Jewish, Muslim figures clash in U.S.

Oct. 31, 2006 at 9:40 AM
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ATLANTA, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Senior Jewish ADL and Muslim CAIR officials have clashed angrily in a debate over dialogue.

Abraham Foxman, the longstanding head of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, said Friday that dialogue with moderate Muslims is a "pipe dream" because "there's nobody to talk to," the Religion News Service reported

Foxman was speaking after his speech to the ADL's annual meeting in Atlanta in which he warned about the growing dangers worldwide posed by Islamic extremism and an Iran likely to be armed with nuclear weapons. Foxman, a Holocaust survivor, said the international community was appeasing Iran as it had appeased Nazi Germany before World War II.

When asked about finding moderate Muslims with whom Jewish leaders could hold an interfaith dialogue, Foxman replied, "There's nobody to talk to yet."

"The ADL conditions dialogue with Muslim groups on their rejection of terrorism in all cases. But Foxman said he has yet to find one group to accept those terms," Religion News Service said.

However, following that report Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told RNS that Foxman's refusal to acknowledge the existence of significant numbers of moderate Muslims in the United States was "nonsense."

CAIR had condemned terrorism "every which way from Sunday," Hooper said. He said CAIR had condemned terror attacks in Tel Aviv and that the group had launched its own anti-terrorism campaign called "Not in the Name of Islam."

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