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The visit of Shaykh Qaradawi to the UK trigged angry British media responses. The Shaykh was described as an extremist, a radical and a hard-liner. Shaykh Qaradawi’s support of martyrdom operations carried out by Palestinians and his calls for punishing homosexuals were highlighted as evidence of...
The article is an interview with the Mufti of Egypt, Dr. Ali Goma´a. He comments on many subjects, such as, the concept of legitimate war in Islam, martyrdom operations, the Iraqi Ruling Council, the Iraqi resistance against American occupation, emergency laws and the relationship between...
The Sheikh of the Azhar stated to Al-Hayat newspaper that the explosions that took place in Saudi Arabia and Turkey are most appalling actions, which Allah forbids. These actions are in conflict with reason and with all the divine religions.
The Sheikh of the Azhar accused Israeli paper Ma´ariv of attributing false statements to him about martyrdom operations. Ma´ariv claimed that the Sheikh of the Azhar stated to it that the perpetrators of “martyrdom” operations are not martyrs.
The Grand Imam of the Azhar Dr. Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi told Israeli TV that martyrdom operations are haram [unlawful] and that the one who carries them out is committing suicide. The Grand Mufti, along with other 38 Muslim scholars, released a statement to prove the opposite of what the Grand Imam...
The American ambassador in Cairo, David Welch, launched a new attack on the Egyptian press, accusing it of aggressiveness, violating ethic conduct and carrying out criticism that is not based on facts. He believes the Egyptian press criticizes American policy based on false information.
The author comments on the suicide operation committed by two young British Muslim men in Tel Aviv. He criticizes British papers for considering the fact that they are Muslims without taking into account that they are British.
Egyptian authors show a continuous interest in discussions how to improve the Arab image in the West. This article was written on the request of Dr. Hamdi Hassan for Al-Ahram but not published. The article explains how Arabs can work on improving their image. They can do this IF they are realy...
The difference between the Israeli and Egyptian press in reporting news related to the Palestinian and Israeli attacks reflect the polarization taking place. A major difference is in reporting and selecting news and quotes. That is most remarkable in the way the Palestinian condemnation of the...
The Vatican accused Israel of purposefully distorting Pope Benedict XVI’s last Sunday sermon. It expressed its deep shock at the Israeli reaction to the Pope’s words concerning the recent terrorist attacks that have occurred in different parts of the world.
In the recently enacted U.S. law on anti-Semitism, its engineers have cited what they called indications for acts of violence against Semitism during the last three months of 2003 and the first three months of 2004, including for example former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad’s...
The author quotes Western books and newspaper articles on Islam and Muslims in an attempt to answer the question: Who is behind the campaign against Islam? He ironically wonders whether it is Zionists or Satan who move the West against Islam.
The Israeli paper Haaretz reports that the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem sent the Israeli president a message in which he condemned the martyrdom operations. He said to the paper, “I am a Greek and have neither political nor national relations with the Palestinians.”
Patriarch Erinious of the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem deposed Father Attallah Hanna, the official spokesman of the church, and appointed a Greek priest in his place because he had refused to condemn martyrdom operations – which followers of the Church considered was submission to Israeli orders....
The Grand Imam believes that the Palestinian operations against Israelis are martyrdom operations if committed against militants and suicidal ones if against civilians. Sheikh Al-Qaradawi believes that they are martyrdom operations whether against militants or civilians. It is foolish and useless...
Many contradictory fatwas concerning the legality of women carrying out martyrdom operations were issued. Some scholars believe that women are not allowed to explode themselves because the shameful parts of their bodies would be uncovered and also because they would not be accompanied by a mahram...
Pope Shenouda expressed his hope that the Arabic Summit, due to be held in Beirut, may bring about positive results that can serve the Arabic issues and help the Palestinians in their battle against Israel. He described the Palestinian martyrdom operations as a legal right.
The US accused the Azhar University of teaching students by using a strict approach that leads to extremist thinking and to the establishment of terrorism. That was why the US asked the Islamic countries to reconsider the approaches they take in religious education. The article gives the comment of...
In a Palestinian gala, two parents have put a belt of explosives around the body of their four-year-old daughter. The author wonders why human life has become so worthless amongst the Arabs.
On September 7, Israeli newspapers published the text of a letter of senior Israeli rabbis directed to the head of the Israeli cabinet, Ariel Sharon. The letter urges Sharon not to hesitate to harm Palestinian civilians in the ongoing confrontations in the occupied territories.

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