It's sometimes hard to resist trying to find humor in the constant barrage of lies and deceits that come pouring out of every orifice in the Arab world these days. It's equally hard to resist the temptation to succumb to the type of inflamatory rhetoric I've just employed in the previous sentence. Obviously, I'm having a low resistance week here. So sue me.
Having (unfortunately) had my attention returned to the Zayed Centre, however, I find I need to elaborate a bit on the whimsical post below. Because this outfit is no laughing matter.
First, a further quote from their press release.
To conclude, since its foundation in 1999, the Centre has been committed to free dialogue between conflicting and diverse views and opinions. Therefore. the Centre is not bound by any cultural taboos. Within this spirit, we, therefore, are the right to claim that the MEMRI report has no space within human civilization.
Finally, what motivated us to respond to the MEMRI report is our concern to
inform the reader of the true mission of the Centre.
So let's take a look at their "true mission." Here, for example, is an unedited list of the "Reports" published on their website this year to date.
10/05/2003 - Report from the Occupied lands
04/05/2003 - Zayed Centre receives a Report from Palestinian Occupied Lands
27/04/2003 - Zayed Centre Receives a Report on Israeli Occupation Crimes
13/04/2003 - Zayed Centre receives a Report on Israeli’s Assaults against Journalists
22/03/2003 - More crimes perpetrated by Israel in the Palestinian Territories
20/03/2003 - Palestine Center for Human Rights Calls upon the world to Provide Protest and Humanitarian aid to Palestinians.
09/03/2003 - Zayed Centre : Report on Israeli War Crimes
16/01/2003 - Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) report on Israeli crimes against Palestinians
09/01/2003 - Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) report on Israeli crimes against Palestinians
You get the picture. And the "Reports" from the last months of 2002 are virtually identical. Don't take my word for it. Check it out. (And remember that the dates are in European format.)
There used to be lots of links to lecture summaries like this:
Al Buraq Wall Not Wailing Wall
This study is released in line with the Centre’s message to serve Arab causes and refute the false Zionist allegations in regard to Palestine.
The study highlights the cultural and religious importance of the City of Al Quds (Jerusalem) and shows the falsehood of the Zionist religious claims and anthropological fabrications.
The study gives a historical account of the Jews from the days of the Temple of Solomon, which was destroyed in 586 B.C. through their persecution under the Roman rule to the and the occupation of Al Quds in the 20th century and the immergence of the Guardians of Temple Mount Movement.
The study also underlines that Al Aqsa Mosque was built over more than a thousand years before Solomon, giving evidences that refutes the Zionist allegations that the Mosque was constructed on the ruins of Solomon’s Temple. It also shows that Al Buraq Wall, at the Western boundary of Al Haram Al Sharif (the holy Sanctuary), is sacred to Muslims because they believe that it was the place that Messenger of Allah Muhammad (may peace be upon him) had honoured and blessed by tying Al Buraq (a riding animal) to the wall, during Night Journey and Nocturnal Ascent (Isra Wa Al Mi'raj) and this Wall is an integral part of Al Haram Al Sharif.
But it would appear that due to recent pressure, they've found it expedient to take most of them down. For example, the following links, cited in MEMRI's report, now go nowhere.
On March 11, 2003, Michael Collins Piper, an American journalist, lectured at the Zayed Centre.  A summary of his speech on the Zayed Centre website states: "Regarding the book named 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,' he asserted that the Jewish conspiracy is not a mere theory but a real fact… Piper said that no American politician dares to cross the Israeli lines, otherwise he/she would lose his/her position and be subject to many problems, as was the case with President Kennedy and President Nixon.
In an August 25, 2002 press release titled "The Arab League to Participate in Symposium on 'Semitism' to be Held at ZCCF," the Zayed Centre reported: "Israel has indulged in spreading lies and exaggerations about [the] Holocaust in order to squeeze out huge sums of money from European countries through [the] worst forms of blackmail, and to create false legends in support of the concept of Semitism and [the] establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine."
And then there was the April 9, 2003, lecture by Dr. Umayma Jalahma, which apparently raised such a stink that not only the summary but all subsequent references to it (see Appendix A of MEMRI report) have been deleted from the Centre's website. (You may remember Dr. Jalahma as the author of the notorious Purim pastry blood libel that was published last year in the Saudi government daily Al-Riyadh.) Here are a few snippets of MEMRI's quote from it, though.
"[Dr. Jalahma] said that the American war on Iraq started in March to concur with Purim Feast, often celebrated in this month, which symbolizes the Jewish victory over Haman in Babylon [sic]."
"In another context, [Dr. Jalahma] said that the Jewish woman is politically and socially oppressed by the Jewish fundamentalists and secularists alike, mentioning that the Jewish woman lives in a miserable condition that requires the intervention of the international humanitarian organization to protect her.
Pot..., kettle..., whatever.
This one, however, is still up.
"Does Israel Rule the World" is the title of a report released by the Zayed Centre on August 18, 2001. The report is described as being one in "a series of specialized political and intellectual studies, in contribution to the ongoing cultural battle fought by the Arab Nation for a brighter future."
By the way, why do we care what these flakes think or say? Well, because an awful lot of our co-called "leaders" seem to. Among the list of august American personalities who have actually lectured at or sent letters of appreciation and admiration to this cesspool since 9/11: former president Bill Clinton; former president Jimmy Carter; former vice-president Al Gore; former Secretary of State James Baker; former Assistant Secretary of State Edward Walker and, well, Lyndon LaRouche.
'Scuse me, please. Time for a shower.