London mayor invites Sheik al-Qardawi to convention
Ken Livingston invites al-Qardawi as guest speaker in convention, despite latterâ€™s anti-Semitic remarks and support of suicide bombings.
London Mayor Ken Livingston has invited Sheik Yusuf al-Qardawi to address a convention, despite the latterâ€™s anti-Semitic remarks and his support of suicide bombings.
Livingston, who is considered a blatant critic of Israelâ€™s policy, has organized a convention of the European Fatwa (Moslem decree) Research Council, which was held at London City Hall. Al-Qardawi was invited as a guest speaker.
In an interview with the BBC, the Egyptian-born sheik has said, â€œSuicide bombings sanctify God. Allah gave the weak what the strong do not possess â€“ the ability to turn the body into a human bomb, just as the Palestinians are doingâ€.
When asked about his opinion regarding the murder of women and children, the sheik replied, â€œIsraeli women are different from women in our society since they are all draftedâ€.
Leader of the Opposition Labor party Michael Howard demanded to know why the government is permitting al-Qardawi to enter Britain, as did the United States in 1999. According to Prime Minister Tony Blair, the sheikâ€™s entering the country should be disallowed, however, the law cannot prevent him from doing so.
In addition, Home Office Minister Fiona Mactaggart has cancelled her participation in a Moslem women convention due to al-Qardawiâ€™s attendance.