FILE - Yousef Al-Qaradawi
CAIRO – 5 January 2018: Youssef Qaradawi admitted Qatar’s normalization with Israel, denouncing the Israeli diplomatic presence in Qatar, according to a video circulated on social media platforms.
The pro-Qatar and Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader, Youssef Qaradawi, turned against Qatari ruler, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and tried to defuse criticisms that he has been facing recently due to his support for the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group and the oil-rich state of Qatar.
Qaradawi stressed in the circulated video that when Israel’s late Prime Minister, Shimon Peres, visited Qatar, following thr Qana massacre in 1996 in southern Lebanon, he fiercely slammed the Qatari regime and demanded, “Whoever [shook] hands with Peres to purge their hands.”
Qaradawi and his seven children - four daughters and three sons - carry both Egyptian and Qatari nationalities. Ola, Qaradawi’s daughter, has been working in the Qatari Embassy in Cairo for years. Her father is the grand mufti of Qatar and has been promoting an extremist discourse inciting violence and terror attacks, mainly through the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera channel. He is also being prosecuted in absentia in terrorism lawsuits.
On June 5, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates boycotted Qatar for its support to terrorism.