From Al-Jazeera TV on January 28 and 30, 2009.
Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them – even though they exaggerated this issue – he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers.
January 28, 2009:
To conclude my speech, I’d like to say that the only thing I hope for is that as my life approaches its end, Allah will give me an opportunity to go to the land of Jihad and resistance, even if in a wheelchair. I will shoot Allah’s enemies, the Jews, and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus, I will seal my life with martyrdom. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. Allah’s mercy and blessings upon you.
Nobody is surprised by this any more.
The thing is, the original line on this sort of stuff was “its a mistranslation”. Then it was “it is unrepresentative”.
But when it turned out to be a pretty good translation, and when it showed up on prime time on Al Jazeera, much of progressive Britain just shrugged and turned away.
Gene adds: In light of Qaradawi’s recently-expressed support for a second Holocaust against the Jews, it’s enlightening to scroll through some of the 235 posts at Islamophobia Watch that mention the sheikh– not one of which is critical of him in the least.
At least the last one was in July.
And to Livingstone, Bunting, Milne, et al: Nothing Qaradawi is saying now is inconsistent with what he was saying four or five years ago– that is, when he wasn’t pretending to be reasonable for Western audiences.