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May 4, 2012 0

Qaradawi Beats Drums Of War Against Israel in Friday Sermon

Dur­ing his Fri­day ser­mon in the Qatari cap­i­tal of Doha on April 27, rad­i­cal Mus­lim Broth­er­hood cleric Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi denied Israel’s right to exist and called on Arabs and Mus­lims to fight the Israelis.

“Israel thinks it’s set­tled on the land. And we say, by God, you Israelis shall never set­tle on our land. You will remain strangers, you will remain immi­grants,” Qaradawi said. “They must…they must return to their coun­tries, we believe in that, they can­not set­tle here….The Israelis will def­i­nitely dis­ap­pear and get out of this coun­try, and we are wait­ing for this day, we must pre­pare our­selves, and pre­pare our youth. We shall not surrender.”

After say­ing that the Pales­tini­ans “can­not fight alone” because “the Israelis have weapons enough to fight the entire Arabs,” he asked, “Why the Arabs are not fighting?…We call upon all to unite, to tell the Pales­tini­ans we are with you, the least to do is to say to the Pales­tini­ans we are behind you”

Qaradawi also expressed regret that while Mus­lims fail to sup­port their Pales­tin­ian broth­ers, Jews from around the world strongly sup­port Israel with money and weapons, and in pol­i­tics and the media. “The Jews in the entire world, all of them, with the excep­tion of a small group, sup­port Israel.”

Qaradawi ended his ser­mon, which was broad­cast live on Qatar’s offi­cial tele­vi­sion sta­tion, by pray­ing that God destroys the Israelis and enables the Pales­tini­ans to achieve vic­tory “over the ene­mies of God and [the Palestinian’s] enemies.”

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May 4, 2012 0

Muslim Brotherhood Electoral Rally Marked By Call To Restore Caliphate in Jerusalem

Dur­ing a large elec­toral rally in sup­port of Mus­lim Broth­er­hood pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mohamed Mursi on May 1, Dr. Safawat Hijazi, a promi­nent Islamist fig­ure in Egypt, pre­dicted that under Musri’s lead­er­ship a new Islamic Caliphate will emerge with Jerusalem as its capital.

“We real­ized our dream of the Caliphate is being ful­filled by Dr. Mursi, his group and his party,” Hijazi told the crowd at the foot­ball sta­dium in El-Mahalla El-Kubra. “With his efforts, the united Arabs states will come true and its cap­i­tal will be holy Jerusalem.”

These remarks were fol­lowed by a chant: “I am Egypt­ian with pride… tomor­row Mursi will lib­er­ate Gaza.” Hijazi responded by incit­ing the crowd with his own chant: “Come on, lovers of martyrdom…all of you are Hamas…Come on lovers of mar­tyrs, all of you are Hamas.”

Hijazi, a mem­ber in the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars (IUMS), also told the crowd, “We will not accept from Dr. Mursi and the group any­thing less than the appli­ca­tion of God’s Sharia’ in the land of Egypt.” He con­cluded by issu­ing a fatwa on elec­tion par­tic­i­pa­tion. “The one who does not go to vote in the elec­tions is a sinner.”

Other promi­nent mem­bers of the Broth­er­hood attended the rally and gave speeches focus­ing on Mursi’s Islamic agenda.

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April 27, 2012 0

As Algeria Approaches Elections, Citizens are Warned of Zionist Interference

“Alge­ri­ans must vote because it is about Algeria’s sta­bil­ity, and it is about pre­serv­ing our coun­try from any for­eign inter­fer­ence,” a promi­nent Alger­ian cleric said in an inter­view with Reuters on April 25, adding that Zion­ists are among the con­spir­ers that seek to med­dle in domes­tic Arab affairs.

In case that wasn’t clear enough, Sheikh Chemsed­dine Bouroubi added in his widely cir­cu­lated fatwa, or reli­gious decree, that those who do not vote in May 10 elec­tions will suf­fer divine retribution.

The North African nation-state has largely baf­fled Mid­dle East experts for suc­cess­fully rid­ing out the waves of pop­u­lar revolt that have become the sym­bol of the Arab Spring. Although the thir­teen year author­i­tar­ian rule of Pres­i­dent Abde­laziz Boute­flika did encounter a flash of pop­u­lar protest as rev­o­lu­tion swept across neigh­bor­ing Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt, Boute­flika responded by offi­cially lift­ing the nation’s 19-year-old state of emer­gency and promises for grad­ual reforms.

Decrees demo­niz­ing Israel and Zion­ism, such as the one made by Sheikh Bouroubi, have his­tor­i­cally been used by author­i­tar­ian Arab states as the pre­ferred method of deflect­ing pop­u­lar dis­con­tent away from them­selves and onto the Jew­ish state.

In his fatwa, Bour­bouri tried to jus­tify his com­ments that Zion­ists intend to foment rev­o­lu­tion in Alge­ria by point­ing out that a Jew­ish French-Algerian played a role in per­suad­ing Pres­i­dent Sarkozy to help over­throw Muam­mar Qaddafi in Libya. “Lis­ten to what the Zion­ist Bernard-Henri Levy is say­ing: ‘Alge­ria is about to expe­ri­ence an Arab Spring very soon’… What he means by ‘Arab Spring’ is a rep­e­ti­tion of the Libyan sce­nario: blood, killings, destruction.”

Alge­ria emerged from a bloody and pro­longed civil war between the Islamic Sal­va­tion Front (FIS) and the cen­tral gov­ern­ment only when Pres­i­dent Boute­flika assumed power.

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