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June 7, 2018
Clip No.
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Former Grand Mufti of Lebanon Sheikh Qabbani: The Jews Who Came following the Balfour Declaration Must Return to Where They Came from or "Meet Their Fate"

Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani, the former grand mufti of Lebanon, said that "one day, the Jews of the Balfour Declaration will have to choose whether to go back to where they came from or to meet their fate here." He further said that their situation in Palestine is "harsher than the Holocaust that Hitler perpetrated against them," adding: "if that Holocaust was real, as they claim." The interview aired on Mayadeen TV on June 7.

Mohammed Rashid Qabbani: "The way I see it, there is only one solution for Palestine, and it is not related to the various blood fatwas. The only solution is for the Jews of the Balfour Declaration to return to where they or their parents came from. That day will come. I have said this to the British and U.S. ambassadors, when they were visiting the religious authorities [in Lebanon]. I was the Grand Mufti back then. I met them separately, but told them the same thing. I said to them: 'You in the West have placed the Jews of the world in a position harsher than the Holocaust that Hitler perpetrated against them' – I mean, if that Holocaust was real, as they claim, or if it is cast in doubt."

Interviewer: "Right."

Mohammed Rashid Qabbani: "Their situation in Palestine is harsher than the Holocaust, because the day will come when those Jews of the Balfour Declaration will face a choice... There is no problem with the Arab Jews. They are from Palestine. The Jews, Christians, and Muslims of Palestine are all the sons of Palestine, but one day, the Jews of the Balfour Declaration will have to choose whether to go back to where they came from or to meet their fate here."