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May 15, 2014 1

Conference In Qatar Features Anti-Semitism and Pro-Terror Messages

The Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars (IUMS) held a con­fer­ence ear­lier this week in the Qatari cap­i­tal of Doha called “Al-Quds [Jerusalem] and Al-Aqsa: Between Con­spir­acy and Con­fronta­tion.” The day­long con­fer­ence, which took place on Sun­day, May 11, fea­tured speeches by the direc­tor of Hamas’s for­eign rela­tions depart­ment, Osama Ham­dan, who is based in Lebanon, and by rad­i­cal cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi.qatar 2014 conference Al Aqsa

In his speech, Qaradawi reit­er­ated his past anti-Semitic remarks glo­ri­fy­ing the killing of Jews as part of the Islamic tradition.

Accord­ing to the IUMS web­site: “He [Qaradawi] deliv­ered the good news of Mus­lims’ vic­tory over Jews with evi­dence from the Qur’an and Sun­nah includ­ing the say­ing of the Prophet, peace be upon him, ‘The last hour would not come unless you fight the Jews and the stone, with a Jew behind it, would say: oh Mus­lim, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him.’”

Qaradawi also reit­er­ated his oppo­si­tion to Abdel Fat­tah Al-Sisi, the for­mer gen­eral who is poised to be elected as Egypt’s next pres­i­dent fol­low­ing elec­tions that will be held later this month. Qaradawi accused Al-Sisi – who led a coup against The Mus­lim Broth­er­hood–affil­i­ated pres­i­dent last year – of being the choice of the Jews. Accord­ing to IUMS’s web­site, Qaradawi also noted the “hap­pi­ness of the Jews” with the Egypt­ian pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi. He stated, “the Jews con­sider him their Sisi and not our Sisi.”

For his part, Ham­dan used the plat­form to pro­mote the use of vio­lence against Israel and deny Israel’s right to exist, say­ing “Time has come to encour­age Arabs and Mus­lims to fight for the lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine because rights can’t return with­out force.”

Ham­dan also said, “It’s shame­ful to for­get what was occu­pied in 1948, which is the major­ity of the land of Pales­tine,” and expressed hope that the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion between Hamas and Fatah would lead to a “recon­sid­er­a­tion of the lib­er­a­tion project.”

IUMS is led by Qaradawi and is par­tially spon­sored by the Qatari gov­ern­ment. Qatar’s repeated pro­vi­sion of a plat­form for events marked by anti-Semitism and sup­port for ter­ror­ism calls into ques­tion the country’s claims to be a mod­er­ate and rea­son­able voice in the region. The con­fer­ence is also an exam­ple of the per­va­sive anti-Semitism that exists in the Mid­dle East and North Africa.

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June 7, 2013 1

Egyptian Prime Minister Attends Anti-Semitic Sermon

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Dr. Alaa Abdu­laziz, Egypt’s Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, speaks at anti-Semitic rally

Egypt­ian Prime Min­is­ter Hisham Qandil and other mem­bers of his cab­i­net attended an anti-Semitic ser­mon today at Rabiaa al-Adawia Mosque in Cairo. Dr. Salah Sul­tan, a mem­ber of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars, deliv­ered the ser­mon, which called the Jews “the ene­mies of God… The cursed ones.”

Sul­tan asked Mus­lims to be ready to fight the “sons of Israel” and called upon Chris­tians to remem­ber that Jews con­spired to kill Jesus and accused his mother of adultery.

Sul­tan also made the pre­pos­ter­ous claim that in the Tal­mud teaches that God cre­ated Jews from human sperm and the non-Jews from ani­mal sperm” so that the non-Jews serve as ani­mals to the Jews. He also crit­i­cized the cul­ture in Egypt before the rev­o­lu­tion because it rec­og­nized Israel and called for a cor­rec­tion in edu­ca­tion about Palestine.

After the ser­mon, Egypt’s Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, Dr. Alaa Abdu­laziz, deliv­ered a short speech to reit­er­ate Egypt’s com­mit­ment to con­sider “Jerusalem a cap­i­tal for Palestine.”

The ser­mon was part of Egypt’s com­mem­o­ra­tion of the mem­ory of the Isra and Mi’raj, the night jour­ney of Prophet Mohammed to Jerusalem. Other ral­lies also took place in Cairo to com­mem­o­rate what many in Arab world con­sider the 46th anniver­sary of the occu­pa­tion of east­ern Jerusalem by Israeli forces.

In Octo­ber of last year, ADL expressed con­cern after Pres­i­dent Morsi attended a ser­mon, which fea­tured sim­i­lar anti-Semitism.

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May 10, 2013 0

Muslim Brotherhood Expresses Support For Hamas In Gaza

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Meet­ing between Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, Hamas and Yusuf Qaradawi in Gaza

A senior mem­ber of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood’s Guid­ance Bureau in Egypt expressed sup­port for Hamas dur­ing a visit to Gaza on Wednesday.

Abder­rah­man Al-Bar, who is vis­it­ing Gaza with a del­e­ga­tion headed by rad­i­cal Mus­lim Broth­er­hood cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars (IUMS), deliv­ered the greet­ings of Moham­mad Badie, the Gen­eral Guide of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, to Hamas leaders.

“I report to you the greet­ings of the Gen­eral Guide of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and all of his broth­ers and our broth­ers in Egypt,” Al-Bar said. “They are all yearn­ing to be in this meet­ing and they are behind you with food and supply.”

Al-Bar also expressed his “over­whelm­ing hap­pi­ness to be in the com­pany of the Mujahid Imam, Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi,” and to “meet our broth­ers and beloved ones and the sym­bol of Jihad in this time.” 

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh described Qaradawi as “The Sheik of the Arab spring” and sug­gested that his visit a step toward the lib­er­at­ing all Pales­tin­ian land from the Israelis. The visit is “a first step towards Al-Quds, a first step towards Al-Aqsa, a first step towards Pales­tine — all Pales­tine,” he said.  

Dur­ing the meet­ing with Hamas, Dr. Salah Sul­tan, an anti-Semitic media per­son­al­ity and head of the Jerusalem com­mit­tee of the IUMS, said, “We hope, with the Will of God almighty, that this sig­nif­i­cant visit announces the inau­gu­ra­tion of a project to lib­er­ate al-Quds [Jerusalem] and Palestine.”

Qaradawi, who recently boy­cotted an inter­faith con­fer­ence in Doha because he refuses to dia­logue with Jews, report­edly said yes­ter­day, “This land has never once been a Jew­ish land. Pales­tine is for the Arab Islamic nation.”

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