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Monday, December 22, 2003

Ribbity Frog, one of my favorite Israeli bloggers, has just posted again. I wonder if the Japanese woman who approached him and the rest of the Frog Family is a Moonie? Apparently there’s a conference going on in Israel of international political and religious leaders, sponsored by something called the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP). Catchy name, but the organization was founded in 1999 by Moonie-extraordinaire Korean-American evangelist Reverend Sun Myung Moon, the movement’s founder and spiritual leader. I first heard about this at an international festival a few weeks back, where I was approached by two very nice women who told me about this same conference. I wasn’t sure what to think about it, as something just didn’t seem right about the whole thing. I appreciate irenic gestures, of course, but a deluge of Moonies and other assorted types upon Jerusalem seems a bit peculiar. But who knows? Good to hear that the former President of Indonesia has come out against suicide bombings, though.

In other news, Arab News (operated by our allies, the Saudis) offers these words of, uh, wisdom from Adil Salahi, who has this to say:

Muslims throughout the world, scholars and laymen, support the just cause of Palestine and condemn the Israeli aggression that has been going on for more than 70 years [TBON note: Huh?]. Yet Muslims are under extreme pressure from outside powers to curb the resistance to such aggression. Even the Palestinian Authority is required to disown the armed struggle.

And this:

I cannot understand how a Muslim could justify boarding a plane, intending to kill all its passengers by flying it into a building used by thousands of civilians. This is simply terrorism and cannot be justified under Islamic law. The operations launched against Israeli occupation are totally different. They are undertaken against occupiers who have turned the local people, Muslims and Christians, from their homes and lands, desecrated mosques and terrorized the population into leaving their land. To resist Israel by all means available to us is justified under divine and human law. It is indeed Israel and its supporters that are engaged in a gigantic and continuous act of terrorism.

Charming, eh? I suspect Salahil has a rather tweaked comprehension of both divine and human law, not to mention the concept of terrorism, but at least he doesn’t oppose (well, in some cases, at least) marriage with Jews.

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