Friday, September 7, 2007

Reform Draws Fire For Muslim Outreach

by Stewart Ain from The Jewish Week

Rabbi Yoffie disclosed his efforts to open a dialogue with Muslims in a speech last Friday at the annual convention of the Muslim group, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), in Rosemont, Ill. Daniel Pipes, founder and director of the Middle East Forum and a counter-terrorism expert, called Rabbi Yoffie’s outreach to ISNA "well-intentioned but very misguided. There needs to be an acknowledgement that ISNA is an Islamic organization, Wahhabi in outlook, which is deeply problematic." ... Rabbi Yoffie said the leadership of ISNA has changed since its founding 45 years ago and has issued "major statements" denouncing terrorism and calling for peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution. But just last week, Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.), the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney General’s office criticizing its decision to send representatives to the ISNA convention. He noted that the Justice Department earlier this year had labeled ISNA a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S., the parent organization of Hamas and al Qaeda.

No comments: