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Mohammed al-Issa

Leder av den Mekka-baserte Muslim World League, Mohammed al-Issa, besøker Auschwitz torsdag for å delta i markeringen av at det er75 år siden leiren ble befridd.

Han er den mest prominente muslimske leder hittil som har besøkt konsentrasjonsleiren.

Al-Issa er nær venn av de facto-leder av Saudi-Arabia Mohammed bin Salman.

Muslim World League har tidligere stått for antisemittisk propaganda.

Mohammed al-Issa, the secretary-general of the Mecca-based Muslim World League (MWL) and a former Saudi justice minister, is scheduled to arrive at Auschwitz alongside Muslim religious leaders from more than 24 countries and a delegation of American Jewish Committee (AJC) officials.

Leder av American Jewish Committee, David Harris, sier besøket er historisk. Fredag skal de møte Holocaust-overlevende i en synagoge i Warszawa.

Issa’s expected visit to Auschwitz comes after he visited the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, in May 2018 and wrote an opinion article in the Washington Post in January 2019 condemning the Nazis’ “heinous crimes.” He also declared that “Muslims around the world have a responsibility to learn” about the lessons of the Holocaust.

Robert Satloff som var omviser for al-Issa på Holocaust-museet i mai, sa Muslim World Leage under hans ledelse har endret seg radikalt:

Robert Satloff, the executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said the organization historically propagated “a virulent strain of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic writing, thinking and preaching,” but, under Issa, it has dramatically shifted its approach, pushing back against hardliners and stepping up outreach to other faiths.

Saudi-Arabia, Israel og USA har siden Trump ble president fått et nærere forhold utenrikspolitisk. Det ville ikke være unaturlig om det har spilt inn.

Joel Rosenberg som har møtt Issa to ganger, sier Issas besøk i Auschwitz skjer med kronprins bil Salmans viten og vilje.

Joel Rosenberg, an Evangelical Christian and an American-Israeli author who has met with Issa twice in Saudi Arabia, said that he believed the Saudi religious leader has the backing of the Riyadh’s leadership to make the trip to Auschwitz.

“He definitely would not be making this visit if the crown prince did not want him to do so,” Rosenberg said in a phone call, referring to Issa as in the “close orbit” of Prince Mohammed.

 

 

 

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