* Al-Qaradawi: “I do not consider suicide attacks permitted today. I permitted them due to a certain necessity. I permitted these operations because of this necessity, and now the necessity is over. That’s it. The Palestinians no longer do this. Those who carry out such operations are non-Palestinians. Today, they have other capabilities instead of the fidayi operations.”
SHEIKH QARADAWI RETRACTS FATWA ENCOURAGING PALESTINIAN SUICIDE ATTACKS
[Note by Tom Gross]
Below is the text (in English translation) of an interview given in Arabic on Hiwar TV on November 18, 2016.
In what could be very significant remarks, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, whose previous remarks calling for Palestinian suicide attacks against Israeli civilians have been used as a major justification for such attacks, has retracted his remarks.
This could be another sign of the growing reconciliation between the leadership of the Sunni Arab world and Israel, which I have detailed a number of times on this list over the last two years, and is primarily a result of the Iranian nuclear thereat and growing Iranian (Shia) occupation of parts of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.
However, Qaradawi does talk about “other capabilities,” by which he presumably means rocket and other forms of attack.
I have written on this list many times before about al-Qaradawi, who was embraced by the former left-wing mayor of London Ken Livingstone, after Qaradawi spoke in favor of wife-beating, female genital mutilation, the hanging of gay people, and said that Hitler “put the Jews in their place”. Qaradawi has claimed that the Holocaust was exaggerated while at the same time calling it divine punishment.
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Qaradawi is interviewed by Saudi Sheikh Salman Al-Ouda.
Interviewer: “Some of the Zionist circles and the lobbies seem to be focusing on specific issues. An issue that has aroused controversy more than once is (your) fatwa regarding fidayi operations, or as they call them, ‘suicide operations.’ As you know, there has been debate over this issue. Has there been a reexamination of this matter, in light of the circumstances today?”
Al-Qaradawi: “That fatwa referred to a specific Palestinian case. The Palestinians were under siege and had no other (means at their disposal), so I issued a fatwa for them, permitting (such operations) under these circumstances. Afterwards, I said that the Palestinians are not allowed to do so, because they have acquired other capabilities. I have mentioned this in my book The Fiqh of Jihad, as well as in other books and on several occasions.”
Interviewer: “But since your comments were made on tape and have circulated, perhaps the original fatwa has been more widespread than the retraction. As you know, today, the operations that we all call ‘terror operations’ generally consist of booby-trapping one’s body or wearing an explosives belt, and of blowing oneself up in a mosque, for example, or a café...”
Al-Qaradawi: “The Palestinians no longer do this. Those who carry out such operations are non-Palestinians. The Palestinian (scholars) have prohibited this. Today, they have other capabilities instead of the fidayi operations.”
Interviewer: “Honorable sheikh, what do you think about such operations today?”
Al-Qaradawi: “I do not consider them permitted today. I permitted them due to a certain necessity. The principle is that ‘necessity renders the forbidden permissible.’ I permitted them because the Palestinians had a need to defend themselves, so that the Israelis and their supporters would not kill them. I permitted these operations because of this necessity, and now the necessity is over. That’s it.”
(Translation courtesy of Memri.)
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