ACFNY RECOMMENDED | PANEL DISCUSSION
CAN MOTHERS STOP TERRORISM?
TUESDAY, NOV 08 2011, 06:30 PM
For the first time, Aicha el-Wafi, the mother of Zacarias Moussaoui (the only person ever to be tried in a US court on charges of having been involved in the September 11 attacks), will meet with Abdul Haqq Baker, the former Imam of the Brixton Mosque in London, which Zacarias attended while he became radicalized.
This conversation will provide Aicha with the opportunity to ask questions of one of the men who watched her son’s descent into extremism, and to seek answers to “what went wrong.” They both want to send a strong message to mothers around the world that they can and should be the first line of defense against the ideologies of violent extremism.
The event will be moderated by Edit Schlaffer, Executive Director of Women without Borders/ SAVE-Sisters Against Violent Extremism, with an introduction by Pat Mitchell, CEO of The Paley Center for Media.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Aicha el-Wafi, originally from Marocco, now a French citizen living in Narbonne, is the mother of Zacarias Moussaoui. She has become an advocate of forgiveness and reconciliation (see: http://eloquentwoman.blogspot.com/2011/05/famous-speech-friday-phyllis-rodriguez.html) and an activist on behalf of Muslim women.
Abdul Haqq Baker was Chairman of the Brixton Mosque from 1994 to 2009. Brixton Mosque was the focus of much media attention due to the attendance of individuals lured away into extremism and attempted terrorist actions. In 2007 he began a Muslim youth initiative called the Strategy To Reach Empower & Educate Teenagers (STREET) which targets Muslim youth considered susceptible to violent extremist propaganda. He is currently a Lecturer in Terrorism studies at the University of St. Andrews.
Edit Schlaffer (pictured) is an Austrian social scientist, author and activist and founded the initiative "Women without Borders”.
The Paley Center for Media
25 W. 52nd Street, NY 10019
10th Floor, Kissinger Global Conference Room
For tickets, please visit http://www.paleycenter.org/2011-fall-can-mothers-stop-terrorism/