THE FOLLOWING QUATATION FROM A BBC ARAB INTERVIEW WITH THE NOTORIOUS QARADAWI, FRIEND OF KEN LIVINGSTONE
When Peres visited Qatar after the Qana massacre, I delivered a sermon, in which I said that those who shook hands with Peres should wash their hands seven times, one of those times in dirt.
QARADAWI, FRIEND OF LIVINGSTONE AND ALL OF THE FASCIST LEFT OF TODAY, GOES ON:
I supported martyrdom operations, and I was not the only one. Hundreds of Islamic scholars supported these operations. When the Islamic Jurisprudence Council convened in Kuwait, hundreds of scholars signed their names to a fatwa [supporting such operations]. This is a necessary thing, as I told them in London. Give the Palestinians tanks, airplanes, and missiles, and they won’t carry out martyrdom operations. They are forced to turn themselves into human bombs, in order to defend their land, their honor, and their homeland.
Interviewer: Sheik Al-Qaradhawi, I’d like you to explain this point calmly, if possible. Does this necessity justify the killing of civilians in such operations?
Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: The [Palestinians] has been making sure that civilians are not killed. They always look for concentrations of soldiers. If a civilian is killed, it is not intentional.
Interviewer: So your position is different when these operations take place in places with civilians, like markets, right?
Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: They didn’t mean to do this, and in any case, they are not infallible. Mistakes can happen.
I will not sit down with anybody who approves of Israel. I have refused to participate in any Jewish-Christian-Islamic dialogue. I welcome Christian-Islamic dialogue, but if a Jew comes into it, I say that I will not sit on the same podium with a Jew who recognizes Israel.
PUBLISHED BY MEMRI FEB 8 2008
(excerpts from an interview with Islamic scholar Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi, which aired on BBC Arabic on February 8, 2010.)