Qaradawi warns against ceding 'any part of Palestine
The Daily Star
May 10, 2013
Influential Muslim preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi warned Thursday nobody was allowed to cede "any part of Palestine," during a visit to the Hamas-ruled Palestinian enclave of Gaza. "No one is allowed to give up any part of Palestine," he said during a meeting with Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas head of government in Gaza, and other officials.
Egyptian-born Qaradawi, who is a citizen of Qatar and close to the Muslim Brotherhood, was heading a delegation of 50 preachers.
"Palestine was never Jewish," he said. "Palestine is Arab and Muslim and will remain Arab and Muslim, and Islam will prevail."
Haniyeh , who handed Qaradawi a Palestinian passport, reaffirmed that his Islamist movement would "never give up or recognize Israel."
"We will not give up our rights, we will never give up an inch of Palestine and won't allow anyone to cede a grain of Palestinian land," he said.
The 86-year-old, who last visited the Gaza in 1958, arrived Wednesday night for a three-day visit to "support its people and participate in lifting the [Israeli] blockade against them."
Last month, he boycotted an inter-faith forum in Doha because Jews were invited to the conference.
Qaradawi, head of the Association of Muslim Scholars, is a controversial religious figure in the West and has millions of supporters â€“ mainly from the Muslim Brotherhood.
He hosts a show on Al-Jazeera and backed the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria.
Qaradawi was refused a French visa last year on the grounds of being anti-Jewish. He was banned from entering Britain in 2008 and has been banned from the U.S. since 1999.
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