September 11

On this day: Bin Laden declares jihad

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2011

Long before the September 11 attacks on the United States, Osama bin Laden had made himself known as a terror threat. In 1996 he declared that Muslims should raise jihad against the west, and two years later he outlined his belief that killing “Jews and crusaders” was an "individual duty for every Muslim".

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UN expert condemned over 9/11 views

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2011

The United Nations Palestine expert has been condemned by UN General-Secretary Ban Ki Moon for suggesting that the US government was behind the September 11 terror attacks.

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9/11 mosque opponents ‘demonising Islam'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2010

The Anti-Defamation League’s national director has criticised opponents of the Ground Zero mosque for using it to justify scare tactics and as an excuse for “outrageous comments about Islam”.

Abraham Foxman, who has previously said the mosque and Islamic centre should be built elsewhere, warned that the controversy was being exploited by some “to demonise Muslims”.

But writing on the Huffington Post website he also said that supporters are wrong to label their opponents as bigoted.

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Daniel Pearl's father: don't build mosque

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2010

The father of a Jewish journalist murdered by terrorists in Pakistan has voiced his opposition to the plan to build a mosque near the site of the September 11 attacks.

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Opposing 9/11 mosque 'like antisemitism'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2010

The wife of the imam behind the plan to build a mosque and Islamic centre in Manhattan, just by the site of the 9/11 attack, has likened opposition to the proposal to prejudice against Jews.

Daisy Khan said she was “deeply concerned” about the negative reaction to the project, known as the Cordoba Initiative.

Mrs Khan, whose husband Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is the moderate Muslim in charge of the plan, said: "This is like a metastasised antisemitism. That's what we feel right now.

"It's not even Islamophobia, it's beyond Islamophobia - it's hate of Muslims.”

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Jewish groups differ over 9/11 mosque plan

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2010

A row has broken out between rival American Jewish groups over the proposal to build a mosque and Islamic centre in Manhattan just metres from the site of the 9/11 attacks.

The plan by American Muslims to build a community centre by Ground Zero, where the World Trade Centre towers once stood, has the support of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and prominent Jewish lawyer Alan Dershowitz.

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