Qaradawi Funding Hamas Efforts in Jerusalem
Posted: July 21, 2009
Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a radical Muslim Brotherhood ideologue based in Qatar, reportedly allocated $21 million to Hamas to buy land in Jerusalem.
According to the Israel Security Agency Shin Bet, Qaradawi earmarked the money to buy apartments and plots of land and to “build charitable institutions to broaden its base in the city.” The name of the charity was not mentioned by Shin Bet.
Qaradawi has previously transferred tens of millions of dollars to Hamas directly through the Saudi-based Union of Good, an umbrella organization of over 50 charities worldwide headed by Qaradawi.
In 2002, the Union of Good was outlawed in Israel for its links to Hamas. Then in 2007, Israel indicted four officials of the A-Ram Charity Committee in Jerusalem with receiving money from the Union of Good. These A-Ram officials were charged with channeling money to Hamas. According to the indictment, 1 million NIS were transferred from Qaradawi’s Union of Good to Hamas in the previous year.
Qaradawi has openly declared his unwavering support for Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad on numerous occasions. Qaradawi also has a long record of inciting violence against Jews and Israel. During a sermon that aired on the Arabic satellite channel Al-Jazeera TV on January 28, 2009, Qaradawi told his audience, "I will shoot Allah's enemies, the Jews, and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus I will seal my life with martyrdom."
Qaradawi, who has been banned from entering the U.S. since 1999 for his extremist views, has affiliations with several U.S.-based institutions. Qaradawi is chairman (in absentia) of the Michigan-based Islamic American University (IAU), a subsidiary of the Muslim American Society (MAS). Qaradawi is also listed by the IAU as a faculty member.
Qaradawi was also a member of the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB)’s board of directors, according to its tax returns from 1998-2000. Qaradawi featured in ISB's Arabic-language brochure endorsing a new building project in 2003, and he also reportedly appeared in a 2002 fundraising video for the Society.