After 50 Years, A Muslim Split

In the aftermath of Sept. 11, as Americans turned to churches, mosques and synagogues in record numbers, some religious leaders turned to one another in what amounted to a big group hug. One of those interfaith friendships has now unraveled. Three weeks after kneeling in prayer with Jewish leaders, Sheik Muhammad Gemeaha, a scholar with Cairo's prominent al-Azhar University and the leader of the Islamic Cultural Center in New York City, was quoted on an Arabic-language website saying that Jews carried out the Sept. 11 attacks and that Jewish doctors were poisoning Muslim children in U.S. hospitals. Next, he abruptly resigned...

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