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Salah Sultan Blames Jews For Egyptian Violence at Cairo Conference

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

He also said, “God exposed [the Jews’] inner wicked­ness, exposed their secrets and they were made an exam­ple of to future nations.” Prior to Sultan’s speech at Al Azhar Islamic Uni­ver­sity, where the event is tak­ing place, the crowd chanted: “To Jerusalem we are going as mar­tyrs in millions.”

Sul­tan, who lived in the U.S. for a time and served as pres­i­dent of the Michigan-based Islamic Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity (IAU), a sub­sidiary of the Mus­lim Amer­i­can Soci­ety, also made ref­er­ence to a Jan­u­ary 16 fire at his son’s home on Ohio. “The Zion­ist gangs burned my house in Hilliard in Amer­ica with my son inside it.” (Media reports indi­cate that the fire is being inves­ti­gated as a pos­si­ble hate crime, but no infor­ma­tion has yet come out regard­ing any sus­pects or motives.)

Accord­ing to Egypt­ian media, more than 2000 schol­ars, includ­ing senior mem­bers in the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, are attend­ing the con­fer­ence, which is billed as focus­ing on the role cler­ics and schol­ars have in build­ing social peace.

While Sul­tan does not hold any offi­cial posi­tion in the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood polit­i­cal lead­er­ship, he ded­i­cates the major­ity of his ser­mons and media appear­ances to explain the Brotherhood’s ide­ol­ogy and responds to crit­i­cism of the Islamist move­ment.

Sul­tan is the head of the Jerusalem com­mit­tee of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars, which is chaired by rad­i­cal cleric Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi. The group, which has issued sev­eral anti-Zionist fat­was, 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.”