In writings translated from Arabic, Imam Rauf states that he sees Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad -- organizations identifed by the U.S. State Department as terrorist organizations -- as organizations seeking 'justice."
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Cordoba Project Imam on Israel: Favors one-state solution in comments made in 2005
Again, whether you support or oppose placement of an Islamic Center near Ground Zero,
you should know that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the leader of the project ( The Cordoba Initiative,)
appears to favor positions that can be characterized as anti-Israel.
A win-win solution to the Palestinian/Israel conflict requires a two-state solution: A safe and secure Jewish state and a safe and secure Palestinian Arab state.
In 2005, Imam Rauf publicly advocated for a one-state solution, in which no separate State of Israel will exist.
Rauf said he does not favor the plan to establish a Palestinian state along with Israel.
"The differences, perhaps, may lie on whether the solution lies in the two-state solution or in a one-state solution. I believe that you had someone here recently who spoke about having a one land and two people's solution to Israel. And I personally - my own personal analysis tells me that a one-state solution is a more coherent one than a two-state solution. So if we address the underlying issue, if we figure out a way to create condominiums, to condominiamise Israel and Palestine so you have two peoples co-existing on one state, then we have a different paradigm which will allow us to move forward."
Source: http://www.investigativeproject.org/2121/rauf-lecture-reveals-radicalism ( Steve Emerson) Audio documentation
As you may already know, Imam Rauf declines to repudiate the terrorist organization Hamas.
When asked to acknowledge Hamas as a terrorist organization, Imam Rauf refused, saying, in part:
"I am a peace builder. I will not allow anybody to put me in a position where I am seen by any party in the world as an adversary or as an enemy."
//Mark Finkelstein firstname.lastname@example.org