UK Politics

Which side are you on?

Ali at Iraq the Model reports on a letter signed by thousands of Arab and Muslim liberals calling upon the UN Security Council to establish “an International Tribunal to prosecute individuals, groups, or entities including, but not limited to, Muslim clerics who issue religious edicts (fatwas) inciting terrorist acts.”

Among the examples cited in the letter:

The fatwa issued by Sheikh Yousif Al-Qardhawi permitting the killing of “fetuses” (unborn) jews, because (according to him) when jews are born and grown-up they will join the Israeli army. Furthermore, on September 3, 2004, (at the Egyptian Journalist Union) Al-Qardhawi issued a fatwa to kill all American civilians working in Iraq. And on July 3, 2004, he issued another fatwa(published in Al-Ahram Al-Arabi) permitting the killing of Muslim intellectuals as being apostates, claiming that [Islam justifies] the killing of such apostates.

Yes, that’s the same Sheikh Al-Qaradawi who was invited to London this year by the Muslim Association of Britain and welcomed as an honored guest by Mayor Ken Livingstone.

So Mr. Mayor and comrades of the MAB in the Respect Coalition and the Stop the War Coalition: isn’t it time you answered this question?