Qaradawi, Ken Livingstone’s ‘Voice of Islam’, Refuses to Share Platform With Jews
Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual head of the Muslim Brotherhood, has refused to take part in an interfaith conference because there were Jews on the panel. A Qatari newspaper reported:
Qatar media quoted Sheikh Qaradawi as saying that “after the announcement of the expansion of the conference to be a dialogue between Muslims, Christians and Jews, I decided not to participate in it so as not to sit with Jews on a single platform, as long as the Jews are usurping Palestine and Al-Aqsa Mosque and destroying homes of God, and as long as the question of Palestine hung not been resolved.”
Ken Livingstone, the former Mayor of London, has long been a friend of the extremist cleric, inviting him twice to London on official visits. Peter Tatchell, the renowned gay rights campaigner, has noted:
Qaradawi preaches a right-wing agenda of misogyny, anti-Semitism and homophobia. He does not respect human rights.
In defiance of the Geneva Conventions and every humanitarian instinct, he has justified the taking of civilian hostages and the suicide bombing of innocent civilians. Expressing anti-Semitism worthy of Adolf Hitler, he urges: “Destroy the usurper Jews”. He does not say destroy Jewish settlers and soldiers oppressing Palestinians, but destroy “the” Jews – all of them.
Qaradawi also sanctions domestic violence against disobedient wives; blames rape victims who do not dress with sufficient modesty; and supports the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation (which involves cutting the clitoris of young girls; denying them full sexual pleasure in later life).
Qaradawi’s anti-humanitarian views are a matter of public record on BBC Monitoring, Al Jazeera and Qatar TV, the Al- Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper – and in his own books, such as Modern Fatwas.
Livingstone has since defended Qaradawi and the invitations.
“Qaradawi called for peoples across the world to give blood when you had 9/11. Blood to help the victims. But he’s not prepared to ignore the plight of the Palestinian people. And any people’s whose land is occupied will fight back. Any people who are under attack will fight back. We would have done it. We did it in World War Two. We sent our young men behind German lines, in order to destroy the greatest evil humanity had faced. And we can’t deny the Palestinian people – it’s a waste of our breath – telling the Palestinian people they shouldn’t resist!”
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Qaradawi on his support for Hitler’s anti-semitism