Asian media is reporting on a conference held by the Jamaat-e-Islami (JEI) Pakistan to discuss preparations for the so-called “Global March On Jerusalem.” According to a MEMRI translation, conference speakers claimed that mosques in Jerusalem and Medina are “Under Direct Threat of Jewish Designs” and one speaker described Israel as a “cancer
All parties conference organized by Jamaat-e-Islami in Karachi On February 4, 2012, the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan held an all parties conference to express support for the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ). At the conference in Karachi, representatives of Pakistani religious and political parties “supported the decision [to organize the Global March to Jerusalem]and believed that the march would be a milestone in the awakening of Muslim world.” Activists from Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Bangladesh, Palestine, India and other countries attended the event. At the Jamaat-e-Islamic conference, various speakers said that the “Palestine issue is above the discrimination of color, creed, and race” and added that “Masjid-e-Aqsa and Gumbad-e-Khizra … [are]under direct threat of Jewish designs.” Gumbad-e-Khizra (Green Dome) refers to the Holy Mosque in Medina. Speaking on the occasion, Muhammad Hussain Mehnati, the Emir of Jamaat-e-Islami for Karachi, accused the U.S., Britain, and Russia of imposing “Israel’s existence on the Palestinians to suppress them.” Muhammad Maaroof, one of the speakers from Indonesia, said: “Israel is like a cancer.” Saleem Ghafoori, a speaker, told the conference that the issue of Palestine could lead to World War III. Meer Nawaz Khan Marwat warned that “Israeli designs … [are]an open threat to world peace.” Ghulam Mustafa of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party told the all parties conference that PML-N would go hand-in-hand with the Palestine Foundation for resolution of the issue of Palestine. Speaking on the occasion, Feroze Mitthi Bor Walla, a delegate from India, said that “Israel, United States, and Britain were a unity and they started a new colonialism in 1991.” Those who attended the event were:
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A previous post discussed planning by the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood for the march while another post reported on another planning conference that took place in Istanbul. Yet another post discussed the invitation to the march that was posted on a far-left website. As noted in that post, six of the twelve individuals listed as sponsoring/endorsing the initiative are either leaders in or closely tied to the Global Brotherhood.
The JEI was founded in 1941 and is Pakistan’s oldest religious party. The party had it’s origins in the thoughts of Maulana Sayyid Abul A’la Maududi (1903-79), the most important Islamist intellectual in the history of Southeast Asia. Maududi was also a major influence on the global Muslim Brotherhood with whom the JEI has long enjoyed close relations. In the United States, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is generally considered to represent the JEI.