We have no objections to publishing your letter regarding the article in
the form of an E-Mail from Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan.
Furthermore, since the content of your correspondence conflicts with
information we have received from the Royal Court and considering the
highly sensitive nature of the religious issue that Queen Rania raised
on the Oprah Winfrey Show and in Her Majesty's letter to Arab Times, we
request that you inform us of the identity of the party that appointed
you as their representative in this matter. Your correspondence nowhere
clearly states that you are writing on behalf of the Queen. This leads
us to question whether your office represents Queen Rania personally,
Her Majesty's husband the King of Jordan, the Royal Hashemite Court, the
Jordanian Embassy in Washington, or the Jordanian Intelligence Agency.
Although Iam an American citizen, who holds a Jordanian Passport , Arab
Times is an American publication that does not submit to Royal commands,
ceremonies, or the other widespread Jordanian customs that result in the
detention of writers and journalists as punishment for their writings As
was mentioned by the State Department's Annual Report on Human Rights,
international Human Rights organizations, and international
organizations for the protection of journalists.
A caveat to keep in mind is that we received your letter after the
receipt of a letter from Dr. Mohammad Al-Nezamy, an American citizen who
also holds a Jordanian passport, who was detained and tortured in
Jordanian prisons because of a joke he told in an internet chat room
that concerned King Abdullah of Jordan. Before his release, Dr. Al-Nezamy
was given a verbal message by the head of the Jordanian Intelligence
Agency to me promising to kidnap and transport me from the United States
to Jordan to punish me for what was published in the newspaper about the
Please give my greetings to Her Majesty Queen Rania coupled with my
hopes that we can reach an amicable solution that will protect Her
Majesty's rights as well as those of the newspaper and its readers,
according to the First Amendment rights granted and protected by the
American, not Jordanian, Constitution.