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Muslim Brotherhood Ideologue Incites Violence Against Jews and Israel

Posted: February 2, 2009

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an influential Muslim cleric in Qatar, has increasingly been lashing out at Jews and Israel, including calling on God to "kill them, down to the very last one."

 

Qaradawi gave a sermon which aired on the Arabic satellite channel Al-Jazeera TV on January 28, 2009, in which he expressed his desire to “go to the land of Jihad and resistance.”  He tells 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.”  Two days later, Qaradawi gave another speech that also aired on Al-Jazeera, where he claimed that Adolf Hitler was sent by Allah to punish the Jews.

 

In another sermon on January 9, 2009, Qaradawi incited violence against the Jews. "Oh Allah," Qaradawi said, "Take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people…do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one." Qaradawi also called on Muslims to boycott Starbucks and other stores that he said support Israel

 

During a rally in Doha, Qatar, on the same day, Qaradawi urged Arab and Muslim leaders to "fear God and defend Palestine, or you will be swept away by history."

 

In early January, Qaradawi led a delegation of Muslim scholars to visit Arab leaders in the region in an effort to "discuss the ways to cope with a war of genocide against the people in the Gaza strip," according to his Web site.  The delegation met with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, among others.

 

The delegation reportedly also met with leaders of Palestinian terrorist organizations in Damascus, including Khaled Meshaal and Musa Abu Marzuq from Hamas, Ahmed Jibril from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and Ramadan Abdullah Shallah from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). 

 

During the meetings, Qaradawi pleaded for a more active role in supporting the Palestinians in Gaza, including the severing of all diplomatic ties with Israel.  He reportedly said, "We will ask for emergency summits of the Arab League and Muslim countries so that they can have a united stance on the Zionist aggression."

 

Qaradawi has also been making anti-Western speeches, blaming the economic crisis on a capitalist system based on usury.  "The Islamic nation has all or nearly all the oil," Qaradawi said.  "Profit from the crisis to bring about the triumph of the [Islamic] nation, which holds the spiritual and material resources for victory."

 

A radical Muslim Brotherhood ideologue, Qaradawi has garnered worldwide appeal through a wide network of associations and by making use of various media outlets. Through his speeches and writings, Qaradawi has demonstrated consistent support for terrorist groups that seek to undermine both a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and, more broadly, reform and democracy in the Middle East.

Qaradawi has a long record of endorsing Palestinian suicide bombings against Israeli civilians.   For example, during a July 2007 conference held in his honor in Doha, Qatar, titled "Imam al-Qaradawi: A Forum for Students and Friends," Qaradawi reiterated his support for suicide bombing and terrorist groups. "I support the Palestinian cause.  I support the resistance and the jihad," Qaradwi said according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).  "I support Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah.  I oppose the peace that Israel and America wish to dictate.  This peace is an illusion.  I support martyrdom operations."

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