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March 7, 2012 1

Dubai Police to Issue Arrest Warrant for Radical Qatar-based Cleric

The chief of police in Dubai announced plans to issue an arrest war­rant for the rad­i­cal Mus­lim Broth­er­hood cleric Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi. The deci­sion comes in response to Qaradawi’s recent crit­i­cisms of the rulers of the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE).
In his March 4th tele­vi­sion pro­gram, “Shariah and Life,” Qaradawi said that UAE lead­ers shouldn’t treat their cit­i­zens like “slaves” and described the lead­er­ship as “…not Gods. They are humans with money.” He also crit­i­cized the UAE’s posi­tion on the upris­ing in Syria and accused the author­i­ties of deport­ing Syr­i­ans who oppose the regime of Pres­i­dent Bashar Al Assad.
Qaradawi, who lives in Qatar, is banned from vis­it­ing the UAE but that didn’t seem to deter him. He specif­i­cally said: “If I can’t go to Emi­rates, then I can talk to them from this platform.”
The UAE is a Gulf state and a mem­ber of the Gulf Coop­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) which also includes Qatar. Qaradawi’s state­ments seemed to vio­late what polit­i­cal observers describe as a “Sheiks’ agree­ment” not to crit­i­cize GCC mem­ber states.

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February 15, 2012 3

Muslim Brotherhood Cleric Revives Anti-Semitic Deicide Charge

Rad­i­cal Mus­lim Broth­er­hood cleric Sheik Yusuf Al Qaradawi issued a fatwa on his offi­cial Web site on Feb­ru­ary 13 in response to a ques­tion about whether the Vatican’s exon­er­a­tion of the Jew­ish peo­ple for the death of Jesus is in agree­ment with Qur’anic nar­ra­tives.

While Qaradawi acknowl­edges in his fatwa, titled “The Jews and the Blood of Christ,” that Jews did not kill Jesus nor cru­cify him, he says that they still con­spired against and intended to kill him. He added that the Jews have a long his­tory of killing God’s mes­sen­gers and prophets.

“Present-day Jews,” accord­ing to Qaradawi, “are crime-partners of their fore­fa­thers,” because they “con­cur with these crimes and praise their fore­fa­thers.” He also cites “crimes” com­mit­ted by Jews today “in the holy land against the elderly, the women and the chil­dren” as evi­dence of them con­tin­u­ing the “crimes of their fore­fa­thers.”

This Fatwa is the lat­est in a series of anti-Semitic state­ments by Qaradawi, who met with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah ear­lier this month to wel­come him as a new mem­ber of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars, his Qatari-based organization.

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February 10, 2012 Off

Hamas Leader Haniyah Joins Emerging Network of Islamists

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah became an offi­cial mem­ber of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars (IUMS) on Feb­ru­ary 5, accel­er­at­ing Hamas’ ambi­tions to gain sup­port and pub­li­cally align itself with emerg­ing Islamist move­ment in the region. 

IUMS Mem­ber­ship Cer­tifi­cate to
“Pres­i­dent of the Pales­tin­ian Gov­ern­ment“
Ismail Haniyah   

The Qatar-based IUMS, which is chaired by rad­i­cal cleric Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, 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.”  

Haniyah mem­ber­ship was announced dur­ing a cer­e­mony held at the IUMS head­quar­ters in Doha. At the cer­e­mony, Haniyah received a cer­tifi­cate describ­ing him as the “Pres­i­dent of the Pales­tin­ian gov­ern­ment” and con­firm­ing his mem­ber­ship in in the orga­ni­za­tion. Other Islamist lead­ers in the Arab world, who adhere to the Islamist ide­ol­ogy of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, joined the IUMS as well.

Qaradawi’s sup­port for Hamas is well estab­lished. In 2009, he report­edly allo­cated $21 mil­lion to Hamas to buy apart­ments and plots of land in Jerusalem to “build char­i­ta­ble insti­tu­tions to broaden its base in the city,” accord­ing to the Israel Secu­rity Agency Shin Bet. Qaradawi, who has demon­strated con­sis­tent sup­port of ter­ror­ist groups that seek to under­mine a peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of the Palestinian-Israeli con­flict, pre­vi­ously trans­ferred tens of mil­lions of dol­lars to Hamas directly through the Saudi-based Union of Good, an umbrella orga­ni­za­tion of over 50 char­i­ties worldwide.

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

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