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March 12, 2003

Sheik joins rabbi's condemnation of Arafat

This story posted at WorldNet Daily reminds me Catch-22 and also what an Italian friend maintains: Italians see wars come and go but somehow they carry on and seem not to get overly embroiled. This muslim cleric, alas, a big exception among Muslims. Perhaps it is Italy that has made him peace-loving
A Muslim sheik who condemns Yasser Arafat as a terrorist joined a Jewish rabbi in a protest outside the Palestinian Liberation Organization's U.N. mission in New York.

During dozens of demonstrations and memorials in recent months, Rabbi Avi Weiss, president of the Coalition for Jewish Concerns, had been calling, unsuccessfully, for a Muslim leader to join him in protesting Palestinian terrorist attacks.

One has answered the call, though he was in the U.S. only for a visit.

Sheik Abdul Hadi Palazzi, secretary general of the Italian Muslim Association, says it is time for the "world and civilized nations not to consider the Palestinian Authority as representative of a people, of having a place among the nations, but rather as a gang promoting terror, educating children in terror from elementary school age."

Responding last week to the attack in Haifa that killed 15 Israelis, Palazzi said at the New York protest, "We must ask if the perpetrators were educated to become suicide bombers with funds originating with American or European taxpayers."

In an interview with WorldNetDaily before returning to Rome yesterday, Palazzi urged the United States to become consistent in its fight against terrorism. He fears a repeat of history following the likely, upcoming defeat of Saddam Hussein.

After the Gulf War in 1991, he noted, the U.S. pressed Israel to accept the Oslo peace process, which resulted in the present intifada, or uprising. Palazzi fears that after Saddam's demise, the U.S. will make a similar miscalculation and renew a path toward the establishment of a Palestinian state.

"Why would you destroy a totalitarian regime in one part of the world and create it in another?" Palazzi asked. [more]