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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Qaradawi calls to "cleanse Palestine"

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the most influential Muslim preachers, just gave a talk at the Olympic Stadium in Nouakchott, Mauritania in front of some 15,000 people.

He criticized the Arab nations for not fighting Zionism sufficiently, calling on them to go back to the basics of the Holy Quran and thereby "liberate" the Al Aqsa Mosque and "cleanse" Palestine.

Qaradawi also recalled his early days with Yasir Arafat, whom he said he got to know while fighting alongside the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt in the 1950s. Qaradawi said that Arafat claimed that while in prison, he learned that the Zionists were not afraid of Arab armies but rather of Islam's deity, and the reason was because the Zionists "came to their country to live, but the [Muslims] came there to die."

Qaradawi also called to return to the ideals of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al-Banna.

The guy who also inspired Al Qaeda.

So when Qaradawi calls for Muslims to "cleanse" Palestine, what do you think he means?