Thursday, 9 May 2013

Yusuf al-Qaradawi rejects Israel's existence

Yusuf al-Qaradawi joins the billions who categorically rejects israel's existence: Why Israel Can't Be Part of Humanity

Yusuf al-Qaradawi says 'This land has never once been Jewish. Palestine is for the Arab Islamic nation'

A prominent Islamic scholar who is making a landmark visit to the Gaza Strip has declared that Israel has no right to exist.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi said Thursday that "this land has never once been a Jewish land. Palestine is for the Arab Islamic nation." The Qatar-based cleric was made famous by his popular TV show and is widely respected in the Muslim world.

Al-Qaradawi, who arrived in Gaza accompanied by dozens of clerics, was welcomed by Hamas officials including Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in a ceremonial reception. During the ceremony he was granted Palestinian citizenship and a diplomatic passport. He is slated to visit the house of former Hamas spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin as part of his two-day visit.

The visit has antagonized Palestinian leaders in the West Bank who oppose all formal visits in Gaza. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the PLO's executive committee, said that the visit enhances the division between Gaza and the West Bank. "The public must come out against the visit as al-Qaradawi is interfering in political matters beyond his scope."

Other Palestinian factions affiliated with the PLO also said they oppose the visit. Hamas said in response that such criticism only serves to deepen the divide between Gaza and the West Bank.

Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007 following several days of fighting against the rival Palestinian faction Fatah.

The Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, which governs in the West Bank, has condemned al-Qaradawi's visit. It says his presence is cementing the rift between the two Palestinian factions.,7340,L-4378261,00.html


Genie said...

He should have said something like "Palestine is for Arabs" because Palestinian Jews, Christians and Muslims have all been a part of this anti-Zionist fight and none believes in Israel's "right" to exist in Palestine.

w said...


Remember this is Ynet translation, I have not read the exact wordings in Arabic to be able to comment