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Hamas Leader Haniyah Joins Emerging Network of Islamists

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah became an offi­cial mem­ber of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars (IUMS) on Feb­ru­ary 5, accel­er­at­ing Hamas’ ambi­tions to gain sup­port and pub­li­cally align itself with emerg­ing Islamist move­ment in the region. 

IUMS Mem­ber­ship Cer­tifi­cate to
“Pres­i­dent of the Pales­tin­ian Gov­ern­ment“
Ismail Haniyah   

The Qatar-based IUMS, which is chaired by rad­i­cal cleric Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, describes itself as a “pan-Muslim body,” work­ing on “safe­guard­ing the Mus­lim iden­tity and bridg­ing the gap between the peo­ples and their rulers in the Islamic countries.”  

Haniyah mem­ber­ship was announced dur­ing a cer­e­mony held at the IUMS head­quar­ters in Doha. At the cer­e­mony, Haniyah received a cer­tifi­cate describ­ing him as the “Pres­i­dent of the Pales­tin­ian gov­ern­ment” and con­firm­ing his mem­ber­ship in in the orga­ni­za­tion. Other Islamist lead­ers in the Arab world, who adhere to the Islamist ide­ol­ogy of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, joined the IUMS as well.

Qaradawi’s sup­port for Hamas is well estab­lished. In 2009, he report­edly allo­cated $21 mil­lion to Hamas to buy apart­ments and plots of land in Jerusalem to “build char­i­ta­ble insti­tu­tions to broaden its base in the city,” accord­ing to the Israel Secu­rity Agency Shin Bet. Qaradawi, who has demon­strated con­sis­tent sup­port of ter­ror­ist groups that seek to under­mine a peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of the Palestinian-Israeli con­flict, 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.

Dur­ing a ses­sion of an IUMS con­fer­ence in Cairo on Feb­ru­ary 1, Dr. Salah Sul­tan described the recent civil unrest and church bomb­ings in Egypt as the “acts of Jews.”