considered her
captors "criminals." In Iraq, she stated that she had
NO IDEA why she was kidnaped.
Gradually, new information will appear. There is
psychological war going on. She went into Iraq after
learning Arabic. She could be a great friend of Iraqis
or she could be an agent of the U.S.
[The editor of the Christian Science Monitor,
strangely enough, is a Jew, Richard Burgenheim.]
Her statements in Iraq were so strongly pro-Iraqi that
the U.S. media spent the whole day trying to shoot down
her credibility. The IMUS show [MSNBC] went to the
extent of calling her Islamic hijab
"terrorist garb" and that she might be "carrying
No known group has taken credit for her captivity. Was
she held by Iraqis or by Mossad? Or British intelligence?
Anything is possible in this shadowy war.
Letter: Re: Dr. David Horowitz and "Good Jews."
Assalamu alaikum. I was browsing Horowitz's recent book
in Barnes and Noble about 101 most dangerous professors
in the American colleges. Although your name is not
there, many others, mainly Muslim academics on the
American college campuses are mentioned. Of the non-Muslims,
almost everyone who supports the Palestinian cause or is
even mildly critical of Israel is branded as dangerous.
Included among them are many Jews. So my point is that
there are good Jews and there are bad Jews. For example,
you find the contrasting presence of Feingold and
Lieberman in the U.S. senate.
Waheed [Milwaukee, Wisconsin]
Editor's Note: Horowitz' book is somewhat outdated.
He wrote before New Trend took on the Jewish lobby. He
is fixated on Prof. Hamid Algar who has not been heard
from in public discourse for several years. In the next
New Trend, inshallah, we'll look at "good Jews," if
there are any, in the political-cultural perspective.
Remember, ours is not a racial opposition to Jews.
Israelis Murder 7-Year Old Palestinian Girl
Since September 2000, 700 Palestinian children have
been killed. . Who will take responsibility for her
death? Who shall be held accountable?
(MAANnews/Charlotte de Bellabre http://www.maannews.net)
On 18 March 2006, I visited a grieving family in
Al Yamun, a town in the northern West Bank. Their
7-year old daughter had been murdered the night
previously by Israeli Border Police, who had entered
the town to arrest "wanted" Palestinian militants in
a raid led by Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). Her name
was Akaber Adbelrahman Zaid and she was on her way to
a doctor's clinic to have stitches removed from her
chin. Instead she received a barrage of bullets to the
head, when an undercover Border Police unit opened fire
on the car in which she was travelling with her uncle.
An IDF spokesperson said the police had thought that
the wanted militants were trying to escape in the
car and thus fired shots at the wheels as a deterrent.
Akaber's uncle said it was obvious that the only people
in the car were himself and a small child, adding that
the policemen had fired at close range. A Ha'aretz
reporter inspected the car afterwards and found that all
four tyres were still intact. For a specially trained unit
of sharpshooters to fire at the wheels of a vehicle from
a short distance and miss their target completely seems a
little dubious, to say the least.
Muslim Woman Answers Nationally Syndicated Right
Wing Talk Show Host
[Such questions are polemically asked by right wingers
across the Country. This response, though lengthy,
should answer all of them.- Editor]
Five questions non-Muslims would like answered
By Dennis Prager
Answered by Nadrat Siddique [including comments
on Sudan and Beslan/Chechnia.]
THE RIOTING IN France by primarily Muslim youths and the
hotel bombings in Jordan are the latest events to prompt
sincere questions that law-abiding Muslims need to answer
for Islam's sake, as well as for the sake of worried non-Muslims.
Here are five of them:
Q1: Why are you so quiet?
Since the first Israelis were targeted for death by Muslim terrorists
blowing themselves up in the name of your religion and Palestinian
nationalism, I have been praying to see Muslim demonstrations against
these atrocities. Last week's protests in Jordan against the bombings,
while welcome, were a rarity. What I have seen more often is mainstream
Muslim spokesmen implicitly defending this terror on the grounds that
Israel occupies Palestinian lands. We see torture and murder in the name
of Allah, but we see no anti-torture and anti-murder demonstrations in
the name of Allah.
There are a billion Muslims in the world. How is it possible that
essentially none have demonstrated against evils perpetrated by Muslims
in the name of Islam? This is true even of the millions of Muslims
living in free Western societies. What are non-Muslims of goodwill
supposed to conclude? When the Israeli government did not stop a
Lebanese massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra and Chatilla refugee
camps in Lebanon in 1982, great crowds of Israeli Jews gathered to
protest their country's moral failing. Why has there been no
comparable public demonstration by Palestinians or other Muslims
to morally condemn Palestinian or other Muslim-committed terror?
A1: The first issue here is how one defines terrorism and evil.
Suppose a crazed criminal breaks into Dennis Prager's house, and forces
Dennis Prager out. If Dennis Prager resists, is he wrong for doing so?
Can he rightly be designated as a terrorist?
According to international law, it is the right and indeed the duty of
an occupied people to respond, with arms if necessary, to end their
occupation. The attempt to paint the Palestinians as the violent party in
the conflict is perhaps the most masterful propaganda of the century. It
is a classic colonial strategy, as practiced by the British in Kenya or
the French in Algeria: Occupy a country, crush or disarm the resistance,
label those who still resist as "terrorists," then jail, torture,
or kill them.
It may be that Muslims don't demonstrate because they're rooting for the
Palestinians to win their land back after 58 years of occupation. It is
natural to feel empathy for the underdog--certainly the Palestinians in
this case. Israel has received $84,854,827,200 of U.S. taxpayers' money
since its inception (source: Washington Report on Middle East Affairs),
and yet has been unable to crush the Palestinians. It is clear that the
Palestinian resistance is a popular movement which represents the common
sentiments of the overwhelming majority of Palestinians. So, should we
start demonstrating in protest because David has finally scored a hit
Recall the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, who engaged in violent acts against
the Nazi occupiers. Were they too, terrorists, or somehow wrong in
fighting back? Would it have been appropriate for other Jews to be out in
the streets demonstrating to condemn the Warsaw ghetto Jews for fighting
back against the Nazis?
The second issue is of collective guilt. Suppose that the acts popularly
labeled "terrorism" might by some stretch of the imagination be considered
as such under international law. Why should each and every Muslim feel
responsible for demonstrating against, or otherwise repudiating these
acts, when neither they, nor their elected representatives have committed
them? Do Americans (with the exception of a tiny conscientious minority)
go out and demonstrate against their government's actions each time a
Palestinian child is killed by Israeli Defense Forces—a near daily
occurrence--with weaponry purchased with their tax dollars? In our
democracy, did we stop our elected representatives from killing in excess
of 100,000 Iraqi men women, and children? We were too cowardly even to
impeach Bush, when he clearly lied to the nation about the existence of
WMDs, and continued to let him kill in our name. We don't even accept
responsibility for acts committed by someone whom we put in office twice.
Why then should Muslims feel guilty for acts committed by people who are
not their elected reps, and in doing so, accept responsibility for the
acts committed by others?
It is laudable if masses of Israeli Jews demonstrated against
Sabra-Chatilla. Did they demonstrate against Deir Yassin, Kafr Kassim,
and all the other massacres of Palestinian peasants perpetrated by
Menachem Begin's terrorist Irgun gang, clearing the way for the
"birth" of Israel? Did they continue to demonstrate against the
Jenin massacre and other recent massacres and near daily
killings of Palestinians?
Did the Israeli Jews demonstrating against Sabra-Chatilla take note that
the overseer of that massacre, Ariel Sharon, was rewarded for his
atrocities with the post of Prime Minister? Imagine how 9-11 victims might
feel if Osama Bin Laden (or whomever one imagines responsible for that
attack) was appointed governor of New York. Then imagine how Palestinians
who lost family members in Sabra-Chatilla might feel at Sharon's Prime
Q2: Why are none of the Palestinian terrorists Christian?
If Israeli occupation is the reason for Muslim terror in Israel, why do no
Christian Palestinians engage in terror? They are just as nationalistic
and just as occupied as Muslim Palestinians.
A2: In a Doublespeak-free world, this question would be: "Why do some
Palestinians defend themselves with arms, and others do not?"
Because a victim does not respond violently, does not mean he or she is
not victimized. Different people respond to injustice in different ways.
One reason for the absence of Palestinian Christians from the armed
resistance may be: Palestinian Christians are far fewer in number than
Palestinian Muslims. If the total number of Palestinian Christians is
smaller (than Palestinian Muslims), then so is the number of Palestinian
Christians who are part of the Resistance. If there are not as many of
them in the Resistance, then it follows that there is a smaller number of
them to resist with arms.
Another reason for the difference of response may be: Muslims are not
allowed to accept oppression, racism, colonization, or other forms of
subjugation. The Qur'an commands Muslims to fight back when attacked or
occupied. Off course such a command would be anathema to Israeli settlers
bulldozing Palestinian homes and destroying Palestinian crops. Hence the
labeling of Qur'anically-mandated Palestinian Muslim armed resistance
When Palestinians—both Muslim and Christian--and their supporters choose
to oppose occupation by non-violent means, they are mowed down, like
Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndall. The decades long racist policy of
excluding the Palestinians from "Peace" Talks ended, only to be replaced
by talks in which token Palestinians reps, meeting U.S./Israeli approval,
were included. Even in these highly questionable talks, the agreements
made were repeatedly violated by the Israelis. Today the Palestinians
are disenfranchised from most Israeli decision-making bodies and
processes, much as Black people were disenfranchised in the U.S. under
Jim Crow. The recent PA election showed that when Palestinians attempt
to forge a government of their choosing through suffrage, the U.S. and
Israel do all they can to choke it out of existence. So after excluding
the Palestinians from all democratic alternatives, is it really a
surprise that some of them, who don't wish to remain colonial-settler
subjects the rest of their lives, resort to the only avenue for
change left open to them—violent resistance.
Q3: Why is only one of the 47 Muslim-majority countries a free country?
According to Freedom House, a Washington-based group that promotes
democracy, of the world's 47 Muslim countries, only Mali is free. Sixty
percent are not free, and 38% are partly free. Muslim-majority states
account for a majority of the world's "not free" states. And of the 10
"worst of the worst," seven are Islamic states. Why is this?
A3: The question is a complicated one. The answer lies in part in the U.S.
foreign aid budget. For example, in 2005, U.S. aid to Muslim countries
Saudi Arabia $25,000
(Numbers are FY 2005 Estimates. Source: Federation of American
Scientists, Arms Sales Monitoring Project.)
Many U.S. aid beneficiaries are military dictatorships, heavily criticized
by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. So, the absence of
democracy may be attributable at least in part to U.S. aid to these
dictatorships. It's like paying a gangster who terrorizes people on a
street corner, and then wondering why the people are terrorized.
American taxpayers are unwittingly financing torture and murder
in not just Afghanistan, Iraq, or Gitmo, but across the globe.
The second major obstacle to "freedom" in Muslim countries is the legacy
of colonial rule, which many Muslim countries endured. Just as a few
decades of affirmative action could not erase the legacy of 500 years of
slavery in the Americas, a few decades of independence from overt
colonialism did not end many deleterious colonial practices, which
continued in the more subtle form of neo-colonialism. Colonialism nurtures
a class of elites to serve the interests of the colonizing power. That
elite survived the transition to independence; in the Muslim world it acts
as neo-colonial agent of Western powers. Alienated from the masses, it
squanders the wealth of the country, often through trade practices which
harm the country. These actions often occur with the encouragement or
support of the U.S. and other Western powers, and earns the elite the
wrath of the masses. The ruling elite must then purchase massive
weaponry, often through arms deals with the U.S.--raising the U.S.
stake in the survival of these dictators--to subjugate the restless
natives and maintain power.
On the other side of the coin, many countries popularly deemed "free" or
democratic are today experiencing monumental challenges to freedom. In
Austria, for example, a man was recently convicted for making politically
incorrect statements about the Holocaust. Ditto for another man in
Germany. Hark the Era of the Thought Crime! In London, imams can only
preach what they are told, or risk jail sentences (very similar to Cairo
or Riyadh), and police can shoot immigrants and "darkies" on suspicion and
ask questions later.
Here in the U.S., special interest groups buy votes at every juncture,
third party candidates are excluded from debates and have next to nil
chance of election, and candidates are selected for high office under
highly irregular circumstances, using Diebold machines with no paper
trails. Political dissidents are subjected to officially sanctioned
spying, thousands of people are rounded up and jailed and/or deported
because they are the wrong race/religion, and American citizens are held
for years without trial or charge. In New York, protestors, exercising
their Freedom of Assembly in a permitted anti-war march, were harassed,
photographed (for intimidation), and--in many cases--arrested by police.
Closer to home, in Baltimore, Black residents are arrested for
congregating on their own doorsteps, in violation of their elementary
right to Freedom of Assembly, under the pretext that they may be selling
drugs (although such harassment did not occur in predominantly
white neighborhoods). This is the "democracy" we want to export to other
Q4: Why are so many atrocities committed and threatened by Muslims in the
name of Islam?
Young girls in Indonesia were recently beheaded by Muslim murderers. Last
year, Muslims - in the name of Islam - murdered hundreds of schoolchildren
in Russia. While reciting Muslim prayers, Islamic terrorists take
foreigners working to make Iraq free and slaughter them. Muslim daughters
are murdered by their own families in the thousands in "honor killings."
And the Muslim government in Iran has publicly called for the
extermination of Israel.
Ans.4 [Partly tongue-in-cheek.]
I don't know--because Muslims are inherently violent and criminal?
(If I didn't know any better, I would think Dennis Prager
is trying to paint an egregiously stereotyped picture of
all Muslims as violent.)
Beheadings and church burnings don't occur in the U.S.? Rapes, assaults,
prostitutions, or beatings to death by boyfriends, husbands, fathers, and
uncles of the predominantly female victims don't occur in the U.S.? Poor
Black people—unable to acquire adequate legal counsel--weren't legally
lynched by the President of the United States? In many of these cases, the
perpetrators are self-proclaimed Christians or Jews. The only difference
is that Muslims don't have the media savvy (or deviousness perhaps) to
label the perpetrators of these crimes as Christian, Jew, etc.
As far as the "foreigners working to make Iraq free": under international
law, workers employed by an occupying force are considered agents of the
occupying force, and thus may be dealt with in the same way as the
As far as Muslims murdering Russian schoolchildren in the name of Islam:
Independent investigations after the fact showed that the hostage-takers
did not murder the children; rather Russian forces, which cut off
negotiations with the hostage-takers, and prematurely stormed the school,
caused the death of the children. In fact, a furor arose in Russia when
the premature storming became public knowledge (reported in all the major
Russian newspapers). Further, the event followed the destruction of an
entire Muslim city, Grozny, including its main orphanage. In fact,
the guerrillas cited Grozny as one major reason for the hostage-taking.
Even then, the mainstream Chechen Muslim Resistance repudiated the
action, since children were involved.
It is telling that Western media quickly forgot about the
aerial bombardment of Grozny, which killed 100,000 Chechen
Muslims (reported by BBC), in their efforts to make it appear
as if Chechen hostage-taking had occurred in a vacuum.
In terms of sheer numbers, U.S. forces, and previously the U.S. acting
through the U.N. Security Council, killed more people in the last two
decades than any Muslim country. One hundred thousand (100,000) Iraqi
people have been killed during the course of the current U.S. occupation
A half million Iraqi children died as a result of U.S.-spearheaded
U.N. sanctions. These innocent lives were taken by U.S. forces,
or the U.S. acting through the Security Council--not by Muslims.
The question "Why are so many atrocities committed and threatened by
Muslims in the name of Islam?" might only be asked by someone with
complete and utter tunnel vision to world events in the last
Q5: Why do countries governed by religious Muslims
persecute other religions?
No church or synagogue is allowed in Saudi Arabia. The Taliban destroyed
some of the greatest sculptures of the ancient world because they were
Buddhist. Sudan's Islamic regime has murdered great numbers of Christians.
Instead of confronting these problems, too many of you deny them. Muslims
call my radio show to tell me that even speaking of Muslim or Islamic
terrorists is wrong. After all, they argue, Timothy McVeigh is never
labeled a "Christian terrorist." As if McVeigh committed his terror as a
churchgoing Christian and in the name of Christ, and as if there were
Christian-based terror groups around the world.
A5: Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain, and Pakistan, among
others are monarchies or dictatorships. Islam, by definition, prohibits
kingship and dictatorship, so the categorization of these countries as
"Islamic" (or governed by religious Muslims) is itself incorrect.
Additionally, for reasons elucidated in A3 above, few, if any, truly
Islamic states have emerged in modern times.
On the prohibition of churches and synagogues in Saudi Arabia: Islam
itself has no prohibition against the building of churches or synagogues,
so this question is better directed at the U.S.-supported Saudi monarchy.
On the destruction of the Buddhas: According to the Taliban's public
statements, they were destroyed as a protest to the international
community's apathy to millions of starving Afghan children. Recall after
the Soviet withdrawal, and the years of internecine conflict which
followed, the Taliban government brought peace to Afghanistan for the
first time in decades. They also eliminated opium-trafficking. Yet they
were rewarded by a near total cut in international aid. At the same time,
U.N. agencies had dedicated millions of dollars to refurbish the
Buddha statues. The Taliban, infuriated at the world's concern for statues
over Afghan children, destroyed the statues. The incident was cleverly
manipulated by corporate media, and the original reasons for the Taliban
protest were forgotten.
On Sudan's Islamic regime murdering Christians: Sudan's Christians live
primarily in the south of the country. Until recent years, they lived in
peace with Muslims. To understand how the conflict between the Christian
SPLA and Muslim Sudanese arose, one needs simply to examine the case of
the Nicaraguan Contras, and their funding by the Reagan Administration in
furtherance of the overthrow of the Sandinista government. So, it's not
quite as simple as the Sudanese government waking up one
day with blood in their eyes and targeting poor innocent Christians. If an
armed rebellion arose within the mainland U.S., the U.S. government would
similarly squelch it.
In Pakistan, Christians and Muslims have historically lived in peace.
Recent incidents, in which churches were attacked occurred under highly
suspicious circumstances, and are thought to be the work of provocateurs.
In Palestine, Muslims, Christians, and Jews, peacefully coexisted,
prior to 1917, when immigration of Jewish settlers was artificially
accelerated--by the Zionist Founding Fathers--to the very high rates
required to fulfill their political agenda. Historically, Muslims,
Christians, and Jews have co-existed peacefully throughout the
Notably, no Muslim country has bombed the U.S. or another Western country
on Christmas or Easter. Yet the U.S. bombed Afghanistan during Ramadan,
the holiest time of year for Muslims. Numerous mosques in Afghanistan and
Iraq have been bombed by U.S. forces, many at prayer time. In Palestine,
Arabs are stopped at checkpoints and prevented from reaching mosque
services, if they happen to be on the wrong side of the Wall.
In Jerusalem, Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli Jew entered a mosque full of
worshippers and opened fire on them with an automatic weapon.
In Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo, the Holy Qur'an was thrown on
the ground, in the toilet, urinated on, and otherwise desecrated by
U.S. occupying troops.
In light of all this, the claim that "countries governed by religious
Muslims persecute other religions" is indeed a bizarre one. Persecution
of non-Muslims probably does exist to some small extent in some Muslim
countries (as does the persecution of anyone who is different in most
places). But Muslims generally don't come to non-Muslim countries and
bomb and desecrate the Holy places of non-Muslims, and try to murder
them on their Holy Days.
Muslims in many Western countries face varying levels of persecution.
For example, in France, Muslim girls are forbidden by law from
wearing hijab (Islamic head cover) to school. In the U.S., Islamic
ritual and practice is not attacked at an official level; rather
hostility and misunderstanding—where it occurs--seems more the
result of public susceptibility to Zionist anti-Muslim propaganda,
and jingoism stirred up by a xenophobic foreign policy. Many U.S.
Muslims are harassed and intimidated from wearing headscarf or
saying the obligatory five Muslim prayers in public for fear of
physical assault. Many U.S. mosques are wiretapped or infiltrated
by agents provocateurs. U.S. intelligence agencies set up booths at
Muslim conventions. Immigrant Muslim students at universities and
colleges are harassed and tracked by DHS. Muslim professors are
threatened with termination by Zionist interest groups if they
question U.S.'s one-sided Middle East policies.
Prager says in conclusion:
As a member of the media for nearly 25 years, I have a long record of
reaching out to Muslims. Muslim leaders have invited me to speak at major
mosques. In addition, I have studied Arabic and Islam, have visited most
Arab and many other Muslim countries and conducted interfaith dialogues
with Muslims in the United Arab Emirates as well as in the U.S.
Politically, I have supported creation of a Palestinian state and
supported (mistakenly, I now believe) the Oslo accords.
Hundreds of millions of non-Muslims want honest answers to these
questions, even if the only answer you offer is, "Yes, we have real
problems in Islam." Such an acknowledgment is infinitely better -
for you and for the world - than dismissing us as anti-Muslim.
We await your response.
Ms. Siddique adds:
I hope this answers it.
Dennis Prager's nationally syndicated radio show is heard daily in Los
Angeles on KRLA-AM (870). He may be contacted through his website:
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