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February 15, 2012

Muslim Brotherhood Cleric Revives Anti-Semitic Deicide Charge

Radical Muslim Brotherhood cleric Sheik Yusuf Al Qaradawi issued a fatwa on his official Web site on February 13 in response to a question about whether the Vatican’s exoneration of the Jewish people for the death of Jesus is in agreement with Qur’anic narratives.

While Qaradawi acknowledges in his fatwa, titled “The Jews and the Blood of Christ,” that Jews did not kill Jesus nor crucify him, he says that they still conspired against and intended to kill him. He added that the Jews have a long history of killing God’s messengers and prophets.

“Present-day Jews,” according to Qaradawi, “are crime-partners of their forefathers,” because they “concur with these crimes and praise their forefathers.” He also cites “crimes” committed by Jews today “in the holy land against the elderly, the women and the children” as evidence of them continuing the “crimes of their forefathers.”

This Fatwa is the latest in a series of anti-Semitic statements by Qaradawi, who met with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah earlier this month to welcome him as a new member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, his Qatari-based organization.