The ever unhelpful Tariq Ramadan has done his best to help pour fuel on the fires of the Gaza conflict, this time by describing the ethics of Israel as bombing civilians and destroying them “by tens, hundreds, and in the recent past by the thousands.” His statement (Google Translation), as with other statements by Global Muslim Brotherhood leaders. omits any mention of the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel:
The Israeli government says that burning a teenager is the work of ‘extremists’ and not part of [it’s] ‘ethics’ … Indeed, [it’s] ‘ethics’ is to bomb civilians and destroy them by tens, hundreds, and in the recent past by the thousands. It is much more ‘noble’! And the international community [thinks]’obviously’ it is the right of Israel to defend itself against rockets that its technology allows it to destroy and / or divert [from]flight. Ethics of the State of Israel, from all parties is needed in the world and Arab governments, as Asian and Western fold hypocritically. And because this hypocrisy is shared, …international human beings and citizens around the world should make an international cause of defending the dignity of our humanity.”
Despite complaining that he has been dismissed as a “conspiracy theorist”, Tariq Ramadan is known for his conspiratorial theories involving Jews and Israel. For example:
- In June, the GMBDW reported that Tariq Ramadan had alleged that Belgian officials may be part of a conspiracy to falsely depict the Brussels Jewish museum shootings as anti-Semitic.
- The GMBDW reported in July 2013 that Tariq Ramadan had authored an article in which implied that the overthrow of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was orchestrated by a conspiracy involving the US and Israel together with what he alleges to be their Salafist allies.
- In March 2012, despite media reporting on the extremist Islam and anti-Semitic background of the so-called “Toulouse scooter killer”, the GMBDW reported that Ramadan wrote “Religion was not Mohamed Merah’s problem; nor was politics” but that the interpretation of the killings was driven by political motives.
Tariq Ramadan is best described as an independent power center within the Global Muslim Brotherhood who has sufficient stature as the son of Said Ramadan and the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood to challenge positions taken by important Brotherhood leaders. His statements and writings have been extensively analyzed and he has been accused by critics of promoting anti-Semitism and fundamentalism, albeit by subtle means. On the other hand, his supporters promote him as as example of an Islamic reformer who is in the forefront of developing a “Euro Islam.” Ramadan was banned from visiting the US until January 2010 when the ban was lifted.
For further information on Tariq Ramadan, go here.