(FinalCall.com) - June 17, 2002
note: The following text is the opening statement from a June
17, 2002 press conference by Minister Louis Farrakhan at the
National Press Club in
D.C. During the press conference, he announced his intention to
lead a peace mission to the Middle East, Israel and Africa in an
effort to avoid total war in that region that could lead to
In the Name
of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. We give praise and
thanks for His mercy to the human family in raising up
messengers and prophets from among us to bring us closer to His
reality and to help us to solve the problems of our time and to
bring us back into His divine favor. We thank him for Moses and
the Torah. We thank him for Jesus and the Gospel. We thank him
for Muhammad and the Quíran. Peace be upon these worthy
servants of Allah (God). I am a student of the Most Honorable
Elijah Muhammad, and I could never thank Allah (God) enough for
his intervention in our affairs in the person of the great Mahdi,
Master Fard Muhammad, Who saw one from among us worthy to place
on his shoulders a weighty word and a weighty responsibility to
perform a duty for the Black people of America and the world,
and a duty for this great nation, the United States of America.
And what is that duty? It is to raise the Black people of
America from the grave of spiritual and mental death, to make us
a civilized people worthy of being members of civilized
societies of our planet, and to warn and to guide America out of
the place of judgment that America has entered for past sins I
greet all of you with the greeting words of peace, As Salaam
Distinguished brothers and sisters of the audience,
distinguished members of the Corps of Ambassadors, distinguished
members of the press, I want to thank the National Press Club
and all those who worked to make this afternoon possible. I
have called this press conference to inform the media, and
through you to inform the American people and the people of the
world, of my reason for this planned trip into the Middle East,
this most troubled part of our planet. In previous press
statements concerning the Middle East crisis, I have said that
neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis, in their present
state of mind, are able to find a solution to this problem.
What this problem needs is a dispassionate, honest broker to
help both sides see beyond where they presently are. In my
humble judgment, America is not showing herself to be
dispassionate enough to be the honest broker that she should be
and can be to fulfill the serious need of the Israelis and
Palestinians. America can, America should, and America must
play a meaningful role in solving this most serious problem. I
and we in this peace mission would like to serve as a bridge.
As a Muslim,
I believe that I understand the Palestinian and Islamic point of
view more than most Americans; and this is why I think that our
visit, God willing, may make a difference. This is regarded as
a Judeo-Christian society. The American people in that context
have some difficulty in understanding the Islamic point of
view. However, I have grown up as a Christian and love my
Christian roots, and I have worked tirelessly for 25 years to
produce unity between Black Muslims and Christians. And because
I have worked for 25 years with those of the Jewish faith who
are Hebrew-Israelites, who also are Black, I believe that we
have a spiritual point of view that may be able to connect the
three branches of Abraham--Jews, Christians and Muslims. It is
out of this understanding that I truly believe that I am called
of God in this serious hour for the sake of peace to do whatever
I can to help solve this problem, for in helping to solve this
most urgent problem, in serving the cause of peace in that area
of the world, we can serve the cause of peace right here at
home, and in so doing serve the cause of world peace.
Winning a war
is much easier than winning the peace. There is no doubt that
the world is skilled in the use of the weaponry of war, but
unskilled in the use of wisdom to resolve the conflicts that
rage on our planet to win the peace. Could this be the reason
why Allah (God) says in the scriptures of the Bible that, the
wisdom of this world is as foolishness with God? All of the use
of the present wisdom that we have has not enabled us to find
the way to peace. This is why I believe that Jesus said,
"Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the
children of God." It is out of this spirit that I speak to
you today, and it is out of this spirit that we embark upon this
mission. Is this mission fraught with danger?
Absolutely. Could we possibly be in harmís way? Absolutely.
But nothing is greater than truth and justice, and there is no
state of being more beneficial to the human spirit than that of
peace and contentment of mind. So, our lives are for the cause
of truth; our lives are spent in the cause of freedom and
justice; our lives are properly spent in the pursuit of peace.
We embark on this journey recognizing its dangers but not
fearing, for we put our trust completely in Allah (God).
Unfortunately, the prophecies of the Bible say that the leaders
of the world will seek peace but they will not find it. Why?
Peace can never come through the weapons of war. Peace can
only come by our return to Allah (God) and coming out from God
through that which He has revealed through the mouths of His
prophets. In this is the solution of peace. You canít leave
Allah (God) out of this equation. You canít leave the revealed
Word of Allah (God) out of this equation. Politics cannot bring
peace--at least not the politics that we observe. I, like you,
am witnessing the carnage and the daily loss of life of Israelis
and Palestinians. I, like you, am witnessing the efforts made
by serious, well-intentioned politicians to find the solution to
this serious problem that can and is affecting the whole world.
In my humble judgment, a political solution can only be found if
the spiritual problem that lies at the root of the political
problem is discovered, uncovered and resolved. Then from the
base of our understanding of the root spiritual problem, it will
make the political problem easier to resolve.
What are we
dealing with here? We are dealing with the Jewish peopleís view
of themselves in relationship to that land based upon their
understanding of the Word of Allah (God) revealed throughout the
mouths of His prophets found in the Torah. We are also dealing
with the Palestiniansí view of themselves to the relationship to
that land in which they have lived for thousands of years and
now are being displaced. Jesus was born in Palestine of an
Egyptian mother, according to the scriptures. Jews and Arabs
have lived in that land for thousands of years.
What has made
the problem so great today? The anger, frustration and hatred
between these two members of a family have reached the boiling
point and the cycle of violence continues unabated. Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon and President Yasser Arafat are both
recognized as great warriors of their people. But these
warriors have spilled the blood of the people of each other
believing their cause to be divinely just. Can these two men
find the solution to this problem unless they both are given a
renewed vision that comes from a deeper understanding of the
Word of Allah (God)? How can the men and women of Allah (God)
leave the politicians alone in an hour like this to go in this
reckless course without offering a deeper understanding of the
spiritual root out of which they say they function?
On this trip,
it is our desire to talk to the leaders of the Arab and Muslim
world, to listen and to share with them our view and to listen
to theirs. It is our desire to visit Israel, the West Bank and
Jerusalem. The composition of the delegation is Christian and
Muslim, political, religious and civic. So, if we go to
Jerusalem we canít go there without visiting the Church of the
Nativity, the Wailing Wall, and the Dome of the Rock--Al Aqsa
Mosque. Three holy places sacred to the three branches of the
faith of Abraham.
It is our
desire to meet with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President
Arafat to listen to and to learn from and to share with them our
view. It is our desire to meet with both political and
religious leaders, to discuss with them the problems of prophecy
and, Inshallah (God willing), give another view of the prophetsí
predictions concerning that which is presently going on in this
crucial area of the world. Secondly, and equally important, it
is our desire to help our own government to see the danger in
the course that our government is on in preparing a war to
unseat Saddam Hussein from power and giving instructions to the
CIA that he should be overthrown and possibly murdered. While
on the surface this may seem to the American people to be the
right thing to do, as Saddam Hussein has been and is being
portrayed in the American media as a man worthy to be unseated
because he allegedly is developing weapons of mass destruction,
he has gassed his own people and he has kicked the UN weapons
inspectors out of Iraq to keep them from seeing his cache of
weapons of mass destruction. Therefore, a man like this must be
overthrown, from the administrationís perspective and from the
perspective of Senator (John) McCain of Arizona and many of
Americaís congresspersons; heís (Hussein) considered a clear and
present danger and therefore is justified in being eliminated.
But I ask,
what is the truth of these allegations? Is it a fact that he is
this, or is this propaganda to whip the American people into a
war frenzy and to stir up the passion of the American military
for war? What is this? Can truth be found on the battlefield,
or should truth be found in deliberate legislative bodies in
lawfully constituted judicial processes. We totally disagree
with the policy of murder and war, which runs counter to all
civilized judicial processes. In a speech made by President
Lyndon Johnson in 1965, he said, ďOur mission is at once the
oldest and the most basic in this country, to right wrong, to do
justice, to serve man.Ē What is our mission today? I would ask
President Bush, before any order is given to assassinate Saddam
Hussein or overthrow his government, that we need to ascertain
the truth or the falsity of the charges.
How can we do
this? There are qualified American citizens who will stand up
before the President and the Congress to say Saddam Hussein did
not gas his own people. These are voices that should be heard.
These are not people on the street. These are people from the
War College who have searched out the truth of these things.
Did he kick out the UN inspectors to hide a cache of arms of
weapons of mass destructions? What is the truth of that? Let
us hear from those people; bring them before Congress; have a
hearing. And if America really wants the American people to be
informed, then invite the Iraqis to defend themselves before us
against these charges.
about the United Nations as a body? Ineffective as it may be, if
we have any respect for world opinion, why not present the case
before the United Nations? And if you could seize (Serbian
leader Slobodan) Milosovich and bring him before court on a
trial, if you think Saddam Hussein is a criminal, what is the
process by which you prove your charge? And, is any American
President free of spots and blemishes that you can take the mote
out of their eye before you take the beam out of your own?
really a Judeo-Christian society? Are Christian principles only
for those of us who fight for simple justice in the streets of
America? Are the principles of Jesus Christ that say to us that
hate destroys the hater, is that good for us when we seek
redress of our grievances from White America, that we should be
non-violent in our pursuit of justice? Is that good for the
citizens in the house but not good for the State? If hatred
destroys the hater, why is the media being used to produce
hatred for those whom you would desire the American military to
destroy? Yet, if I speak truth, you call me a teacher of hate.
Are you not becoming what you say you despise?
last year, 666 murders took place. Iím sure in Washington, D.C.,
there were many murders last year, and in every major city of
America there has been one too many murders. Can we stop murder
on the streets of America and raise our children out of a gang
mentality if the leader of the free world can openly advocate
murder and give young peopleís lives to death and destruction in
war? Thereís a book that recently was released called ďWithout
SanctuaryĒ, and it deals with the lynchings of Black people in
America. Being Black and growing up in Alabama, Mississippi,
Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Florida, we have seen where a White woman could say, ďThat Black
man raped me,Ē and a White person could whip up the frenzy of a
mob. There was no due process. And the mob said, ďletís go hang
the Nigger.Ē And so strange fruit have hung from American
trees, denied of due process.
supremacy] is the social ethic that produced the mentality of a
lynch mob. Is that now what the American leadership has become?
Are members of the American Congress a lynch mob? Is the
President of the United States the leader of a lynch mob crying
out for the murder of another human being and the bombing of
Iraq as though that will solve problems? I appeal to the
President of the United States not to pursue this course, which
will cause America to be looked at in an unfavorable light among
the Nations of the Earth. The European Union will not agree
with this; the United Kingdom will not agree with this; and no
Arab and Muslim country will go along with this. They will see
it as: if itís Saddam Hussein today, itís Muammar Gadhafi
tomorrow; itís Bashar Asad in Syria the day after; itís the
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia; itís Fidel Castro the day after;
itís the President of North Korea the day after that. Whoís
next on your list?
have a responsibility to the government, as the government has a
responsibility to the citizens. This is a time of patriotic
fervor and nobody wants to seem un-American. I donít wish to be
seen as an enemy of the country in which I live. I donít want
to be seen as aiding terrorists. I donít want to be seen as some
ďfifth columnĒ inside America. I want to be seen as I am. If I
disagree with your policy, you said that as a citizen I have the
right of free speech. I have the right to dissent. Not free
speech and dissent for the sake of such, but with
responsibility. So in an hour like this, should I hold my
tongue? If the New York Times says it will take from
70,000 to 250,000 American soldiers to unseat Saddam Hussein in
a bombing campaign even greater than that which was just seen in
Afghanistan, how can I sit silently when the Army is composed of
Black and Brown and poor White? Who will speak for the parents
and families whose childrenís lives will be lost on the basis of
that which has not been proved? I have to speak. Who do you
represent? I represent those who want to speak but have no forum
in which to speak. I represent those who want peace but they
risk being called Un-American, so they hold their tongues. I
want to speak for those persons in Congress who canít speak. I
want to speak for those in the media who know the truth but
canít print it. I speak for the voiceless. It is my right so
I go with
hope that we might make a difference. We go, hopefully, with the
prayers of well meaning people in America who would like to see
the carnage stopped. I pray that our mission will be
successful. I wrote to Secretary of State Colin Powell, asking
for a meeting because I wanted to explain to him my aim and
purpose for such a visit, to share with him our views. Due to
the urgency of the time, I did not give him enough time in my
letter. He said, however, his assistant, Ambassador (William)
Burns, would speak with me. We had an appointment, tentatively,
for 11:00 this morning and then our Chief of Protocol was called
and said there would be no meeting. But, just before coming
here, I spoke with Ambassador Burns. I donít want to leave
these shores--even though I disagree--for my own government to
see me, and the American people to see me, as some enemy.
Luther King saw the war in Vietnam as unjust. He felt that a war
with the little Brown people in Asia would take away from
President Johnsonís ďWar on PovertyĒ and the suffering of
American people. Because he dared to take such a position, he
lost the friendship of many Christian pastors and,
unfortunately, he lost his life. This sense of conscience that
drives me causes me to believe that I will beat history. W.E.B.
DuBois and Paul Robeson and those before me, before us, suffered
because their views were not liked, but now what does history
say? History says that Martin Luther King was a great patriot.
History finds him innocent, though if you walked during his time
the media found him guilty. I walked with Malcolm X. He was my
teacher for 10 years. He would be surprised to see his face on
the U.S. government stamp. Many of you that heard Brother
Malcolm during those days--those in public service, those in the
know, those accepted by the Establishment--would run and hide
from Brother Malcolm, but today you find it easy to have a
picture of Malcolm on your wall. Itís so easy to give people
their [due credit and respect] when theyíre dead and gone. How
will you judge me, and how will history judge our effort to
bring peace? That question remains.
(God) Bless each of us. And I say, in closing, to the members
of the press, you are the most important members of American
society at this time. I pray that you will not be used as an
arm of propaganda of an administration bent on war that you will
fail to do your due diligence to find the truth and then find
the courage to print what you have found. You can save a
nation, or you can cause the damnation of that which you say you
To all of my
brothers and sisters who are present, to the religious leaders
who are present, America, as the only remaining super power, is
today what Pharaoh and Egypt were 4,000 years ago. Pharaoh had
so much power that he saw himself as a god beside God.
Therefore, when a humble servant from among the slaves came to
advise him and warn him of the consequences of the path he was
on, his pride overwhelmed him. He fought the servant, not
knowing that he was fighting God.
can destroy this nation. No combination of Osama Bin Ladens can
destroy this nation. This nation was not set up for any nation
to destroy. This nation is inviolable. If the CIA, the FBI,
and the intelligence units of this nation work as they should
with the help of intelligence units throughout the world, there
is no plan against this nation that will not be known and
thwarted before it can be carried out. We donít need to fear
the terrorists; we need to fear Him who has control of the wind,
the rain, the storms, the tornados, the earthquakes, the turning
of Nature against you.
America! Look at what is happening to this country while you
sleep and party. Floods, fire, wind, rain, drought, hailstorms,
you have not seen the destructive power of Allah (God). If
America goes on like sheís going, I say this from the depth of
my heart as I leave this country, Watch! Allah (God) says He
will bring calamity after calamity against you. Submit! Get
away from the arrogance and become the great nation that you
were set up to become--the base of the Kingdom of God on Earth.
Or, (become) that nation that Allah (God) destroyed so that the
people will know that He is Allah (God) and besides Him there is
Thank you for
listening as I greet you in peace, As Salaam Alaikum.
Questions & Answers
Louis Farrakhan (MLF): Now members of the press, I will be very
glad to take your questions.
Abdul Akbar Muhammad:
Yes, could you please stand and identify your media. Yes, Maíam.
Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times (LS): First, could you tell us exactly
where you are going to be, what countries, what schedule, what
flight schedule do you have set up?
We hope to leave by Thursday or Friday of this week. We hope to
visit all of the Middle Eastern countries.
I donít want to guess.
You donít have
to. You can look at the map.
I donít want to play a guessing game.
No, I understand.
Why canít you?
No, Iíll tell you. Honestly, if I may say this. I donít want the
trip to be sabotaged before we can even get off the ground. And
you will know because we will have members of the media with us.
And in every stop that we make we will let you know. I have made
two or three World Friendship Tours and my experience has been
that there have been serious efforts, not only to derail what we
planned to do, but even to kill us while we were out on our
trip. This is documented.
Without the confines on your security, though, can you give us
where in Africa, for example? Are you going to both places or
just the Middle East?
Yes, I am. Iím going to Africa. Those places in Africa that I
would say (are) Morocco, because of the Jews and Muslims that
live together in a good environment of peaceóthatís an example
that we would like to look atóand Lebanon (where) Christians and
Muslims who have fought each other in a civil war (are) now
living together, working to rebuild their country. We want to
look at that model so that when we, if we are blessed to be
allowed to enter Israel to speak with President (Yasser) Arafat
and Prime Minister (Ariel) Sharon, we will have some suggestions
based on some things that we see that are positive in that world
that might be good as a stepping stone toward solutions to that
problem. Also, in Africa, God willing, we will be attending the
birth of the African Union toward the United States of Africa in
Durban, South Africa.
are making contacts with all of the nations into which we are
going we cannot say, right now, just who will see us. We hope
and pray that we will be able to see those persons who make a
difference. And that is about as far as I would like to go on
that question. Thank you.
Malik Russell, Source magazine and Black World Today (MR):
Minister Farrakhan, many in the media have been trying to link
you to a possible ďfifth columnĒ in the United States, according
to the arrest of the Puerto Rican terrorist found in Chicago as
a possible link to groups in this country that have been
marginalized, you know, hooking up with terrorists in the Middle
East. How do you respond to that?
With a smile. Some things are not even worthy to be dignified. I
am a part of the Nation of Islam. We have been in your midst for
72 years. We have never been linked to any force of evil to
overthrow the government and people of the United States of
are those who fear my ability to engage masses of people and
cause masses of people to think. And so, in this hour, those
forces would like to link me to something negative to justify
what they would like to do to me and to the Nation of Islam. I
would caution you, sir, that Jose Padilla, we donít know him,
and just to say he is a terrorist because somebody said so, when
will you hear from him? When will you have the privilege of
questioning him? When will the American public have the
privilege of hearing his side? I tell you to beware of those who
have the power to pin labels on people and then you, as an
unsuspecting public, repeat the label, then act on that label as
though that label is, in fact, the truth. Thank you.
Clarence Page, the Chicago Tribune (CP): Minister Farrakhan, as
you know there have been many people who have gone to the Middle
East to try to bring peaceóRalph Bunche, Colin Powell, Jesse
Jackson, just to name a few, not to mention various of assorted
presidents and secretaries of state. What do you bring that
makes you believe you might have success where others have
Thatís a very good question.
It would be arrogant of me to think that I have something that
those persons that you named donít have. But I think I have
greater currency in the Arab and Muslim world than any that you
mentioned, including the President and Colin PowellóIím talking
about the people in the streets, now, and even leaders who may
not want to tell you that. But I also feel and know that I donít
go there for vanity or for self-aggrandizement.
1995, God blessed me to call a million Black men and nearly two
million came, based on the principle of atonement. I think that
every leader needs to see themselves as sinners, no one having
the moral right to destroy the other for evil because all have
sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But, it is only in
pointing out wrong and acknowledging it and confessing it and
repenting of it that forgiveness and atonement can lead to
reconciliation, genuinely, among human beings. I think that may
be what I bring. And at least, my dear brother, it is my hope
that I can contribute to what they have brought and add strength
to the strength of what they represent, that perhaps all of what
we attempt to do in the name of God and in the name of peace at
some point will register and bring about what we hope for.
then again, I go, I believe, with the backing of God. And since
I believe that He makes a way out of no way and He knows that my
heart grieves for the letting of blood and the loss of life of
all that are dying on our planet, all that are dying in America
for nothing, as though human life has no value. The peopleís
minds have to be lifted to see value in this precious gift
called life. I hope that we can do that with the help of God.
Black Panther News: I first wish you well on your trip.
Thank you, sir.
Black Panther News: Also, I want to know your position on
Palestine as well as Zionism and Ariel Sharon.
My brother, in
the interest of the mission, my personal view of the combatants
in this problem would not aid the cause of peace. The Zionists
believe that the establishment of a Jewish state was their
mission. And with the help of others that state was established.
Whether we agree or disagree, it is a reality. So, as a Muslim,
I have to ask the question, since nothing happens except by the
active or the permissive Will of God, if God didnít actively
establish the state of Israel, then I have a right to ask, why
did He permit it? What was in His thinking? As so, when we try
to get up into the thinking of God, we rise up out of emotion
and we rise up out of immature judgment. And that is why I
believe that in our maturing into the depth of the word of God
and trying to see through that, with His permission, into His
mind, then we can help others to rise up out of the pit of their
emotional fervor for what they think is right to do what God
directs that is right.
that in my circumventing a personal thing that you understand
that it just would not be wise for me to characterize any of the
persons that I am about, hopefully, to meet in a negative way.
Then that puts me at a disadvantage in drawing a healthy
conclusion by having met the person, talked to the person,
shared with the person, got that personís point of view. And I
hope that all of you who judge me without ever knowing me,
without ever meeting me, without ever talking to me, without
ever questioning me, that you would refrain and then ask
questions so that your judgment may be not emotional but
Akbar Muhammad: Thank you, Brother Minister. We are going to
take two more questions because Minister Farrakhan has a live
broadcast to do in about eight minutes.
Reverend, Iím Jim McTague from Barronís magazine (JM): Do you
know Jude Wanniski?
Yes, I do.
Can you tell me a little bit about your relationship with Mr.
Jude Wanniski is
a political economist, as you know, and he is probably one of my
strongest defenders among White people. Heís a man that was a
former (editorial page) editor of the Wall Street Journal,
and I know him to be a man that is not going to take what
you say without digging deep to see what the real truth is. And
that is what Jude Wanniski has done where Louis Farrakhan is
concerned. He has listened to my tapes, hours and hours and
hours of my tapes. He has questioned me for hours. And he has
come to his conclusion that Louis Farrakhan is not, nor have I
ever been, an anti-Semite simply because I take critical
positions of Jewish behavior vis-a-vis the relationship with
Black people. That is not anti-Semitism, and that should never
be labeled as (anti) Semitism, if it is legitimate criticism.
have said, and I will say it again here, a no-talk policy is
silly. It was silly when the Jewish community or the leaders did
not want anyone to talk to the Palestinians. And when our good
brother Andrew Young quietly sought to hear something from the
Palestinian side, we lost our UN ambassador. And then later,
everybodyís talking now.
said, and I say it again, if in dialog with me you show me the
error of my thinking and my speech, you donít have to ask me to
apologize. I donít want to be wrong. Show me where Iím wrong and
you wonít be able to beat me to the mountaintop where I made my
statement and make a correction and ask for forgiveness. But to
ask me to apologize when you have not shown me the error of my
ways, then you are saying that you want me to bow down, to
scratch where I donít itch. And let me say very carefully, I
have not been a slave and I will never be made a slave. Nobody
in America has power to make me bow down. Know this. You are
going to deal with me as a man and as a human being. Other than
that, there will never be peace between us.
Abdul Akbar Muhammad: Because of the time constraints we are
going to take one more question.
George Curry, NNPA News Service: There is no question Israel has
publicly humiliated Arafat. Do you have any indication
whatsoever that they will meet you and your delegation?
No, I do not. I understand that some Muslims went to Israel on
yesterday and were not permitted inóAmerican Muslims. Thatís why
I said I donít know that I will be permitted. I went to Israel,
I think it was, how many years ago was that? About five years,
í98, four years, and we went from Jordan through the Allenby
Bridge and we were received by the Israeli government in a very
warm and wonderful way. I went to Ramallah and I met with
President Arafat. But when it was time for me to go to
Jerusalem, they could not take me there because they did not
have permission from the Israeli authorities to drive me into
Jerusalem. I wanted to see Prime Minister (Binyamin) Netanyahu.
rather than create an international incident by going and
possibly being stoned because Iím looked at as an anti-Semite, I
decided that I would not be a party to an international
incident. And then when I went to Mecca and Medina, in Medina I
met an old saint about 107-years-old that the great sheikhs in
Arabia go to visit and sometimes he keeps them outside his
compound with the goats for hours before he sees them. But when
he heard that I was there in Medina, at 107-years-old he asked
that I come and see him after the Tarawih prayers during
Ramadan. And when I went, he said to me, ďBrother, I pray for
you and think of you about 500 times a day.Ē And he said to me,
ďnever again should you decide to go to Jerusalem and not go. If
you decide, go in the name of Allah and He will bless you.Ē And
so Iíve decided that if I go into and (am) permitted, I have to
go to Jerusalem. That is a holy city to Muslims, Christians and
Jews, and it is the center of the controversy.
bless us to go there and come back safely. And I pray weíve
contacted the Israeli Embassy to let them know our intentions
and we have not received an answer that we will be permitted.
But it is our hope, and thatís all we can do is try.
you, Mr. George Curry. Thank you, my dear Muslim brothers and
sisters. Thank you my Christian brothers and sisters. Thank the
members of the press. May Allah (God) bless each and every one
of you as I greet you in peace and thank you for your attention
and your attendance, As-Salaam Alaikum.
for those who want to hear more tonight we will be at my
pastorís house, Rev. Willie Wilson. Thank you.