Return of the (Genocidal) Native

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Beersheva and author of the book Choosing Life in Israel. 


A message to our brothers in Palestine: I harbor the hope that just like Allah allowed me to witness the triumph of Egypt, He will allow me to witness the conquest of the Al-Aqsa Mosque…. Oh Allah, allow us to preach in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. [Crowds: Amen.] Allow us to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque safely. [Crowds: Amen]  Allow us to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque without fear. [Crowds: Amen] Accomplish this complete victory for us. [Crowds: Amen] Oh, the sons of Palestine, rest assured that you will be victorious.

So MEMRI translates a passage from Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s speech, marking his triumphal return to Egypt, in Tahrir Square a week ago Friday.

The words of the Muslim Brotherhood cleric—whose Sharia and Life program on Al Jazeera TV commands an audience of 40 million—are not without irony. At present—under Israeli rule—Muslims already have full access to Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and it is Jews and Christians whose access to the mount is restricted.

But Qaradawi, of course, was calling for a different kind of access, one involving “conquest” and the obliteration of Israel. That his words inspired thunderous chants (see video) from a crowd of at least a million does not augur well for a democratic Egypt respecting the peace treaty with Israel.

And yet, as Andrew Bostom notes,

no mainstream media outlets have reported that Qaradawi himself issued a clarion call for the jihad re-conquest of Al-Aqsa mosque, i.e., Jerusalem…. [That] deliberate omission reflects a larger, sustained campaign by both the mainstream media [and its favored academics] to characterize as “pluralist, reform Islam” Qaradawi’s… jihadism, and its corollary—virulent Jew, and other infidel hatred.

Qaradawi, indeed, has a track record of Jew-hatred in particular, and the fact that under the Mubarak regime he was exiled to Qatar was one of the factors that—in Israel’s eyes at least—made that regime preferable to others in the region.

In 2009, for instance, Qaradawi preached (MEMRI translation here, video here) that:

Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them—even though they exaggerated this issue—he managed to put them in their place.

This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers….

Not surprisingly for one who favors murder on an ultimate scale, Qaradawi, as the Anti-Defamation League notes, “has a long record of endorsing Palestinian suicide bombings against Israeli civilians.” As he said during a 2007 conference in his honor in Doha, Qatar:

I support the Palestinian cause. I support the resistance and the jihad. I support Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah. I oppose the peace that Israel and America wish to dictate. This peace is an illusion. I support martyrdom operations.

And in another 2009 sermon, Qaradawi—now 84—offered his personal services for the cause, expressing his readiness to “go to the land of Jihad and resistance” and asserting: “I will shoot Allah’s enemies, the Jews, and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus I will seal my life with martyrdom.”

It would nice to write off Qaradawi as a crank or “extremist,” but his huge prominence, and the size of his reception upon returning to Egypt, suggest otherwise. As Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution observes:

Qaradawi is very much in the mainstream of Egyptian society, he’s in the religious mainstream, he’s not offering something that’s particularly distinctive or radical in the context of Egypt. He’s an Islamist and he’s part of the Brotherhood school of thought, but his appeal goes beyond the Islamist spectrum, and in that sense he’s not just an Islamist figure, he’s an Egyptian figure with a national profile.

It may indeed be too early to say which way the Egyptian “revolution” will turn. The military regime may find a way to stay in power, or to keep the real force it has to contend with—the Muslim Brotherhood—out of power. But the popularity of the sort of sentiments expressed by Yusuf al-Qaradawi keeps Israelis—in any case—from joining the “democracy” celebration.

  • Maggie

    One should ask why our media is mute.
    One should ask why our President and present administration are mute.
    One should ask why more than 2,000 mosques have been built in the US since 2001.
    One should ask why tax paying American citizens are becoming the enemy.
    One should ask why our world is unfolding as it did with Hitler.
    One should ask why it could be happening, now.

    • ziontruth

      "One should ask why our media is mute." – Because it's dominated by Marxists.

      "One should ask why our President and present administration are mute." – Because he's a Marxist and they are either the same or motivated to cling to his Marxist policies by simple corruption.

      "One should ask why more than 2,000 mosques have been built in the US since 2001." – Because Political Correctness, part of the cultural arm of Marxism, has made it a "hate crime" to even warn against the imperialist ideology lurking beneath the veneer of that religion.

      "One should ask why tax paying American citizens are becoming the enemy." – Because Lenin's imperative of crushing the bourgeoisie under the twin grinders of inflation and taxation must be carried out.

      "One should ask why our world is unfolding as it did with Hitler." – Because people are far too fixated on moral generalisms ("First they came for…") to take a deep look and realize what the real evil of our age is.

      "One should ask why it could be happening, now." – Because.

      "Always after a defeat and a respite, the Shadow takes another shape and grows again."
      "I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
      "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."

  • Mike caton

    This is why I do not read the MSM. The MSM is for child-like, naive adults.

  • waterwillows

    Actually there is no 'next' time as it has always been their time. Just as the Judeo/Christian values and beliefs have produced a prosperous, justice seeking society with equality and freedom as core values. So too, Islam has sought injustice, poverty, ignorance and genocide as a means to their end.
    Each has produced 'fruits' that are plain and obvious to any observer. The Hitler ideal was born centuries ago and made manifest in the twentieth century. It is the ideals and persuits of the people here who have brought both good and evil into the world. So Hitler is the result of these collective persuits of many people.
    So one might say that the war against Hilter is still in progress, but disguised.

  • Wesley69

    If the Egyptians can oust Mubarak from power, what is there to stop the Fundamentalists from ousting the military in a fair election. All one needs to see is how the vote went in Gaza and the West Bank — for Hamas. Egypt is on the road toward an Islamic Republic. It may take some time to get there, but eventually they will arrive. What will the Obama Administration do about it? Since it is no longer our ally, Obama will do nothing. This man must be defeated in 2012. The damage he has done in 2 years is beyond belief. It will take MANY YEARS to stem the damage, some of which is beyond repair.

  • USMCSniper

    Possible Next Leader of Egypt Wants War With Israel

    Jihadist Leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi after years of exile, has made a public re-emergence in Egypt. Qaradawi who may become Egypt's next ruler, is calling for a war with Israel to take the al- Aqsa Mosque, (The Temple Mount). Is this what the Western Media thought would happen after Egypt's revolution for a democracy and a better standard of living? Dr. Andrew Bostom's article, "Qaradawi and The Treason of the Intellectuals " exposes this Islamic cleric's desire for war, not only against Israel, but the United States of America. He joins Tamar and tells us what Egypt could turn out to be, that the western media is not reporting.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Is history repeating itself here for another Iran in Egypt, probably. I just wonder
    how long it will be for Obama to invite Qaradawi to the White House for a stay
    in the Lincoln bedroom and a romp in the rose garden and a good old time
    laughing at America……………………………………………………………William

  • Ghostwriter

    Just what the world needs,another genocidal lunatic.