Islamist media has reported that Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi joined the incitement of current violence in Israel by referring to “Israeli plans targeting the Al-Aqsa Mosque.” According to a Middle East Monitor report:
October 6, 2015 The head of the Board of Trustees of the International Jerusalem Institution called on Monday for the leaders of Arab and Islamic states to carry out political and diplomatic moves to isolate Israel.
Shaikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi made his comments in response to Israel’s violations of the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Safa news agency reported.
The veteran scholar’s message to the heads of state appealed for them to turn to the UN and the Security Council for resolutions reinforcing the Islamic identity of the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa in order to undermine Israeli plans to partition the holy site. Shaikh Al-Qaradawi also called on Arabs and Muslims to move against the Israeli occupation authorities to prevent them from splitting Al-Aqsa Mosque as well as to stop their ‘arbitrary measures’ against Palestinian Jerusalemites.
‘Today, the government of the Israeli occupation consists of a coalition of extremist Zionists, so it is internally unstable,’ Al-Qaradawi said in his message. ‘The occupation government is afraid of a new intifada in the occupied lands, including Jerusalem.’
The sheikh added that the US and European cover provided for Israel’s occupation is in retreat.
‘Hence, the occupation is unable to impose a new reality regarding the issue of Al-Aqsa Mosque.’
For this reason, he stressed the importance of taking this opportunity to undermine the Israeli plans targeting Al-Aqsa and the city of Jerusalem, in addition to the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories.
Al-Qaradawi hailed the popular efforts being exerted by Palestinians all over the occupied territories.
He said that these efforts are essential to undermine Israel’s Judaisation plans.
In addition, European media has reported that Ali al-Qaradaghi, a key associate of Qaradawi’s, proclaimed “Every Muslim should contribute to the Intifada that started for the sake of al-Aqsa and Palestine.” (For a report on conspiracy theories concerning Al-Aqsa, see our post from yesterday on Raed Salah, the leader of the Israeli Muslim Brotherhood.) The GMBDW also reported yesterday on the inflammatory actions of Global Muslim Brotherhood leaders Tariq Ramadan and Mustafa Ceric.
Youssef Qaradawi, often described as a “moderate Islamic cleric, is the most important leader of the Global Muslim Brotherhood and is the de facto spiritual leader of the movement. He is also considered to be the “spiritual guide” for Hamas and his fatwas in support of suicide bombings against Israeli citizens were utilized by Hamas to justify their operations. In 2004, Qaradawi turned down the offer to head he Egyptian Brotherhood after the death of the Supreme Guide now denies that he has any relationship with the Egyptian Brotherhood. He is based in Qatar and has said the Qatari Emir has protected from being designated as a terrorist by the U.S. He has also reportedly amassed substantial wealth by serving as the Shari’ah adviser to many important Islamic banks and funds. Qaradawi is the head of the Union of Good (UOG), a worldwide coalition of charities helping to raise funds for Hamas and is the leader of the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR), the theological body of the European Muslim Brotherhood.
For more on Qaradawi and his extremist statements, go here.