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Sheikh Boycotts Interfaith Conference Because of Jews


Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi
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This might be the funniest story so far this week: according to Egypt Independent, the head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, has announced that he will boycott the 8th Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue conference, a three-day event is scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

Al-Qaradawi said he opposes any discourse with Jews in principle. Sources close to the Sheikh tried to soften the message, saying he rejects Jews based on their political, rather than religious, affiliation. Which, means he will meet with Neturei Karta and, maybe, Satmar, but that’s where he draws the line.

Indeed, sources said al-Qaradawi has met with representatives from Naturei Karta.

Maybe Noam Chomsky and Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, too.

A statement from al-Qaradawi’s office last Monday said he took part in the first three conferences, at which only Muslims and Christians participated, but that he refused to attend when Jews began participating.

“How can we conduct a dialogue in a time when they seize lands, shed blood, burn farms, and demolish houses? Palestine’s conundrum has to be resolved first before we sit together at the same table,” the statement quoted al-Qaradawi as saying.

Al-Qaradawi’s stance is supported by a number of Al-Azhar scholars. What a shock.

“There is no need to engage in a dialogue with Zionists,” said Abdel Mouty Bayoumi, a member of the Islamic Research Academy. “But Jews who denounce the Zionist occupation of Palestinian territories are welcomed, and we had supported al-Qaradawi in meeting with Jews of this second kind.”

There’s a third kind of Jews, of course, over in Auschwitz – those are the best.

You know, if it were just a few quirky, fanatical individuals, we could give them a pass. But I suspect this notion—of the Jews’ independence as a militarily strong nation being beyond the pale—is the pervasive Arab view.

They won’t even wrestle on the same gym mat as us at the Olympics.

Shouldn’t we, too, set up some preconditions to a dialogue? Like, promise you won’t round me us the first chance you get and send me somewhere to die. I think that would be a nice start. Tell me you’re impressed by this amazing Western, affluent, technologically superior country we’ve built here, where Arabs enjoy the greatest degree of freedom on the planet. That would be a step, too.

On second thought, not such a funny story after all.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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12 Responses to “Sheikh Boycotts Interfaith Conference Because of Jews”

  1. Islam is a totalitarian ideology like Nazism or Communism. Would anyone sane want to have a dialogue with Hitler? Only the willfully blind or the incredibly ignorant believe Islam is ''just another religion.'' And, I'll leave you with a parting thought – Obama supports the Muslim Brotherhood. Isn't that nice?

  2. Les Legato says:

    Where is Rabbi Schneir? Where is Foxman from the ADL who complains when we tell the truth about jihadi? Where are all the jinos who screamed "racists!" when we pointed out that Abedin is is a jihadi agent infiltrating the State Department.

    Are their precious muslims going to revoke their jihad passes?

  3. Hyperexaggerating you do, its not islam that is fundamental it´s certain fractions, please be correct..in all religions there are extremists, in all people there is good n evil…be polite and try to learn more of each other.

  4. Obama is way smarter than most of you, just have some hope,
    please. I am sure he is absolutely sure of all his doings, that maybe not the case with all of you, I am afraid…, sorry but you are not discussing with finesse at all T Brodsky.

  5. Sorry, you're completely mistaken. Islam is inherently extremist, so, while there may be moderate Muslims, there is no moderate Islam. This politically correct BS merely serves to numb the mind to reality.
    I doubt if you actually know much about Islam, you're just mouthing pplatitudes rather than offering analysis. Read the Qur'an & Hadith, look at Shari'a law, read the works of 1400 years of Islamic scholars.
    The difference today is that Islamic thinking has absorbed much from the modern forms of totalitarianism, Nazism & Communism. The links between the Muslim Brotherhood & Nazism are well
    documented.

  6. Ok, I am only a high school teacher having a lot of muslim friends here in Sweden…lawyers, doctors, business men, they belive in islam but not all the fotnotes,,,as in the old testament ; an eye for an eye, women shut up according to Paulus etc etc…WEll, nice talking to you, mr

  7. Pia-Li Ejerstad it is an UNDERSTATEMENT. Islam states that their goal is world domination and genocide of all infidels. No religion in the world is remotely as racist as the Islamofascists

  8. Despite my Ashkenazi name, I'm originally from an Arab country & only recently made aliyah to Israel. I speak Arabic, although in ''darija'' (the dialect spoken in my country) and not Classical Arabic. I also have many Muslim friends & acquaintances from all walks of life. I have seen Islam in action, in practice, most of my life. I have seen first hand the misery, the ignorance, the intolerance, the injustice, the absence of freedom, the hatred, that comes with ''Islamic values'' . And, guess what? Many of my Muslim friends are as horrified as I am.

  9. Jihad Watch is also good.

  10. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    Obviously, he is speaking of the Obama convention.

  11. Rabbi Rosenberg and his 'interfaith' efforts for peace — Winds…

    sheikyermami.com/2013/02/10/rabbi-rosenberg-and-his-interfaith-efforts-for-…

    4 days ago… Organizers to vote on restoring 'Hatikva' to interfaith program… be omitted during the area's interfaith Holocaust commemoration, because,… of his position, Rosenberg is now calling for a boycott of the event he helped found,…

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