|Friends of Humanity Newsletter|
Iâ€™m sure our readers have heard the remarks President Mahmoud Ahmadinjad made regarding Israel yesterday. The genius suggested that in order to decrease tensions in the Middle East, we should â€œmove Israel to Europe.â€
While Ahmadinejad was busy increasing tensions throughout the world, some other leaders at the Islamic Conference in the holy city of Mecca, were trying to minimize them by calling for an â€œIslamic renaissance.â€
The Islamic Conference was correctly concerned about the rise in Islamic extremism and obviously terrorism.
Finally, OIC introduced a 10 year plan to firstly reorganize itself and secondly change some minor things like educational reforms by changing text books in schools!
Well, it seems like the renaissance will have to wait for now.
What the Islamic world needs in fact is a rudimentary change. While undemocratic governments are still ruling these countries and extremism, as a by product, is growing more and more under the surface, progressive, democratic and moderate movements and ideas still get little or no chance to breath.
Censuring text books is not the solution to extremism and fundamentalism. The antidote is progressive Islam and that is what these countries need a dose of.
Iranian President asks Germany, Austria to give part of their land to Israel to establish state on their soil.
MIDDLE EAST ONLINE
By Stefan Smith
Tehran-Iran’s hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that if Germany and Austria feel responsible for massacring Jews during World War II, a state of Israel should be established on their soil.
Ahmadinejad, who sparked an international outcry in October when he said Israel “must be wiped off the map”, also repeated his view that the Jewish state was a “tumour”.
By The Associated Press
MECCA – Leaders at the biggest-ever Muslim summit on terrorism vowed Thursday to fight extremist ideology, saying they would reform textbooks, rein in the issuing of religious edicts and crack down on terror financing.
Kings, heads of states and ministers from more than 50 Muslim countries closed a two-day summit held in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca, that had been convened in a bid to address terrorism that has increasingly confronted their own governments and to counter criticism that the Islamic world has been doing to little to confront extremism.
By Ahmad Al-Arqam
Asharq Al-Awsat, Rabat – Investigations carried out by the Moroccan security services after the arrest of a terrorist cell that was made up of 17 members have uncovered the cell’s terrorist plans. These plans included restructuring the Al-Qaeda organization in Saudi Arabia following the Saudi security forces’ success in finding and arresting a number of its activists. The cell also planned to have the extremist Algerian Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) rejoin Osama Bin Ladin’s organization and set up an Al-Qaeda branch in the Maghreb countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia) as a base for attacks to be launched on the countries that support US administration.