Twitter users express anger over “Muslim Leaders Initiative”
Palestinians and activists took to Twitter to express their outrage at the controversial visit of American Muslims on the “Muslim Leaders Initiative” programme organised by Shalom Hartman Institute in Israel. The programme is designed to educate Muslim Americans on Israel and Judaism.
Using the hashtag #MuslimsAgainstMLI Palestinians and activists expressed their views.
Some viewed the actions of those attending as undermining the Palestinian struggle:
Others wanted to make it clear this was not a battle between Islam and Judaism:
And some highlighted the hypocrisies:
A Google form “Say No to Faithwashing: Boycott Muslim Leadership Initiative” is also gathering signatories. Pro-Palestinian organisations signing it, include US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI), Interfaith Peace-Builders, American Muslims for Palestine, and Jews for Palestinian Right of Return.
Part of the message conveyed in the form reads: “Just a few months following Israel’s latest assault on Gaza, which killed 2,200 Palestinians, and during this time when activists worldwide are working to strengthen campaigns to hold Israel accountable for its continued denial of Palestinian rights through tactics such as boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS), it is distressing to learn that Muslim American chaplains, journalists, academics, and cultural workers are being approached and a small yet growing number are participating in an initiative that is a clear propaganda attempt by the Israeli organization Hartman to “influence the North American Muslim community in reassessing its preconceived notions of Judaism and Israel.” MLI participants are ignoring Palestinian calls to isolate Israel and are taking part in a program sponsored by an organization involved in efforts to thwart BDS. (It should also be noted that Hartman is funded by one of a handful of major financiers of extreme Islamophobic groups in the United States.)”