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    American Jewish Committee accused of boosting book sales by smearing Muslims

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/2/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations
    (CAIR) today condemned a prominent Jewish organization for promoting what it
    called a "phony fatwa" to boost sales of a new book on Islam for Jews.

    The Washington-based Islamic advocacy group says the American Jewish
    Committee (AJC) is claiming a "fatwa," or Islamic legal ruling, has been
    issued against the writer of its new book "Children of Abraham: An
    Introduction to Islam for Jews" despite the fact that the alleged authors of
    the ruling disavow any such action. CAIR called on the AJC to stop "smearing"
    Muslims for political and financial gain.

    For weeks, the AJC has been trying to interest reporters in an article from
    what the State Department called "a fairly marginal newspaper with a limited
    readership" that criticized Khalid Duran, the author of "Children of
    Abraham." The AJC and Duran's attorney attempted to portray the article as a
    "fatwa" and "death edict" from the Islamic Action Front in Jordan. On
    Saturday, that group said no such ruling had been issued. (Associated Press,

    Duran's attorney, Michael J. Wildes, is the same person who promoted a 1998
    story about an alleged Pakistani scientist who claimed that country was
    planning a nuclear first-strike on India. Scientific experts who interviewed
    the defector pronounced him a fraud. (USA Today, 7/7/98)

    "It is despicable that the American Jewish Committee, despite its stated
    intent of fostering interfaith understanding, would engage in a cheap
    publicity stunt to boost book sales at the expense of Muslims and Islam. To
    succeed in promoting this 'phony fatwa,' the AJC had to shamelessly smear
    Islam by tapping into and exploiting existing anti-Muslim stereotyping and
    bias," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad.

    "This is also part of a failed campaign by pro-Israel extremists to hand-pick
    Muslim 'leaders,' to counter growing American Muslim political activism and
    to distract attention from news items such as war crimes charges filed in
    Belgium against Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon," said Ahmad. Ahmad also
    questioned why the AJC would seek to, on its own, create a new "Salman
    Rushdie" scenario when no one in the Muslim world had even heard of the
    alleged "fatwa."

    (The AJC and the ADL were the only groups to testify before Congress in
    support of the use of secret evidence against Muslims and Arabs. AJC
    Executive Director David A. Harris wrote in the May 28, 2001, issue of The
    Jerusalem Report: "We [the pro-Israel lobby] dare not underestimate the Arab
    and Muslim lobbies [in America] or delude ourselves as to their ultimate
    objectives. The stakes are too high. The call for action by American Jewry,
    together with Israel, is clear.")

    Since its publication in May, CAIR criticized Duran's book as a "laundry
    list" of hot-button issues that have often been used to stereotype Islam. The
    Muslim group also said the choice of Duran as the author was inappropriate
    because of his mysterious identity (Duran is apparently not his real name),
    his past conviction for defaming an Islamic center in Germany, his vocal
    support for a group on the State Department list of designated terrorist
    organizations, and his close ties to infamous "Muslim bashers."

    (Rabbi Reuven Firestone wrote a companion AJC publication, "Children of
    Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims" that did not take Duran's
    polemical approach. CAIR representatives have consistently noted that Khalid
    Duran has the right to write anything he wishes and that the AJC has the
    right to publish any book it chooses, no matter how distorted or inaccurate.)

    A Publishers Weekly (5/28/2001) review of "Children of Abraham" said:

    "He [Duran] writes that 'the history of Jewish-Muslim relations is so complex
    that one can list as many positive as negative examples of their
    interaction,' yet he relates mostly the negative ones, sabotaging his
    ostensible purpose. He also misstates facts about Islam and women in Islam,
    and mishandles the description of dhimmi (minority status) in Islam. His many
    controversial assertions lack supporting evidence. He presents farfetched,
    incendiary theories, such as, 'the culprits in the Oklahoma City bombing [the
    Euro-American Timothy McVeigh and his fellow militia members] had an
    association' with the terrorist Osama Bin Ladin...The Islam described here is
    ritualistic, suspicious, misguided and overpowered by Islamists...Most
    troublesome is his habit of analogizing Islamic behavior to Nazi behavior.
    The juxtaposition, like the book, treads an unwise path."

    The Chicago Tribune wrote: "When asked by the Tribune to examine the contents
    of the books, several experts on Islam and veterans of interfaith dialogue
    concluded that some of those fears [about the book's stereotypical content]
    may be justified. Although the book on Judaism avoids self-criticism and
    ignores such tough issues as Orthodox extremism, they said, the book on Islam
    slams Muslims for everything from sexism to terrorism...[AJC is] representing
    to themselves and the Muslim community the best possible face of Judaism and
    the most aggressive face of Islam." (5/3/2001)

    The Tribune article also quoted Shalom Goldman, a professor of Middle Eastern
    Studies at Emory University, as saying: "In the history of Islam we go from
    the story of the prophet Mohammed to Khomeini in a couple of pages...In the
    Jewish book we don't go from Moses to [militant rabbi] Meir Kahane. In
    [Rabbi] Firestone's book, there are illustrations of women lighting shabbat
    candles. Go to Duran's volume and you see impassioned Islamists chanting and
    b*****shing weapons at a rally."

    Other mainstream Muslim groups (including the Islamic Society of North
    America) and Islamic scholars have also criticized the book. Dr. Aminah
    McCloud, professor of Islamic studies at DePaul University, said Duran's book
    would only be useful in a course on "polemics."

    - END -

    CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper at 202-488-8787
    E-Mail: [email protected]


    Council on American-Islamic Relations

    Girl from Quraysh,
    Thanx for sharing this news,...what a cheapest way to get the publicity,....only JEWS can do it,......
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    A Faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.


      I guess it is pretty pathertic, but I guess they still got what they wanted in the end...


        Originally posted by TARIQ786USA:
        Girl from Quraysh,
        Thanx for sharing this news,...what a cheapest way to get the publicity,....only JEWS can do it,......
        I find that comment very stereotypical.


          Originally posted by Girl from Quraysh:
          I find that comment very stereotypical.

          Dost,..what I meant was,.....Only JEWS can do these kind a low things,..We have million of examples,....for that,..
          BTW,..I don't like,..Jews,Christians and So-called muslim authers to play this kind cheap game to get publicity through media,...
          Sorry,...GIRL,..if my prenious response gave you wrong impression,.......Really sorry for that,..and apologise,........

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          A Faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.


            Dosto Taali do haath say bajtee hai...

            When we have a concept of FATWA by which we can give orders to all muslime to go and kill some one,(Salman Rushdie) Then of course others will use it to their benefit.

            So "Shall we put out "FATWA" on the author of that book" and perpetuate the problem??


              hay guys just talking and giving opinions wont work ..take action