Qaradawi’s support for Hamas

My friend Kevin referred me to this article from the Jerusalem Post in our discussion of settlement construction (see the comments on this post).

Toward the end, this caught my eye about Hamas’ expanding presence in the West Bank:

Meanwhile, Avi Diskin, head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), told the cabinet that Israel had identified widespread activity by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to block land purchases in east Jerusalem by Jews.

In addition, Diskin said that Egyptian cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi of the Muslim Brotherhood had allocated some $25 million for the purchase of property and to build Hamas charitable institutions that would expand the group’s reach in Jerusalem.

Diskin said that while there has been a drop in terrorist activity both in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, there was a “steady trickle” of foreigners into Gaza who were affiliated with the global Islamic jihad movement.

Likewise, he said, Hamas continued to develop its armament capabilities inside Gaza, even though the organization was not currently carrying out attacks.

Al-Qaradawi, the Egpytian cleric mentioned here, is the same who recently wrote a book on the concept of jihad that I wrote about here.



  1. Good catch! I overlooked that. Maybe those charities are an example of Qaradawi’s non-violent jihad? Interesting that Hamas has charities that are allowed to exist in Israel (or the US for that matter).

  2. Could be, or he might see the violent and nonviolent activities of Hamas as faithful to his view of jihad since they are resisting the Israeli occupation. An interesting question for Qaradawi would be to see if he thinks that Israel has the right to exist at all. If so, what boundaries would he want? 1947 partition? pre-1967?

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