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August 26, 1994 - Image 155

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-08-26

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Muslims Meet
In London

London (JTA)— London's Wem-
bley Arena erupted in cries of "Al-
lahu Akbar' recently as
thousands of Muslims cheered
a call for the liberation of "all
Muslim lands."
The call, meaning "God is
Great" in Arabic, came in a stage-
managed finale to the Interna-
tional Muslim Khalifah
Conference, billed as the western
world's largest gathering of fun-
damentalist Muslims.
Farid Kassim, spokesman for
Hizb ut-Tahrir, a radical Muslim
organization that has been
banned in Arab countries, told
the 8,000 people filling the are-
na:
"All negotiations — and let the
media hear this — conducted be-
tween Muslim countries and Is-
rael are illegal, null and void and
have no validity in Islam.
"This means there is no — read
my lips — no peace with the
State of Israel.
"All Muslim lands must be lib-
erated, reunified with the Mus-
lim world. Not one inch of land
should be left!" he said.
The conference, held Aug. 7,
was organized by the Muslim
Unity Organization, a group that
was established last year. But the
driving force behind the gather-
hig was Hizb ut-Tahrir, which ac-
cuses Muslim regimes of
despotism.
Word that the conference was
to be held had sparked protests
from members of Parliament and
the leadership of the Jewish com-
munity.
And members of Britain's
Muslim community of 1.5 million,
the vast majority of whom oppose
radical fundamentalism, also ex-
pressed concern.
There was speculation that
some of the costs of the rally were
picked up by Iran.
Omar Bakri Mohammed, the
leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir, said Is-
rael's existence was "illegitimate"
in Muslim eyes, but that the sta-
tus quo should be changed
through "thought" rather than vi-
olence.
He condemned "all types of ter-
rorism" and dissociated Hizb ut-
Tahrir from a leaflet carrying its
name that quoted an Islamic say-
ing calling for the killing of Jews.
After the conference, Martin
Corrie, speaking on behalf of
Wembley Stadium Ltd., defend-
ed the decision to hold the con-
ference in the face of widespread
protests urging the company —
which is headed by Jewish busi-
nessman Brian Wolfson — to ban
the event.
Mr. Corrie, who is also Jewish,
said: "We do live in a democrat-
ic society, and it wasn't for us to
ban Muslims who want to hold
an event here."

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