Of course, of course. We should know by now that everything is a Zionist plot to defame Islam. “Political motives behind anti-Islam campaign – Egypt”s Al-Azhar,” from KUNA, January 24 (thanks to JCB):
CAIRO, Jan 24 (KUNA) — The Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayyeb said Monday the defamation campaign targeting Islam in the West is politically motivated.
“The campaign spearheaded by western media moguls aims to promote unfair stereotypes about Islam in contradictions of the true Islamic values of tolerance and moderation being advocated by Al-Azhar,” a statement issued by Al-Azhar Sheikhdom quoted him as saying.
This is the same al-Azhar that just cut ties with the Vatican because the Pope dared to call attention to and condemn attacks on Christians in the Middle East. If this sort of behavior, together with regular doses of conspiracy paranoia, constitutes the model for “tolerance” and “moderation,” well, there’s our problem.
Al-Tayyeb made the remarks during his meeting here with a delegation from the US Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
“Muslims have a long history of friendly relations with non-Muslims over the last 14 centuries,” he noted.
Dr. Al-Tayyeb decried “the malicious” western plans aiming to fragment the Arab world, citing as examples the situations in Iraq, Sudan and Lebanon as well as the Maghreb countries.
He also condemned strongly the purported plots to divide Egypt, “the world’s oldest country with coherent society,” into three Muslim, Christian and Noban [sic] states.
“There is a Zionist plot aiming to defragment [sic] the Arab world with a view to posing Israel as the sole dominant power in the Middle East,” he stressed.
Acknowledging that there are “wise voices” in the west, the grand sheikh said these voices are “less loud and less influential” than the hostile ones.
Meanwhile, he briefed his guests on the educational system of Al-Azhar University as well as the efforts being made to modernize the prestigious institutions.
Boola Boola, Allahu akbar:
A group of students from Yale University are studying Arabic and Islamic sciences at Al-Azhar University for a full semester, he told his guests noting that it is a priority for his institution to strengthen national unity, strengthen the coherence of the social texture of Egypt and promote peace worldwide.