Sowdi Prince Al Waleed: "Associated But Nothing To Do With Ground Zero Mosque…"

Walid Shrugs It Off (NYT)
“I have been associated with this mosque in New York, but frankly speaking, I have nothing to do with it,” he said in an interview. “I’m not for putting that mosque there.”

Sez the guy who tried to give NY mayor Rudolph Giuliani a ten-million dollar cheque on the ruins of  the World Trade Centre, if only he would denounce Israel and “America’s policies in the ME’. (Continued below the fold…)

Some good news:

Prince Walid bin Talal of Saudi Arabia may be the News Corporation’s second-largest shareholder, but that has not stopped critics on Fox News of taking aim at the investor over links to the proposed Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan.

Commentators on the channel have seized on Prince Walid’s past financial backing of the imam at the center of the controversy, but what is not always disclosed on Fox News is that he also owns a stake worth more than $2 billion in the channel’s parent company.

In fact, Prince Walid, in his first public comments about the matter, said he was opposed to the Islamic center being built in downtown Manhattan, Tim Arango of The New York Times writes.

“I have been associated with this mosque in New York, but frankly speaking, I have nothing to do with it,” he said in an interview. “I’m not for putting that mosque there.”

Prince Walid became a figure in the cable news controversy over the Islamic center, which reached its zenith in late August. Dan Senor, a Fox News commentator and former adviser to Ambassador L. Paul Bremer when he was viceroy in Iraq after the American invasion, referred to Prince Walid as someone who “funds radical madrassas all over the world.” In one presentation this summer, Glenn Beck, the Fox News host, seemed to directly tie Prince Walid to 9/11.

And then Jon Stewart, host of “The Daily Show,” weighed in with a comedic game of connect the dots, noting what Fox News had not disclosed: “The guy they are painting as a sinister money force owns part of Fox News.”

The prince said: “It’s funny, it’s like a joke. I take these things very lightly.”

He has long been an investor in the News Corporation and a supporter of its leader,Rupert Murdoch. Several years ago, he increased his voting stake in the company in a show of support for Mr. Murdoch, who holds the largest stake but was at the time facing a challenge from John C. Malone, another media mogul.

This year, the relationship was cemented in a new way: Mr. Murdoch invested about $70 million in Prince Walid’s media company, Rotana.

“My relationship with Rupert goes back 20 years,” Prince Walid said.

His other U.S. holdings include Citigroup, where he is the biggest individual shareholder.

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6 thoughts on “Sowdi Prince Al Waleed: "Associated But Nothing To Do With Ground Zero Mosque…"”

  1. By the way, who is the “Saudi Businessman” who has agreed to finance the Tromsø mosque in Norway, above the Arctic Circle? Why there? To compete with the Arctic Cathedral? The same “businessman” who wanted to buy a mountain in the same area a few years back, which was finally called off?

    Today, Jonas Gahr Støre, the Norwegian Foreign Minister, surprisingly, says he is not in favor of having Saudi money finance mosques in Norway, as long as there are no churches built in Saudi-Arabia. Adding that the wahabi is a “profiled way of islam”.

    http://www.nordlys.no/nyheter/article5351286.ece
    http://www.document.no/2010/10/vil_hindre_sa_i_a_finansiere_m.html
    http://www.ishavskatedralen.no/about-the-cathedral.135529.en.html

  2. Backwards into the future

    A school in the city of Tromsø, Norway, recently decided, based upon “a piece of information”, no threats, nothing like it, that a muslim girl might take offence from doing gym and swimming with the rest of her class, that gym and swimming lessons be held for girls, and boys separately.

  3. ““My relationship with Rupert goes back 20 years,” Prince Walid said.”

    Funny that Muslims always try to tell you about “how long” their relationship or their historical or invented claims are.

    I once had a Turkish Muslim tenant who stole a washing machine. When confronted, he loudly proclaimed how long he was in the country, that he had never been accused of any wrongdoing before, etc etc.

    But he would absolutely not admit to any wrongdoing.

    1. In his mind, it never happened. its was there, so he took it.

      It was my fault for questioning his right to appropriate what he considered ‘booty’.

      Reminds me of another encounter I once had in Kandahar/Afghanistan when an Afghan boy tried to steal the hubcaps from my car. I took a stick and kicked his butt, but then I had to take flight because 5 dozens of his “brothers” started to throw rocks at me….

      They probably thought they could have me for dinner…..

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