Buffaloed in Buffalo
The Buffalo twinning was conceived and coordinated by doctors Robert Stall and Othman Shibly – a Jewish geriatrician and a Muslim dentist who had together attended a medical conference in Damascus, Syria. At a mosque there, Shibly introduced Stall to a Syrian cleric, Sheikh Rajab Deeb, who is a top disciple of the dentist’s own spiritual mentor, the recently deceased Sheikh Ahmad Kuftaro.
- On Kuftaro’s own Web site, one finds: Jews are “the killers of prophets”; “Israel is a dagger in the heart of the Muslim nation”; “All Muslims are obligated to do jihad upon the Zionists.”
- A video on his site shows Kuftaro turning over his pulpit to Louis Farrakhan, visiting his mosque as an honored guest; another shows him giving the same honor to the neo-Nazi preacher William Baker.
- On Sheikh Deeb’s site: Alongside the sermon he presented to the Buffalo twinning event is a 2005 sermon: “Jerusalem is Ours,” where he preaches that Jews “want to remove and destroy every trace except for their footsteps and pollute every creed except their faith, and eradicate every race except their race, and they claim to be G-d’s Chosen People ….”