Saudi Prince Blames Muslim Attacks on Minority: Alwaleed Bin Talal Funds Louvre Islamic Wing
One of the financiers of the new Islamic wing at the Louvre Museum in Paris, has said in an interview that the violent anti-US protests over a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad and Islam represented the sentiment of only a minority of the world's Muslims and that the demonstrations were an overreaction. Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal: "we should not really honor that despicable and unacceptable movie with such demonstrations and give it so much attention because really this movie doesn't deserve to be seen by anyone ever.." Known for his investments in some of the world's top firms including US bank Citigroup, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said that reforms in his homeland, the world's top oil exporter, were not proceeding fast enough and that Arab states must learn lessons from Arab Spring revolts to avoid being swept by more violence. Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal: ". You have to remember that to go on the street and shout and scream and raise their voice are a minority, are not the majority. So no, my answer to you is that Islam is a lot stronger, is a lot more resilient than having a demonstration here and there to really impact its honorable past." The Prince was estimated by Forbes magazine last year to have a fortune of over USD19 billion and he has invested heavily in nurturing relations between Islam and Christianity including a new USD 22 million Islamic art and civilization exhibition at the famous Louvre museum.