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Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi

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.

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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.

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12 COMMENTS

  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. 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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