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September 1, 2006

This is Not…Repeat is NOT a Stereotype: Al-Qaradhawi: Today’s Jews Responsible for Forefathers’ Crimes Against Jesus

Filed under: Global Jihad, Islam, Terror — limewoody @ 6:02 pm

The following are excerpts from an interview with Sheikh Yousef
Al-Qaradhawi, which aired on Qatar TV on August 26, 2006.*Clip # 1249 – SheikhYousef Al-Qaradhawi: The Jews of Today Bear
Responsibility for Their Forefathers’ Crime against Jesus

Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi: In this film [“The Passion of the Christ”],
there is an important positive aspect. The positive aspect lies in its
exposing the Jews’ crime of bringing Jesus to the crucifixion. Even though
we [Muslims] believe that Jesus was not crucified, a crime was committed,
and the people who paved the way for this crime, who helped to commit it,
who brought Jesus to the crucifixion, and kept pursuing the issue, until the
governor on behalf of the Romans in Jerusalem at that time sentenced him to

More than 30 years ago, the Vatican issued a document, exonerating the Jews
of [spilling] the blood of Jesus. Not all Christians accepted this document.
The Pope in the Vatican and the Catholics are the ones who exonerated them.
They exonerated them under political pressure. But the Protestants did not
exonerate them, the Orthodox did not exonerate them, and Patriarch Shinoda
in Egypt did not exonerate them, and kept saying that they bear the


Do the Jews of yesterday [sic] bear responsibility for the crimes committed
by the Jews of the past? The principle is that they indeed bear
responsibility for these crimes, as long as they do not renounce them. If
they glorify and take pride in what their forefathers did, if they write
about it, quote it, record it, and teach it to their children, and if they
consider it to be part of their religion and heritage, they bear the
responsibility. As we can see, the Koran held the Jews of the Prophet
Muhammad’s time responsible for what their forefathers did. It addressed
them, saying: “We made Moses a promise extending over forty nights, then you
took the calf for worship, wrongfully.” It says, “you took,” but it was
their forefathers, not them. But they adopt the deeds of their forefathers,
and so they bear responsibility for them – unless they renounce them.


They adopt the deeds of their forefathers, and they take pride in them.
Therefore, I say that the Jews of the 21st century adopt what the Jews of
the first century did. They adopt what [their forefathers] did to Jesus, and
so they bear responsibility for it, unless they renounce it, saying: This
was a crime, and we ask Allah to absolve us of it. But they have not said
this, and therefore, the Jews of today bear responsibility for the deeds of
the Jews of yesterday.



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