Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi, the most important leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood, has made probably his most virulent anti-Semitic statements to date in speeches aired on aired on Al-Jazeera TV on January 28 and 30, 2009. According to a MEMRI translation, Qaradawi said:
January 30, 2009:
Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them – even though they exaggerated this issue – he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers.
January 28, 2009:
To conclude my speech, I’d like to say that the only thing I hope for is that as my life approaches its end, Allah will give me an opportunity to go to the land of Jihad and resistance, even if in a wheelchair. I will shoot Allah’s enemies, the Jews, and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus, I will seal my life with martyrdom. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. Allah’s mercy and blessings upon you.
Numerous previous posts have discussed earlier anti-Semitic statements by Qaradawi including comments suggesting Holocaust denial as well as various conspiracy theories involving Jews.