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May 10, 2013

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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May 10, 2013

OnIslam Publishes E-Book Denying Jewish Connection To Holy Land

An Egypt-based website that provides religious guidance to Muslims worldwide has released an e-book called “Timeline of Jerusalem (Al-Quds)” that denies any connection between Jerusalem and Jews and depicts Israel as a state created through ethnic cleansing.onislam-ebook

The e-book is available on OnIslam.net, which is affiliated with radical Muslim Brotherhood cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

Released in March 2013, the e-book contains three chapters: “Early History,” “Creation of Israel,” and “Systematic Judaization of Al-Quds.” In the “Early History” section, the booklet describes the Hebrew invasion of the Land of Canaan as “genocidal massacres against the native Canaanite tribes.”

Similarly, in the section titled “Creation of Israel,” Israel’s establishment is characterized as “a wave of genocidal massacres against Palestinians. Many notorious massacres were cold-bloodedly committed in Palestinian cities, such as Dir Yasin, Tantura, and Dawaymeh.”

The section on the “Systematic Judaization of Al-Quds” describes Jewish visits to the Temple Mount as provocations by “Talmudic-minded settlers, who conduct Talmudic rituals and call for the demolition of Islamic shrines in Jerusalem.”

The author of the e-book, Khalid Amayreh, a Hebron-based Palestinian journalist with ties to Hamas, attempts to establish an exclusively Arab and Palestinian historical identity for Jerusalem’s ancient occupants. Amayreh previously produced an e-book titled, “The Nazis of our time: The creeping Israeli genocide against the Palestinians.”

OnIslam frequently features articles on Qaradawi and publishes fatwas expressing support for “martyrdom operations,” or suicide bombings against Israel. The site also includes articles and religious rulings supporting violence against homosexuals, as well as anti-Semitic and anti-Israel content.

For example, a March 2013 fatwa by Maher al-Huli, the head of the fatwa department in the Palestine Scholars Association, was published on the website, ruling that non-Palestinian Muslims should not travel to visit the Al Aqsa mosque “while it remains captive by the state of the Jews.” The website also has a portal dedicated to the issue of homosexuality, which contains several articles denouncing homosexuality as “sexual perversions” that “spread corruption on earth.”

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February 3, 2012

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.”

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