'This Week' Transcript: Karzai, Khan and Levitt

KHAN: It is a long time off because the project, you know, was -- has had to go through several processes and civic hurdles, where one of the most important ones, as you know, we had a landmark issue. So we were addressing the landmark issue and we were working with the community board to get their willingness and acceptance and their welcome mat. And that's what we focused on first, and the rest is a process.

AMANPOUR: How much money has been raised and are you prepared to discuss the issue of foreign funding? Let's say there was foreign funding. How would you be able to know exactly where that money was coming from, what other projects elsewhere that they may have given money to?

KHAN: Well, this is where my counselor on my right is helping us, because our funding is going to be pretty much follow the same way that JCC got its fund-raising. First, we have to develop a board. Then the board is going to have a financial committee, fund-raising committee that will be in charge of the fund-raising. And we have promised that we will work with the Charities Bureau, that we will adhere to the highest and the strictest guidelines set forth by the Treasury Department, because there is so much angst about this. But we will follow the lead from Rabbi Joy Levitt.

AMANPOUR: Let me ask you also...

LEVITT: What Daisy means by that is that we went to our neighbors, we said who believes in our vision, who believes in a center of tolerance, who believes in diversity? We went to parlor (ph) meetings in people's houses, and that's how the support for the JCC came about.

AMANPOUR: Let me ask you, because there have been also a lot of questions raised about your husband's political ideas and political views, specifically because of something that he said on "60 Minutes" shortly after 9/11. Let me play that.


IMAM FAISAL ABDUL RAUF: I wouldn't say that the United States deserved what happened. But the United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.


AMANPOUR: What do you think he meant by that?

KHAN: It was a longer interview, and in the longer interview, he talked about the CIA support specifically to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban. And...

AMANPOUR: You mean that...

KHAN: Yes, in the '80s.

AMANPOUR: ... against the Soviet Union.

KHAN: The Soviet Union. And how this was, you know, in CIA terms, a blowback of that. That's what he meant.

AMANPOUR: You talked about the state of Islam in the United States. And then we have this "Time" magazine cover that's being talked about a lot right now. Basically, is America Islamophobic?

Is America Islamophobic? Are you concerned about the long-term relationship between American Muslims and the rest of society here?

KHAN: Yes, I think we are deeply concerned, because this is like a metastasized anti-Semitism. That's what we feel right now. It's not even Islamophobia, it's beyond Islamophobia. It's hate of Muslims. And we are deeply concerned. You know, I have had, yesterday had a council with all religious -- Muslim religious leaders from around the country, and everybody is deeply concerned about what's going on around the nation.

AMANPOUR: Do you agree with what she just said and how she described it?

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