MPs have voted to shut down the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International
Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue “following repeated
criticism of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.”
Arabia is certainly not the only Islamic country that is spreading its
influence throughout the West under a banner of “dialogue” and “peace,” while
routinely abusing the human rights of its citizens in the name of Islam.
Turkey, Iran, and the Palestinian leadership do this also.
to Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses is also another little noted but critical
reason to close the Centre, and in fact other similar foreign-funded Centres
with funding from Islamic states that claim to advance “interrelgious and
intercultural dialogue.” Such centres are also often fronts for advancing the
Sharia values of Salafi-promoting states, and they routinely use the
“Islamophobia” subterfuge to do it.
example, Georgetown University’s multi-million dollar funded Prince Alwaleed
bin Talal Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding. The Centre “launched its
new multi-year research project on Islamophobia” in 2015 called The Bridge
Initiative, where the hateful Nathan Lean once served as Research Director.
Lean, a supposed “dialogue” advocate, has called for a public uprising to
overthrow Trump; and for an as-yet unknown reason, Lean deleted his outrageous
tweets that revealed his “bizarre hatred obsession” and “Islamophobia”-wielding
tactics. But those tweets were captured in a Jihad Watch exposé here, here and
here, thanks to Andrew Harrod.
continues to aggressively promote the shutting down of the freedom of speech in
its “Islamophobia” drives and maligning of truth-tellers using so-called
“Factsheets.” On a positive note, Jihad Watch has just reported that the
“Department of Education is going after U.S universities over supposed ties to
foreign governments” and that “at the top of the list are Georgetown University
and Texas A&M, which have taken hundreds of millions of dollars from the
government of Qatar.”
example, the Iranian embassy in Canada that was shut down by the former
Conservative Government, after it was uncovered that Hamid Mohammadi, an
Iranian official working as Cultural Counsellor to the Embassy in Canada, was
operating covertly as a regime operative. Iran was in fact “using its embassy
in Canada to mobilize loyalists of Islamic Republic to infiltrate the Canadian
Government and, some terrorism experts worry, attack the United States.”
shutting down of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for
Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Austria is a good first step in
recognizing the dissonance in what this organization claims to represent versus
the facts regarding Saudi Arabia’s human rights record. As a next step beyond
the hypocrisy, however, many other initiatives need to be scrutinized by
Western authorities for their methodology (e.g. advancing the “Islamophobia”
subterfuge) and leadership. Unfortunately, too many Western leaders have
succumbed to dhimmitude in response to the Islamophobia/Sharia police, a result
of the very effectiveness of such foreign institutions.
shut down Saudi-backed interfaith centre”, The Local, June 13, 2019:
foreign ministry said on Wednesday it would implement a vote by MPs on the
topic of closing a controversial Saudi-funded centre. The facility was created
for religious dialogue in the capital Vienna.
on Wednesday to demand the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for
Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) be closed down following
repeated criticism of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.
vote was prompted by a recent case in which an 18-year-old was sentenced to
death in Saudi Arabia for alleged crimes committed when he was a child.
foreign ministry said that it would comply with parliament’s decision and was
“checking the necessary legal steps” in order to do so.
would be closed in a way that “will not cause damage to Austria’s foreign
policy interests and which is in line with international practice,” the
ministry said in a statement.
has been a periodic source of controversy since opening in 2012, with critics
saying it offered the government in Riyadh a way to gloss over accusations of
severe human rights violations.
statement on Wednesday KAICIID said it had “received the news of today’s
parliamentary vote with concern”.
stands by its record in fostering dialogue all over the world. It should be
judged on this record,” the statement said.
said its “activities cannot… be identified with any particular state”.
was opened with great pomp by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and senior figures from the world’s
founding treaty was signed by Austria, Spain and Saudi Arabia, with the Holy
See participating as a founding observer.
recently the centre had always enjoyed a degree of political protection in
Austria, particularly from the centre-right People’s Party (ÖVP) and its leader
collapse of Kurz’s government last month, and his subsequent removal as
chancellor in a confidence vote, meant that other parties were able to join
forces to vote for Wednesday’s motion on KAICIID.
Source: The Weekly Blitz