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May 15, 2014

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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October 18, 2012

Egypt-Based Group Shows Children Preparing To Fight Zionists And Jews

An Egypt-based group affiliated with radical Muslim Brotherhood ideologue, Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, has released a new video showing children being taught to fight and kill Israelis.

The video, released yesterday by Al-Aqsa Trustees Movement, an organization that describes its mission as “raising new generations to liberate Jerusalem,” was created to show the types of activities organized by the group’s Aqsa Child Committee.

The video depicts what appear to be kindergarten-aged children in Egypt angrily cursing, attacking and beheading cardboard cutouts of Israeli soldiers with Stars of David on their heads.

The Al-Aqsa Trustees Movement is headed by anti-Semite Salah Sultan, the head the of the Jerusalem com­mit­tee of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars, which was founded by al-Qaradawi. The Trustees Movement was founded, according Sultan, “to create a new generation who will carry the trust of Al-Aqsa in the face of Jews…We hope that the young men and young women of this Ummah will join us.”

The video starts with a written introduction stating: “After the children learned about Al-Aqsa Mosque and what the Jews did to it, they went to kill the Zionists and liberate the Mosque.” The children are then shown engaging in a game where they attack human shaped cardboard cutouts of Israeli soldiers with Stars of David on their heads.

At the end of the video, one child is shown carrying the head of one of the cardboard Israeli soldier and saying, “Look how the Zionist soldier ended.” A teacher then tells the children, “play kids, play,” and says “look how he tramples him,” referring to one child who steps on one of the cardboard soldiers. Another teacher is heard saying “hit him, hit.”

Those interested in joining the Al-Aqsa Trustees Movement are required to fill out an application form and pledge allegiance to the group’s programs, according to its Facebook page. 200 applicants have apparently already been accepted, according to the page.

According to Hager Al-Oshary, a member of the group’s Executive Committee, the group has previously organized activities at Cairo University, including a rally to “remind the Arab Youth about their duty towards the Palestinian cause.”

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May 4, 2012

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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