Radical Muslim Brotherhood cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi derided the 10th annual Doha interfaith conference held in Qatar last week for including Jews.
During his April 26 Friday sermon at the Omar Bin al-Khattab Mosque in Doha, Qaradawi said he decided to boycott the conference because he cannot dialogue with Jews. “…I cannot be with [sic] a conference that includes the oppressor Jews,” Qaradawi said.
“No way I will put my hand in their hands,” Qaradawi added. “Their hands are soiled with blood. Their hands are the hands of killing, the hands of tyranny and the hands of injustice. I cannot contaminate my hands by putting it in their hands.”
Qaradawi initially announced his intention to boycott the conference in an interview with the Qatari daily newspaper Al-Arab on April 22. “I decided to not participate, so that I would not sit with the Jews on one platform… the Jews are usurping Palestine and al-Aqsa Mosque and destroying the houses of God…” Qaradawi told Al-Arab reporter.
In the same interview, Qaradawi criticized all efforts to have a dialogue with other religious groups, claiming they are useless.
Qaradawi previously declined to participate in the 8th annual Doha conference in 2011. In a statement released by Qaradawi’s office at that time, he reportedly said, “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.”
Qaradawi, who heads The International Union of Muslim Scholars, has garnered worldwide appeal through a wide network of associations and by making use of various media outlets. Through his speeches and writings, Qaradawi has demonstrated consistent support of terrorist groups that seek to undermine a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.