The Wall Street Journal Weighs In On Al Goreeza: Inconvenient Truths About Al Jazeera…and about Dow Jones too
We’re glad to see that the Wall Street Journal has weighed in on the nefarious aspects of Al Jazeera, echoing what we reported here on SFW last week:
It’s worth pointing out some of the highlights in the Journal’s article:
…the network reflects the interests of the government that runs it—making it akin to Vladimir Putin’s Russia Today and Beijing’s Xinhua. The emir of Qatar, Hamid bin Khalifa Al Thani, appointed his cousin as chairman of Al Jazeera. The emir was last in the news for donating $400 million to Hamas, a terrorist organization.
Al Jazeera continues “to inflame Arab resentments in its promotion of anti-Americanism, Sunni sectarianism and, in recent years, Islamism.”
In 2008, Al Jazeera threw an on-air party for Samir Kuntar when he was released from an Israeli prison. Kuntar led a Palestine Liberation Front terrorist team that kidnapped an Israeli family in 1979. He shot the father and killed the 4-year-old daughter by smashing her head against rocks along the beach. In footage available on YouTube, Al Jazeera’s Beirut bureau chief hands Kuntar a scimitar to cut the celebratory cake and says: “This is the sword of the Arabs, Samir.”
Despite this hard-hitting, well-written article, the Journal itself is hypocritical in this arena.
The fact is, Dow Jones, the parent of the Wall Street Journal, has itself entered into lucrative financial arrangements with Islamists. In fact, for years, the chair of the Dow Jones Shariah advisory board was the Jihadist Mufti Taqi Usmani, a man with extensive ties to the Taliban and who has called for war against the West.
After Investor’s Business Daily called out Dow Jones on Usmani, he was removed from their board, but the board still exists:
In the Journal article linked above, mention is made of the repression of the government of Bahrain and collusion on the part of the emir of Qatar to ensure that Al Jazeera ignored pro-democracy demonstrations there. Well, the Shariah law advisor sitting atop Dow Jones’s Shariah board is none other than Sheikh Nizam Yaquby of Bahrain.
Then there is Dr. Mohammed A. Elgari, who hails from that bastion of freedom, liberty and human rights, the Wahhabi Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (Sarcasm intended)
Then there is Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo of the United States. We’ve covered him fairly extensively here on SFW. He was a dean at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Northern Virginia–the same school that taught that Christians and Jews descended from apes and pigs. DeLorenzo previously served as an advisor to the Islamist dictator of Pakistan, who presided over the ruination of that country: General Zia ul Haq.
We urge readers to take a close look at our dossier on DeLorenzo:
Sheikh Yusuf DeLorenzo is listed on the Dow Jones Shariah advisory board. After dropping out of college at Cornell and leaving America in his late teens, DeLorenzo’s training was entirely in Deobandi Islam. He studied at a madrassa called Jamia Uloom Islamia in Binori Town, Karachi, Pakistan.
According to a study of Karachi madrassas by the International Crisis Group (ICG), a human rights think tank in Brussels, the Jamia Islamia is the “fountainhead of Deobandi militancy countrywide” and “boasts close ties with the Taliban.”
Later, DeLorenzo served as an advisor on Islamic education in the administration of Pakistani strong man Zia ul-Haq, the man who put together the network of madrassas that eventually produced the Taliban and other militant groups, such as Harkat ul-Mujahideen, Jaish-e Muhammad, and Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan. General Zia oversaw the Islamization of Pakistan and the country’s subsequent, inevitable decline.
More recently, here in the United States, DeLorenzo served as the Director of Education of the Islamic Saudi Academy in northern Virginia, a school that issued textbooks promoting the Shariah practices of killing adulterers and Muslim apostates.
Perhaps most troubling for the folks at Dow Jones, DeLorenzo made some pretty revealing statements in an article in Foreign Policy magazine in which he admits that Shariah-Compliant Finance is in fact a means of spreading Islam.
So, while we’re glad that the Wall Street Journal sees the folly and shame in Al Gore’s sell-out to the Islamists in Qatar and at Al Jazeera, we can’t help but to feel embarrassed for the Journal in view of its own hypocrisy.