Rabbi Bruno Visotzky of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, an interfaith dialogue activist, meeting King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
Update (with thanks: Ahuva): According to Barry Grossman, the AWDNews.com domain is registered to the al Bayan
Magazine owned by the Dubai Media Inc, the control of which is
associated with the Dubai royal family:
Barry comments: ” At least somebody is trying to
make it look like it is connected with al Baya and the Qatar royal
family. I hate to say it but this could be coming out of Syria. In any
case, this is an item of interest to be taken with a good dose of salt. I
think it is important to expose propaganda games like this which stoop
so low as to commit outrages like using the term “Propject” but I am
going to suggest that this article be treated as a fabrication. For
example, clearly the KSA has no authority to pass legislation which
binds other Arab states.”
What are we to make of this bizarro article from AWD News? It says that Saudi Arabia will pay Jews who lived in Arabia compensation for properties lost in the 7th century. Yes, folks, the 7th century. Perhaps it is the Saudi way of cementing the new ‘ axis of anti-Hamas sympathy’ – putting Israel, Egypt and the Kingdom on the same side in the Gaza war. Lest you interpret this attempt at ‘rapprochement’ as a sign that Jews will be welcomed back into Saudi Arabia, sorry to disappoint: the monarch reiterates that it has ‘no place for non-Sunni Muslims’. (With thanks: Eylon)
The Saudi government is preparing a draft bill which, if ratified by
king Abdullah, will permit the Jewish state sending claims for
compensation for historic Jewish property in a number of Arab countries
including Saudi Arabia and Yemen. It is believed that the bill will be
held back to be used during any secret negotiations discussing the ways
to promote bilateral relation between Tel Aviv and its close ally
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia(KSA).
Despite this historic rapprochement between Arabs and Jewish people,
the Saudi monarch reiterated that there is no place for non-Sunni
Muslims in a land which according to him, Propject (sic) Muhammad call it as
pure Islamic territory.
The bill is divided into two: the first will demand that Saudi Arabia
Mauritania, Morocco, Yemen and Bahrain pay compensation for the
properties of approximately 2,000,000 Jews who lived around 640 A.D.,
with an estimated value of $900 billion.
At a second stage, Saudi Arabia will be landed with a compensation
bill of more than $650 billion for Jewish properties in the kingdom
since the time of Prophet Mohammed.
Saudi Arabia once hosted a thriving Jewish community. (…)
They were powerful and wealthy. They were respected by the local
Arabian tribes for their religion, culture, erudition, and literacy.
They built castles on mountaintops and developed productive plantations.
They had military prowess, horses, and advanced weaponry. And they were
almost totally annihilated in the short span of a few years.
Apparently, Israeli experts in international law, history and
geography in the universities of Bar-Ilan, Beer Sheva, Tel Aviv,
Jerusalem and Haifa are working on this part of the claim. The budget
for their work has been taken from the Foreign Ministry and is claimed
to be in the region of $100m for 2012.*
* there is no truth to this, unless the writer is referring to Israel’s 21st century efforts to gather claims from Jews forced out of Arab lands.