Islamic scholars will issue pro-Hamas fatwa

Scholars for the so-called religion of peace will meet in Doha, Qatar next week to issue a pro-Hamas fatwa which will urge Muslims to financially support Hamas and the rest of the Palestinians who are feeling the pinch of US and EU funding cuts since the terror group was elected by the Palestinian people back in January, an election which saw Hamas win a majority of seats in the Palestinian parliament. Via AFP:

DOHA (AFP) – Islamic scholars are to meet in Doha next week to draw up a fatwa, or religious edict, obliging the Muslim faithful to help the internationally isolated Palestinian government headed by Hamas.

Influential cleric Yussef al-Qardawi said the May 10-11 meeting would help both the Palestinian people and their government, hit hard by US and EU funding cuts because of the Islamist faction’s refusal to recognize Israel.

Ulemas (scholars) as well as other Muslim and Palestinian leaders will “draw up a fatwa on the duty of the ummah (Muslims) and of governments” toward the Palestinians and the Hamas cabinet, Qardawi told a press conference Saturday.

The fatwa will refer to financial aid to the Palestinians as well as offering them moral support, Qardawi said.

He slammed what he called “the duality of the West, which rejects Palestinian democracy after encouraging such a democracy just because it doesn’t suit them.”

“This is political hypocrisy and we reject it,” he said.

Exiled Hamas supremo Khaled Meshaal, Islamic Jihad chief Ramadan al-Shalah and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command leader Ahmed Jibril would also attend, Qardawi said of the radical Palestinian movements.

Former US prez Jimmy Carter, meanwhile, has written another piece condemning the US for conducting a “scheme” (his word) to influence other nations against funding for the Palestinian government while they are under the ‘leadership’ of Hamas (a group that Carter is very reluctant to label as a terrorist organization – see Carter’s prior piece slamming the US and other countries in the west on their policy against Hamas here). Carter continues to demonstrate, like so many other more hardcore elements of the left, that he will blame the US for problems that are really the fault of the Palestinian government itself. Remember how anti-Iraq war leftists have routinely asserted in the past that it’s the US’ fault that so many Iraqi’s starved over the years because of the US-led sanctions against them? Carter is engaging in the same overblown tired rhetoric here, blaming the US for starving the Palestinians when the people who are really to blame are Hamas and the people (a majority of Palestinians, I should add) who voted them into office in the first place.

For anyone who has forgotten or for some mysterious reason didn’t know (and for good measure we’ll throw Carter in the latter group because he needs to be in it), here is what Hamas stands for – via their charter:

“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”


“The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up.”


“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”

Rest assured that those Islamic scholars who will be issuing that pro-Hamas fatwa are well aware of that – even though Jimmy Carter and other Hamas/Palestinians apologists still have their heads buried very deeply in the sand on the matter.

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