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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Iran involved in Ground Zero mosque?

And you thought the Saudis were behind the Ground Zero mosque. And perhaps you were right. But apparently, writes Anne Bayefsky, Iran is behind it too.
The Ground Zero mosque website just removed a photo of Mohammad Javad Larijani: secretary-general of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, brother of Ali Larijani, top negotiator for Iran's nuke program. (Screen capture of the original page here.)


Two weeks ago the Cordoba Initiative website featured a photograph of the project’s chairman, Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, and Iranian Mohammad Javad Larijani at an event that the Initiative sponsored in Malaysia in 2008. This week, the photograph, which appears below, has disappeared.
The Iranian connection to the launch of Cordoba House may go beyond a relationship between Rauf and Larijani. The Cordoba Initiative lists one of its three major partners as the UN’s Alliance of Civilizations. The Alliance has its roots in the Iranian-driven “Dialogue Among Civilizations,” the brainchild of former Iranian President Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Mohammad Khatami. Khatami is now a member of the High-level Group which “guides the work of the Alliance.” His personal presidential qualifications include the pursuit of nuclear weapons, a major crackdown on Iranian media, and rounding up and imprisoning Jews on trumped-up charges of spying. Alliance reports claim Israel lies at the heart of problems associated with “cross-cultural relations,” since the “Israeli-Palestinian conflict” and “Israel’s continuing occupation of Palestinian and other Arab territories … are primary causes of resentment and anger in the Muslim world toward Western nations.”

In addition, a Weekly Standard article in July suggested that the idea of building an Islamic memorial in lower Manhattan may have originated back in 2003 with two Iranian brothers: M. Jafar “Amir” Mahallati, who served as ambassador of the Iranian Islamic Republic to the United Nations from 1987 to 1989, and M. Hossein Mahallati.
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At 6:43 PM, Blogger Isaac Rizard said...

So what if Iran involved in the Ground Zero mosque? I think the location of the mosque is far from insulting; it is a symbol that people from the Islamic faith stand by other people who suffered losses during that tragic event. Those killed during 9/11 were not only people from a particular religion, it is an attack on humanity.

For those who suggested that the Iranians involved in the construction of the mosque, by all means, they are rightly entitled to do so. This is a community project, a centre where everyone is welcomed. What's wrong with that? Or perhaps, what's wrong with you people?


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