U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Part Of New Interfaith Coalition


A new interfaith coalition that includes the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood has been created that says it work toward a solution for the MIdeast conflict. According to the website of the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILPME):

On December 2, 2003, in a widely reported national press conference, thirty-three of the nation’s most prominent Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders announced a new, unprecedented collaborative effort to mobilize broad public support for active, fair and firm U.S. leadership in pursuit of Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace. The Initiaitve was founded on Principles of Cooperation and initially advocated Twelve Steps for Peace. Several members of Congress joined in a bipartisan letter welcoming formation of this Interreligious Initiative. Since its creation, the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East has communicated several times with President Bush, former Secretary Colin Powell, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and with members of Congress to call for more active, determined U.S. leadership for peace. These appeals urge the Administration to make Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace a top priority of U.S. policy. Simultaneously, these appeals have been endorsed by Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders in cities across the country engaged in local interreligious cooperation modeled on the national initiative. Local religious leaders have pressed their Senators and Representatives to support the Initiative’s message.

Members of the coalition include a large group of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Leaders. Of the six Muslim participants, at least four are linked to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. The two most prominent of these are the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). As previous posts have reported, ISNA has recently formed an alliance with the leader of a large Reform Jewish organization and leaders from both organizations have been speaking at each other’s conferences. ICNA is a less well-known part of the Muslim Brotherhood network in the U.S., generally thought to be closely tied to the Jamaat-e-Islami organization of Southeast Asia itself known to be allied with the Muslim Brotherhood. Both ISNA and ICNA and/or their leaders have been involved with anti-Semitic activities and support for terrorism which have not been acknowledged.

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