The cleric who legitimized suicide attacks against Israel has reversed his ruling, Hamas ignores

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    The cleric who legitimized suicide attacks against Israel has reversed his ruling. Hamas isn’t listening
    Yusuf al-Qaradawi announced the change a few weeks ago, saying Palestinians now have ‘other capabilities’ they can use. But Gaza’s Islamist rulers are still committed to the ‘strategic weapon’ of ‘martyrdom’
    By Dov Lieber January 10, 2017, 4:07 pm 8
    Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi speaks to a crowd in Cairo's Tahrir Square, February 2, 2014 (Khalil Hamra/AP)

    The relentless suicide bombing campaign of Hamas during the Second Intifada (2000-2005), which killed hundreds of Israeli civilians, enjoyed a degree of mainstream Muslim legitimacy thanks to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the highest Sharia authority for the Muslim Brotherhood and one of the Arab world’s most well-known scholars.

    Qaradawi famously permitted suicide attacks solely against Israelis, while publicly denouncing the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. But in November, the Egyptian cleric publicly declared suicide attacks, even against Israelis, were no longer allowed. Explaining the reversal, he said the Palestinians had obtained “other capabilities” to defend themselves — a reference to Hamas’s rocket arsenals, used against Israel to devastating effect in recent rounds of conflict.

    However, Hamas, founded in late 1980s as a direct splinter group from the Muslim Brotherhood organization based in Egypt, seems to have shrugged off Qaradawi’s ruling and its spokesmen have explicitly dismissed it. In fact, the terror group in control of the Gaza Strip is relentlessly trying to inspire Palestinians in the West Bank to commit suicide attacks. And while the last decade has seen a dramatic decrease in suicide attacks against Israelis, that is not because Hamas is no longer interested in such attacks, but rather, according to security experts, because it no longer has all the means it had during the Second Intifada to pull them off.


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