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April 19, 2012 2:16 pm

BBC Debate Can’t Secure Muslim Cleric to Participate With Rabbi

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Rabbi Meir Lau.

Former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi and current Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau was scheduled to travel to Qatar in the coming weeks to take part in the monthly Doha Debates panel, together with other religious leaders. The event was canceled, however, because no Muslim representative could be found to participate.

The Doha Debates, which have been broadcast on BBC World News since 2005 and have a potential viewership of more than 350 million people, had already secured a Christian representative to speak alongside Rabbi Lau, but no Muslim cleric would agree to join them.

“They are always talking about dialogue and [peace] partners, but apparently they don’t really mean it,” Lau told Israel Hayom on Wednesday. “We reach our hand out and they leave us hanging.”

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